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#8 Construction of the Mind

posted 10 Aug 2017, 14:17 by Aaron Brownlee

I was watching Sherlock the other day and noticed the interesting mechanics of "Mind Palaces". A Mind Palace is supposedly a memory technique that involves envisioning a place in your mind, with certain parts of the place used to "store" certain information. I guess the theory is that picturing the information in your mind makes it easier to remember than just text. I don't have the best memory so I looked it up and not only is it a real technique, there's a WikiHow article on How to Build a Memory Palace.  

The article recommends basing the Memory Palace on a real place, since it is easier to remember a place you've already been to, but since it isn't 100% necessary, and since I can imagine far more interesting places than reality, I've decided I'll use a fake place, and just try to memorise it whenever I have spare time. I'm not really sure how effective it will be, but as of writing this, I've tried to picture things to remember them as a practice, and it seems to work quite well. As for how it will work when I'm picturing an entire world in my head, I have no idea, but it should still be better than pure memory, and maybe I can use it whenever I need to remember something really important. 

- Aaron

#7 My Last Day of School

posted 23 Jun 2017, 15:55 by Aaron Brownlee   [ updated 23 Jun 2017, 15:56 ]

So, In my school, there are posters on many teachers doors saying "A Reading Recommendation from *Teacher Name*". Probably to encourage reading. So, as yesterday was My last day of year 11 and therefore school (except I'm going back for 6th form) I, like many others, decided to have some fun. while some people opted for silly string everywhere or for sticking A4 pictures of a picture of the deputy head up everywhere, I decided to get onto Paint.net and create some of my own posters. I made 5 of them in total, 2 aimed at specific teachers, 3 at departments in general. I'll put those in the second column. Anyway, I decided I would get in really early and stick them either over the original posters or up somewhere in the department. 

So, I got in early, armed with blutack I bought the day before, and managed to get all 5 posters up. The first 4 were unnoticed, but on the last one, which was right next to the deputy head's office, although he didn't see me putting it up as such, right before I was going to put it up, he walked by, so I had to pretend I was looking in my bag at a script for a speech I was doing. He probably then got back to find a poster stuck in the exact place I was standing, so I think he may have put 2 and 2 together there.

Anyway, first part of my day was a success, next part was a speech I had to do recounting memories of my form. Me and someone else were nominated to make this a few weeks ago, but with both of us being procrastinators, a lot of it was made 2 days ago, and the last part was written by me the night before, so the person I was reading it with had no clue what the last part it said until I handed them the final script 5 minutes before we were reading it. Regardless, it went really well, mostly because with us both being procrastinators, we were also good at improvising something we had never read aloud fully (As well as improvising a few lines that we still hadn't finished). It made the year group laugh around a dozen times, mostly with jokes that hadn't 100% been cleared by teachers. It also turned out that no other form had really planned their speech much, one form hadn't even told anyone to make one, so ours probably stood out as the best. That meant ironically, ours seemed to be the best planned, when 50% of the work had happened within the last 2 days. We also went first, which sort of made ours the start point, and kind of made the rest look worse in comparison. I also got compliments about how good it was from people I had rarely spoken to in the last 5 years, so that was good.

Anyway, After that, It was a few speeches from the head of year and the head teacher, and that was school done with at about 11 o clock.  Afterwards, me and some friends went to McDonalds, and then to Cassiobury Park, along with 90% of the year. Most of them were drinking or smoking, one or two were even smoking weed. I was probably only 1 of about half a dozen people who didn't drink anything throughout the few hours (Well, no alcohol, I drank loads of Coke). We mainly just sat around and talked and went on a walk when we were bored at one point. An hour or two in 2 of the school's deputy heads showed up to pick up all the beer bottles that were now scattered around the field. Half the people ran when they saw them coming, before realising a few minutes later that they didn't care that everyone was drinking (Didn't see the ones smoking weed return though). Anyway, eventually, people started leaving at about 3PM and I decided to go too, mainly using Google maps to navigate home.

-Aaron




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#6 Voice typed post

posted 20 Jun 2017, 14:12 by Aaron Brownlee

I'm typing it supposed to using Google's voice typing so I'm not really going to correct any mistakes I might be slightly I normally do this machine backspace or here or correct any mistakes so I might end up repeating myself because talking normally isn't the same as me being able to edit and type. I just kind of want to see how well it's able to do when I'm just talking in my normal speaking voice and if it's really that good to be trying to use this as a feasible way of writing. It will be interesting to see how well it actually does considering it's Google's AI picking it up. You can probably already see I'm not the best at talking free. Actually I've decided I use the second column to correct any mistakes it's made and to compare how well it did with what I've said. Anyway speaking of Google voice typing I found out recently that every time you use Google Voice typing it records the and saves it on the Google server. you can access this on a link I'll put here because I'm not going to read it out and I really doubt Google will be able to type it so he: https://myactivity.google.com/myactivity?restrict=vaa

It's kind of weird the first time you look at it and find that everything you've ever said on Google's voice typing, if you use it at all has been uploaded on there and a recording has been saved.
I'm typing it supposed to this using Google's voice typing so I'm not really going to correct any mistakes. It might be slightly wierd because Im doing this normally do this machine without backspace or here or correcting any mistakes so I might end up repeating myself because talking normally isn't the same as me being able to edit and type. I just kind of want to see how well it's able to do when I'm just talking in my normal speaking voice and if it's really that good to be trying to use this as a feasible way of writing. It will be interesting to see how well it actually does considering it's Google's AI picking it up. You can probably already see I'm not the best at talking freely. Actually, I've decided I'll use the second column to correct any mistakes it's made and to compare how well it did with what I've said. Anyway, speaking of Google voice typing I found out recently that every time you use Google Voice typing it records the and saves it on the Google server. you can access this on a link I'll put here because I'm not going to read it out and I really doubt Google will be able to type it so here: https://myactivity.google.com/myactivity?restrict=vaa

It's kind of weird the first time you look at it and find that everything you've ever said on Google's voice typing if you use it at all has been uploaded on there and a recording has been saved

Non-typed Edit: it did Ok, at the start it had no clue

#5 Evidence

posted 16 Jun 2017, 14:00 by Aaron Brownlee   [ updated 16 Jun 2017, 14:12 ]

While I was writing my last post I realised something. In the future, if there's ever a time when people are able to create ultra-realistic simulations, it's gonna be a lot harder for the police to find anything out. For example, if someone was to kill someone else, they could simply boot up there RealSIM 2070 and have a simulation ready that seems to prove they were sitting on their couch at home the whole time, so realistic that no one could even tell it isn't feed from a camera. 

Of course, if this happens, police will have to stop accepting "video evidence" as legitimate, since anyone can put together a simulation, identical to the real thing. There would maybe be things like Metadata that would allow you tell the difference, but someone would always find a way around it, and legitimate evidence would end up being ignored because someone could have faked it.

The next issue is, where would it stop? how long before it becomes easy to create objects that seem to be from a few days before, or create speech from another person by just having a few voice samples of them? Obviously things like this would be made illegal, but there wouldn't be anything to stop people actually doing them unless they got caught in the act.

In the end, you just have to hope that the police learn and are able to adapt faster than everyone else, with new ways of enforcing to stop people doing this before someone can create a crime whenever they feel like it.
Anyway, Thought Over,

-Aaron
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#4 Outdated Technology

posted 16 Jun 2017, 13:29 by Aaron Brownlee   [ updated 16 Jun 2017, 14:12 ]

I remember seeing on a video somewhere about how technology is progressing faster and faster, and how the time it would take for a person in a time period to be amazed by future technology is getting exponentially shorter. For example, someone in the year 1900 would be amazed by credit cards, invented in 1950, but a person in 1950 would be amazed by the first personal computer, invented in 1975, and someone in 1975 would be amazed by the space shuttle in 1981. So the theory is that now its got to a point that every few years a breakthrough in technology is made. 

What I'm seeing though, is certain things that seem to have hit a wall, and aren't able to progress much further, so instead of making a major breakthrough, they just create a remake of the same thing again and again, because the rest of technology is limiting what they can do. I think that once the wall gets broken there may be a few more breakthroughs, like phones being able to be smaller or games becoming lifelike, but even then, that would only go so far. For games, once you hit as real as life, there's not really anywhere to go unless you try making something better than real life (good luck with that). 

In terms of phones, once the wall is broken, there may be a lot of variation that can happen, but there's still only gonna be maybe a few designs that are practical (Like I said in Article #2)  so I still can't see it going that far.  I think technology has hit a point where people wait for a giant breakthrough then make smaller breakthroughs using the larger one. Almost like a tree, with the giant branch sprouting smaller ones.
Anyway, Thought Over.

-Aaron





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#3 Money of the Mouth

posted 11 Jun 2017, 00:53 by Aaron Brownlee   [ updated 16 Jun 2017, 14:11 ]


Started thinking about "Value of words" the other day, and how Words are a lot like a currency of a country, except it's the "currency" of the person speaking. And I don't just mean that you can exchange them with others like money, but also that your words can decrease or increase in value in relation to the words of other people. If someone never stops talking, people will listen to them less, and their words hold less value, just like when a country produces more money, each note or coin is worth less. In the same way, if you rarely talk, the few words you say will be valued more by others. 

I also found a few other ways there are connections between words and money, foreign languages for example. I would compare foreign languages to someone holding up a coin you have never seen before and asking to buy things with it. Since you don't know the value of the currency, you cannot trade in it.  In a similar way, If you don't understand someone because of a heavy accent, it would be like damaged notes or disfigured coins. Some people may accept and understand it, others may not, either way, it's still valid currency, just not understood by everyone.
Anyway, Thought Over.

-Aaron

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#2 Phone Loop

posted 10 Jun 2017, 09:00 by Aaron Brownlee   [ updated 16 Jun 2017, 14:11 ]

A thought I had the other day was about how phones are probably gonna look in the future. I mean they're already becoming thinner, and soon they probably won't be able to go thinner without smashing like glass when you drop them.  (although at this point they're mostly glass anyway).

I've seen articles about "Flexible Technology" (Exhibit A) and how they're going to be the future, but I can't really see them being practical, they would just be more annoying to get out of your pocket since they aren't as bulky as phones. Also, I can see It would be frustrating using a touch screen when you constantly end up bending the screen from tapping too hard. 

What I think may be more likely is a multi-screen phone that snaps closed, almost like a 90s flip phone, except with an extended screen on the bottom instead of a keypad. After doing some research I found that quite a few things like this were being developed... back in 2011. (Exhibit B)  

Pretty sure the only reason these haven't taken off yet is that the technology isn't good enough yet. Just like MySpace And Facebook, the same concept, one with better technology. When phones get thinner and more fragile, I think a double reinforcement will be needed eventually. A Flip Phone will Protect the phone Screen, Make it stronger and give a bigger display. 
Anyway, Thought Over.

-Aaron
Exhibit A

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Exhibit B

#1 My First Blog post

posted 10 Jun 2017, 00:40 by Aaron Brownlee   [ updated 16 Jun 2017, 14:11 ]


Hullo to the 1 person who is probably gonna read this after I post it, and anyone else if I eventually decide to show this blog to anyone else. I already have a list of stuff to write about so I'm just gonna keep this short. I'll mainly use this blog for posting any ideas for things I have and any random thoughts I have that I feel like writing about, which happens pretty often so hopefully I'll post on here quite a lot. Anyway, after looking for the best way to start a blog, and some googling on how to set up anything on a website, I designed the background and the blog Icon up at the top of your browser (which I might end Up changing anyway), and this should be good to go now. I'll just upload the  Icon on here for future use just in case.

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