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Oh! And if your photos aren’t amazing, and you’re older than a toddler, we’ve all seen fireworks and know how they look like so spare us your mediocre photography. 😃
What’s the most important thing to come out of Switzerland? Chocolate? Clocks? Neutrality? The largest, most expensive scientific experiment in history which may eventually unlock the very secrets of the universe and unify our understanding of the smallest particles with that of the largest of heavenly bodies? No, none of these things. The answer is, of course, is the Internet.
More specifically, the World Wide Web, which popularized the Internet. In 1980 when I was just an embryo in my mother’s belly, the internet was but an embryo in the mind of Physicist Tim Berners-Lee, who created a simple hypertext program called ENQUIRE as a personal database of people and software models.
Tim was later tasked with inventing a clever way for the scientists working on CERN to easily share data sets and documents with eachother. So in 1990 using his super cool NeXT Computer (known as “The Cube”), he expanded on his hypertext ideas and created the first version of HTML. The goal was to provide a simple and effective way for creating, sharing, and connecting documents together. He then created HTTP (hyper text transfer protocol), the first web browser, imaginatively called WorldWideWeb, and the first web server.
A few years ago, Facebook, in conjunction with researchers from Cornell and the University of California, conducted an experiment in which they intentionally played with the emotions of 689,000 users by manipulating their feeds so that some users only saw negative stories while others only saw positive stories. Sure enough, when these people posted their own updates, they were greatly influenced by the mood of the posts they’d been shown.
Facebook caught a lot of flak over the experiment, primarily because none of the “participants” gave their consent to join the study. Perhaps more frightening than Facebook’s faux pas was just how easily people’s emotions were manipulated. After all, if Facebook can manipulate your emotions just by tweaking your newsfeed, imagine how much easier this is for a real, live person who knows your weaknesses and triggers. A skilled emotional manipulator can destroy your self-esteem and even make you question your sanity.
The two-wheeled “Handle” robot was presented by Boston Dynamics’ founder Marc Raibert at a function attended by venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson who shot the video. During the event Railbert said that the rolling humanoid was built to carry items (hence the name Handle) and is an experiment in combining wheels with legs.