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Improve Your Odds! What If That Goal Wasn’t Just a Pipe Dream Anymore?

Improve Your Odds! What If That Goal Wasn’t Just a Pipe Dream Anymore?

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Does the uncertainty of the future keep you from taking steps towards achieving your dreams? What if you had a tool that told you the statistical likelihood of your dreams becoming reality and gave you tips, ideas and actions you could take to improve those odds? Would it help you get started, or could it keep you motivated during frustrating moments?

Or would knowing that the odds are against you stop you from starting, leading you to fall into a funk and give up entirely? Or, alternatively, what if your goals weren’t all that noble, would it still help you anyway?

Maybe there is something to be said for uncertainty.

– H.F.G.

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Can’t catch a break? What if there was a mental health system to help you out!

Can’t catch a break? What if there was a mental health system to help you out!

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Sometimes you just need a break, a few days off to reset your brain and reconnect with the things you love. But sometimes it can be hard to get that mental health break, wouldn’t it be nice to leave the negotiations to someone else?

And mental health support at the click of a button, sure beats running around doctor’s offices when you’re short of time and need some help.

– H.F.G.

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Social Media Can Heighten Our Insecurities… But Could it Help Us Empathize With Others Too?

Social Media Can Heighten Our Insecurities… But Could it Help Us Empathize With Others Too?

Social media can be pretty fun.

But it also has a dark side. It tends to amplify people's insecurities

Copping online abuse can be tough

The Niceties app transforms negative comments into statements that receal the poster's insecurities

With the niceties app you won't have to read anymore nasty comments or mean tweets. And you might even be able to better understand the people who lash out at you!

It isn’t a rule, but social media can bring out our worst by pointing out our ‘flaws’. Would you feel a little less hurt if you knew people’s cruel comments came out of their own self-doubts and fears?

Maybe if people were more accepting of flaws and more open about our insecurities the online world could be a little more friendly.

– H.F.G.

Content For Content, A Future Digital Share Economy!

Content For Content, A Future Digital Share Economy!

Paying for digital content can be annoying

But what if you could do a trade instead? Content for content. Put that niche knowledge to use so you can get...

Streaming TV, fitness subscriptions and up to date news all free!

YAY! Happy credit card

It could free your bank account, and piss off those pesky pirates! Or it could just fill the Internet with more crap content...

Imagine adding your own original ideas, thoughts and entertaining tidbits to the Internet and being rewarded with free stuff. That’d be pretty nice!

But on the other hand, how would we evaluate what is worth rewarding? Cyberspace is a competitive place!

– H.F.G.

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Voting is a Bore, But Could it Become Less of a Chore? How Could We Have Our Democratic Say in the Future?

Voting is a Bore, But Could it Become Less of a Chore? How Could We Have Our Democratic Say in the Future?

Here in Australia voting can be a tedious task. In order to avoid a fine you spend your time waiting in line.

Voting is a hassle. All those lines and overly large bits of paper

And the the process is drearily low-tech… After you wait a while in line, a real life person checks you exist, and then they give you two bits of paper, one little piece and another very big one. I personally can’t help but feel a little ridiculous trying to wrangle that big bit of paper while I mark down my political preferences.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could just vote from the comfort of our own homes, free from the masses and those silly big bits of paper? (Does anyone even know what happens to them once all the votes have been counted?)

Imagine being able to make your democratic voice heard without needing to shift from the sofa on a Saturday morning!

Wouldn't it be nice if you could make your political vote from the couch?

You might think that your vote would be cast using some kind of government-run app or website, but what if all you needed to do to get your local candidate in power was follow them on social media? The candidate with the most unique followers across their social media suite wins! Looks like Casino Mike might just be a political visionary…

What if you voted by following politicians on Instagram?

And of course all the best social media stars know how to turn heads, so it isn’t a far stretch to imagine that this social media savvy bunch that we will have ‘liked’ into parliament will also look pretty great in their swim suits…

Hot politicians on the beach

Maybe you don’t find the idea of voting for our political representatives based on their social media ‘genius’ all that appealing…

So what if we didn’t need to ‘vote’ at all? Online tracking already tells us what we want to buy, why can’t it vote for us too? What if everything we looked at online was bundled together and used to determine our political leanings, casting our vote for us so we don’t have to go through the torture of choosing? Forget researching your local candidates, your choice could be made while you sit in bed clicking away!

Casting your vote from bed

How do you think that the voting system could move into the future? Is political apathy going to dominate our voting future, or will the old way stick?

– H.F.G.

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And You Thought It Was Gone… Imagine if Artificial Intelligence Learned From all the Things we Deleted From the Internet

And You Thought It Was Gone… Imagine if Artificial Intelligence Learned From all the Things we Deleted From the Internet

There’s a lot of information out there…

There's lots to look at online...

the Internet is filled with people’s ideas, artistic creations, random blabbing, scientific information and so much more. But do you ever think about all the things that we delete from the Internet? Not just the things we post and then regret, but all the things we type and never send, the posts we never publish and the ideas we never share.

What would have you reaching for the delete button?

Imagine if all these things that have been ‘erased’ were cultivated and used as learning fodder for an Artificial Intelligence.

Artificial Intelligence is hard to represent in physical form

Those clever quips and witty retorts that never received an audience, the poems, love notes, angry emails, misguided selfies, fun anecdotes and interesting stories that you believed had been deleted for good, all brought together to form an artificial ‘personality’.

All the things you wrote but never sent, posted and then regretted

It isn’t unreasonable to think that an AI that has learned from our vulnerable and emotional moments might end up being a little unreliable (and a poor speller to boot). And you thought Tay was bad…

Machines that have learned from us at our most impulsive and vulnerable might want to watch the world burn

This AI would be lovelorn, prone to angry outbursts and risque behaviour. The embodiment of all our most impulsive and basic instincts.

making Artificial Intelligence like man... could it be a mistake

It makes you wonder whether AI should be, like Bina48, an attempt to recreate human intelligence, or if it should be something else entirely…

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Machines Like Us… Introducing the Label Maker!

Machines Like Us… Introducing the Label Maker!

Imagine a little machine. It looks innocent enough, sitting on your desk next to your computer. It doesn’t have any buttons, just a small opening at the top, a bit like an EFTPOS machine…

at the computer with the label maker next to the desk

But what does it do? Well it’s a label maker, but not just any old label maker, this is a label maker that labels you. It monitors your internet activity and makes judgements based on your online behaviour.

Label maker on desk

Imagine yourself watching some stand up videos. You might not have noticed that all the videos you have been watching are of male comedians… but the label maker did, and it labelled you a sexist.

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After that you might click onto another link and find yourself watching a new viral music clip… what would the label maker have to say if you exit out of it before the end? It might just label you ‘uncultured’.

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But it’s not all negative, imagine if you decided to donate some money to a worthy cause, like an animal shelter or wildlife fund, the label maker notices that too. This time it labels you a kind person.

Donating to an animal charity

If you got a label based on everything you did online you might end up with a lot of them. But what would you do with them all? It might be alright if you’ve got a big drawer that you can shove them all in… some of them are kind of embarrassing…

feeling overwhelmed with all the labels

You might get so sick of being judged every time that you go online that you start to feel a little nervous to go online.

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Imagine that! How would you feel about a having a machine judge and label you?

-H.F.G.

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Fears of the Future: Discovering Your Embarrassing Ancestors on Social Media

Fears of the Future: Discovering Your Embarrassing Ancestors on Social Media

Right now it’s all about being social, sharing images of your body, food, belongings, friends, pets and whatever else you can think of. Social media is one of the easiest ways that people can build an archive of their lives, but do you ever think of the digital legacy you might be leaving? Would you grandchildren and great grandchildren be impressed by your prolific collection of shirtless selfies and breakfast bowl snaps? In 2016, the fear is that no one will engage with our online identities, but in the future, our online fears could look very different…

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looking at your grandfather's instagram account on a tablet computer

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Someone looking annoyed because of the online behaviour of millennials

filling out the form to have your ancestor's social media deleted from the internet

Laying on the floor in despair waiting for results

Would you be upset if your future grandchildren could simply fill out a form and erase you from the Internet, just because they found you embarrassing?

If you think about it, right now we don’t really have full autonomy over our own online identities, it might be nice to let our ‘cyber-selves’ fade into oblivion along with our physical bodies. What do you think, do you want to live online forever or are you cool with being deleted by some ungrateful little teenager living it up in 2076?

-H.F.G.

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