If you are like me, then you will love this invention. Every day, man is working tirelessly to improve the standard of living and eliminate cumbersome processes. And this invention is definitely one of such. It’s called EyeVerify.
With this new technology, you don’t have to remember all your passwords. You can now use your brain for storing other important details, as all you need to log in to your account(s) are the very veins in your eyes. Yep! You sure read that right…the veins in your eyes.
With the sudden rise in hacking and internet fraud, people are looking for better ways to secure personal/confidential details and make accessing of accounts more secured and more difficult to hack. And one major way that seems to be able to deliver this level of security is the use of biometrics.
Now, every human being has unique set of veins in the white of their eyes…even identical twins. So with EyeVerify, all you need to do on your smartphone is look into the camera lens of your phone and the software will register your eyes and log you in. Isn’t that just great?!
For a moment, just close your eyes and switch on your imagination inner eyes. Now imagine a city where the climate is controlled by man. That is, the weather is neither too hot nor too cold. Even if it’s raining or the sun is blazing, you won’t be affected; yet you can do all your normal everyday activities. That will be lovely, right?
Ok, now open your eyes… Guess what? This imagination will soon be a reality as plans are already underway to complete this city. Dubai has already announced their plans to build this city and they hope to have it ready and functional to host the 2020 World Expo Trade Fair.
The 48 million square-foot complex dubbed ‘Mall of the World’ will be constructed under a glass dome that serves as the protective shield of the city. This city will play host to the world’s largest shopping mall, as well as the world’s largest theme park. It is expected to attract and host about 180 million visitors annually.
The main attraction of the ‘Mall of the World’ is said to be its cultural district which will be a recreation of some of the world’s famous landmarks from New York to Barcelona and London.
To watch a virtual tour of the city click this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-lUp9sUFZw
Every new day gives birth to one new gadget or device that attempts to better the lives of humans. Technology is evolving ever so quickly these days and as Africans, we need to shape up and move with the tide or get left behind.
Right now, another innovation has added itself to the list of great inventions. We are talking about the Quism interactive cooking platform from Team Synergy. This device is a more or less an upgrade of the kitchen as we know it. It allows users to travel away from home and still have the ability to cook and dine with family members through amazing features like tele-cooking, tele-dinning and sharing of recipes.
This immediately discards the worry of being away from the family for too long as now; you can be away physically and still be present at dinner time. Another great feature of this system is that it uses dehumidifier technology to generate its own water reservoir.
With technology such as this, it is almost impossible then for people to use the excuse of being away on a trip to abandon their home and family obligations.
Autonomous vehicles, also known as ‘Driverless cars’ are part of the latest inventions to hit our world today. Some years ago, if someone has mentioned the possibility of a driverless vehicle, many of us would have laughed it off as something only for sci-fi movies. Today however, it has become a possibility that not only exists but is already being used in some parts of the world.
Although operated without anybody physically driving it, they are said to be able to perform the same functions as the regular traditional cars. The difference is that with these driverless cars, there are likely to be less road accidents, less fuel consumption and definitely less traffic jam. Please note however that this doesn’t that drivers will automatically pull down their chairs and sleep while the car does the driving. In situations that require pulling out or into a parking lot and other complex tasks of driving, you would still need to handle the steering wheel.
Below are some of the findings as contained in a report by RAND Corporation titled: “Autonomous Vehicle Technology: A guide for policymakers”.
Automated Vehicle Technology Offers Several Benefits
- Without driver error, fewer vehicle crashes will result.
- The mobility of the young, the elderly, and the disabled will be increased.
- Traffic flow could be more efficient and congestion decreased.
- Vehicle occupants could spend travel time engaged in other activities, so the costs of travel time and congestion are reduced.
- Fuel efficiency can be increased and alternative energy sources facilitated.
- Because such vehicles won’t need proximate urban parking, space used for parking could be repurposed.
There Are Possible Drawbacks
- Because the technology would decrease the cost of driving, congestion might increase, rather than decrease.
- Occupations and economies based on public transit, crash repair, and automobile insurance might suffer as the technology makes certain aspects of these occupations obsolete.
Weighing the benefits against the possible setbacks, it seems like the benefits far outweigh the setbacks thus making the Autonomous vehicle a very welcome and much needed change in our transportation system.
Asides Google owning a fleet of these cars, other car manufacture companies are also working on their projects. Among these are Ford, BMW, Delphi and Texas Instruments. Once these cars hit the streets full-time, they will surely give reduce the time drivers spend driving, giving them ample time to get other things done.
The future we saw only in movies and dreams is indeed upon us now and we as African must ready ourselves to embrace it or be swept away.
Digital technology, globalization, international trade and ease of availability of information have continued to facilitate rapid economic growth and development across the globe. It has stirred up the imperative for economies that will remain viable to strengthen key institutions and to develop and deploy knowledge workers skilled in science and technology (engineering, biotechnology etc) and professional services.
At no point in recent history has there been a greater need to educate, develop and deploy the populace than now. It has now become the bar of entry for upwardly mobile economies to develop the capacity of its people to generate and export knowledge. This is the iron rule of global competitiveness. And If this is anything to go by, Nigeria as a developing country must strengthen her failing education system.
As Knowledge is critical to wealth creation, and the university is the knowledge production factory, we can begin to see how Nigeria as a country falls short. Also, if the education of people is considered the facilitator of Knowledge creation, no smart nation can expect to achieve their goal of economic and intellectual prowess, necessary for its relevance, without considerable investment in building and sustaining avant-garde academic and research institutions. And the outcome of knowledge creation, especially how it is deployed cannot be addressed until the peculiarity of our system is addressed.
Nigeria is a country where a Computer Science graduate is busy pursuing accounts for a bank and a Biochemist works in Telecommunications. If you wonder why that is,it suffices to explain that hunger and the desire for comfort is the motivation for career choices. A critical mass of human capital potential that can be deployed in strategic areas of the economy to shore up national competitiveness is locked up in banks, telecoms and oil and gas firms. “Poor nations will remain so as long as they continue to export their talents or refuse to mobilize talents to critical areas of development”, especially science and technology. This corroborates a World Bank study which shows that countries remain poor as they allow the export of half of their scientific and engineering talents to advanced economies.
Please pay attention – Nigeria currently provides two-third of the skilled workers in OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries. The most threatening however, is the ongoing implosion that has driven the migration of those left behind to sectors that promise instant or robust financial remuneration. One major contribution to this phenomenon is government’s low investment in the outmoded Educational sector, a proof of a shallow understanding of what it takes to win in the 21st century. Another is a weak financial system to nurture entrepreneurship.
Already, infrastructural deficiencies and sloppy government policies account for more than 50% of failed start-ups. This has made starting a small business in Nigeria an expedition to the moon. Keep in mind that for every failed start-up, another idea with export potential dies. Imagine if Larry Page, Bill Gates, Jerry Yang were graduates of the University of Lagos. Their inventions would probably never see the light of day and they probably would have ended up in a bank or oil and gas firm when reality bites.
In Africa, especially Nigeria, education is perceived as a ticket to the good life and not a means to Nation building. Material acquisition and not the fulfillment of human potential is the predominant motive for career choices, as we are conditioned to sell to the highest bidder. This mindset undermines our effectiveness in the new world, where human capital (productive minds) and not natural resources is the foundation of vibrant economic empires. Would it be erroneous to assert that unknown to the banks, oil and gas and telecom companies, they are altogether aiding and abetting the death of development?
On a personal basis, ask yourself: Have I traded my talent and uniqueness for comfort and convenience? If your answer is yes, this ought not to be the life!