Posts tagged 2012

Google Zeitgeist shows analysis of over one trillion searches from 2012.
Google Zeitgeist 2012 is online now, here. According to Google:


We studied an aggregation of over one trillion searches (or queries) that people typed into Google Search this year. We used data from multiple sources, including Google Trends and internal data tools. We filtered out spam and repeat queries to build lists that best reflect the spirit of 2012.

Google Zeitgeist shows analysis of over one trillion searches from 2012.

Google Zeitgeist 2012 is online now, here. According to Google:

We studied an aggregation of over one trillion searches (or queries) that people typed into Google Search this year. We used data from multiple sources, including Google Trends and internal data tools. We filtered out spam and repeat queries to build lists that best reflect the spirit of 2012.

Technology predictions for 2012.

(Click here to jump straight into the predictions)

While 2011 saw a few great new consumer technology products come to market, there did seem to be a bit of a lull after the huge year that was 2010. Having seen the release of the iPad in 2010 starting an almost non-existent tablet market, along with the iPhone 4 which again set new benchmark levels for cellphone specs, 2011 turned out to be much quieter for Apple when they released only updated versions of both devices (and no revolutionary iPhone 5, as many hoped).

In the gaming market 2010 had also been a big year with the Kinect becoming the fastest selling consumer device ever, and along with the Playstation Move many new types of gamers started spending money on consoles, while starting the decline of the previously chart topping Nintendo Wii. 2011 however, saw little new innovation, with the main highlights of the gaming year being updates of proven big sellers like Call of Duty.

But several technology highlights deserve a mention - especially as many of them may not have been noticed for how important they were. 2011 saw social media and smartphones used to start revolutions and topple governments. A supercomputer was able to win a round of the TV show Jeopardy! - a technology which may see use by doctors as a clinical decision support system within the next two years. And despite releasing a phone which looked the same as last years model, Apple set a new standard for voice control with Siri on the iPhone 4S, which leads me into my tech predictions for 2012…

2011 Predictions round up.
12 months ago I posted up some predictions for the coming year, time for a look back…
• The year of the pico projector.
…still coming I think, the technology has made it’s way into a few devices like this one from 3M, but still far from being standard in phones and cameras. There is a rumour Apple are working on cases with built in projectors too.
• Supercomputers get a 10x boost in processing power.
…half way there on this one too. This time last year the fastest (as listed here) was 2.5 petaflops per second. Today, Japans ‘K Computer' tops the list at 10.5 petaflops - a record which was reached two months ago, so expect more advances soon.
• The human genome is finally put to good use [using supercomputers].
…not even close as far as I know, although I’d love to hear of it happening. Earlier in 2011, however, IBM announced its supercomputers had managed to create the worlds first biodegradable nanoparticles that could seek out and destroy drug-resistant bacteria.
• North Korea is reigned in.
…another strike out, although ‘Dear Leader’ Kim Jong Il managed to strike himself out. His body will be permanently displayed in the capital.
• Exoskeletons become mainstream.
…there’s been a few stories in the news this year around exoskeletons, including a New Zealand man who bought the first pair made by company Rex Bionics. According to a report on Tech Review, even more advances ‘Iron Man’ exoskeletons are around five years away. Check out a cool video of those here.
• Apple releases a video game console, again.
…while 2011 was a big year for Apple, no more gaming consoles yet.
• Cellphones judged by number of cores, not just speed.
…definitely happened in 2011, starting with the LG Optimus 2X early on. 2012 looks set to be the year of the quad-core phones.
• Mobile devices get sick.
…2011 saw a 472% increase in Android malware samples since July 2011, which has spawned a huge number of security apps. Other devices saw a rise in malware, and although Apple’s iOS is much stronger, it’s still not immune.
• Earths twin planet discovered.
…Keppler-22b was discovered last month and is remarkably similar to Earth, and likely to be able to support life. It is, however, 600 light years away, so we won’t be starting a colony there anytime soon.
• Kinect technology gets further uses.
…yep, Kinect for Windows is coming out next month, as reported here.
So that’s it, I’m putting together this years list at the moment so keep an eye out for that here on 8 Bit Future soon.

2011 Predictions round up.

12 months ago I posted up some predictions for the coming year, time for a look back…

• The year of the pico projector.

…still coming I think, the technology has made it’s way into a few devices like this one from 3M, but still far from being standard in phones and cameras. There is a rumour Apple are working on cases with built in projectors too.

• Supercomputers get a 10x boost in processing power.

…half way there on this one too. This time last year the fastest (as listed here) was 2.5 petaflops per second. Today, Japans ‘K Computer' tops the list at 10.5 petaflops - a record which was reached two months ago, so expect more advances soon.

• The human genome is finally put to good use [using supercomputers].

…not even close as far as I know, although I’d love to hear of it happening. Earlier in 2011, however, IBM announced its supercomputers had managed to create the worlds first biodegradable nanoparticles that could seek out and destroy drug-resistant bacteria.

• North Korea is reigned in.

…another strike out, although ‘Dear Leader’ Kim Jong Il managed to strike himself out. His body will be permanently displayed in the capital.

• Exoskeletons become mainstream.

…there’s been a few stories in the news this year around exoskeletons, including a New Zealand man who bought the first pair made by company Rex Bionics. According to a report on Tech Review, even more advances ‘Iron Man’ exoskeletons are around five years away. Check out a cool video of those here.

• Apple releases a video game console, again.

…while 2011 was a big year for Apple, no more gaming consoles yet.

• Cellphones judged by number of cores, not just speed.

…definitely happened in 2011, starting with the LG Optimus 2X early on. 2012 looks set to be the year of the quad-core phones.

• Mobile devices get sick.

…2011 saw a 472% increase in Android malware samples since July 2011, which has spawned a huge number of security apps. Other devices saw a rise in malware, and although Apple’s iOS is much stronger, it’s still not immune.

• Earths twin planet discovered.

Keppler-22b was discovered last month and is remarkably similar to Earth, and likely to be able to support life. It is, however, 600 light years away, so we won’t be starting a colony there anytime soon.

• Kinect technology gets further uses.

…yep, Kinect for Windows is coming out next month, as reported here.

So that’s it, I’m putting together this years list at the moment so keep an eye out for that here on 8 Bit Future soon.

NASA certain world will not end in 2012.
An interesting FAQ answer has popped up in2 this story from Switched. It seems that the movie 2012 caused enough worried people to contact NASA with worried questions that they posted a very in depth answer here. 
NASA says:

Just as the calendar you have on your kitchen wall does not cease to exist after December 31, the Mayan calendar does not cease to exist on December 21, 2012.
Nothing bad will happen to the Earth in 2012. Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012. 

The full answer is pretty detailed, and includes a quote from a senior research scientist: “stuff flying around through cyberspace, TV and the movies is not based on science. “
Now you tell us.

NASA certain world will not end in 2012.

An interesting FAQ answer has popped up in2 this story from Switched. It seems that the movie 2012 caused enough worried people to contact NASA with worried questions that they posted a very in depth answer here

NASA says:

Just as the calendar you have on your kitchen wall does not cease to exist after December 31, the Mayan calendar does not cease to exist on December 21, 2012.

Nothing bad will happen to the Earth in 2012. Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012. 

The full answer is pretty detailed, and includes a quote from a senior research scientist: “stuff flying around through cyberspace, TV and the movies is not based on science. “

Now you tell us.