Modern Technology

Modern Technology


The incredible technological progress that we have observed in our generation has a definite association with the fulfillment of ancient prophecies. Daniel recorded many detailed predictions about the future that even he could not fully understand. In fact, toward the end of his Old Testament book, he he was told, "Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. But you, Daniel, roll up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge" (Daniel 12:4).

Before our time, no one could have imagined the unbelievable increase of knowledge that has been brought about by the computer revolution. And the Internet has provided a way for many to "go here and there" to gain that information.

These and other technological advances have made it possible to share the Gospel globally. But they will also enable Satan to form a world-wide government and an economic dictatorship that will require the Mark of the Beast.

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4 Best Smartphones of 2012

Dec. 26, 2012 - Samsung's Galaxy S3 was the most popular smartphone of 2012, followed by Apple's iPhone 5, Google's Nexus 3, and Nokia's Lumina 920. According to an International Data Corporation report, more than three times as many smartphones were shipped than PCs in the 3rd quarter of the year. In the 4th quarter, sales are expected to reach 224.5 million units, which will be almost 40% higher than the same period last year.
Source: The News Tribe

Prophetic Significance of Modern Technology

US and UK refuse to sign UN's communications treaty

Dec. 14, 2012 - Meeting in Dubai, the UN's International Telecommunication Union (ITU) had hoped to get general agreement on a revised communications treaty [last revised 24 years ago], but many representatives said they would need to consult with their governments first. The US, Canada, Australia and UK refused to sign it.

The treaty would have expanded the ITU's jurisdiction over the Internet, created pay-per-use tolls, heightened surveillance and monitoring regulations, and given nation states increased control over the Internet.

Source: BBC and...
Exclusive: ITU 'failed,' says former policy chief - C/Net

United Nations Plan To Seize Control Of The Internet

Nov. 28, 2012 - Next week at a conference in Dubai, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) will begin two weeks of discussions on how to control the Internet. The Wall Street Journal warns that many of the proposals being brought to the conference will threaten the smooth and open operation of the Internet. Many representatives would like to charge or tax the use of the Internet, and authoritarian governments would like to be able to control its content.
The Internet is made up of 40,000 networks that interconnect among 425,000 global routes, cheaply and efficiently delivering messages and other digital content among more than two billion people around the world, with some 500,000 new users a day.
Source: We Stand With Israel
International Telecommunication Union - Wikipedia

Stop worrying, and embrace RFID

Nov. 23, 2012 - Radio-frequency identification (RFID) is already being used in a wide variety of ways, including pet identification, product identification (companies like Walmart) and authentication and tracking (like the Department of Defense). Some people are resistive to the technology because of religious or privacy concerns, like the recent case of a student who refused to wear a school identification badge with a chip in it. The school wanted to use the badges so they can track movement on campus for funding and truancy purposes. The case is in litigation now, but the author of this article suggests that people should not resist this technology. After all, he says, "smartphones and tablets are more susceptible to nefarious use."
Source: Extreme Tech

Now Big Brother is REALLY watching you

Nov. 20, 2012 - The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), together with Carnegie-Mellon University and some 14 other research organizations are developing “an artificial intelligence (AI) system that can watch and predict what a person will likely do in the future.”

The system, called “Mind’s Eye,” will use security cameras to monitor a scene in real time and alert human operators if it detects illicit activity.

The program would be sophisticated enough to determine if, for example, a person was setting down a bag in an airport because he is sitting next to it or that person has left the bag all together.

Part of the process uses software called PetaVision that uses facial recognition, body shape, color, texture, and how they move to identify people. The system employs an IBM “roadrunner” supercomputer. This computer runs at a quadrillion (a million billion) mathematical operations every second.

Source: Steve Elwart - WND

New Supercomputer Could be World's Fastest

Oct. 31, 2012 - Titan, a new computer from Cray, will be used at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. It may prove itself faster than the IBM Sequoia. It is capable of operating at more than 20,000 trillion calculations each second (20 petaflops).
That is roughly equivalent to each of the world’s seven billion people being able to carry out three million calculations per second, according to ORNL. Titan also has more than 700 terabytes of memory.
Twenty petaflops is [the number] 20 followed by 15 zeros.
Source: Voice of America
‘Titan’ Supercomputer Could be World’s Most Powerful - Wired
Update: Nov. 15, 2012 - Oak Ridge’s Titan supercomputer is world’s fastest - Washington Post

The Future, as Imagined by Google

Oct. 19, 2012 - Eric E. Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, told a company sales conference that the future will give a person an improved life style.
His bed will wake him up when he cycles out of R.E.M. sleep. A driverless car will take him to work. Returning phone calls, scheduling events and other routine tasks will be taken care of by devices using artificial intelligence.
Ingested devices will alert his doctor if something is wrong. People who never been connected to the Internet will suddenly go from nearly no information to all the world’s information with one hand-held device.
Source: NY Times

NASA Lands Rover on Mars

Aug. 6, 2012 -
Mission controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory erupted in cheers after confirming that the one-ton rover called Curiosity arrived on Mars after an eight-month journey.
Some black and white photos have already been received from the site, and a stream of color pictures will follow.
Source: Voice of America
Curiousity Lands on Mars - NASA
NASA rover 'Curiosity' lands on Mars after plummet - Fox
Mars Science Laboratory - NASA

These 20 Advanced Military Projects Will Change Your Life

July 27, 2012 - The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is the agency responsible for GPS, the internet and stealth planes. Many of its current projects will have a great impact on our future life-style. Some of them are:
Nanobots in the human body to monitor health
A gene machine to mass produce gene therapies
Devices that integrate completely with the nervous system
Back-up systems for GPS navigation
Computers that are seventy five times more energy efficient
Ability to manufacture of nano-scale building materials
Three-dimensional circuit boards
Giga-pixel grade cameras
Supercomputers that can be programmed by people with very little experience
Source: Business Insider

Evidence of 'God particle' found

July 2, 2012 - Scientists working at the The Large Hadron Collider, say they have evidence that the so-called "God particle" exists, but they have not actually observed it yet. In the scientific world the elusive particle is known as the Higgs boson.
The phrase "God particle," coined by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Leon Lederman, is used by laymen, not physicists, more as an explanation for how the wonders of the subatomic universe work than how it all started.
Source: USA Today
The 'God-Particle' and God - Dennis Prager

IBM's Supercomputer Puts America Back on Top

June 19, 2012 - For the past two years, Japan had the fastest supercomputer [Fujitsu's "K"], but the new installation of IBM's Sequoia at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California returns the U.S. to the top spot. The Sequoia will be used for simulations on nuclear weapons.
It can calculate in one hour what otherwise would take 6.7 billion people using hand calculators 320 years to complete if they worked non-stop, according to the BBC.
Source: NewsMax
IBM's Sequoia Is World's Fastest Supercomputer - Information Week
How many servers does Google have? - Estimate they will have 2 million by end of year - Google

The Social Network Gospel

June 12, 2012 - There is a revival of Bible knowledge because of new technologies. It is reminiscent of the spread of God's Word after the invention of the printing press! Robert C. Crosby writes:
Not only do billions around the world now have access to the Bible online, and not only are many of them actually reading it, they're also actively engaging with the Word of God—and with one another....
The physical roads of the Roman Empire that connected people throughout the then-known world, made the spread of the Gospel possible. Today the Internet, the smartphone, the tablet, and social media are the "new Roman roads" that connect millions of homes and individuals with the ability to engage others with the teaching of the Bible.
Source: Christian Post

Credit Cards, An Endangered Species

May 4, 2012 - A new feature of smart phones, called near field communications (NFC), will eventually replace most credit cards. This technology enables rapid point-of-sale payment directly from one's phone to the vendor. The system is in use already and growing in popularity.
In locations in Africa, Asia and Latin America, money is often stored in a mobile account and transferred to another one during a purchase by bringing the buyer’s and seller’s cell phones into close proximity.
The smart phone could eventually replace the need for cash, checks or credit cards, and will provide real-time feedback on account and payment information.
Source: The Daily Reckoning

Facebook IPO to make Zuckerberg richer than Ballmer

May 4, 2012 - Facebook's 27-year-old founder, Mark Zuckerberg, will be worth $17.6 billion once the company's stock has gone public.
Source: WND

Cracks in the wall: Will China's Great Firewall backfire?

May 2, 2012 - China exerts great control over its citizen's use of the Internet. All international Internet traffic goes through a few gateways that China can monitor. Sites that they think are undesirable, like YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook are blocked. Google Drive's new cloud storage will also apparently be blocked.

The isolation is good for the Beijing government and for local businesses that don't have to compete with Internet competitors, but Chinese companies may have difficulty functioning overseas because of the restrictions.

Source: BBC
Google Drive to offer free storage in the cloud - BBC

Pastor Tells Worshipers to Turn ON Cellphones

Mar. 28, 2012 - Many pastors ask their congregations to turn their cellphones off during the services. But others, like Rev. Mark Solyst of the English Lutheran Church in La Crosse, Wisconsin, actually asks listeners to use their phones to text their answers to challenging questions he asks during the message.
“Solyst poses challenging questions to worshipers, who can text their answers,” the Tribune reports. “The responses are then reviewed in a PowerPoint presentation after the homily.”
Source: NewsMax
Ed. Note: In our recent visit to the very popular "Blue Letter Bible" offices we were told that Sunday Morning (during worship services) was now their peak traffic time as congregants follow the pastors' messages on their cellphones!

The CIA wants to spy on you through your TV: Agency director says it will 'transform' surveillance

Mar. 18, 2012 - In a Wired's 'Danger Room' blog CIA Director David Petraeus says that new inexpensive technology will make it feasible to connect the Internet not only to computers, phones, and televisions, but to an endless variety of devices like cameras, doorbells, kitchen appliances, etc.
Petraeus says that web-connected gadgets will 'transform' the art of spying - allowing spies to monitor people automatically without planting bugs, breaking and entering or even donning a tuxedo to infiltrate a dinner party.
Source: Daily Mail
CIA Chief: We’ll Spy on You Through Your Dishwasher - - Danger Room - Wired News

Apple Cements Tablet Market Lead with New IPad

Mar. 16, ,2012 -
The new iPad ... has faster chips, fourth-generation wireless, a sharper display and a better camera, making it harder for competitors like Samsung's Galaxy, which also lack Apple's range of apps and content, to catch up.
Source: NewsMax

Google’s New Privacy Policy: What Has Changed and What You Can Do About It

Mar. 2, 2012 - Google's new privacy policy allows sharing of information from any of its services with the approximately 70 other Google products, presumably to enhance their service to users. There is debate about the legality of it, and whether or not it is a problem to users. The article gives some suggestions of what individuals can do if they are concerned about the new policies.
Source: Wired WebMonkey
Updaed Google Privacy Policy - Mar. 1, 2012
Tor Project - Free Software that protects your privacy

Wikipedia blackout to oppose censorship!

Jan. 18, 2011 - Imagine a World Without Free Knowledge

Wikipedia, Google, and many other information sites are trying to raise awareness about new bills in Congress that would seriously limit their ability to serve the public. Wikipedia posted this on their home page today:

For over a decade, we have spent millions of hours building the largest encyclopedia in human history. Right now, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage the free and open Internet.
Source: Wikipedia
Editor's note: Some evil things certainly should be censored, and no fair-minded person supports piracy of movies, books and music, but critics of these bills argue that they are too broad and could be used to block the truth and even lead to religious persecution.
Learn More: SOPA and PIPA - Wikipedia
Sign Online Petition - Google
Video: Protect IP/ SOPA Breaks the Internet - Fight for the Future
Hackers retaliate over Megaupload website shutdown - BBC

The 12 Coolest Things We Saw at the Consumer Electronics Show

Jan. 16, 2012 - The annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas introduced another dazzling array of new products. Time Magazine's writers picked twelve of the best - Laptops, tablets, smart phones, and more:
Samsung Galaxy Notebook
Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook
Toshiba Excite X10
Intel Smartphone Reference Design (For developers)
Samsung Series 9 Notebook
Nokia Lumia 900
Eye-Controlled Computing
Motorola Droid Razr MAXX
Windows 8 Tablet/Laptop Hybrids
OnLive Desktop
3D Body-Mapping
Asus MeMo Tablet
Source: TIME

Iran's strict cyber regulations lay groundwork for 'halal' network

Jan. 11, 2011 - Iran may institute its own country's "Intranet," which will be cut off from the rest of the world's Internet.
Source: Fox

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