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.
Dec. 10, 2013 - The AllSeen Alliance is a movement supported by the Linux Foundation to allow development of interaction between devices and
appliances on different kinds of operating systems. It will use existing technologies like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Ethernet as well as future radio and
transport technologies to enable helpful actions like adjusting home environment when occupants are gone, or to ...
... let a house detect a car within a mile of home and then turn on the lights and heat as well as automatically open the garage door when the car is near.
Dec. 2, 2013 - Amazon has announced plans to eventually provide 30-minute delivery of "Prime Air" orders right to the buyers' doorstep via "octocopter" drones.
CNN asked Missy Cummings, an expert on domestic drones whether or not this scenario could be realistic for in the next 3 to 5 years. She said it might be possible,
but she thinks the Federal Aviation Administration will not approve the concept that soon.
Cummings predicts the company will get approval to start Prime Air in other countries before the United States, but she says that having a retail and
technology giant like Amazon pushing for it could speed things up for everyone.
Nov. 24, 2013 - The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has decided that Google has the right to copy portions of copyrighted
books because the service benefits authors and publishers.
When a user clicks on a search result and is directed to an "About the Book" page, the page will offer links to sellers of the book and/or libraries listing
the book as part of their collections.
Oct. 18, 2013 - Experts say that it cost Apple about $150 million to develop the iPhone, but the dysfunctional health-insurance exchange
website for Obamacare has cost at least $360 million, and could even reach $600 million!
Adding more money to a software project is the same as adding more people to that project. And that’s something that we know doesn’t work.
It’s called Brook’s Law: "Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later."
Aug. 2, 2013 - Court documents and interviews with people involved in FBI surveillance indicate that the government has developed or
purchased new spying technologies that have been used by computer hackers for some time.
With such technology, the bureau can remotely activate the microphones in phones running Google's Android software to record conversations,
one former U.S. official said. It can do the same to microphones in laptops without the user knowing.
July 20, 2013 - Following the scandal about the NSA data storage of phone calls, Google is trying to reassure the public that they
can be trusted not to leak private information. Ian Burrell visited the legendary "Googleplex" at Mountain View to interview Larry Page, Google
co-founder and CEO about their future plans.
Google's current cutting-edge project is "Google Glass," an accessory to your mobile phone, while the phone is kept in your pocket. It looks like a pair
of glasses, and only weighs about as much as a pair of sunglasses. It allows the user to view the information from the phone while keeping their
eyes on the road. It responds to voice commands and answers in the language of your choice, or by just displaying the data. It can take a picture,
record a video, get directions, make a call, or send a message. They are still testing it now.
Soon Google hopes to have the ubiquitous presence of a personal assistant that never stops working, capable of conversing naturally in any
language. Ultimately, as Page and co-founder Sergey Brin have asserted, the goal is to insert a chip inside your head for the most effortless
search engine imaginable.
Jun. 4, 2013 - A new Chinese supercomputer, called Tianhe-2 or Milkyway-2, has a theoretical speed of 54.9 petaflops.
The current fastest supercomputer in the world, according to a biannual Top 500 list, is at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.
It runs at nearly 18 petaflops, far short of the new Chinese machine, which reportedly cost 1.7 billion yuan to develop.
It has 32,000 multicore Intel Xeon Ivy Bridge chips, and 48,000 Xeon Phi chips, a co-processor based on Intel's MIC (Many Integrated Core)
Apr. 14, 2013 - A massive new Data Center for the National Security Agency is nearing completion near Salt Lake City. Reporters
tried to get specifics about the installation. When NSA General Keith Alexander was asked if the facility will hold data on U.S. citizens, the
answer was "no."
Some published reports suggest it could hold 5 zettabytes of data. (Just one zettabyte is the equivalent of about 62
billion stacked iPhones 5's-- that stretches past the moon.
They have said that the center's major focus will be on cyber security. However, NSA whistleblower Bill Binney worries that the government's
new capacity to collect, store and analyze data could be abused. He said, "Now it's a question of if we get the wrong person in office."
Apr. 9, 2013 - After printing out the complete text of the destruction of the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9), this article announces
that Lexifone, an Israeli start-up, has devices to allow people to speak in one language and be heard in another one.
Right now, speakers of English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, Russian, and Mandarin can call each other and have
their conversations automatically translated.
Japanese, Arabic, Korean, and Hebrew are being developed. Chinese and other languages will follow.
Apr. 3, 2013 - In a video presentation Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias addressed the question, "Isn't Facebook bad?"
He likened the phenomenon to the earlier technologies of the printed page and photography. Methods of communication are not intrinsically
evil. It depends on how they are used. Admittedly, social media is making a huge difference in the world - fomenting revolutions and
making "corruption" the greatest problem facing humanity now. It threatens to be the Tower of Babel for our generation.
Zacharias encourages young people to use this "incredible opportunity to be a witness because of the capacities that are now invested in you."
He reminded them that Jesus said His disciples would do even greater things.
"Become a peace builder, a bridge builder, not a destroyer, and the way you do that is through friendships and
relationships, and through authentic character."
Apr. 1, 2013 - Don't let the date fool you. It's not an April Fools' joke, but a true development that ties the biological and
the computer worlds together.
A transistor is a device that controls the flow of electrons in an electrical circuit, which acts as an on-off switch. Similarly, the
biological transistor — termed a transcriptor — controls the flow of an enzyme as it moves along a strand of DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid).
The current issue of the journal Science reveals new developments that enable enzymes to flow like electrons inside cells and do things like
reporting the condition of cells and turning their processes on and off.
Apr. 1, 2013 - A relatively new technology called epidermal electronic systems (EES) has made it possible to make new devices
to interact with the human body through a temporary stretchable "tattoo" that can contain sensors, electronics and trnasmitters. Zhenqiang Ma,
an electrical engineer at the University of Wisconsin, said,
“This innovative design contains all of the necessary components in an ultrathin layer about the thickness of a human hair,”
Jan. 8, 2012 - Verizon latest commercial for its Droid 'DNA' shows a man being implanted with various smartphone parts to merge his
body and his phone.
Droid DNA Commercial tagline: “It’s not an upgrade to your phone, it’s an upgrade to yourself…”
Editor's note: This is exactly what we have been saying would happen with smart phones. By the time people are forced
to receive the Mark of the Beast, refusal to accept it will mean being cut off from necessary commerce and communication. See:
Future Smart Phones - Ron's Blog
Jan. 8, 2012 - The massive five-day CES electronics show in Las Vegas opened today without participation by the concept leaders - Apple, Microsoft, Google, and
Amazon. Nevertheless, thousands of gadgets will be displayed by various companies. It appears that Samsung, the South Korean computer hardware
giant, has the most impressive hardware products - from smart phones to TVs and Internet-connected refrigerators. Sony also made a big splash
with its product line.
Jan. 3, 2013 - January 1 was the 30th anniversary of the switchover of all computers on ARPANET — the Internet’s predecessor to
a universal method for computer networks to send information to one another - to the Internet (short for "interconnected network"). The new
technology is called TCP/IP
TCP is short for “Transmission Control Protocol," and IP “Internet Protocol.” Together these two technologies work together to route
Internet data traffic — or “packets” — from one Internet-connected computer to another.