Virtual reality (VR) has been a long-time coming. It started back in the 1980s but the machines were huge, the games sucked and they made people throw up due to motion sickness. However, as technology has improved ? virtual reality has re-emerged and today it?s about ready to go mainstream. You might not believe it but virtual reality will change all of our lives and here are 10 ways that will happen:
This is going to be a big deal for police forces where they?re trying to ensure that a police officer reacts appropriately in any given situation. You don?t want an officer pulling his gun on a child with a water pistol but not do you want her to take unnecessary risks when the perpetrator is holding an AK-47. Virtual reality simulators means the police officers can be thrown into hundreds of different situations and their reactions can be guided through experience. The key is to teach police officers de-escalation techniques as part of these programs so that gun use becomes a last resort.
At Duke University the neuroscience team have achieved something truly remarkable with VR ? they?ve taught paralyzed people how to access their nerves by giving them the experience of walking in a virtual environment. This has led to almost 50% of patients involved in the trials learning to regain actual mobility, of some form, in real life. How the technique achieves these results is not yet fully understood but they?re remarkable results nonetheless.
When a jury is empanelled they will be asked to revisit the scene of the crime but this, to date, has always meant listening to expert witnesses and reviewing video and photographic evidence. VR means that this is no longer the case and that crime scenes can be rendered in full so that juries can get a true understanding of the scene and better interpret the data they are given by the prosecution and defense teams.
If there?s a technological advance that doesn?t somehow get pulled into the realm of sex ? we?re not sure what it would be. VR promises something completely new; truly immersive porn. Pop your headset on and a body suit which contains various ?stimulating devices? and you can suddenly be banging your favorite porn star rather than watching them bang. We?re not sure what this means for the future of the human race because if people are staying at home playing in VR fantasy ? where will the babies come from?
If you can build and test prototypes in VR; you can substantially reduce manufacturing costs and then move straight to production without costly interim prototypes. This isn?t quite ready yet but they?ve already got software which allows people to create fully interactive 3D-models in space and that can help with product testing too. New components can be overlaid on the real world to see how they look and feel before moving to production.
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Dieting can be a great way to shed a few pounds and get you in shape. It can also be the road to misery as it takes away the pleasure of food. However, outside of these two points are diets that are just plain awful ? the fads and bizarre concoctions that lead to weight loss (or not) that are genuinely off putting. Here are 9 really ridiculous diets that you probably don?t want to try whether or not they work.
The ?Baby Food? Diet
Tracy Anderson, the fitness ?guru?, recommends that you first go on a real diet to get to your ideal weight and then once you?ve got there ? you stay thin by eating nothing but a jar of baby food for breakfast and lunch every single day of the week. Let?s put aside the fact that baby food isn?t particularly appealing to adult taste buds; does it work? There?s no reason that it shouldn?t because baby food is essentially a small jar of mainly vegetable based foods ? so assuming you don?t then pig out on a twelve course meal at night; you?d lose weight.
Dr. Siegal?s Cookie Diet
Dr. Sanford Siegal like so many ?diet experts? has the answer to your weight problems. Eat 9 cookies a day and a full meal (which may not be more than 700 calories) and which consists of a very short list of ?allowed? ingredients. Does it work? Given that it?s a calorie controlled diet, yes it works. But there?s a catch Siegal?s cookies are $60 a box (and only his cookies) are allowed. Then there?s the problem that it?s completely lacking in many of the staples of a healthy diet ? like enough fruit and veg.
The Pregnant Women?s Urine Diet
Adherents of this bizarre diet claim that if you eat 500 calories a day and inject yourself with a pregnant woman?s urine ? you?ll lose weight. They say this is because there?s a hormone in the urine that tricks the body into thinking it?s pregnant and increases the metabolic rate. Sane people note that 500 calories a day is in fact a seriously low amount of calories and anyone would lose weight (though not safely ? this is a dangerously low level of calorific intake for any lengthy period) without the urine (which costs up to $600 for ?a course?).
The Lord?s Diet
Yes, there?s even a group out there that recommend using prayer to lose weight. Though to be fair ? they don?t recommend prayer by itself but rather as part of a balanced low calorie diet and exercise program. The prayer is just there to help you focus on not cheating on your diet. If it helps you stick to a diet ? go ahead and pray but there?s otherwise little benefit in doing so.
The Tongue Patch Diet
Dr. Chugay, a Beverly Hills based cosmetic surgeon, believes in stitching a restrictive patch to people?s tongues. The idea being that eating will become so painful they?ll only be able to drink fluids. Sure, this will [...]
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Many of us are involved in a daily quest for happiness and why not? Life is best when we?re happy. Chilling with loved ones, doing our favorite hobby, dancing the night away, etc. they?re the things that memories are made of. Yet, there?s a dark side to happiness and here we have 10 miserable facts about being happy:
Some People Cannot Ever Be Happy
Happiness is a product of our environment, right? Well, to some extent it is true that what we?re doing or surrounded by can have a huge impact on our happiness. But the bad news for some people is that our ability to be happy is a genetic thing and some people just don?t have the happiness gene. In fact people who are really happy have two copies of that gene. People without it are generally unhappy.
Holidays Don?t Make Us Happy
You?d think that taking a vacation pretty much anywhere would boost your happiness levels but this, according to the latest research at least, isn?t the case. In a study of more than 1,500 vacations they discovered that in the vast majority of cases holidays don?t make us happy. In fact, they have very little impact on our overall happiness. The only exception to this depressing rule is that people who take ?very relaxing? breaks do report a boost in their happiness.
Other People Make Us Sad
Actually this isn?t 100% true but research from ?The Great Brain Experiment? showed that what makes us unhappy or happy isn?t interacting with other people. It?s having more in our lives than the people around us ? if all the people you know appear to be doing better than you; you?ll be miserable. Conversely, if they?re all having a lousy time ? you?ll be flying high. Our happiness is often relative to the background of happiness we?re exposed to.
We?re Less Happy Than Ever Before
We live in a world of endless opportunity, technological marvels and ever improving health and that?s making us miserable. Back in the 1970s when they first started to measure the background level of happiness in America people were much happier than when they measured that level in 2010. In fact, happiness has been on a constant decline since they first measured it. Maybe it?s the measuring that affects happiness? Or maybe life really is less enjoyable when you have much more choice in front of you?
Some People Are Scared of Happiness
While most people say they?d embrace happiness; there are many cultures in which there?s a distinct (and measurable) fear of happiness. If you were to visit India or Hong Kong, for example, you?d find that that happiness holds cultural stigma and people aren?t very keen on the idea ? they?re happy-phobic if you like. Research also finds that people who are in an Islamic culture are likely to perceive sadness and hardship as necessary to commune properly with God and thus they too become happiness averse. So while people want to be happy ? many will avoid the opportunity to actually be [...]
It?s often said that if you want to achieve something; first you need to act like that. It?s the ?fake it until you make it? strategy and it?s often a very successful one. So how do you ?fake it until you make it? with the millionaire lifestyle when you haven?t got those millions to make the transition easy? Here are 10 tips to help you look and feel like a millionaire, even when you?re not a millionaire:
Revamp Your Wardrobe
You can?t look like a millionaire without having a good wardrobe but that doesn?t mean spending a ton of money. It means buying fewer clothes but better clothes. A good rule of thumb is to spend 3 times as much as you would at the moment but buy one-third as many clothes. If you learn to buy wardrobes which mix and match well ? you can wear the same item more often without dressing identically every day.
Want to hang out with millionaires and learn from them? You?d be amazed at how many wealthy people volunteer and support good causes. Do a little research; where do the movers and shakers hang out when they?re doing good work? Then go and join them. This is an incredibly inexpensive strategy and it will make you feel good to do something great in the community. The efforts you expend will increase your network and expose you to opportunities that you might never have seen otherwise.
Show Good Manners
Wealthy people have manners. It?s pretty much a staple expectation of those who?ve reached a certain station in life. It?s also good practice to be well-mannered anyway. People will like you more when you show restraint rather than huffing at someone for a minor delay or speaking down to someone because you?re irritated with them. It?s something that business colleagues and clients will appreciate to.
Ladies ?Ditch The Flat Shoes
This is terribly sexist but it?s the way that society works. Elegant, wealthy women do not dress in a frumpy fashion. High heels mold the profile of a woman?s leg to suggest a certain sexuality; flat shoes, on the other hand, suggest that you don?t care about your appearance and that you?ve probably got a house full of cats in your future. The millionaire lifestyle isn?t always comfortable unfortunately ? it?s always about putting your best foot forward (literally in this case).
Start Collecting Something
Rich people collect things; guns, medals, books, records, etc. are all items which can be collected and which draw wealthy, influential people. That doesn?t mean you need a copy of The Gutenberg Bible but events run for collectors often offer things that are much more affordable to those of us without billions in the bank. As you get involved in collecting; you?ll start reading up on the field and you?ll be able to converse with the wealthier collectors without sounding like an idiot ? you don?t need a silver plated Colt handgun to know that it?s an interesting and fascinating piece and it?s that knowledge that [...]
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The contractual rider is a standard part of work for celebrities; it was originally designed to ensure that stars got a meal and something to drink as part of their appearance. However, as time has gone by and the cult of celebrity has increasingly gotten out of hand; celebrities have been cranking up their requirements. This list examines some of the most outrageous celebrity demands of our time:
The original Material Girl is every bit as material as the song she once sang. She?s supposed to require a 200 person entourage as part of her rider. That entourage is designed to cater to her every whim ? they include yoga instructors, personal chefs and a legion of bodyguards. She?s also into floral arrangements but they have to be very specific ? they must be lilies or roses and they must have their stems cut to an exacting 6 inches long. She also insists upon an on-site dry cleaning service so her costumes can be turned out perfectly once she?s worn them.
J-Lo may have the most delectable bottom in the history of pop music but her rider must drive venues insane. She?s apparently appalled by color schemes; there?s a blanket ban on the use of color anywhere in her private off stage area. That means she must have a white room, decorated with white flowers, furnished with white drapes and white couches. She?s also not a fan of cool water as the rider requires access to ?tepid water?.
Morrissey who was in the eighties most influential band ?The Smiths? appeared to lose the plot when he headed to the Vina Del Mer festival in 2012. He demanded that every single person who worked at the venue be herded into their offices and then be locked in ? so that he wouldn?t have to encounter anyone below his ?station?. He also had a jury member thrown out of the festival because he didn?t approve of the way the guy winked at the camera.
Weird Al Yankovic
When he?s not working on his ?comedic? covers of artist like Michael Jackson (the song was ?Eat it?) ? he?s a huge fan of being badly dressed. His rider, whilst less demanding than many of the other artists on the list, required that each venue furnish him with a brand new Hawaiian shirt at every performance. Apparently, he dropped this requirement after collecting several hundred shirts.
Footballers can be prima donnas too. Lionel ?Leo? Messi may be the world?s most beloved soccer player but that doesn?t stop him from going overboard when it comes to his personal demands. The Hotel Serena Suites was required to install a basketball hoop in the bedroom, to provide three Jacuzzis in the bathroom (one had to be cold, the others hot), a personal maid and a swimming pool heated to exactly 28 degrees centigrade.
Not to be outdone by the sports stars and pop starts of this world; acting talent likes to be overly-entitled when it comes to their demands [...]
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