Roland’s Sunday Smart Trends #222
July 6th, 2008

Android apocalypse

For millenniums mankind has been the most powerful species on Earth. And yet, perhaps without knowing, man slowly but surely has been creating his evolutionary successor. Once dismissed as fantasy, the idea that scientists could build a machine that surpasses the human brain’s mental capabilities is becoming a reality.
Source: Charles Purcell, Sydney Morning Herald, Australia, June 30, 2008

Bags to help laptops pass air security

For years at airport security checkpoints, passengers have heard the refrain, almost a dirge: “Laptops must be removed from their cases and placed on the belt.” Get ready for a change. The Transportation Security Administration has given the go-ahead for passengers to use newly designed carry-on bags that will let them pass through security without having to take their laptops out for the X-ray inspection.
Source: Joe Sharkey, The New York Times, July 1, 2008

Logan will install body scanners

The Transportation Security Administration said yesterday it will beef up screening at Boston’s Logan International Airport with better X-ray machines to check carry-on bags and full-body scanners that can see through clothing to detect whether travelers are concealing objects.
Source: Nicole C. Wong, The Boston Globe, July 1, 2008

Ray-Ban gets arty with flash mob stunt

What do you do when you want to generate a crowd to look at your latest ad? Pay them of course! Ray-Ban has done just that to promote its latest outdoor creation – a huge building wrap created by Ron English.
Source: UTalkMarketing, July 4, 2008


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