Emojis and Memes – The Future Of Human Communication?

Digital Human Communication

Technology is critical, billions of people depend on technology. We find it necessary in our daily lives from health to education, from entertainment to religion. It influences a massive chunk of each day’s experience. Innovation has increased the world’s communication options. How has this truly influenced the world?  Will it lead to future with an emoji based universal language?

Faster Communication

It is not a new concept to reach out to friends, family, and colleagues instantly over great distances, without leaving home or even the bedroom. Analysis of this massive influence shows positive results, instant news and notifications, messages arriving faster than they can be read. The speed of communication is not as much about the velocity of the delivery, as much as it is the location that most people can now be reached. The cons also exist as having a smartphone in one’s pocket or purse with vibrating and/or sound notifications, makes it rather intrusive when in the bathroom or shower.

Wordless

For some, “wordless” communication is considered fun, for others not so much. Emojis came into play with early Internet chat programs and has now been adopted into every form of chat there is. Convenience wins against details every time. When used excessively, the generation gap begins to show in the delivey, the latest generation on a global scale has welcomed emojis as a first line of communication. Emojis lead the chats and Memes are now leading relevant Internet content popularity posts. ‘One meme says a thousand words’. This emotion provoking imagery is the most attractive, successful and monetizable use case rivalling even video content. Emojis and Memes are fun, exciting and creative. Memes can be ambiguous and often cause misunderstandings, this has not affected the popularity.

Visuals

What is your poison? For posting: TikTok – Facebok – Instagram…  For calling: Facetime – Skype – Zoom…  This next level of communication is now the standard, and it will only become clearer, less pixelated and more enhanced. People mostly sing or make noises and end the post or conversation. The crazy question to ask is, could words eventually be replaced by noises in verbal communication?

Is it Good?

In a nutshell, will the influence that technology has injected into human communication formed a positive or a negative result, and how will it evolve? Although there is no certainty, we can definitely say that it has changed human behavior a great deal and adapting to it had been challenging for some, especially seniors who mostly have been known to not instantly embrace “new-age” technology. Emojis and memes are another case that is fun and exciting but also could be boring if you use them excessively. Overall, we can say that the influence tech has on communication is not really bad – at moderate levels. Intellectually however, this should be carefully embraced.

Dot .Crypto Domains

What are Dot .Crypto Domains?

Unstoppable domains is a San-Francisco-based blockchain start-up that tends to replace cryptocurrency addresses with human-readable names. These domains are run by Ethereum and Zilliqa blockchains.

 Unstoppable blockchains have unleashed a new service called Dot .Crypto Domains, in collaboration with Cloudflare’s Distributed web infrastructure. This service’s launch has enabled the users to access the blockchain domains from any web browser directly.

How Dot .crypto domains work?

Dot .Crypto Domains work in an effortless and easy way. Unstoppable Domains give users their  Dot .crypto domains that are entirely owned and controlled by the users. Moreover, the users only need to purchase their Dot .Crypto Domains once without paying the host or management fees. The users can enjoy their domains without having to pay subscription fees after the purchase.

How to start monetizing your Dot .Crypto Domains?

You must be trying to figure out the ways by which you can begin monetizing your Dot .Crypto Domains and start earning.

The users can start monetizing their Dot .Crypto Domains by researching and creating a successful marketing strategy.

Some of the ways to begin monetizing your Dot .Crypto Domains are: 

  •   Sublet your blockchain domains to create a good flow of cash.
  •   Create a decentralized website to buy or rent them
  •   You can provide advertising offers on your blockchain domains.
  •   To render premium services on your blockchain, you can also offer membership access to the users.

With the above ways and means, you will avail the best value of your blockchain domains.

 What is the significance of Dot .Crypto Domains?

Dot .Crypto Domains are of paramount significance and come with a plethora of benefits for its users.

Let’s have a look at the advantages of Dot .Crypto Domains are providing go it’s users:  

  • Provides easy access:

Dot .Crypto Domains can be accessed by any web browser and any location through the internet. The users have easy access to their Dot .Crypto Domains web addresses. Previously, a plug-in or a browser with native support was required to view the domain addresses. However, with the launch of the new system, users can enter .crypto addresses just like other domains. For example .com, .net etc. 

  • No Renewal:

Once purchased, the Dot .Crypto Domain does not need any renewal or subscription fees. Once purchased, the domain is yours. It is just a one-off fee service. 

  • Makes Payment convenient:

Users of Dot .Crypto Domains can easily send and receive their cryptocurrency payments without remembering the traditional lengthy and complicated domain addresses. Now, the sender and the receiver only need to be aware of your human-readable domains to transfer and receive payments. 

  • Increases privacy:

According to Unstoppable domains, the new Dot .Crypto Domains provide increased privacy. There’s no interference or involvement of the third-party. The domains and the content shown on the websites are under the control and access of the user. 

  • Increases security:

According to the Unstoppable, the new system is based on a “new model of security.”

The new system provides greater security to the owners. This means the domains are not vulnerable to hacking attacks or other scams.

NFT (NON- FUNGIBLE TOKEN)

What is NFT?

A NFT “Non- Fungible Token” is a unique, not interchangeable item of data referred to as a blockchain. It may represent digital files such as videos, art, audios, and video games. The first form of NFTs were based on Ethereum and introduced in 2015. The rapidly increasing interest in the market for NFTs has caused an increase in speculation, due to an increase in the investors who began trading NFTs in large volumes who had previously speculated on cryptocurrencies.

 

NFTs are similar to cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin. They are verified through a decentralized program of nodes through a consensus protocol and identified individually. Nevertheless, the NFTs are different from cryptocurrencies as they are “non-fungible”, indivisible, and unique. NFTs are unique as each and every piece of content is connected to a token stored in a smart contract. Only one individual can take ownership of a specific token.

 

Why are people spending massive sums on NFTs?

People who buy NFTs view their purchase as a medium to support their favorite actors, artists, athletes, and musicians. Although there have been few expensive sales recently, most NFT sales occur at a reasonable price that facilitates creators to make money out of their work. Just as collectors of different products such as baseball cards, antiques etc. NFT collectors hope that their purchase will increase in value and will thus act as a viable investment option.

Key characteristics of NFTs:

Indivisible: NFTs cannot be broken down into smaller constituents unlike bitcoin satoshis. They are thus indivisible and exist as a single item.

Indestructible: Since all NFT data is stored through contracts on the blockchain, each NFT token cannot be replicated, destroyed, or removed. Gamers and collectors have the possession of their NFTs, not the firms that manufacture them. This differs from purchasing items such as music from the iTunes where purchases do not actually have ownership of their purchase, they just own the license to listen to songs.

Verifiable: Another advantage of storing data on the blockchain is the fact that goods such as digital artwork can be linked back to their original manufacturer. This allows authentication of pieces without the requirement of verification by a third party.

Why are NFTs important?

NFTs have modified the areas of gaming and collectibles to a huge extent which is the reason for their popularity among firms and people who use crypto. Due to the introduction of blockchain technology, gamers have become the owners of in-game products and are able to monetize them.

For artists, the ability to sell their artwork digitally to buyers globally without the requirement of a gallery allows them to be cost efficient and maximize their profits from sales. Royalties can also be converted into digital artwork which allows the creator to receive a portion of profits from sales every time their art is purchased by a new person. William Shatner, the famous Captain Kirk from “Star Trek,” launched 90,000 digital cards on the blockchain portraying several pictures of himself. Each card was in the beginning sold for about $1 and now it provides him with royalty income upon every resold.

Ancient Technology & History

Ancient examples of technology

Archeologists have discovered ancient technologies which have left scientists awestruck with their precision and efficiency. A few of these inventions are groundbreaking to an extent that they seem impossible to be recreated in modern times with modern technologies. These technologies shed light on the previous socio-cultural aspects of our ancestral societies. 

Antikythera mechanism

This ancient technology was discovered on the Greek island, Antikythera in 1901 by divers who were in search of sponges. The Antikythera mechanism, a 2000-year-old analog computer, had functional gears and it resembled a clock. It is discovered that the ancient invention was also utilized for transportation as it could “replicate the motions of the heavens.” This technology was not any larger in size than mantel clocks at our homes. Unlike displaying time like our modern-day clocks, the Antikythera mechanism used to display “celestial time” by using celestial bodies are guides.

Automatic doors

Automated doors came under the spotlight in 1931 and were considered as symbols of the “modern age”. However, this invention had already been made by the Greeks in 1 AD.

Brass vessels were used as a place to light a fire which generated enough heat to create a buildup of atmospheric pressure to open the door. This vessel used to simultaneously pump water in attached containers which would then act as weights to ensure that the door was kept open. These doors had a functioning similar to that of a hydraulic system.

These ancient doors, however, were not efficient in terms of time, rigid in use, and not user-friendly. Hence were not as popular as automated doors in modern times.  

Houfeng Didong Yi: The earthquake detector in ancient times 

2,000 years ago, the Houfeng Didong Yi, a seismoscope was discovered in ancient China. It was the first effective earthquake detector discovered in history. It was invented by Zhang Heng who was an engineer, scholar, astronomer, artist, and scientist.

The Houfeng Didong Yi could detect earthquakes as far away as hundreds of kilometers. The device was shaped in the form of a jar and consisted of eight tube-like projections on the exterior, with eight corresponding toad-shaped projections at the base. Each of these toad-shaped projections represented a direction taken by the seismic wave while traveling. To demonstrate the direction of the earthquake, the Houfeng Didong would drop a ball in a toad according to the direction of the seismic wave.

Aeolipile: The ancient steam turbine

The Aeolipile was invented by the engineer and mathematician, Heron of Alexandria. This technology functioned like a steam turbine in ancient times. It was a hollow sphere that was mounted in a manner that enabled it to turn on tubes that provided the sphere with steam from a cauldron. The steam would then evaporate from hollow tubes resulting in the device revolving at high speeds.

Although it was an efficient device, it did not progress any further from being a novelty device. It was difficult to obtain fuel for keeping the device operational over long periods of time.

Zimbabwe’s digital economy

Zimbabwe’s digital economy

It is no news to anyone that Zimbabwe has a money problem. From the late 90s until 2009, the Zimbabwe dollar reached a state of hyperinflation, which reached its peak in 2008 at 11,200,000%. This episode became infamous for the printing of notes with huge numerical values, such as the 100 trillion Zimbabwe dollars note.

In order to try to solve this problem, in 2009 the Zimbabwe government abolished the Zimbabwe dollar and announced that multiple foreign currencies would take its place in the country, including the US dollar, the British pound, the euro, the South African rand, and the Botswana pula.

However, the crisis had taken its toll, and loss of faith in financial institutions led people to hoard cash instead of storing their money in bank accounts, and the economic crisis strongly damaged their economy, leading to more imports than exports, along with other problems. Read more articles: Cloud Engineer

As a result, it didn’t take long for cash to dry out in the country. The government tried to counteract that by issuing bond notes linked to the US dollar, but it also went short. And in time, inflation started to return.

So, how could they deal with this shortage of cash? By going cashless.

Cashless?

Having no cash is different from having no money. Financial insecurity and economic instability, along with the use of the more stable US dollar, led people to hoard cash, that is, physically store their money, when having the option.

However, banks don’t really keep all of the money they store in cash format, especially when it is in a foreign currency. As people desperately tried to take their money off banks, the reserves drained. So now it is very difficult to get cash, but many people still keep money in their balance in bank accounts, and some even in foreign banks, while others store the cash they have in their houses and in safes.

As such, there isn’t a lot of cash circulating, and electronic payment became the dominant form of payment, both by bank cards and mobile phones.

The app EcoCash became the main payment service, used by individuals and companies alike. But not without its disadvantages: there are many tariffs involved in using money with it. As a result, it is common to see places using different prices for different methods of payment, with US dollar cash still being the favored option.

Does it work?

Zimbabwe is definitely not the best example of how a cashless society could work. The transition to mostly digital payments was very quick and violent, a result of a years-long economic crisis which still isn’t over. It does, however, show that it can work, and can work virtually anywhere.

Of course, Zimbabwe is not the only country that is going cashless. Sweden, for example, has been rapidly transitioning to fully cashless transactions during the last few years, and has now been relying mostly on the app Swish, the result of a cooperation between major Swedish banks and the Central Bank of Sweden. A much more orderly transition.

In Sweden, however, what is preventing them from becoming fully cashless is that cash is still available. Older people, especially the ones from rural regions of the country, are more resistant to the change, especially if they aren’t used to smartphones, and as such still prefer to use cash.

Also, being a government-backed project really helps the transition process. Zimbabweans do not have a lot of choice regarding the method of payment: it is either EcoCash, which is the most requested method, bank cards, or foreign cash. And all of them have really high drawbacks: high tariffs, insecurity, and scarcity.

Even if other similar fintechs were to appear, it would have to face the lack of economic security in the country, a steep competition with EcoCash, and difficulty getting people to adopt it, considering the low confidence in this sector of the economy.

Still, it had one fortunate, surprising side-effect: using less cash means there is one less form of transmitting the COVID-19 during the pandemic. Not to say the country isn’t struggling with it, considering its economic crisis, but it could possibly have been much worse otherwise.

Digital Life in Estonia’s unique use of Technology: e-banking & i-voting

Meet Estonia’s digital life

Since the fall of the Soviet Union and Estonia’s independence, the Estonian government has been heavily investing into the digital world, in order to not only make their citizen’s lives easier and faster, but also to attract foreign investment and improve the country’s economy.

Although, from the outside, that may seem like nothing new, Estonia’s approach to it is very innovative. The country has been moving out from “pen and paper” bureaucracy into streamlined digital processes based on the internet, through a governmental program called e-Estonia. At the time of this writing, the official e-Estonia website states that 99% of state services are now online.

Let’s see what this is all about.

Digital bureaucracy

One of the main advantages that that initiative gives to citizens is the ability to deal with governmental and private bureaucratic procedures much more rapidly and without the need to leave your home. Everything can be done using the internet.

This began in 1996 with the creation of the first e-Banking system, which is now much more widespread worldwide thanks to financial technology startups, which was then followed by systems for the government decision process (e-Cabinet meeting), tax declarations (e-Tax board), mobile parking payment (m-Parking), digitization of healthcare systems and medical history (e-Health and e-Prescription), ID card (e-ID), among many others. Everything is working everyday, 24h per day.

As a result, you get an extremely fast and transparent system which centralizes all information about you, and you can both check it out or allow companies to access it with just a few clicks. All of this powered by e-Estonia’s x-Road (a distributed data system) and blockchain technology (for cybersecurity).

i-Voting

One of the most revolutionary services they provide is probably i-Voting. The i-voting service gives Estonian citizens the ability to cast votes in Estonian parliamentary elections from anywhere in the world. The person just has to be an Estonian citizen. The Estonian government states that votes have already been cast from over 110 countries, for both national and local parliamentary elections (as they have a parliamentary government). 

This doesn’t mean that they have scrapped in-person voting. It is still available and many people use it. They estimate that only about 44% of citizens use i-Voting. But the voting process is anonymous in both cases.

The i-Voting system also comes with some advantages. Other than being able to vote anywhere you are, you are also free to change your mind at any time you want. If you decided that you no longer want to vote for the candidate you voted, you can just vote again, and the system will overwrite your previous vote, as long as you do so within the election period.

Although the system still isn’t used to institute some form of direct democracy, it already showcases the power of technology to aid governments and to make everything quicker and easier.

e-Residency

However, the most revolutionary technology implemented by e-Estonia is definitely e-Residency. If you don’t have citizenship in a European country and want your business to enter the European market, then this is the solution for you. Read more articles: Cloud Engineer

The e-Residency service is a government-backed solution that allows any person from outside of Estonia to become a “digital citizen” of Estonia, that is, an e-Resident. Although this isn’t exactly full citizenship (meaning it doesn’t come with political rights and such), it gives you the right to start and run a company in Estonia, meaning it gives you access to the entire European market.

Even better, e-Residency is fully integrated with other services from e-Estonia and follows the same philosophy: you can do everything online. You can run your entire business, open bank accounts, pay taxes and more without ever setting foot on Europe, while also enjoying an entire ecosystem of people and companies which developed around this niche.

Although Estonia is the first country to take this huge step towards being 100% digital, we can expect that, following their success, other countries will probably follow their steps in the near future, allowing our lives to become much quicker, efficient and interconnected.