YouTube THEN & YouTube NOW

THE BEGINNING

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12 years ago, on February 14, 2005, YouTube was born. Founded by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim, who were all early employees of PayPal. The inspiration for YouTube sparked the minds of the three men after recent popular events that had occurred in 2004 were too difficult to find in video format online. A year later, that would change.

THE ORIGINAL PLAN

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YouTube became a place where people could share anything from anywhere at anytime. YouTube grew and grew; videos upon videos uploaded daily. Google eventually bought the company just over a year after launch on November 13, 2016.

YouTube originally, was meant to be a different form of documentation that was capable of being shared with the entire world, a form that lacked presence on the internet at the time. Videos were never really a problem for YouTube when it first began. Smosh and Fred becoming the first popular channels to take YouTube more serious. YouTube had now evolved in to an area of entrepreneurship, where YouTubers were and still are battling each other out to become the best of the best. This is all because YouTube now pays YouTubers money for posting popular content, due to ad revenue using AdSense. Trends after trends had come and gone, and at the beginning were harmless, but as we now break into 2018, the trends have just gotten out of hand.

TRENDS

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Trends use to be silly and cheesy, but now they have evolved into eating tide pods and filming dead bodies, it is all about becoming the next big thing, the next star. Everyone wants to be famous. People are becoming selfish and inconsiderate; people are even dying from some of these trends too. YouTube never had to deal with this problem, but finally after Logan Paul posted a video showing a dead body of a man in Suicide Forest, YouTube has finally decided to crack down on this issue and put an end to this stupidity.

“We expect more of the creators who build their community on YouTube, as we’re sure you do too. The channel violated our community guidelines, we acted accordingly, and we are looking at further consequences” –YouTube on Logan Paul Video

YouTube just recently came out with new guidelines that clearly prohibit anything near these types of videos. It is about time YouTube; now true creative minds will shine and the stupid, desperate ones will vanish.

The New Reality (AR Breakdown)

I have only paid attention to Augmented Reality for a few years now but it has been going on since the late 90’s. AR is the integration of digital information with the user’s environment in real time. If I really wanted to, I could have a Smurf juggling apples in front of me. In reality that is, not happening but I am visualizing it through a screen. That leads me to ask the question; what is reality? With the growth rate of AR and its relative VR, otherwise known as Virtual Reality. Our realities are about to change, if they haven’t already.

PAST

AR began its life back in the olden days, well, by olden days I mean 1998. It first appeared as the yellow first down line that you see on TV while watching a football game. The term Augmented Reality was coined eight years earlier by Boeing researcher Thomas Caudell. Back then it wasn’t a serious topic but now they have evolved AR into such things like the Google glass and heads-up displays in car windshields.

CURRENT

Technology Companies are taking advantage of this and using it to evolve their apps on mobile devices. Snapchat for example, uses AR to allow users to wear an augmented mask, otherwise known as a Snapchat filter. IKEA uses AR on their app to allow customers to visualize what a piece of furniture may look like in their house before they even buy it.

FUTURE

AR is heading in a very impressive direction. Holograms becoming a reality are very near. Microsoft and multiple other companies have dedicated teams to working on such a project. AR and VR are working with each other as well, allowing users to take advantage of the benefits from both Virtual and Augmented Reality. It’s a multi-dimensional reality.

IMPORTANCE

AR is not just some toy people can play with either. Multiple industries use the innovative technology, including: healthcare, public safety, gas and oil, tourism, and marketing.

“Neural implants could accomplish things no external interface could: Virtual and augmented reality with all five senses; augmentation of human memory, attention, and learning speed; even multi-sense telepathy – sharing what we see, hear, touch, and even perhaps what we think and feel with others.” –Ramez Naam

It’s amazing technology; use it to your advantage.

Bitcoin

Just a Bit of Crypto

If you have not heard of Cryptocurrency or at least Bitcoin yet, you are seriously missing out. These past couple of year’s Cryptocurrency, especially Bitcoin, took a boost in its popularity and continues to rise. Investing in Bitcoin has very high risk but also a very high reward. Some like to take the risk while others are still curious to what it actually is and what it can do; such a mysterious thing to surface publicly.

“Virtual currencies, perhaps most notably Bitcoin, have captured the imagination of some, struck fear among others, and confused the heck out of the rest of us.” –Thomas Carper, US-Senator

Before its rise to fame Cryptocurrency was something only known to the users of the Dark Web or sometimes referred to as the Dark Net. Bitcoin surfaced when a mysterious user of the underground World Wide Web posted Bitcoin on a crypto forum. They went by the name Satoshi Nakamoto, whose real identity remains a mystery to this day.

I used to research the Dark Web a few years back, I was obsessed with the fact that Dark Web info was untraceable. This led me to come across Bitcoin 3 years ago. I really started to become interested in Cryptocurrency, but I did not think much of its value, and looking back now, I wish I had taken it much more seriously. Three years back I had some apps that I would play to earn Satoshi which when added up to a certain amount would give me small amounts of Bitcoin. In fact, by the time I was done with those apps I had $0.25 worth of Bitcoin. $0.25 in Bitcoin today is now worth $9.00. Now you understand my pain. Yes, that is still better than only $0.25, but imagine investing $100 back then; you would have some nice bank to sit back on.

It is very easy to look at Bitcoin and its fellow Cryptocurrencies and want to throw bank in but this may not be wise if research is not done properly. Some people have mortgaged their houses to attempt for success. Some succeed and some do not, it is a dangerous game to play. The fact Bitcoin increases so quickly makes it also capable of dropping extremely quick. Invest wisely.