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When movies predicted the future in tech

A Trip to the Moon” was released in 1902 and was one of the first if not the first science fiction movies. In it a group of scientists are shot out of a cannon the size of World War II railway gun “Schwerer Gustav” right into the eye of the moon. The scientists explore the moon and even have an encounter with the moon’s inhabitants. It wasn’t until 1969 that Neal Armstrong would actually step foot on the moon. I’m sure that in 1902 a trip to the moon in the literal sense was an incomprehensible journey. It took 67 years for the movie to become a reality when Armstrong took his first step—and that giant leap for mankind.

Let’s take a look back at what other movie tech was far-fetched for the time but has become a reality today.

Although the 1980’s television series “Knight Rider” only lasted four seasons, KITT—the crime-fighting talking car—has since become a pop culture icon. It’s said that KITT contained a cybernetic processor that was created by the U.S. government but was then used in the iconic Pontiac Trans Am. Comparable to KITT’s capabilities is Apple’s CarPlay, which allows drivers to interact with Siri. Because of cloud computing, the processor can reside in a data center far away and isn’t required in the car. With the introduction of self-driving cars and the great strides that AI has made, look for a real KITT in the near future.

And let’s not forget about the Batmobile! If I had a bank account similar to Bruce Wayne’s (aka Batman), I would definitely fund the research for a few of those cool toys that he relies on, especially the Batmobile. Think of the convenience of having a car pick you up at the airport terminal rather than trying to remember where you parked it in the acres and acres of parking lot. That idea may not be so far-fetched. The Audi A7 is a prototype that is essentially waiting to go through a few legal hurdles before it can be released. Using sensors, cameras and GPS, the car can navigate itself through your daily commute and can even pick you up. Right off the bat you may need a few bucks from your rich Uncle Bruce, but as with all new technology, such a car should be affordable in a few short years.

Although Alderaan—the fictional “Star Wars” planet—wouldn’t be excited for this new advancement in technology, the U.S. Navy has developed a “directed-energy weapon,” otherwise known as LaWS. LaWS is a defense system that the Navy uses to shoot down unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)—otherwise known as drones—and small boats. It’s less expensive and faster than using guns or missile systems and minimizes collateral damage. The system focuses six high-energy lasers on the target—much like the Death Star did in “Star Wars” to blow up Alderaan.

I am Iron Man!!! Or at least I wish I could be. Although Iron Man is a fictional superhero, the U.S. military has been working on a usable, non-clunky, exoskeleton for its soldiers during combat. Tony Stark would be impressed by the recent advancements in exoskeleton technology, which has allowed these exo suits to become a reality, even if only in experimental form. In 2010, defense contractor Raytheon demonstrated XOS 2, which is essentially a robot guided by the human brain. This suit allowed the user to lift two to three times as much weight than what the user could have without the suit. Exo suits can also be used to protect soldiers from shrapnel and bullets. These suits will not only help us feel more super-heroish, they will also allow people with spine injuries or muscle-deteriorating diseases to get around easier.

The future is exciting and the sky is the limit when it comes to advancements in technology. Send us your thoughts on what you would like to see down the road.

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My name is Jen and I work for Mozy

We are pleased to introduce Jen, who is a member of the Mozy Sales team. She is consistently one of the first to arrive at work and one of the last to leave. Not only is she a dedicated employee, she is charismatic and well-informed about a wide variety of subjects. And if you are ever having a bad day, Jen is always dependable for a hug or words of encouragement that will change the color of your mood ring—unless you are rooting for the San Diego Chargers or the Oakland Raiders. Mozy scored extra points when Jen was hired! Read below to learn more on what makes Jen…well, Jen.

I define my workspace as…

Wall-to-wall information! Nearly every inch is covered with 4” x 6” notecards of things that I have learned. That is one thing I love about working in this industry; it is forever evolving and I am forever learning.

A device I can’t live without….

My phone. I wish I had a better answer, but I don’t. I use it more as a camera than anything else. I have a six-month-old baby boy and I feel the need to document every giggle and smile.

When I arrive at work, I typically start my day off by…

Nesting. I turn on my computer, straighten any papers, and then grab my yellow notepad and favorite pen. At that point I can begin my day.

How long have you worked for Mozy?

One and a half glorious years. I have honestly been so happy here.

I do/do not listen to music at work and it helps me work better because …

I don’t listen to music at work; I am on the phone too much. I am constantly humming though, so I guess you could say that I make my own music.

If you could be in one TV sitcom or movie, what would it be and why?

This one is tough! I would have to go with “Modern Family.” I love to watch the individual relationships and how they pair unlikely characters in plotlines. I think I would laugh non-stop.

Outside of work, I am passionate about …

My family, my friends, and the Denver Broncos. I am very blessed to have a big family that includes many close friends; they are the best part of my day. The second best part? Anything involving Bronco Country! I bleed orange and blue and am very lucky to be a part of a franchise that has had two of the best QBs of all time!

My eating habits are …

Carnivorous! I grew up in a “meat and potatoes” home where a meal isn’t a meal unless it includes meat. My favorite, you ask? STEAK!

If I could be someone for a day, I would be …

I can’t pick just one… Lucille Ball, Jackie O or Audrey Hepburn. All classy women who are as strong as they are beautiful.

The “secret sauce” that makes me who I am …

I love laughing. If I could laugh to the point of tears every day of my life, I would die a very happy girl. I’ve never had milk come out my nose though, but I’m still young!

One thing that makes me unique is….

I can see the humor in any situation. It’s there, I promise. I think that being able to “find the funny” has helped me though some very tough times. As I mentioned, I love to laugh and get those around me to laugh as well.

Guilty pleasure…

It’s hard to decide between “Clash of Clans” and “The Bachelor.” One is delightfully nerdy and the other is a train wreck for my viewing pleasure. My husband even enjoys one with me; I’ll let you guess which one!

Preparing your business for the next man-made disaster

Our friends at Boston University put together this infographic on man-made disasters—which includes theft, fraud and corruption—and the effects they have on businesses. One way to thwart insider fraud is to be sure that your business performs a risk assessment at least annually or more frequently. One aspect of the risk assessment should be whether or not your crucial business files are protected and can be recovered in the event of a man-made disaster. By backing up with Mozy you are ensuring that your files are encrypted locally during the initial backup process. Your encrypted files are sent through a secure SSL connection. Mozy then protects your data in Mozy’s world-class data centers, which have successfully completed the SSAE 16 Type 2 audit and are ISO 27001 certified. You’ve gotta ask yourself one question: Are your business files ready for a man-made disaster? Feeling lucky isn’t going to cut it.

This week in tech history – April 26th – May 2nd

April 26, 1970 World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is formally created with the goal to promote creative intellectual activity and for facilitating the transfer of technology.

April 27, 1965 Disposable diapers “Pampers” are patented by R.C. Duncan, bringing joy to anyone who had to clean a soiled cloth diaper.

April 28, 1932 Vaccine for a viral disease that wiped out 9% of the U.S. population in 1793 is released. The disease is Yellow Fever.

April 29, 1953 The first experimental 3D TV broadcast is shown on a Los Angeles station.

April 30, 1993 CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) announces that the World Wide Web will be free to anyone, starting the .com boom.

May 1, 1981 Radio Shack releases TRS-DOS 1.3, which replaces cassette tapes with disk files with a capacity of an astounding 89 kilobytes each.

Mzy 2, 2000 GPS, once authorized for military use only, is made available to everyone by authorization of U.S. President Bill Clinton.

Want to see more?  Check out our tech history infographic

References

http://www.on-this-day.com/onthisday/thedays/alldays/apr28.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_fever

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CERN

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TRS-DOS

http://www.spacedaily.com/news/gps-00d.html

This week in history – April 12 – 18

Week 3 of our “This Week in tech History” covers new animals and allows us to see better.  See what happened in tech history between April 12 – 18

April 12, 1988 First patent for a new animal life form is issued for a genetically altered mouse. (like we need more species of mice)

April 13, 1743  Thomas Jefferson the third president of the United States and the inventor of  the pedometer, polygraph and the spherical sundial, is born.

April 14, 1956 Mark IV, the first videotape, is demonstrated.  The Mark IV replayed William Lodge’s speech moments after he finished astonishing the crowd.

April 15, 1924 Rand McNally publishes its first road atlas, a precursor to the modern-day GPS.

April 16, 1867 Wilbur Wright of the Wright brother’s fame is born near Millville, Indiana.

April 17, 1790 Benjamin Franklin, the inventor of bifocals and the lightning rod, passes away in his home in Philadelphia.

April 18, 1986 IBM becomes the first computer manufacturer to use a megabit chip, leveling the playing field between American computer makers and the Japanese electronics industry.

Want to see more?  Check out our tech history infographic

References:

http://www.historyorb.com/day/april/15

http://www.computerhistory.org/tdih/April/18/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Franklin#Death_and_legacy

http://www.biography.com/people/wilbur-wright-20672839#synopsis

My name is “Woody” and I work for Mozy

Steve, aka “Woody,” is a friend to all here at Mozy. Woody is a sales engineer and is based out of our London office. Because of his charisma, Mozy is proud to send him to all the corners of the earth to work with our partners in their journey to the cloud and cloud services. Here is a Q&A with Woody.

I define my workspace as…

Wherever I lay my laptop bag. Planes, trains and automobiles; otherwise, never more than 2 meters (6.5 feet) from a power socket.

A device I can’t live without….

A TV set with a sleep timer.

When I arrive at work, I typically start my day off by…

Downing a glass of cold milk and having a conversation about the weather (it’s usually more interesting than politics, less controversial than religion, and less fractious than sports).

How long have you worked for Mozy?

A little over six years.

I do/do not listen to music at work and it helps me work better because …

When I can and only if I’m not speaking with a customer. Anything with a fast tempo as it keeps me focused on the task at hand and prevents me from eavesdropping on interesting conversations.

If you could be in one TV sitcom or movie, what would it be and why?

I’d be a guest at “Fawlty Towers” (think Major Gowen), or I’d be Lord Flashheart in “Blackadder”!

Outside of work, I am passionate about …

Rugby, snow sports, and the beach.

My eating habits are …

Completely random. I like to make letters out of pretzels and spell funny words like “Wankel Rotary Engine.”

If I could be someone for a day, I would be …

Richard “Dickie” Branson

The “secret sauce” that makes me who I am …

If you can’t be passionate about what you do, then do something else.

One thing that makes me unique is….

Each of us is unique; no one thing defines us.

Guilty pleasure…

Using the hotel laundry service and not having to make the bed in the morning.

This week in tech history (April 5 – April 11)

See what happened in tech history on our second week of “This Week in Tech History”

April 5, 1964 - First driverless trains run on London Underground.

April 6, 1980 Post-it Notes are introduced.

April 7,  1896 Tolbert Lanston is issued a patent for the Monotype printing press.

April 9,1919 - John Presper Eckert, co-inventor of the first electronic computer-(ENIAC), is born.

April 10, 1930 - Synthetic rubber is first produced.

April 11, 1893 Frederic Ives patents the process for half-tone printing press.

Want to see more?  Check out our tech history infographic

References:

http://www.historyorb.com/day/april/5

http://inventors.about.com/od/todayinhistory/a/april.htm

http://www.historyorb.com/day/april/9

http://senselist.com/2006/10/27/12-things-thomas-jefferson-invented/

http://www.historyorb.com/day/april/10

http://inventors.about.com/od/todayinhistory/a/april.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quadruplex_videotape

This week in Tech history (April 1-April 4)

For the month of April we will be taking a look at a significant events that happened on each day. See what happened this week below.

April 1, 1927 – First automatic record changer introduced by His Master’s Voice.

April 2, 1889 – Charles Martin Hall patents an inexpensive method for the production of aluminum, which brought the metal into wide commercial use.

April 3, 1973 – Martin Cooper, an employee at Motorola, makes the first call using a cell phone.  “Can you hear me now?”

April 4, 1975 – Microsoft is founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen and would soon revolutionize the computer industry.

 

http://inventors.about.com/od/todayinhistory/a/april.htm

https://www.google.com/search?q=first+call+on+a+cell+phone&oq=first+call+on+a+cell+phone&aqs=chrome..69i57.4326j0j7&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=119&ie=UTF-8

http://hereisthecity.com/en-gb/2012/04/04/11-things-that-happened-this-day-in-history-4th-april/

http://www.historyorb.com/day/april/1

Want more tech history?  Check out our infographic “The Most Influential Tech Inventions and Discoveries from Each Month of the Year.

 

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What do Furbies and cloud computing have in common?

The dawn of AI is here and it’s all possible because of cloud computing.

Let’s go back to the ’90s when Furbies became popular. The little toy fur ball had a small bit of Artificial Intelligence. It may be hard to believe, but that little guy had more computing power than the Apollo 11. Yes, the spacecraft that landed man on the moon. Fresh out of the box these AI fur balls would talk Furbish, the language of the Furby. After children had interacted with them for a while, their Furbies would learn certain English words. Furbies could even interact with each other if you had multiple units. Furbish was translated into 24 languages.

Furbies were not only cute (if a cross between a hamster and an owl is your idea of cute), the fact that they were able to “learn” a few words made them endearing. However, they obviously didn’t show the intelligence or the discernment of a human. But that would change a few years later when in 1997 a team of programmers and chess experts programed a machine called Deep Blue. The supercomputer had enough reason and logic to beat World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov at chess. The Russian had the upper hand the first few games, but Deep Blue progressed and eventually beat the chess Grandmaster, considered by many to be the greatest chess player of all time.

Watson is our next step in the progression of AI. Watson, an artificially intelligent computer system, was programed to be able to listen to a question (think Siri on your smartphone) and then answer that question. To prove how brilliant this AI was, in 2011 TV quiz game Jeopardy had Watson on a show and matched it up against two of Jeopardy’s greatest champions, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter. At the conclusion of the competition, Ken and Brad lost to Watson.

Enter cloud computing. For those who are familiar with the cloud, you know that it’s not just a buzz word. The platform is essentially thousands of remote servers working together in a centralized location. Users can then access the data either created or stored on those servers via a device such as a handheld device or laptop.

You probably see where I am going with this. The next logical step for AI is to let the cloud do the computing at lightning speeds, like Watson did on Jeopardy, and then send that information back to the device or AI being, such as the character Lieutenant Commander Data from Star Trek. We can see an early concept with CogniToy’s green dino. The green dino is a child’s toy about the size of a teddy bear that can carry on a conversation on different topics, tell a story, and even answer age-related questions. The intelligence grows or matures with the child. In fact, the green dino even has the ability to discern whether or not the answer is a little too mature for the age of the child, at which point the toy will tell the child to go ask his mom the question. All of this “smart” dino’s responses are computed in the cloud.

Currently, the only limitation of AI is being able to reach a Wi-Fi connection. However, as municipal wireless networks (where the entire city has access to a Wi-Fi signal) become more and more popular, this AI obstacle may not be around for much longer, allowing AI to continue to grow intellectually.

With giant tech companies such as Google buying up AI startups and cloud computing advancing so rapidly, it’s reasonable to expect ongoing funding for AI—and artificial intelligent beings in our lifetime. All thanks to cloud computing.

My name is Colton and I work for Mozy

 

Meet Colton. Colton is an integral member of our partners team here at Mozy. Colton works with our partners to help grow their business by selling EMC product to their customers. Colton quickly impressed management and worked his way to a few promotions since joining the Mozy Sales team. Colton is a vocal Pittsburgh Steelers fan and is a proud pogonophile and for all intents and purposes is the Brett Keisel of Mozy.

I define my workspace as…

“The Command Center.” It is a perfectly organized disaster. That is how I like it. Too clean stresses me out and too cluttered makes me uncomfortable. It’s got to be just right. My computer and monitors have got to be in just a way to make me efficient without distracting me. Some may call this a delicate balance. I would agree.

A device I can’t live without….

I’m pretty plugged in so it would be hard to answer this question. The obvious answer is my phone, and it is probably the best answer. But so much media streams in and out of my house that many other devices would be a close second. Anything from a PS4 or Xbox to my Roku and Chromecast. Take your pick.

When I arrive at work, I typically start my day off by…

Reviewing if I accomplished my goals from the previous day, and setting new goals for the current day. I then dive into whatever will help me accomplish the goals I just set.

How long have you worked for Mozy?

Three years in one capacity or another.

I do/do not listen to music at work and it helps me work better because …

I don’t usually listen to music because I am often on the phone. The few times I do listen to music I do because I need to avoid distractions and get something done.

If you could be in one TV sitcom or movie, what would it be and why?

I will answer this question in two ways.

If I had a chance to be part of the cast of a TV sitcom or movie, it would likely be “The Walking Dead.” It would be fun to kill Zombies and be part of something unique and ahead of its time.

If I could live in a TV sitcom or movie as if it were real life, I would like to live in the world of the movie “Remember the Titans.” I would love to have been part of an intense sports story on top of experiencing all the insane racial negativity and cultural biases. I would love to have been a part of that challenge.

Outside of work, I am passionate about …

Many things. First and foremost, my family. My wife and I have a two-year-old girl and a boy on the way. Outside of that I am passionate about board games and video games during the winter, fishing, camping and other outdoor stuff in the summer, and sports year round. Steelers, Jazz, Penguins, Diamondbacks, Juventus (I think I covered any sport I care about in order of how closely I follow them).

My eating habits are …

Poor and picky habits to be frank. I love Italian food, but I am also a pizza and pasta snob. I’m not a huge fan of anything that grows from the ground.

If I could be someone for a day, I would be…

Mike Tomlin, head coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers. I would love to be involved at the highest level of the sport, but I wouldn’t want to be on the field. Mike is a coach who hangs around a legendary organization and it would be fun to be a large part of it, even if just for a day.

The “secret sauce” that makes me who I am …

My passion to help people I love and care for. It’s important to love what you do, but more important to love who you do it for more.

One thing that makes me unique is….

My beard is unique. It is my mane that sets me apart and shows a unique side of my personality. Most people can only dream about such majesty and grandeur. (I hope that comes across sarcastically and not in arrogance.)

Guilty pleasure…

Dungeons and Dragons. I know I am a tabletop game nut, but I never thought I would dive so deep into the rabbit hole. Now that I have, I can’t get out. Don’t judge me.