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Voices from Space

Voices from Space

Has anyone ever told you to scream? No, not to shut up when you scream, but to actually do it? In today’s busy world, many of us want to yell because of the stress in our lives. But while screaming at someone on the phone may be rude, screaming to get our voices loaded onto a smartphone app could possibly have a purpose.

Cambridge University students have decided to put to test the famous phrase from the Ridley Scott’s film Alien: In Space no one can hear you scream. They will be doing this by loading human screams onto a smartphone that will be sent to outer space at the end of the year. Everyone is encouraged to submit their screams, which are going to be emitted in orbit. The phone will be recording at the same time to test the possibility of capturing the screaming sound in space.

For this rather unusual experiment, Cambridge University Spaceflight will be using a special smartphone app into which videos of many screaming people will be uploaded. The app, housed on a Google Android phone is going to be shot into space. When in orbit, the smartphone will play the recorded sounds at full volume and record audio at the same time.

Edward Cunningham, one of the Cambridge University Spaceflight members, points out that while there is no high expectation for hearing a sound other than buzzing, the real purpose of the experiment is to encourage young people to consider science and engineering as a future career.


Could we hear our own voices shouting at us from outer space? And do we know them well enough to be able to recognize them in a crowd? We will live to see.

November 13th, 2012
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  • space
  • science
  • smartphone
  • app

What Are You Willing To Pay For Online Privacy?

What Are You Willing To Pay For Online Privacy?

The question may cause some hesitation while the individual tries to sift through their brain for an explanation. Privacy seems to be the buzz word these days, especially when it comes to the Internet and social media. The general assumption used to be that we were entitled to privacy whenever we felt the need to be discreet. That assumption has left many individuals questioning when it seems that anyone who feels so inclined can access personal information about you with the click of a button. More than that, it seems that we divulge this information unknowingly or without much forethought through the many social media services that are now available, not just on your computer, but through smartphone apps as well.

We should be reminded that anyone can access the information that we toss into the ether. Those that can harvest our valuable intellectual goods range from advertisement companies, that seem to know exactly what I want to buy before I even know I want it, to potential employers that can access your Facebook and find pictures that may bar you from the job of your dreams. That’s when we usually come back and demand that we be given our anonymity and dignity back, but many times it’s too late. The damage has been done, and you are left feeling vulnerable.

March 22nd, 2012
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  • brand
  • strategy
  • innovation