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OPLIN 4Cast #773: The idea of a ‘metaverse’ isn’t new, but the growth is

Posted in Metaverse, and Second Life

The concept of (and the term) “the metaverse” was applied to Second Life long before Facebook and general tech appropriated it. It’s interesting to me to see how other entities are taking the idea of a virtual environment and expanding the definition to include AR, VR and mixed reality.

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OPLIN 4Cast #771: From Roombas to Rover, robots are becoming even more mainstream

Posted in 4cast, and robotics

oombas might be the first instance of widely-adopted robots for the home, but they certainly won’t be the last. I, for one, am not sure I’m ready to totally welcome our robot overlords.

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OPLIN 4Cast #768: When it comes to smart glasses, can Facebook make it where Google failed?

Posted in 4cast, and Facebook

The Google Glass project ultimately fizzled—buggy performance, few practical applications available, the surveillance aspect creeped people out, and the glasses themselves were just ugly—but development on the smartglasses idea continues to bubble along. Last week, Facebook announced Ray-Ban Stories, which might start propelling these into the mainstream.

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OPLIN 4Cast #767: The next big social network probably won’t be big at all

Posted in 4cast, and Social Networks

While TikTok has (perhaps unexpectedly) become a dominant force in the social media sphere, that sphere continues to fragment into more niche services. New platforms continue to pop up, geared towards specific demographics and populations.

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OPLIN 4Cast #764: More tech, fewer pencils: how technology is changing education

Posted in 4cast, and education

What perhaps differentiates this year, from so many others, is the even bigger emphasis on technology–accelerated by the pandemic, no doubt. But it’s the first school year where the only school supplies I’ll be buying will be a notebook and maybe a couple of pens…just in case.

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