Why you should always use face recognition or fingerprint scan in public places!

The title says it all.

The question you’re asking now is why? You even have 16 character complex password with special characters, your password is different across all platforms. You’re following pretty much all security measures possible. Why is fingerprint scan more secure?

The answer to the question is funny. The problem with typing passwords is the excess of security.

What? You’re thinking I’m completely crazy and wondering if you should stop reading.

Please wait a second. I didn’t say what type of security was it, did I?
I am talking about security in public places. Yep!!

Nowadays we have cameras everywhere!! Most of the newest cameras have a high resolution and huge optical zooms. YOU ARE NOT SAFE!
I recently heard a conversation in a store that got me thinking about it. There were these two security guards laughing about a guy watching (porn I guess) on his mobile, they were not speaking loud, but I was near them and heard it all.

Photo by PhotoMIX Ltd.

If these two security guards can secretly watch a guy watching whatever on his phone, they can also watch everything else you do. There are countless cameras in most stores, even if you’re walking the chance that there is a camera following you is really high!

If you want security you can either use a password manager or to keep it simple just use a face recognition or fingerprint scan sensor. If you really care about your security and privacy you should also activate the 2-factor authentications that most websites provide. The fingerprint and face recognition won’t save you in middle-man attacks but will at least keep the password typing away from outside eyes. They might read your chats but won’t be able to know your password.

Consider yourself warned!

Social media is making us dumber!

Photo by Pixabay

It’s easier than ever to spread information, there are countless platforms to share your ideas, your photos, your thoughts, your beliefs and your disbeliefs. Your life.

The dictionary tells us that “information” is “facts provided or learned about something or someone“. The problem in this definition is the word provided. Anyone can provide stories, delusions or anything else, the receptor won’t know whether it is true or not.

An information only becomes fake if someone knows the truth. An information is only true if you can’t prove it’s fake.

Have you ever thought about it?

I saw a dinosaur today.

Photo by rawpixel.com

Would you believe that? Probably yes. The information is so vague you will start doing all kinds of conjectures. “On TV”; “A Fossil”; “In a book”; “A toy”.

All the places where I’m able to see dinosaurs without looking crazy. Of course if I complete the information you will get a better understanding, and based on what you know you will form your opinion.

I saw a real dinosaur while I was walking my dog.

What about this? Would you believe it?

Probably yes. The information isn’t so vague anymore. Now your conjectures start to change from the earlier ones. “It was a disguised person”; “Maybe he saw a big animal and mistook it for a dinosaur”; “He was probably high”; “I’m sure he saw a chicken, and he’s calling it a dinosaur”. All of these are valid for a person that supposedly saw a real dinosaur while walking the dog.

Photo by Achim Bongard

What does this tell you? When in doubt, human minds tend to find logical explanations to what they are listening to, it’s the only way to keep conversations going. Of course later on you will counter argument but, in your head the first thing you do is question everything and extract some parts while adding others so the story makes sense. Either that or you immediately think, “Ok, this guy is a fool”, for some reason my head defaults to this one a lot! I just stop listening when I hear a lot of jibberish nonsense jibba jabba.

So what does this all mean? It means that our default most of the times is the “I want to believe” (Not X-Files related) and this, this is the problem.

With tons of information pretty much everywhere it’s hard to filter what’s real and what’s not. Even with videos it’s getting harder and harder to distinguish the reality from CGI (have you ever heard of deepfake? – we will get there in a future post). It’s basically up to us to believe what we see, hear (and soon what we feel) based on our own ideologies, common sense, knowledge, past history and experiences.

Image from meenas17.com

But what if I didn’t have any of these? How can I filter out what information is relevant and what information is not? What if I’m a kid that is still learning with hardly no past experience and no knowledge?
Then the first thing I do is believe, that’s what innocence is. I take for granted that what I was told is completely true. I can only doubt something if it doesn’t match what my mind has stored as correct or logical.

The new generation was born with Facebook, Instagram and Youtube, that should be an awesome time to be a kid right? Not really. With the rise of these platforms and their audience reaching new proportions every single day, there is also a lot of content that is unnecessary, fake, not well-formed or delusional.

Let’s consider a real example. The flat-earth theory. It’s getting a bigger and bigger adoption and the supporters range from famous people to regular folks, why?

Map created by John Krygier at Making Maps

Is the fake information so well produced that it’s believable? Are the receptors not educated enough to think for their own? Are they so formatted to believe what they listen that they instantly believe it? Or most of their past experience is believing what the social media says?

I think it’s all of the above. The fake information is getting better and better. A couple of years ago you could tell a video was fake because there was no effort for it. Someone wanted to spread some rumours, so they did a home video with sketchy and pixelated letters and it was done. The explanation was usually short, sometimes illogical and the quality was pretty bad.

Today you get awesome dissertations with all sorts of spectacular graphics, infographics and designs. The FakeSpreaders (FS) aren’t afraid to show their face anymore, their relatives faces, their home. They share everything and point out to other people that also said the same thing, other articles online, blogs and videos, most of them from other FS’s. It’s a never ending loop. All of this makes their story more believable, they connect with their audience.

But is it just that? Are these FS’s so good that they can make other people believe in what they are spreading?

No, the biggest problem is that each and every FS himself believes it as well!

If I’m telling something about Earth using all sorts of fancy words it really looks like I know what I’m saying. If on top of it I know for a fact that it is the truth, I won’t shiver, I won’t stutter, I will say it with all the confidence in the world and look awesome when I do it. I can either sound like a lunatic or a genius. People will be astonished. “Wow, this guy really knows about it”.

So who are the flat-earthers?

According to a survey made by YouGov only 66% of millenials believe the earth is round.

Survey from yougov.com

What have you noticed with the results above?
Something?
Nothing?
Everything and a Pair of Boots? 🙂

The incredible and curious thing about the results above is the acceptance that the earth is round decreases with age…that’s awesome to look at but really frightening at the same time.

So is social media making us dumber? Yes. Yes it is! Will it makes even dumber? Yes. Yes it will. Unless there’s a huge change in how people relate to the world and the internet, we as human beings, the humanity in it’s whole is losing knowledge. Incredibly some of this knowledge we already took for granted, it was obvious and didn’t even make sense to doubt.

My take on it is that the younger generation was born with all of this information (fake and real) already disseminated everywhere. It’s not their fault. However it’s up to us to prove them wrong, otherwise our future might be doomed. What happens if a flat earther gets into NASA and works in designing/programming satellites? Their calculations will be obviously wrong and will lead to disasters. This might happen in every industry and we are part of it. We must stop all this fake info nonsense and educate the new generation to be sceptical!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not old, I grew up with computers and internet, kazaa, emule and what not, I can also be considered to be part of the “young generation” by older people, however I’m not easily convinced and I want to make a change. We all should!

Let’s not let our round world go in the same path as the Idiocracy movie.

Baby Torticollis – Journey #1

For my first first post, I mean the first with some actual semi-interesting content, I want to share the journey with my son, who was born with a paroxysmal torticollis, which is not more than a fancy name for an asymmetrical neck position that alternates to both sides of the neck.

But…obviously this was not the first diagnosis. Before “having” the torticollis he had a “favorite position” which by one month old was already tooooo favorite so it started being called torticollis.

Wait…what? What do you mean? Does it go away? How long does it last? Does it hurt? What can I do? What can you do? What can we do? Does it require surgery?

These were just some of the thousands of questions that popped into our heads, most of them, unfortunately, don’t even have a concrete answer!

First things first.

We were, and still are, first-time parents, meaning we never dealt with any baby for more than a couple of hours a day. This alone made us even more susceptible to make mistakes. Which we made, like every other parent did.

Our son always cried a lot, he was breastfed every 30 minutes to 2 hours and sometimes stayed latched for over 1 hour! Thank god it was not my nipple, I don’t know how she could handle it.
After breastfeeding he never burped correctly and he wouldn’t stand upright without arching his back, which made the burping nearly impossible. He would also arch his back when laying down and sometimes in other positions as well. Weird right?

We all see those sweet babies in TV shows and commercials standing upright and burping like little men, so to us this wasn’t normal. His behavior was not what you usually see and expect and it didn’t feel normal, which is the most important part. We felt he was not okay.

Along with arching his back, which was initially “diagnosed” as an irritability behavior, we also noticed he was constantly turning his head to the same side when sleeping. The right side.

On our immediate next appointment with the doctor, we told her our concerns and she did some basic tests to confirm our suspicions. She told us it was probably just a favorite position but it could also be a congenital muscular torticollis, however, to confirm or deny, she redirected us to a medical rehabilitation specialist. On this evaluation, the doctor also told us he had a plagiocephaly…

Alright, one more fancy name. Good, can we graduate now?

So what is a plagiocephaly? Plagiocephaly is also called flat head syndrome, which means the head is flattened on one side of the head. In his case, it was the right side. Depending on where the flat head is it has a different name. Check on the image below for more info:

Picture from Wikipedia

Regarding our son, he looked exactly like this:

We also realized that the plagiocephaly was due to the torticollis. It makes sense, his head is always laying on the right side so the right side of the head flattens. Pretty obvious right? Our biggest question at that time was:

“Was it our fault?”

Initially, we thought we helped it getting worse (or not improving) during that first month of life, but we didn’t think we were the origin of his problem. Our baby was sitting low since 20 weeks into pregnancy, so we extrapolated that he was not in the best position in the womb which forced him to grow like that. This theory was later on proved to be the most likely explanation, but, even if it wasn’t, there was nothing we can do to change the past. We should be focused on his improvement. On his future.

So now we have 3 things to check and treat Back Arching, Torticollis, and Plagiocephaly, it’s fine. It could be worse.

Until the appointment with the specialist, we were recommended to turn his head every time he was sleeping and to move his (or our) bed so that he had to turn to his left side to see us. Ok! We will do that!

Meanwhile, the day for the Specialist appointment finally arrived! Our son was around one month and a half. The torticollis was indeed confirmed, although not the congenital muscular torticollis, but a regular torticollis, the difference between the two, is that on the first one, a soft lump may be felt while on the latter, there’s no lump but just a shorter muscle which causes the neck to fall to the side where the shorter muscle is. In his case, it’s the left side of the neck.

Left side? But didn’t I just say he had a plagiocephaly on the right side?
Yup!

He has a short muscle on the left side which makes him have a hard time turning his head to the left. When sleeping, his chin points to the right arm, forcing the right side of the head, just like this:

Edited image from 3dpt.com

During the evaluation, we asked all the questions that were haunting us:

Does it go away? How long does it last?
A: Yes, it goes away! Most of the cases are fully treated between 9 months and 2 years old. The average is nearly 1 year old.

Does it hurt?
A: The general consensus is that it does not hurt. Each case is a case and each baby is different from one another. In most of the cases, the babies have no pain, it’s like when you can’t reach your toes with your fingertips, it does not hurt you not being able to do that. Your muscles just aren’t stretched enough to do it.

What can I do? What can we do?
A: You can keep doing what the family doctor told you to. Move the beds and rotate his head to the left side. There are also some pillows that might help with the plagiocephaly. The one that has the most success and the most used is the Mimos Pillow.

What can you do?
A: I can prescribe physiotherapy. If needed, there are some exercises that will be taught to you during the PT sessions. However, PT will not be prescribed right now. For now, you will do what I and the family doctor said and we will re-evaluate in 1 month time.

Does it require surgery?
A: Only in extreme cases where there are no progresses made until 1 year old.

What about the back arching? Is it related?
A: I don’t think so. The back arching can mean a lot of different things since autism until irritability behavior. We will see how he progresses. He is also being watched by his pediatrician and family doctor so there is no need to worry about it for now.

After this evaluation and during the following week we were home with a sense of emptiness. Apparently, there was not much we could do besides moving the beds and rotate his head. Can’t we really do something?

Yes, we can!

Follow the next sequence on the link below:

Baby Torticollis – Journey #2 (Yet to be posted – Will probably be released in 2 weeks.)

Note: I am not a doctor, this is my story only. Everything I wrote (including what the various doctors told us) should not be taken as medical advice. If your son or daughter is having the same or similar symptoms make sure to tell your pediatrician or family doctor about your concerns. They will know the best approach to take.