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Technology on the Rise and in the Headlines: An Overview of Novelties in the Tech Domain

            Today, technology is progressing at a pace that was almost never observed before. As more fields of life demand more development and advancement, it is becoming increasingly more important to keep up with the changing times and make the best out of technological opportunities. As more and more students strive to become a data scientist and work in a tech giant, business people are also taking notice of opportunities associated with such firms and utilizing online trading systems to invest into such companies. In other words, both on an educational and professional level of things, technology is dominating human life. In the name of staying afloat in this river of information and enjoying the benefits of a faster, more efficient and more productive lifestyle, people are urged to be more open and accepting towards technology. Accessing information regarding new developments is the key element in the given paradigm, for which both the media and the business world are providing excellent opportunities for the avid mind.

            3-D printing is a relatively new concept but it has already entered various fields of life, including archeology and historical reconstruction. Google has recently invested into the field, after taking notice of how warfare, terrorism or simple aging is damaging precious archeological sites, buildings and artifacts. The company is creating a database of designs and architectural features of ancient sites in 3D scans to be stored and displayed on the Google Arts & Culture site. The system also provides free online viewing and visiting of such sites by cooperating with CyArk, a non-profit organization that creates the 3D models for Google. The company chose to work with Google on the project because of the free cloud storage and online tools provided by the firm. Google on the other hand has been welcoming towards the idea and the project, because it helps the company extend its information network. The project is not bringing any income for Google but earns the giant a great deal of respect among the world’s history and archeology aficionados and therefore more traffic on its search engine.

            Space exploration and travel are fascinating aspects of modern day technology, and Virgin’s recent suborbital space voyage raised even more interest in the field. The company is currently working on commercial space flights to begin in 2016 for a price tag of $250,000. Although several other companies such as XCOR Aerospace operated in the market previously, only Virgin Galactic remained in the game, despite experiencing significant setbacks such as the 2014 spacecraft disaster, which killed one of the company’s pilots. Recently Amazon’s Jeff Bezos entered the competition with his project ‘Blue Origin’, and will be selling suborbital flights aboard the company’s ‘New Shepard’ spacecraft, with test flights set to start next year. Both companies are enthusiastic about their projects, but they are also having difficulties finding customers not because of the ticket prices but also for security reasons. Virgin Galactic’s excellent marketing campaign has already reserved 700 customers who have already paid for their trips and the company hopes that successful flights will bring more customers in the years to come, as more satisfied clients will spread the word around in the markets.  

            Google is one of the tech giants that never goes out of fashion due its quality services as well as its wise investment decisions. Recently, the company announced its plans to invest more than $1 billion to double its workforce in New York City by expanding into three new office buildings in lower Manhattan, gaining more than 1.7 million square feet of land to house 7,000 new employees. The deadline for the project is set between 2020 and 2022, as the company expects to increase its influence in the East Coast. Following Google’s footsteps, Apple and Amazon also announced their plans to invest into new facilities and headquarters, namely in Austin, Texas, New York and suburban Washington respectively. Amazon’s decision on the given cities was based on the $2.1 billion incentives the company will be receiving for its investments, which will create an extra $2.5 billion worth of business activity and employ 25,000 new personnel. Apple on the other hand is taking an educational route with its investments, investing $1 billion into a new campus in Austin to house 5,000 new employees, which will be followed by similar investments into San Diego, Seattle and Culver City to employ 1,000 new personnel in each new city.