Guru Magazine - - Contents - Dr.Stu

If you think you’re a pretty con­nected per­son then you’ve clearly not heard of Chris Dancy. The for­mer IT worker is now the world’s most ‘wired’ per­son, hav­ing up to 700 com­put­ers track­ing him at any given mo­ment. If there’s a wear­able gad­get, then he’s wear­ing it. He is adorned with a pair of Google Glasses; a Mem­oto cam­era, which takes a photo ev­ery thirty sec­onds; a Peb­ble smart­watch; two smart­phones; a Fibit Flex move­ment and sleep sen­sor; a heart rate mon­i­tor; a pos­ture mon­i­tor to stop him slouch­ing and… well, you get the idea. Most of us don’t share Chris’ whole­sale ac­cep­tance of ‘life-en­hanc­ing’ giz­mos. But it’s al­most in­evitable that we all face a more in­ti­mate re­la­tion­ship with the sil­i­con chip in the years ahead. This, our sev­en­teenth is­sue, takes a spe­cial look at how tech­nol­ogy is be­com­ing an ever closer part of us. (Or per­haps how we are be­com­ing a part of our tech­nol­ogy.) This is an ex­cit­ing time, or so says Hawai­ian writer Christo­pher Phillips, who gives an up­beat look at a tech-in­te­grated fu­ture in ‘Build­ing a Bet­ter You?’, on page 10. Page 13 sees Na­ture Guru Au­tumn Sar­tain ex­plain how so­cial me­dia is help­ing keep surfers safe from shark at­tacks, while on page 22 we give a run-down of four types of wear­able tech that are per­haps not worth look­ing for­ward to. But that’s not all. Janske Nel ex­plores the prom­ise of bet­ter health­care (‘An­gelina Jolie was just the start’ on page 18), while we also dis­cover some pretty off­beat mu­si­cal cre­ations (‘ 5 ways to make funky tunes’, page 30). Me­dia Guru Ben Veal rounds off the show with a de­cid­edly light-hearted look at how to make the long morn­ing com­mute more bear­able. This will be the last is­sue of Guru Mag­a­zine in its present form. But fear not! We’ll be back! Next time, Guru will be com­ing to you in a wholly re­designed for­mat that will be more read­able, more fre­quent and just as beau­ti­ful as ever. (Read more on page 7.) While Guru en­ters its new sea­son of change, re­mem­ber to stay con­nected with us via Twit­ter, Face­book and Google+. Per­sonal track­ing de­vices not re­quired.

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