How technology is making life more fun

Other | Tuesday 13th November 2018 | Annalisa

With so much of our lives moving online, what we have today is a dynamic and creative entertainment sector that constantly evolves and adds up new features. This online entertainment industry constantly expands and includes not only traditional websites but also mobile app stores, which bring their share of innovation to the table. Given this reality, it is relatively easy to miss out and be unaware of certain trends.


A Few Ways To Have Fun Online Nowadays

There are a number of online entertainment options worth mentioning. Although not something revolutionary, a popular entertaining and often thrilling experience is to play in a casino online nz and to try your luck in earning money - while some games are based on poor chance, others allow you to employ your skills and thus, to increase your winning chances significantly.


Of course, there are more complex online video games that create entire new parallel worlds. Such examples are social games like:

  • Second Life;

  • Entropia Universe;

  • Blue Mars;

  • Twinity;

  • Kaneva.


You can be surprised by the diversity of activities that can be performed inside these universes. Perhaps the coolest thing is that such games preserver the social dimension of human interaction. Thus, most characters you’ll meet in the game are real people, each of whom brings diversity and enriches the game experience.


Moreover, some users that have been in the game for a while have even found out ways to put their artistic talent to value and even make a living out of this or employ the game’s instruments for advertising. Thus, even in games like Second Life, there are already established artist communities who may be carrying their own painting or other kinds of exhibitions. The most typical creative activity in such online games is to use the in-built game workshops in order to create custom items that can later be sold for real money.


New Music Discovery

One of the most interesting innovations and a paradigm shift in music discovery was the application Shazam. By listening to a short musical sequence and comparing it to a database of audio patterns originating from millions of songs, the app can identify the unknown track. When talking about new music discovery, it is inconceivable not to mention music recommendation engines, which are ubiquitous and are powered by very different algorithms.


Such algorithms can be found on virtually all video or music recommendation platforms, starting with Youtube and Netflix and ending with Soundcloud and Spotify. Interestingly, many of these recommendations engines can make use of the most advanced digital technologies nowadays, including machine learning -this is normally employed to analyze vast amounts of user data in order to predict your music preferences (from the combination of genres and tracks you listen, from the lyrics, but also potentially, considering your age, geographic location, and many other features).


However, when it comes to really good recommendations, I have noticed I appreciate more the results of “manually curated” systems. There are platforms where tracks or artists are selected by a group of experts according to their taste (KEXP Youtube channel and radio rocks for example). There are really cool platforms like LastFM, which scans your playlist and recommend tracks based on other musical preferences of users listening to the same songs.


To conclude, the evolutions happening today in the realm of online entertainment are really interesting and come as really valuable additions to the already existing well-established methods. One day, the new technologies would likely outperform the old ones we are used to.