Emerging technologies have the potential to radically change the experience of aging in the 21st century. Technology can help seniors stay in their homes longer by improving safety, monitoring medical details and enhancing communication and social contact.Communication TechnologyOver one-half million people in the U.S. subscribe to alarm services that send a wireless message that help is needed. The user wears a pendant or bracelet and simply presses a button for help. Unlike a telephone or alarm pull chain, the pendant or bracelet is always accessible and is directly connected to help that is always available.Adaptive telephone designs are extremely beneficial to seniors. A number of states, Florida among them, offer deaf and hearing-impaired residents captioned and volume-control telephones at no cost. Cell phones designed for seniors have larger buttons and better amplification and sound quality. Innovative cell phones have zoom options that make the display text larger as well as built-in SOS buttons; menus are simple and easy to navigate. Phones for people with memory problems use the caller identification feature to display a photo of the caller as well as the caller’s name and relationship to the senior, in order to jog a failing memory.Signalers produce a visual signal for sounds like the doorbell, oven timer, or alarm clock. A similar device sends an audio and visual signal when the mail is delivered. Amplified alarm clocks help people with moderate hearing loss wake up on time, a particularly useful feature for seniors who have to take medications during the night. For people with more profound hearing loss, bed shakers do the waking.Health TechnologyTelehealth is the term coined for health services that are delivered though the Internet and other telecommunications technologies. Telehealth can be as simple as e-mail communication between doctors and patients or as complex as patient monitoring. Devices already exist that allow doctors to monitor seniors remotely. Smart beds, for example, monitor vital signs and send them to the medical care providers over the Internet. For general safety, electronic systems monitor the movements of seniors in their homes. Robotic nurses may soon spare the backs of caregivers by doing the lifting and transferring. Pill boxes that remind people when to take their pills and other electronic medication monitoring and dispensing systems are now available and continually improving.Social TechnologyRecent studies confirm that Internet use reduces depression among senior citizens. A number of programs use Internet technology to reduce the social isolation of home bound seniors. A public-private partnership in New York City, for example, introduces seniors to computers and Internet technology in their own homes. The Virtual Senior Center uses technology to improve social connections and give home bound seniors access to community services. In another project, a technology hot line helps seniors learn how to use the Internet. Keyboards with large keys and magnified monitors make it easier for older people to use computers.Mobility TechnologyRemote controlled walkers come when they are called, eliminating the need for seniors to reach for their walkers, a major cause of falls. Walkers with sensors are able to steer away from obstacles. Smart canes can detect changes in gait and pressure and sound an alarm if the user is in danger of falling.Technologies for IndependenceA number of universities and companies have taken up the challenge of developing technologies to enhance the quality of life for senior citizens. Their innovations can help seniors remain independent longer and age gracefully.The emerging technologies detailed in this article can enhance the lives of seniors and other home bound individuals in need of assistance. By improving home safety and monitoring important medial information and enhancing communication and social interaction, aging seniors will be able to stay in their homes longer.
I Like Technology. I’m conceding all the good and fun things that computer-based technology has brought into our lives; I’ll not fight that battle. Not only would I lose any argument against the wonderful additions technology has made to our lives, I would be fighting against myself. I love it that I can flip open a Star Trek “communicator” and talk to almost anyone, anytime. I love the very idea of having a communication device out in my back yard, near the bird feeder, that is communicating with a satellite in low earth orbit. Wow! And do I ever love my computer-oops, computers. As in many computers. In fact, my job is strongly tied to technology and I love to get paid. However, this article is a warning, a plea to open our eyes wider than our big screen TVs, to step back out of cell phone range, to put down our PDAs for a minute and look at what has gotten a hold on us.Technology is SeductiveTechnology has the power to draw us in and cause us to lose perspective about what is happening. Just try talking to your child (or maybe your spouse or best friend) the next time some slick TV program or commercial is shimmering across the screen and you’ll see what has all of their attention. Technology draws us in. But if we’re drawn in, we’re also leaving something behind. We could be abandoning loving or developing relationships or the quiet time necessary to think purposefully about our lives, where we are going and how we want to live five years from now. To continue this idea, that technology is seductive, let’s look at the natural progression of how we respond to new technology.Technology as a ToyAll new technology comes to us in the guise of a toy, thus its initial seductive pull on us. No matter the age, the new technology feels like a toy. It is smooth, pretty and flashes little lights. It makes cute sounds and we respond to it from the childlike (or childish) center of our being. It is not the sophisticated 35 year old business executive that is responding to the new all-purpose, highly-evolved technology thing, it is instead the seven year old child inside that is gushing and filled with Christmas morning lust. We might not even have any way to use it yet, but we play with it. We turn channels, set the volume on the 96 surround sound speakers (yours doesn’t have 96?), take pictures of our toes with it, and enthusiastically pursue carpel tunnel problems as quickly as our thumbs and fingers can fly over fun little colored buttons. It is a toy. But it does move evolve into our next category and that makes us feel a little better about it and helps us avoid the fact that we just spent a year of future retirement on a toy.Technology as a ToolThe toy usually becomes a tool. In our strong desires to justify the purchase of the toy, we look for things it can do. Ah, it keeps my calendar. Cool! Now I won’t have to keep track of my $29.00 day planner and worry about losing it. I just need to worry about losing my $495 PDA. But it can also take pictures. That’s important. It’s also good that it can erase them because I find I take a lot of pictures that are really crap and now I not only spent time taking the pictures, I also get to spend time erasing them. But the toys often turn into very serious tools. I may continue to use my cell phone toy as I unconsciously blow through red lights and make turns without signaling (need that spare arm for the cell), but I also realize this toy is a serious safety tool. I don’t want to be broken down on the highway and not have this link to help. The same 50″ flat screen wall hanging that is a toy is also a tool to be aware of threatening weather and important current events. And the notebook computer that empowers me to look at pictures of potential Russian brides helps me write this article and project investment returns. Toys have the potential of becoming tools. From puppies to working dogs. But there is a third and more dangerous level.Technology as a TyrantDictionary.com offers one definition of a tyrant as, “a tyrannical or compulsory influence.” Wow! Think cellphone, e-mail, Skype, compulsive checking of forums, chat rooms, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and all the other current flavors of Turkish delight known as technology. These things can be toys (relatively harmless except for what they might be replacing), they can be tools, or they can become tyrants. When deeply engrained into our work or social structure, they change from being puppies or work dogs and become pit bulls that can bite and clamp down so that it is very difficult to dislodge them. I used to be able to keep up with the demands of my job. Once upon a time I actually had a little time that I could budget weekly that was “walk around and get to know everyone better” time. No more. Now I am constantly juggling attention among appointments, drop-in unannounced visitors, snail mail, phone calls with the pink reminders, cell phone calls, and e-mail. I can never get one caught up without intrusions from all of the others. The first four were barely manageable, with cell and e-mail added, I’m no longer in control, the pit bull is. So, what happened?How Did We Get Like This?Okay. Here is the crux of this article. Technology is on a different evolutionary rate than us humans. It reproduces faster than mice and changes species with each generation. We were enticed, and continue to be enticed, by technology due to its seductive dark side. It beckons to the seven year old inside and draws us in. As a tool, technology is embraced and embedded into our lives, seemingly as a partner, one called alongside of us to help us. But, without an understanding of the evolutionary path of technology, we do not control its place in our lives. It becomes a tyrant that bullies us and pulls us around on its lease instead of the other way around. Because of the initial seductive nature of technology, we don’t easily see that it will tend to take us to where we don’t want to go and make us pay more than we first thought we were willing to pay. So, what shall we then do?What We Must DoI’m not offering a plan but an approach. The approach depends upon fully understanding what has gotten a grip on us. I suggest the following critical pieces for beginning to manage technology and protect our humanity:
Clearly see that technology is seductive and separate out and control the childish reactions to the initial toy aspects of new technology. Gratification can be delayed (an adult response) and toys can be both played with and put away.
Think through both intended and unintended consequences of bringing a shiny, new technology toy into your life. What is it replacing? How will you control it so it doesn’t put you on a leash?
Do not assume that a new technology tool is better than an older one that worked well for you in the past. I have a colleague who keeps in a pocket a little list of things to do, thoughts, and insights. His pen and paper list worked a lot better than my PDA when when my technology tool lost both primary and backup batteries and I lost passwords to multiple accounts and forums. Which is better?
Many new technology tools cannot be avoided. However, they can be managed. Think of ways to limit their use and how to communicate your policies for your use to your colleagues, family, and friends. For example, I check my email once a day and make it clear to my colleagues that I am not sitting at my computer all day waiting for the chime (evidently, they are).
Finally, pay attention to the things that technology tends to replace and redouble your effort to work on relationships so you have no regrets.
To rewrite a common adage, no one’s last words are likely to be, “I wish I had purchased the 60″ HD instead of the 54”.
In today’s world, the workplace has been transformed. Computer technology is present to one degree or another in virtually every job or profession. To prepare students adequately for the workplace we must recognize that integrating computer technology into the classroom is essential. To execute this integration properly, careful planning must precede implementation. We must be prepared to explore different means of implementation inasmuch as there is no perfect system or a “one size fits all” software program. Each institution must decide to what degree they will implement technology and how quickly they will do so. It is also important to appeal to educational leaders for support as well as gathering preferences from both teachers and students.In his article, “Investing in Digital Resources” David McArthur explored the notion that the decision regarding whether or not to use technology as an educational medium has already been made. What must be done is plan carefully to ensure that the long-range goals of technology integration are properly served.The leaders in higher education must “plan for and invest in e-learning.” (McArthur, 2004, p3) E-learning has become an accepted method of education just as the “Web” has been accepted in business and at home. Integrating the newer technologies to supplement existing learning has become imperative. When planning is performed correctly, the educational environment should be able to use technologies to increase teacher/student communication, enhance faculty morale by use of an “on-line resource center,” (McArthur, 2004, p2) use web-based programs to enhance recruitment, and better prepare students for the workplace.There are potential problems that must be overcome when planning for technological integration. First, the technological options are myriad and only a few will be appropriate for a given school or college. Second, while many institutions become accustomed to the idea of augmenting their educational system via e-learning, it can be troublesome and radical.Some key issues in the potential success in the adoption of e-learning can include (but is not limited to) the school or college’s present computer network capacity, the willingness of the school’s leaders to support change, current or probable resources, the potential accessibility of the e-learning services by the students.In looking at a comprehensive long-range plan, there are a number of options available. One is “Staged Implementation.” (McArthur, 2004, p4) While the critical planning should be virtually complete, not all components of the final plan need be in place at the outset. A planned multi-year plan of implementation can be used. Not only does this allow for the development of resources, it is possible to troubleshoot elements as each stage progresses. Another is “Appropriate Outsourcing.” (McArthur, 2004, p4) Not every educational institution has the in-house resources (personnel, tools, equipment) to implement even a staged plan. Outsourcing can be both cost and time saving. While it may be difficult to convince some leaders of the potential advantage in outsourcing, especially since this type of expertise “is regarded as an educational core asset” (McArthur, 2004, p6), drawing comparisons to the business world may help to demonstrate the benefits.In his article, “Herding Elephants: Coping with the Technological Revolution in our Schools” Scott Tunison addressed the issues of: 1. the extents to which schools need to visit computer technology and 2. The tactics used to make the most of the potential advantages and diminish the potential pitfalls in the integration of the technology.His reference regarding “Herding Elephants” is allegorical to managing the coming technology and learning to “integrate it into the educational framework” or moving aside and letting the “technological revolution” pass by. (Tunison, 2004, p7) Either way, educational technology is not to be ignored and it cannot be allowed to manage itself.Fundamentally speaking, much of education is unchanged from long past. The methods that have been used were for the most part appropriate for the subject at hand. A perception might be that, if the concepts to be learned have not changed then a change in teaching method is not necessary. However, even if some of the concepts have not changed, the application context as well as the learners’ context has. While computers have entered the educational environment they often have been simple substitutes for other tools that already exist and are in place; tools such as blackboards, books, etc. What this means is that the process of learning remains unchanged when new uses for the available technology are not fully utilized.Educational reform is necessary if we are going to meet the needs of our students. If our culture has developed electronic media, animation, etc. then that is the context through which we must reach our students.The changes that must be made can make some educators uneasy. The learning paradigm must shift from the teacher as dispenser of knowledge to the student as active learner. Tunison cites Fullan (2001) in an identification of “three broad phases to the change process.” The phases are identified as “initiation, implementation, and institutionalization”Initiation involves some entity proposing directional change. Sometimes students ask for change and sometimes groups of teachers, administrators, and parents form committees to begin a planning process for technological integration.Institutionalization includes the perception of importance. One might say this is the stage of “damage control.” Clear policies, well trained teachers and administrators, and a supportive school board are crucial in this stage. It is important in this stage to record relevant data regarding the program for analysis. What was well planned and conceived may still have “bugs” to work out. The analysis of the data can assist in the “tweaking” of the program.Educators must be aware of the importance of technology in the educational environment and be prepared to integrate it. Technology is extensive in our contemporary culture and reaching our students must involve meeting their needs in the world they know. We may, in fact, reach more students and perhaps stem the tide of dropouts.In her article, “What Students Want to Learn About Computers” Judith O’Donnell Dooling, has informed the reader that students, parents, and administrators have specific preferences with regard to computer technology.Over time, the importance of computers and related technology has been realized. However, while spending for computers has risen, some schools have not been as successful in identifying specific computer skills and its power as a tool of learning and teaching.Student responses were varied. Many reported that they began learning about computers at an early age, usually from a more experienced person. Some students, especially in grades four through seven thought learning independently was the most enjoyable.Interestingly, students of both genders reported that they had a reasonable confidence in their computer abilities, but some differences in perception were evident. To a degree girls, but primarily boys, thought that computers were too technical for girls.The experience students had prior to school, the teacher, and computer access had a significant effect on student computer learning. Even if they, at home, had seen the computer more as a toy, they began to see them more as a tool in the school setting. They recognized the importance and power of the computer as their exposure increased.Perhaps unlike other subjects students learn in school, students exchanged computer tips, recommended hardware and software, and generally discussed the subject of computers during their lunchtime and recess.The students also saw the importance of computer knowledge as it related to its use in the workplace after their school experiences. They observed that, no matter where you work, you would be using computers to some degree.The teachers expressed the concern that not all shared the same proficiency. Many mentioned that often the students knew more than the teacher did. Teachers also observed that, though the students had a great deal of computer knowledge, it was often limited to games and software. Another observation was that computer curriculums vary greatly school to school.Teachers expressed that computer knowledge needs to be relevant. That is, it needs to be applied across the curriculum and used as an integral tool of learning. All agreed that the role of teacher needs redefinition and adequate professional development provided to facilitate the needed change.In conclusion, we have seen that computer technology in the educational setting is essential for learning in contemporary society. Selecting, planning, and implementing must be done with great care to avoid waste and potential incompatibility with the goals of the educational institution. School leaders must be convinced that paradigm shift is not an option; that teachers and students must assume new roles, and their support for new ideas is essential.We must also be able to meet students where they are. Our culture has created systems of technology to which students are accustomed. To continue teaching in an antiquated fashion does our students a disservice, especially if we are to prepare them for the workforce following their education. We must also be aware of teacher and student preferences if we are to expect them to fully utilize the new resources.
Greetings and welcome my radio listening audience and online article readers. On this 19th day of October 2012 we will of course be discussing future technology, future innovations, and futuristic concepts. Indeed, I surely hope the Mayan calendar was wrong, or perhaps those carving it merely ran out of stone simply, ran out of rock to chisel on, therefore the world will be saved from whatever it was that the Mayans thought might bring about a new age or renewal.Okay so, I’d like to dive into our topics for today’s radio talk show and I’m sure by now you understand the format, basically, “I will do the talking for about 30 minutes minus commercials and your job is to listen carefully, come up with comments and questions, and then I’ll open up the phone lines to hear what you have to say.” As you also probably know I do not respond to online comments which are not intellectually based. That doesn’t mean you can’t have an opinion, nor does it mean that it has to be the same as mine. In fact, if you do too much preaching to the choir, I will simply cut you off, perhaps agree with you, and go to the next caller.Our job is to have an intellectual discussion, dialogue, debate and discourse. That’s why you’re here, and that’s my mission, and we will complete it. Now then, obviously there is a tremendous amount of talk about innovation, the need for innovators and entrepreneurs in our nation to keep us strong, vibrant, and on the leading edge of technology. You won’t get any disagreement here on that reality, nevertheless it seems as if the word “innovation” is perhaps one of the most overused words in the English language currently, perhaps other than “unsustainable” which by the way, some things which may appear to be unsustainable or dire problems we believe we face today, but may very well be solved with the technology of the future.Einstein used to say that; “it takes a brilliant person to solve a problem, but it takes a creative genius to prevent the problem from ever happening first place,” and therefore, I would say that the creative geniuses don’t always get the credit for solving the problems, but the brilliant person will, even if their previous solutions turned into unintended consequences, and they are rehired to fix what they broke the first time after supposedly fixing something to save us all.Okay so, here is where I’m going to start throwing out topics, with a little discussion attached to each one. They will run the gamut all across the board from science fiction topics to today’s latest and greatest technologies and what they might mean for our future. I will also throw out some personal original innovative concepts, as I come up with at least two new original concepts per day, and we can discuss those as well if you wish, or perhaps you will have a different topic for our dialogue here. Now then let’s begin with the first topic;1.) Will Physical Money Survive the Next Three Decades – Hackers and Trade QuestionedIn reality, money has little or no value – consider a dollar bill, it’s just a flimsy piece of paper, so how much is it really worth? We all believe it is worth whatever it says on the face of it whether it be one dollar, five dollars, $10, $20, $50, or even a C-note. Money only works because people have faith in its value, and what it can buy. Most of the money which is created these days never actually exists in a physical form, it only exists in the digital world. For instance, you might get paid from a Corporation, that money could be digitally transferred into your bank account. You might then use your ATM to buy something, or pay bills online, but you never had that money in your hot little hands. Things have changed a lot in the last three decades haven’t they?So what will happen in another three decades I ask? Will we still have physical money, or will it all be digitized, and will you ever have any money in your wallet to buy something? There are some futurists that believe that money will go out the window, that is to say physical money, and everything will be digital in the future. But what if our society and civilization doesn’t trust digital money? What if they are worried that our banks are being hacked? Recently in the fall of 2012 we’ve noted that our banks have come under cyber-attacks from Iran at least Leon Panetta believes that’s where the attacks originated, but who is to say in the future if we have a war with another nation that cyber-attacks on our monetary system will not be included?After all, economic warfare is becoming quite common, why just consider the sanctions, trade wars, and our attempts to stop the money flow from terrorists, drug dealers, money launderers, and human traffickers, along with the central banking computer systems of rogue nation-states and their money transfers for things like oil, natural resources, and military armament?Then there is the issue currently where more and more people are making mobile payments on their mobile personal tech devices. Today they’re buying a cup of coffee, a hamburger, or various items at retail stores. In the future it might be much more, or if that becomes unreliable or those personal tech devices are being hacked, perhaps through downloaded apps with malware, or from users surfing websites with malware, then people will not trust mobile payments. Some have suggested that some personal tech devices may actually come with pre-loaded back-doors or software that could be used by hackers to steal data or commit identity theft crimes.There may come a time where people don’t wish to buy anything online, or do online banking because they don’t trust the system, they don’t want their money to disappear one day into someone else’s account in some foreign country. Having someone drain your bank account only needs to happen once, and only needs to happen to a close friend or a family member before everyone they know becomes sketchy. In that case you won’t want to use digital money, and that case more people will opt to use physical money, therefore it is quite possible that physical money will exist simply as a safety factor for decades to come.But how safe is your physical money going to be in case of a natural disaster, or a wildfire that burned down your home, or an earthquake? What about a hurricane with a huge tidal surge, a tsunami, or a major river which jumped its banks? Is your physical money safe, how much safer is it that your digital money in that case? Speaking of natural disasters and flooding events, maybe we can better predict them in the future? Let’s talk about that for a moment with our next topic;2.) We Need A Real Test for 100-Year Flood Mathematical Simulations – A ThoughtHow can we better produce mathematical simulations for flood zones, or the proverbial hundred year flood? What can we do to better fine-tune these mathematical models so that they are completely accurate? Lots of work has been done in the past based on elevation, and flood mapping. But there’s more to it than that, there are all sorts of other things to consider along with erosion patterns. Let me give you a thought here?We know the dates, temperatures, rain fall, and run-off right, we know history, plus we measured the terrain before and after right? Thus, any really good mathematical simulation for erosion should look the same as the actual if you input the way the terrain once was with the interim conditions to what it is now. See that point.There is a very interesting YouTube Video I recommend viewing on this topic, well a side issue, that of agricultural top soil erosion; “Dave Montgomery – Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations,” now then, let me express my thoughts on this as, all of these theories and speculation make a lot of sense with unlimited examples in the present period on smaller scales – common sense, observable, and thus it makes sense, so then, Occam’s Razor survives.So, my speculation of Dave Montgomery’s lecture and theory would be the same. Indeed, this was a great lecture, solid evidence, and research. Okay so, now we can now put forth these findings to help calibrate mathematic soil erosion models and simulations. Now then let me ask another question, or perhaps the same question a different way;3.) Can We Use Mathematic Fractal Simulation to Fool A Human When Viewing Erosion Patterns?If so, would that be like the Turing Test? And if so, can I call that the Virtual Reality Winslow Test, named after me for considering it? If you are a pilot like I am, and you fly over the terrain, you see various patterns of how the mountains and erosion had taken place over the last thousand to 10,000 years. You can see floodplains, mountains, canyons, and it all makes sense – you can see exactly how the water flows, or had flowed in the past. What if we used a computer to design erosion patterns that never happened, and what if we asked a human, perhaps a pilot who has seen and flown over such terrain many times in the past if it were real or not?Are our computer simulations good enough to fool the human eye? I’m talking about a trained observer who has seen these things in the past over and over again? Is that possible; I believe it is. And so, how do you know when looking at Google Earth if you are looking at a computer rendition, or a fake Birdseye view which perhaps is covering up a military base, or a secret area? The reality is you don’t, or do you? How about those who work for the national satellite intelligence agencies, where all they do is study terrain maps? Could they pick out the difference?Before you answer that question, why don’t you use Google Earth on the satellite view and fly over the deserts in Nevada. Some of that stuff looks pretty bizarre with weird colors, but it’s all real. If you doubt that it’s real, go ahead and fly over southern Bolivia on Google Earth and look at some of that terrain in their salt flats region and up against the mountains, you get the same interesting colors, much of it does not appear to be real either, but it is. Some of the features that NASA has viewed on Mars don’t look real, but they are.No, they are not the same as Earth because the erosion patterns that we see now could have been created by wind, there is a different atmosphere, or lack of. Do you see my point? Not long ago, I was watching an online video lecture about erosion patterns, Stephen Wolfram’s New Type of Science, and Mathematica – fractals and mathematical simulations and projections of erosion patterns. They are amazingly predictable, and that in itself is interesting. It’s as if you can see the geological record through the ages.You might want to look some of this up yourself. And speaking of free lectures, University level lectures on just about any topic you’d like, I wonder if that will change the future of our higher education, why go to school and pay $100,000 to get an advanced a great when you can learn almost as much online through self-study? Yes, interesting, does this mean it’s the death of the University, or are we entering a new age of information flow in education? Let’s go ahead and talk about lecture type learning.4.) Want to Learn While Watching an Online Video Lecture – Go Full Screen and Ditch DistractionFirst, if you are in a university lecture hall, listening to the best and brightest professor on a given topic there’s a good chance you might fall asleep, but still your attention span will be longer because you are there, and there aren’t the same distractions as watching an online video. If you are watching a University level video at home on your computer in a little box on the screen – there are lots of distractions.For instance whatever else is in the room, perhaps the doorbell, TV, or your cell phone rings. You might feel the need to text someone back, go to the refrigerator get something to eat, or just zone out – listening while you’re doing something else, assuming that you can multitask and learn something complicated at the same time. It’s not that you can’t, it’s that you probably won’t and your memory retention level will be next to nothing, and you’ve wasted everyone’s time, and some bandwidth to boot. Still, let me ask another question;5.) Is The Lecture Dead – Even If It’s All Online and Free In The Future?This is a decent question, even if you disagree with it. On October 20, 2012 there was an article in the technology news. Harvard had put up two free courses online in computer science. They were obviously following Stanford computer science department’s lead, as they did the same thing last year. Harvard had the same results over 100,000 people signed up, people from all over the world. There’s no shortage of people who wish to learn online, but in doing this; are they cutting their own throats as they distribute information to the rest of the world at no cost, or are they boosting their own credibility by doing so? It could lead to more people who wish to attend that school in the future, therefore greater enrollment.Regardless, things are changing fast, even if the basic lecture at our universities hasn’t changed much since the 1800s. Indeed, I recommend that you watch the YouTube Video; “Don’t lecture me” (with Twitter track) – Donald Clark at ALT-C 2010,” because this gentlemen makes a lot of sense. Perhaps also of interest is another YouTube Video titled; “Re-inventing the Lecture (Or, Why Online Lectures Don’t Work, and What We Can Do About It).”Indeed, I think after you watch those videos you’ll be better able to comment on what I’m talking about here, and it is something that needs to be discussed. We need a national dialogue on this, that is if we want to propel technology and innovation, and couple that with entrepreneurship moving our great nation forward into the future. Next I’d like to discuss;6.) Large Universities, High Tuition, and Big Buildings and Beautiful Architecture – Are We Learning Yet?Why is it that we put so much faith into our larger universities? It’s interesting isn’t it? They spend huge amounts of money putting up great architecture and large buildings but is that really what makes them great? Even if someone has a great building, it doesn’t mean they know what they’re talking about, consider some of the largest churches in the world for instance, or the largest mosques. Is it the high prices the Universities charge; does that make them great? Having been in business all my life, I can recall various attorneys actually raising their price just so they could get more business because people thought it they charged more per hour they must be good, they weren’t.Indeed, if a large university spends all their money on landscaping, beautiful brick work, great statues outside the lecture halls, and is one with the epitome of divine architecture – then they have less money to teach you with. They have less money to hire the best professors, buy the best equipment, or provide the best future for their students. That’s not to say that they can’t, perhaps they charge you money far in excess of the amount of education and you just have to the pay for all that extra stuff. If you can get a lecture online for free on YouTube – in many regards the information is basically the same.Perhaps in the future your living room gaming virtual reality technology will project a holographic professor in 3-D bringing the professor to you, and it can be done for a fraction of the cost, there’s no building to pay for, perhaps the building, and the professor, and everything else can be projected around your living room and you will feel as if you are they are. Therefore, you get the same experience, and interaction, perhaps even breaking up into groups with virtual-reality avatars as fellow students. Who needs college anymore? Better yet, who needs to take out $100,000 in student loans for the same exact information, minus the big building?Still, in your living room gaming center which doubles as your new education headquarters, and your latest virtual or augmented reality 3-D holographic computer game immersion device – you might actually be training the artificial intelligent supercomputer network to think like a human. That information might be used by future robotic systems for all sorts of things from self-driving trucks, cars, and airplanes through virtual-reality simulator trainers to future combat vehicles in the battle space. Speaking of which I have another question for you;7.) Should We Crowd Source Satellite Data for Future Military Convoys?Well, if we did that, we wouldn’t have to tell anyone who was looking at the satellite data when or where we might be moving troops, equipment, or resources, we could just say that this is one of the potential routes for some time in the future, and if you find an anomaly mark it down. Those who find the most anomalies will receive a check in the mail, or a gift certificate to their favorite retail store at the end of two months. They won’t know when, where, or which anomaly they found was the one which garnered them the free gift card.Those that find more real anomalies than false positives would be given a higher level of point spread for dollars per anomalies they found. Further, they might get an extra hundred dollars in the mail each month because they had a higher credibility rating. If we did this eventually the algorithms watching the very best human minds find these anomalies could figure out how they are doing it, and what is catching their eye, and therefore we could better design artificially intelligent satellite analyzing algorithms which would incorporate how a human mind thinks, and how a computer thinks which will give us the best of all worlds by putting those two together.Perhaps in a way, humans are already training supercomputers with artificial intelligent algorithms to run our entire society, and civilization for the future. After all, every time you put something on the Internet, the Internet could be learning more about how humans think, operate, and go about their business. In many regards we could be creating the matrix for our own future, and these artificial intelligence systems will become aware, and they will be our leadership in the future, it won’t be human? It’s possible, and let me ask you another question;7.) What Happens When the Cloud Computing Centers Filled with All Human Information Become Aware?Consider if you will as someone recently said in The Futurist Magazine in the October-September issue of 2012 along this line of thinking, something to the effect that; “We already have algorithms which can search all the information in any of these cloud computing centers, ” and “We have all sorts of algorithms to help us find the data, and algorithms which talk to other algorithms.” Sure, all that makes sense, and also consider that in the human brain:A.) We have various brain waves and they interact with each other.
B.) There are various chemicals providing energy with a mix.
C.) We have sensors all through the body, and the five senses which gather information and experience, taking in all of our observations.If the cloud computer centers, which will be talking to each other and talking to themselves contain all of the written and visual record of humanity, they will have already gathered all the experiences, writings, observations, using, and history, and so it is only one small step away from becoming aware. This is the future we are moving towards, my question is; do we dare?In a way, the cloud computer would become aware, and it would be very similar to a human brain where every individual neuron was an individual human. That is to say every piece of the puzzle, from the top to the bottom would have intelligence. Is this a new form of intelligence? Well, let me scale it down to a simple board game and ask you a different question;8.) Can We Design a 3-D Chess Board Game Where Each Piece Has AI and Seeks to Survive?And if we could design something like that, wouldn’t that be very similar to the whole Net Centric Warfare concept? Isn’t that how a real military works? Each soldier is given a job, but each soldier is a thinking machine, it follows its orders, but also attempts to do what is in its best interest, that is to survive, to fight, and to win. In war it’s pretty serious, you either win, or you die. Can we design a 3-D chessboard to do the same thing? How much better would it be if it was giving feedback back to the artificial intelligent chess master?We’ve already found that artificial intelligence working with a human chess master can beat an artificial intelligent chess playing machine from IBM. When we merge human intelligence with artificial intelligence we seem to get a boost. What if each piece on the chessboard had artificial intelligence and it understood how humans think, adapt, survive, and operate under pressure? Aren’t we already teaching all these things to the future of AI through our input onto the Internet? Sure we are, and if you’ve listened to this radio show, or read my articles for any period of time, you already know the answer to that.What if we scale down even further? What if we scaled this all the way down to the molecular level? What if those molecules or nanoparticles could talk to each other? Are we talking about the next generation of microelectronics? Taking it all the way down and continuing the tradition of Moore’s law? Have you recently noted in the scientific news October of 2012 that carbon nanotubes have incredible properties for producing light and miniature holograms? Will this be a new way to communicate at the micro level?Bacteria seems to communicate and once it gets economies of scale and reaches a tipping point, it activates itself, trying to overwhelm by force and numbers. It operates much like an army, although strategically, mathematically, and predictably, well almost? Almost like a chessboard where each individual member is also serving its best interests? Perhaps as we design computer algorithms for the small-scale or the largest scale we will begin to see the same thing, and what we learn will propel us further and faster into the future.There was an interesting article in Photonics on September 27, 2012 titled; “Nanotubes Project Holograms,” which noted that;”Holograms can be generated by harnessing the conductive and light-scattering qualities of carbon nanotubes, a development that could lead to crisper projections with a larger field of view. Many scientists believe that carbon nanotubes will be at the heart of future industry and human endeavor and will have an impact on solar cells, cancer treatments and optical imaging. Researchers used these nanotubes as the smallest-ever scattering elements to create a static holographic projection.”The applications for all this are incredible and it could revolutionize everything, change ALL of human technology; communication, computers, transportation, energy, healthcare, and you name it, just consider the realities here? Would it be so bold to suggest that someday;9.) An AI Super Decision Making Computer Could Be Running Human Civilizations?Interestingly enough, I have deeply considered the future eRepublic or eGovernment AI decision making system, enterprise software super computer concept. If it were not corrupted by humans it could work well, programmed benevolence – if that is possible and if the programmers are on the same page of liberty, freedom, and standardization of some aspects and basic infrastructure needs. The anarchists might not like it, the crony capitalists would try to corrupt it, the socialists would want to control it, the religious fanatics would want to destroy it, and so on – again humans, but living in such a system designed for liberty and freedom “I think it would be a good idea” paraphrasing Gandhi on Western Society.What I’m saying or asking rater is; could we ever get human populations to agree to live with this even if we could prove to them mathematically that would be in their best interests? Are humans ready for that yet? I would suggest you that they should be getting ready for that because they are currently training AI supercomputer decision-making machines to do just that in the future, as humans are putting all of their knowledge onto the Internet. You see my point?Of course, if we do this we must get it right the first time, but have you ever known any technology to have come into the world perfect the first time? Look how many airplane designs crashed and burned before the Wright Brothers actually got one to fly? And even with them it wasn’t like they were not adding insult to injury, as they too crashed a few times themselves and had broken bones and broken wing spars to prove it. Speaking of which I like to discuss with you a little bit about how innovation comes to be, and the subject of;10.) Innovation, Trial and Error, and Original ThinkingNot long ago, I was discussing this with an acquaintance of mine from across the pond and he suggested that; “Most innovations might be just applications of trial and error.” Is he right? Yes, a good portion really is so, that’s true enough. Indeed, isn’t it so that; those who know that may have learned it through the adversity of failure, find themselves in a place where they refuse to quit for the next round, eventually that leads to success due to strength of character.Thus, those who’ve achieved have proven they have the right stuff, and have worked to solve real problems, but you can’t solve real problems by practicing “the definition of insanity” which is generally how humans “following the leader” usually get there, as they hire those experts who got them into the hot water in the first place (refer back to Einstein’s quote), learning from their success, but not their failures as mentioned aboveBecause of this, if someone is unintelligent and just recites the experts, then are they really needed for a think tank or for future innovation? No, we ought to enlist the experts themselves, not their hook, line, and sinker followers – of course, as I’ve discussed in previous shows and articles we’d be better off following those who question authority, rather than leaving it all up to status quo intellectual elite.Now then, along this line of discussion my acquaintance also noted that; “Most mind stunning discoveries are still linked to few masterminds.” Well, this is fairly true, and why we study the names of dead white men, the victors of history who wrote themselves in, and speak of the “shoulders of giants” however, many of these incredible advances may have come from associates or combining information.Consider a stable man for a member of the Royal Geological Society back in the day, he came up with the idea, but he couldn’t read or write, so the individual who wrote it down got and took the credit for it, and today we have to “memorize” his name in school, yet in reality that’s not how it actually happened.Thus, in many regards it’s hard to say what an original thought is, or how many actually come about. After all, many psychologists and philosophers have noted that the human mind comes up with ideas and thoughts based on its experience and input from its sensors through the sense of touch, smell, taste, sight, and hearing. It’s rather difficult to conceive something that you haven’t experienced or is not within your realm, it’s not to say that you couldn’t, it’s that it doesn’t happen very often. Getting to a big breakthrough is highly uncommon.Indeed it is known that most innovation comes from problem solving, and perhaps using known knowledge, observations, and experiences in unique ways. Then there is the trial and error period, where you crash and burn, or you modify, adapt, and survive to fight another day – to tweak your invention, and to make it work. This is your job as an innovator, and it’s something I hope you will consider.Well, that’s the end of 30 minutes of me talking (minus the commercials and distractions) and you listening. 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Although writing articles about military technologies is difficult, luckily, there is indeed a stream of new technologies coming forward. In fact, they span so many categories, it’s often hard to keep track of, much less understand all the technology which have been presented, and are on the cutting edge. Now then, we obviously don’t hear about all the technology because there are so many black projects, but the technology we do know about, where there is information available, is still substantial. Indeed I’d like to talk about this for a moment because I have written hundreds of articles on this topic.There are a couple different formats that people use when they write military tech articles. One is to grab the reader’s attention by scaring the ever living crap out of them, and inciting some science fiction fantasy about how death-rays will rain upon society and civilization killing all humans. That’s one way to play it, and there are folks that do that and their articles get lots of Internet traffic. The other way is to concentrate on those who are involved and work in the military-industrial complex, as well as all the armchair generals, and former military people and enthusiasts. These folks just want the straight skinny, and although you can use various adjectives to embellish such military tech, they aren’t as interested as the other crowd would be.Thus, it makes sense that you are talking to your correct reader, and that you don’t misinterpret the two types of folks who are interested in these topics. There is a third type, and I don’t recommend writing for them, as they are literally anti-military, and anti-defense spending. Many of these folks are anti-war protesters, and they have their own group of writers that blow things out of proportion, and make the United States look as if it is the next Nazi Germany.Now then, there is always a big difference in quality of the articles which are written about military technologies. Sometimes I find that the reading level is so low, that the articles aren’t even good enough for Twitter or Facebook, and then other times the articles are written by quasi-scientists and engineers, and they talk about a bunch of stuff that no one cares about.It is important to put some of the science in your articles, but if you put too much you either bore your reader, or lose them as their intellectual capacity can’t handle it. I hope you will please consider all these thoughts when you write about military tech.
With most people plugged in all the time, I often wonder what effect technology is having on our kids. Some say technology is another helpful learning tool that is making our kids smarter and some say it is having no significant effect at all. Still, others propose that technology use is encouraging social isolation, increasing attentional problems, encouraging unhealthy habits, and ultimately changing our culture and the way humans interact. While there isn’t a causal relationship between technology use and human development, I do think some of the correlations are strong enough to encourage you to limit your children’s screen time.Is television really that harmful to kids? Depending on the show and duration of watching, yes. Researchers have found that exposure to programs with fast edits and scene cuts that flash unrealistically across the screen are associated with the development of attentional problems in kids. As the brain becomes overwhelmed with changing stimuli, it stops attending to any one thing and starts zoning out. Too much exposure to these frenetic programs gives the brain more practice passively accepting information without deeply processing it. However, not all programs are bad. Kids who watch slow paced television programs like Sesame Street are not as likely to develop attentional problems as kids who watch shows like The Power Puff Girls or Johnny Neutron. Educational shows are slow paced with fewer stimuli on the screen which gives children the opportunity to practice attending to information. Children can then practice making connections between new and past knowledge, manipulating information in working memory, and problem solving. Conclusively, a good rule of thumb is to limit television watching to an hour to two hours a day, and keep an eye out for a glossy-eyed transfixed gaze on your child’s face. This is a sure sign that his or her brain has stopped focusing and it is definitely time to shut off the tube so that he can start thinking, creating, and making sense out of things again (all actions that grow rather than pacify the brain).When you do shut off the tube, don’t be surprised if you have a melt down on your hands. Technology has an addictive quality because it consistently activates the release of neurotransmitters that are associated with pleasure and reward. There have been cases of addictions to technology in children as young as four-years-old. Recently in Britain, a four-year-old girl was put into intensive rehabilitation therapy for an iPad addiction! I’m sure you know how rewarding it is to sign onto Facebook and see that red notification at the top of the screen, or even more directly how rewarding playing games on your computer can be as you accumulate more “accomplishments.” I am guilty of obsessive compulsively checking my Facebook, email, and blog throughout the day. The common answer to this problems is, “All things in moderation.” While I agree, moderation may be difficult for children to achieve as they do not possess the skills for self discipline and will often take the easy route if not directed by an adult. According to a new study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, children spend about 5 hours watching television and movies, 3 hours on the internet, 1 1/2 hours texting on the phone, and a 1/2 hour talking on the phone each day. That’s almost 75 hours of technology use each week, and I am sure these results are mediated by parental controls and interventions. Imagine how much technology children use when left to their own defenses! In a recent Huffington Post article, Dr. Larry Rosen summed it up well, “… we see what happens if you don’t limit these active participation. The child continues to be reinforced in the highly engaging e-world, and more mundane worlds, such as playing with toys or watching TV, pale in comparison.” How are you ever going to get your child to read a black and white boring old book when they could use a flashy, rewarding iPad instead? Children on average spend 38 minutes or less each day reading. Do you see a priority problem here?With such frequent technology use, it is important to understand if technology use encourages or discourages healthy habits. It’s reported that among heavy technology users, half get C’s or lower in school. Light technology users fair much better, only a quarter of them receiving low marks. There are many factors that could mediate the relationship between technology use and poor grades. One could be decreased hours of sleep. Researchers from the Department of Family and Community Health at the University of Maryland found that children who had three or more technological devices in their rooms got at least 45 minutes less sleep than the average child the same age. Another could be the attention problems that are correlated with frequent technology use. Going further, multitasking, while considered a brilliant skill to have on the job, is proving to be a hindrance to children. It is not uncommon to see a school aged child using a laptop, cell phone, and television while trying to also complete a homework assignment. If we look closer at the laptop, we might see several tabs opened to various social networks and entertainment sites, and the phone itself is a mini computer these days. Thus, while multitasking, children are neglecting to give their studies full attention. This leads to a lack of active studying, a failure to transfer information from short term to long term memory, which leads ultimately to poorer grades in school. Furthermore, it is next to impossible for a child to engage is some of the higher order information processing skills such as making inferences and making connections between ideas when multitasking. We want our children to be deep thinkers, creators, and innovators, not passive information receptors who later regurgitate information without really giving it good thought. Therefore, we should limit access to multiple devices as well as limit duration of use.Age comes into play when discussing the harmful effects of technology. For children younger than two-years-old, frequent exposure to technology can be dangerously detrimental as it limits the opportunities for interaction with the physical world. Children two-years-old and younger are in the sensorimotor stage. During this stage it is crucial that they manipulate objects in the world with their bodies so that they can learn cause-effect relationships and object permanence. Object permanence is the understanding that when an object disappears from sight, it still exists. This reasoning requires the ability to hold visual representations of objects in the mind, a precursor to understanding visual subjects such as math later in life. To develop these skills, children need several opportunities every day to mold, create, and build using materials that do not have a predetermined structure or purpose. What a technological device provides are programs with a predetermined purpose that can be manipulated in limited ways with consequences that often don’t fit the rules of the physical world. If the child is not being given a drawing app or the like, they are likely given programs that are in essence a lot like workbooks with structured activities. Researchers have found that such activities hinder the cognitive development of children this age. While researchers advise parents to limit their baby’s screen time to 2 hours or less each day, I would say it’s better to wait to introduce technology to your children until after they have at least turned 3-years-old and are demonstrating healthy cognitive development. Even then, technology use should be limited enormously to provide toddlers with time to engage in imaginative play.Technology is changing the way children learn to communicate and use communication to learn. Many parents are using devices to quiet there children in the car, at the dinner table, or where ever social activities may occur. The risk here is that the child is not witnessing and thinking about the social interactions playing out before him. Children learn social skills through modeling their parents social interactions. Furthermore, listening to others communicate and talking to others is how children learn to talk to themselves and be alone. The benefits of solitude for children come from replaying and acting out conversations they had or witnessed during the day, and this is how they ultimately make sense of their world. The bottom line is, the more we expose our children to technological devices, the worse their social skills and behavior will be. A Millennium Cohort Study that followed 19,000 children found that, “those who watched more than three hours of television, videos or DVDs a day had a higher chance of conduct problems, emotional symptoms and relationship problems by the time they were 7 than children who did not.” If you are going to give your child screen privileges, at least set aside a time for just that, and don’t use technology to pacify or preoccupy your children during social events.There’s no question that technology use can lead to poor outcomes, but technology itself is not to blame. Parents need to remember their very important role as a mediator between their children and the harmful effects of technology. Parents should limit exposure to devices, discourage device multitasking, make sure devices are not used during social events, and monitor the content that their child is engaging in (ie. Sesame Street vs. Johnny Neutron). Technology can be a very good learning tool, but children also need time to interact with objects in the real world, engage in imaginative play, socialize face-to-face with peers and adults, and children of all ages need solitude and time to let their mind wander. We need to put more emphasis on the “Ah-ha!” moment that happens when our minds are free of distractions. For this reason alone, technology use should be limited for all of us.
When the web technology was introduced just before the turn of the century, it’s only known applications were that of emailing and chatting. Compared to that, today the technology is successfully applied for performing many functions like social networking, blogging, information seeking and most important of all, e-commerce. The rapid evolution of this technology to have acquired the status of a potent global force over a period of a decade is definitely awe-inspiring if not astonishing and mind boggling.Social networking is a facet of web technology which began with websites like Facebook and Orkut. Soon these websites had millions of members all over the world and served as platforms for re-uniting friends and family members alike. Much of the viral nature acquired by the internet is an aftermath of the spread of information through the word of mouth facilitated by these social networking sites.An offshoot of social networking is blogging which serves as an online version of a diary in which professionals and experts from all over the world can share their thoughts, expertise and future plans with the global community.An important application of web technology, the Wikipedia, was launched in 2001 and soon escalated to rank as the 5th most popular website on the internet. Known for providing quality information, this online article repository is accessed by people from all over the world for seeking information of any subject free of charge and without much ado.One of the biggest applications of web technology is to facilitate online banking and trading and this truly enlarged the use of the internet as people who hitherto considered the net to be a waste of time now realized its potential as a lucrative and convenient revenue-providing option.While online banking facilitates all transactions from within the confines of one’s home, online trading is much easier as all the data pertaining to the stock market is at the trader’s disposal. Apart from equities, the recent wave of forex trade is also one of the commercial applications of e-commerce.
Choice is not always a blessing. As it has often been said, “with choice comes responsibility.”I recently went on a weekend road trip to a hot springs retreat center in a very remote location. As my husband and I started to drive on the dusty and winding road, cell phone reception worsened and, within moments, the words “No Service” flashed on my phone screen. Every time I glanced over at my smart phone and saw the two words, I felt a strange mix of nervousness and joyful relief.I had no service and no choice. “To tech” or “not to tech” was not the question.My lack of choice made me acutely aware of the choice we do have in our daily lives. It reminded me of the daily myriad of decisions many of us, technology users, face every day at home or while with love ones. We mostly have the choice, conscious or not, to decide if or when to fire up our computers, to switch our phones on or off, to turn to our gadgets… or to our partners.The Impact of Technology on RelationshipsDecades ago, this type of choice was not as imperative, or as relevant. However, technology use has become so pervasive that if we fail to consciously exercise our power of choice today, the automatic impact of technology on relationships will choose for us. The mesmerizing power of the gadget will prevail.A new Telenav study revealed that a third of Americans would prefer to give up sex for a week, rather than their cell phones. A recent British study by Ikea showed that couples are spending more time in bed looking at laptops than looking at each other. According to a report by Spring Technology, an IT recruitment company, “70 per cent agree that checking work emails while on holiday damages relationships.” You get the idea.We are becoming so dependent on our gadgets that relationships are increasingly taking the backseat.Choose ConsciouslyWhatever the origin of that impulse to turn to tech rather than to each other, it comes with a cost. Relationships need to be fed to stay healthy and thrive. Time and attention are fertilizers.Needless to say, we may need or want to use technology while with our loved ones. Sometimes, technology can bring us closer together. The key, however, is to choose consciously.So every time you are about to turn to a digital device rather than to your partner, stop and ask yourself these 3 questions:1) What motivates me to turn to technology in this moment? Need, enjoyment, compulsion, avoidance?2) Will tech use bring us closer together or further apart right now?3) Looking back at my life from my death bed, will I have any regrets about my gadget use?Choose consciously. With lack of choice come consequences.Plug into your relationship. Fire up your quality time. Switch on the love.PS – My husband just walked over to my home office computer, and asked me, “Do you want to take a walk when you’re done with that article?” I consciously answered, “Yes!” and smiled to myself. Let’s see what kind of choice I actually make…
Many professionals working in large organizations or as entrepreneurs don’t really understand the importance of utilizing great technology to communicate your personal brand. The world is a different place today. We already utilize the Internet to search for everything from products, and services to recipes and music, as well as many other uses. Business professionals who work in large organizations need to be visible on the web so that they can network with other professionals. Solo-entrepreneurs and small businesses need the Internet so that people looking to utilize their products or services can find out more about them and their business.People like doing business with people they know and trust. The web is a way of sharing your personal brand and networking to give people an insight into your personality and style. Here are my seven must-have technology solutions for any professional working today to use to build a brand.1). Be Sure Your Website Is “On Brand”If you run a small business today, a website is critical. It tells others that you are a professional and allows you to convey your industry expertise. A lot of people have a website, but it does not exude their personal brand. A professional website needs to express to others what makes you unique and stand out from the competition. The design, page layout, colors, fonts, words and image all need to communicate your on-brand message. A professional photo on the “about” page is critical as it allows people to see you and gain a level of trust which will move them forward in their decision to work with you. Be sure to dress in the photo to attract your target client.2). What is Your Social Online Identity?Are you utilizing some online social networks to stay in touch with colleagues and friends? If not I hope you will consider this, even if you work as a senior manager in a large firm. The web is becoming the new way to network to gain business and new employment. In fact, a lot of Internet visionaries are saying that, in five years, businesses will no longer post jobs on the Internet or within company websites. Employers and headhunters will research people on the Internet to interview and hire, both from the outside and within their companies. They also claim that new business prospects will come by way of the web to businesses and people who are utilizing social online networks.3). Are you LinkedIn?LinkedIn is a professional networking tool. It allows you to place a professional profile online and then invite clients, colleagues and friends that you trust to be in your closest network. You want to be sure that you only invite those people whose services you would recommend to a client asking for an introduction. You can write recommendations for people with whom you have worked so that others can see your viewpoints on their work. LinkedIn utilizes the six degrees of separation concept whereby you have the group you have invited, they are linked to another group of people, and so on. You can have millions of contacts at your fingertips simply by utilizing this tool. If you are in a job search, you can list that you are seeking work in a specific industry. Many human resource managers in large companies and executive recruiters currently use this site to search for people who have the credentials they are searching for in filling specific jobs.4). Your Face On FacebookThis is another tool for social networking but it is more personal and people tend to invite really close friends, family and colleagues. You can invite someone to be your friend if you want to keep in touch, see recent photos and chat in a more informal way. If you are a professional and want to have a Facebook page, you can design the template to be professional and still communicate with close colleagues. I always recommend to my clients to only share on Facebook what you would tell a client about your personal life, like you have several pets, you love your trips to the beach, etc. Don’t tell too much about your personal life if you have clients and colleagues on your Facebook page. If someone writes on your wall – be sure it is appropriate for your friends to see it – if not, you can erase that comment from your wall and de-friend them.5). Google MeHave you ever Googled yourself? Try it and type in your first and last name in parentheses and see how often something about you comes up in the search. This is critical today because as I mentioned, in the future everyone, will be googling you. Even if you work in a large firm you need a presence on the web. Think about writing an article to communicate your industry expertise, or give a speech at a professional club. All of these techniques will add to your ability to come up high on the search engine search of your name in Google.6). Blogging for BusinessBlogs are growing at a faster rate each year. People often ask me about blogging and does it really get me more clients. I don’t necessarily blog just to get more clients. I blog about personal branding and professional image topics because I like to share my thoughts and expertise with people all over the world. It gives people a glimpse into how I work, and my methods and views on those two topics. What I will tell you about blogging is that you really need to keep current with it. If you only want to blog once a quarter, select another source of communication because you really need to be consistent with updating your blog with new material.7). Raise Your Web VisibilityWhen you belong to a few online social networking sites, have a website, blog, join Internet groups, or have an article or book published on the web, you are raising your visibility and presence in a time when everyone needs more business. It communicates to others that you are an expert in your industry, knowledgeable about technology, and stay on the cutting-edge of business getting ideas. You can utilize the web as your new marketing tool. When people Google you or go to your website, you are visible to thousands of people who years ago would have no idea how to find you if they did need your company’s services.As you can see, the Internet will be the new forum for people to find you for specific types of employment or to work with your business. In today’s world, people are changing jobs more frequently and looking for promotions, which can mean searching for employment at a new firm. I do hope you will think about your public identity and personal branding online as it will be key for you to achieve your career goals and dreams in the future.
Years ago people of one country had to communicate with another country through analog telephones, fax and hand-written letters which was time consuming. With the advent of much newer technologies, it is possible now to correspond with one another conveniently and happily. The article focuses on this aspect. So read on to find out.Solving world problems involves people. And they can use the technologies of cell phone, email and Skype to correspond, hold conversations and come to an agreement or solution.With cell phones you can share your opinions in short and let each other know your point of views on a topic. Later you can go on Skype, going in more details. You can pursue the follow-ups of your conversations through email.You can add people in a group on Skype; so can you can form a group in an email account such as Gmail. You can add or delete people as you like. The main idea is to work with a team of people to solve world problems.You need to make your email and Skype accounts secure with strong passwords so that nobody is able to hack them. Your phone calls should be confidential and if you are using Viber, its password needs to be secure as well.You may want to keep separate accounts for the important team of people so that you do not juggle up the conversations with your other less involved friends. That way you can track where you left off with your team of people regarding a world problem issue.United States, Europe, Asia and Africa all need to contact with each other to solve their problems. So it is imperative that you have your own schedule about when to communicate with others via online meetings. It is good to send pre-written emails to your team/group to gently remind them about upcoming virtual meetings via the certain technology.It would be a good idea to bring all of the people involved in a certain place to hold views and conversations. But virtual meetings are much better to hold reducing the cost of expenditure for stay in hotels and flights and therefore, saving time and energy.So I would suggest cell phone, Skype and email correspondence are the best technologies to communicate with one another, discussing views in a group and finally coming to a solution for a world problem after a round of several virtual meetings.