CTU Doctoral Graduation

Thursday, October 29, 2009


THE FUTURIST magazine's listed the Top Ten Forecasts for 2009 and beyond.
Nanodevices one of ten forecasts from THE FUTURIST were highlighted.

Everything you say and do will be recorded by 2030. Technology, Technology can you believe this? By the late 2010s, ubiquitous, unseen nanodevices will provide seamless communication and surveillance among all people everywhere. Humans will have nanoimplants, facilitating interaction in an omnipresent network. Everyone will have a unique Internet Protocol (IP) address. Since nano storage capacity is almost limitless, all conversation and activity will be recorded and recoverable. -Gene Stephens, "Cybercrime in the Year 2025," July-Aug 2008, p. 34

Hundreds of nanowires—tiny forms of carbon molecules only five to ten atoms wide—make up the world’s smallest ultraviolet laser, which was created by researchers in the early 21st century. A number of important breakthroughs have already occurred in nanotechnology. Scientists are currently experimenting with two approaches to making structures or devices at the scale of 1 to 100 nm. These methods are called the top-down approach and the bottom-up approach. Nanotechnology is in the beginning and early period of existence no one can predict with accuracy over the next several decades.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Horizon Report 2009

Horizon Report 2009 the New Media Consortium Emerging Technologies Initiative
From the Horizon Report 2009:
One interesting technology to watch The Personal Web. This technology has a solid user base and institutions should find ways to support this knowledge. Personal web represent a collection of technologies simple tools and applications that are used to manage ways one uses the Internet for example:
  • Podcasts
  • Widgets 
  • Microblogging Twitter 
  • Collaborative Environments 
  • Social Networking - Facebook 
  • Blogs
One key trend to watch is visualization tools that are making information more meaningful and insights more intuitive. The forecast for this technology next seven to ten years will evolve in a big way in its teaching and learning. Much has been said about Visual Literacy: Learn to See, See to Learn by Lynell Burmark. Per Horizon Report 2009 visual literacy has become an increasingly important skill in decoding, encoding, and determining credibility and authenticity of data. I’m hoping this technology could assist the blind and visually impaired users in interpreting graphics.

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story

This video is from TED Ideas worth spreading

Chimamanda Adichie is a female storyteller from Nigeria. From an early age she started reading British and American children's books at four then writing at seven. The characters in her writings were exactly same ones from the stories she read about because this was all she knew. Chimamanda spoke of the danger in a single story that shows people as one thing, only one thing, over and over, so that this is what they become a perception in your mind. Also, she talked about her American roommate and the perception of the single story she had formed about Africa. Her roommate was stunned to see that Africans were human equals just like the roommate.

Two points from the video are:
1. A single story creates stereotype and may be untrue, consequently robbing people of their dignity because of being the only story.

2. It is very important to engage in all the stories about that person and that place before forming a conclusion.