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University of Advancing Technology is an elite, private college that serves its student body by fostering knowledge creation and academic excellence in an environment that embraces the young technophiles of the world. With three centers of research and a suite of technology-centered undergraduate and graduate degrees, the University is a recognized leader in technology education.
UAT is proud of faculty member Natasha Vita-More, Professor of Human Enhancement Technology, Emerging Technology, Multi-Media and Design and Bio Science, who spoke on two panels at the BRINK2015.1 Conference...
The future of technology is unfolding before our eyes. The human race does not know exactly what changes to expect or when the drastic transition will become noticeable, but emerging technology experts have conducted extensive research and have formulated predictions on how these inevitable changes will effect how businesses operate, how humans work and communicate, and how every day life as we know it takes place.
UAT’s Graduate Program offers a course in Emerging Technologies (MSC686) taught by Professor Natasha Vita-More, an expert in the field, as well as a Fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. Her background gives her the credibility and a wealth of knowledge to educate, inspire, question and lead class discussions on how new and emerging technologies will change the way that humans currently utilize and interact with technology moving into the future. Technology is a tool with endless benefits, but it also can disrupt the existing flow of the real world, sometimes making the adoption of a new device or concept problematic without a cohesive plan for the transition.
This course overviews major themes in emerging technologies. Students are encouraged to relate the topic back to their original degree family whether that be cyber security, game art and animation, business technology or even journalism, bringing their field of expertise to the table for discussion as a group.
Referring to the first topic discussed in MSC686 on Misunderstood and Misinterpreted Technology, subject matter expert Dr. Alan Toffler was quoted saying, “Our technological powers increase, but the side effects and potential hazards also escalate,” meaning that as new technologies are developed, a disconnect is formed in the infrastructure where in many new devices are not compatible with previous technology. (MSC686, 2017).
An industry seeing much activity in the research phase, but also one that is considered controversial is nanotechnology. The majority of humans are not mentally prepared for the changes that society could potentially incur from acceptance of biomedical nanotechnology as a practice. Experts like Drexler and Merkle share the belief that uses of nanotechnology will benefit human survival (MSC686, 2017). In researching the topic, it was interesting to find that many uses of nanotechnology are currently on the market and being used in items that people may not know contain nanotechnology capabilities, indirectly becoming more familiar and accepting overtime.
“Companies using nanotech in their skin products as of 2005 include: Mary Kay and Clinique from Lauder; Neutrogena, from Johnson & Johnson; Avon; and the Estee Lauder brand” (Nanowerk, 2017). Items like cosmetics and sunscreen utilize skin regenerative and anti-aging benefits without outright advertising the use of nanotechnology to consumers.
As previously mentioned that emerging technologies can be viewed as controversial, expert Dr. Gregory Stock alludes that politicians are divided about the future of mixing technology with biology. “Our increasing ability to alter our biology and open up the processes of life is now fueling a new cultural war” (Stock, 2002). Leaders in bioethics are largely against genetic engineering, but American politicians should listen to the community’s needs and make the most educated decision for each case. Biotechnology and genetic engineering can help people with diseases, birth defects, as well as people who were involved in accidents and who are suffering from effects of the aging process, but there are groups in opposition, hindering progress. “As scientists rapidly improve their ability to identify and manipulate genes, people will want to protect their future children from diseases, help them live longer, and even influence their looks and their abilities. Government and religions should not try to ban these developments” (Stock, 2002).
When changes of this magnitude occur there are sure to be growing pains, but people do not want to be inconvenienced. Technology mogul Elon Musk iterates this sentiment in the quote “I’m not really a fan of disruption; I’m just a fan of things being better” (Musk, 2017). In order to progress as an educated society, we require innovation. New technologies advance human abilities, but changes can have a domino effect bringing about disruptions in many forms that can hinder the immediate progress of moving forward.
An example of a new technology that disrupted the journalism industry was the invention of the camera phone with access to wireless internet which changed the traditional elements of journalism, as well as the public’s instant demand for knowledge. Because of the introduction of new technology, many news rooms closed or faced the risk of a closure. Citizen journalism became more prevalent as everyday citizens had access to capture the news and disseminate to an audience without taking extra steps to verify information like a trained reporter. It is important to keep in mind that advances in technology that disrupt current processes can affect many other industries and aspects of that technology. Nothing happens in a vacuum. Systems processes analysis are needed to understand who is being affected by this change.
As technology becomes more and more intertwined in our daily lives, it’s important to keep in mind the more information that is shared, less privacy exists. Just as citizen reporters share stories that they encounter, social media platforms encourage sharing your birthdate, hometown, likes and dislikes, making it difficult to know how much sharing is too much. Daniel Newman said, “In other words, when companies like Facebook create applications that we use in our everyday lives, for free, the real price is in what we sacrifice for the right to use the application for free, our data” (Newman, 2017). A data breach is a real and constant threat for entities like banks, hospitals and credit card companies which makes the idea that our data is out there, very scary. As progression breeds efficiency, humans have written, programmed, coded and developed systems to automate processes to make our daily lives easier. Automation creates convenience, but in many ways can negatively affect one’s privacy of shared personal data. It is important to think before you post because once specific content is shared with Google and on the Internet, it is no longer private.
Not only controversial concerns of disruption and privacy send experts on the hunt for reliable solutions in technology, but scientists are also highly interested in the human brain and its incredible capabilities. In order to learn more about the brain, scientists have tried a method called brain mapping. “Scientists have produced a 3D atlas of the brain with 50 times the resolution of previous such maps. The atlas required slicing a brain into thousands of thin sections and digitally stitching them back together with the help of supercomputers. Able to show details as small as 20 micrometers, roughly the size of many human cells, it is a major step forward in understanding the brain’s three-dimensional anatomy” (Humphries, n.d.).
The brain is the powerhouse for human life, but it is susceptible to disease, the aging process, and irreversible brain damage, all which can lead to death. What if there were alternatives that could repair damage and extend life? Futurist Ray Kurzweil believes that “When you talk to a human in 2035, you’ll be talking to someone that’s a combination of biological and non-biological intelligence.” Moving forward, as technology uncovers more solutions to our mortal problems, it’s predicted by Kurzweil that humans will begin to utilize a combination of biological and non-biological intelligence and that is not something to fear.
Emerging technologies can be influenced by an ebb and flow of resources, either in scarse or abundant quantities helping or hurting the production process. Dr. Wayne Dryer said, “Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into,” (Dryer, 2017). Abundance can be acquired in investments, big data, communication, transportation, and many other areas. Scarcity has been seen as problematic in areas of energy, healthcare and education which can affect costs and opportunities. It’s important to monitor specific areas to avoid negatively impacting society.
We know that Emerging Technologies, by definition of the name, will continuously evolve. There will always be new discoveries, innovations and transitions from old operating procedures to more advanced methods that people need to know about. Releasing information out to the general public is crucial in today’s world. As a digital media maven, blogging is an outlet that has the ability to reach millions of people giving them access to important information. A blog is a powerful and effective way to elaborate on research, explain findings and disseminate that news to reach a large audience to help inform them.
Big Speak. (2017) Dr. Gregory Stock headshot. https://www.bigspeak.com/speakers/gregory-stock
Drexler, E. (1987) The Path Ahead. https://www.foresight.org/Updates/Background0.html
Dryer, W. (2017) Discussion in class. MSC686.
Humphries, C. (n.d.) Brain Mapping. https://www.technologyreview.com/s/526501/brain-mapping/
Khan, S. (Mar 30, 2015) Move over citizen journalism: here comes a much smarter future. https://medium.com/@stephenkhan/move-over-citizen-journalism-here-comes-smart-journalism-ace72f97a389
Kurzweil, R. (n.d.) Discussion in class. MSC686.
Merkle, R. (MSC686) Nanotechnology is an idea that most people simply didn’t believe. http://www.merkle.com/
Musk, E. (May 24, 2017) Elon Musk quote. MSC686.
Nanowerk. (2017) Nanotechnology in Cosmetics. http://www.nanowerk.com/nanotechnology-in-cosmetics.php
Newman, D. (n.d.) Quote from Class. MSC686.
Stock, G. (June 1, 2002) The Clone Wars. http://ethics.sandiego.edu/presentations/AppliedEthics/Stock-Fukuyama/Stock-Fukuyama_debate.pdf
Innovator Andrew Chang has come up with a device that could help us improve our posture. The LUMOback sensor is worn around your waist and will vibrate if it finds...
Cutting edge technology now gives Superman some competition. Scientists at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab have developed a device that uses WiFi signals to effectively see through walls and other obstacles, with the ability to identify which persons are standing behind it.
This new technology coined RF Capture, is enhanced version of previous methods of capturing movements across a house – technology used by mothers to see their baby’s breathing and firefighters to determine if there are survivors in a burning building.
How does RF Capture work?
RF-Capture works by transmitting wireless signals that, upon hitting a person standing behind a wall, are reflected off various body parts and then back to the device for analysis to piece together the whole image of people.
The video below shows how researchers captured consecutive time snapshots, before constructing the human silhouette.
Researchers, as us at UAT, are excited about the future applications that this kind of wireless technology could provide.
It’s incredible to think that lives could be saved with this sort of technology. Consider “an in-home device that can call 911 if it is capable of detecting that a family member has fallen unconscious” in a fire.
RF Capture could also have applications in motion capture, allowing filmmakers to dispense with those silly sensor-covered suits currently in use by performers for doing special effects sequences.
Article reposted from Hacker News: MIT Scientists: Now You Can See Through Walls with WiFi
Find out more about a degree in Network Security from UAT by visiting here: www.uat.edu/network-security-degree
Cyber Security alumni have created a startup company for penetration testing called AntiMatter Security, LLC. The team consists of William Peterson (Network Security, Technology Forensics), Stephen Chicosky (Network Security, Network Engineering),...
Professor Natasha Vita-More gave a talk virtually to Microsoft Main Campus for the Extreme Futures Tech Festival. Great people and much fun!
The EFTF is a tech conference focused on emerging technology trends, across the tech sector. It covers the latest in emerging technology, the trends but also social impact and emerging societal changes and where we are going with technology and where it affects us and business.
In this ‘issue’ of EFTF we have topics from bio engineering, cybernetics (including a live demo of an implant procedure), artificial intelligence, cloud computing, maker trends, XR technologies (AR/VR and Wearables), IoT and many more.
Click for more information on the Extreme Futures Tech Festival: http://transhumanity.net/extreme-futures-tech-fest-fall-2015/
Professor Vita-More was also featured in an article called, The Science Surrounding Cryonics, co-authored by David W. Crippen, Robert J. Shmookler Reis, Ramon Risco, and herself, and can be found on the front page of MIT Technology Review.
A short doc about a paranormal investigator and his brushes with the unexplained, created by students Emma Welch-Murphy and Madison LaCross for DVA241 Digital Video Production class. This is a...
Have you been inside the New Technology Lab (NT Lab) lately? There are some new devices for UAT’s population of tech savvy individuals to use on campus. Stop in to the Bindery for a key to the NT Lab and get your innovative juices flowing with new technology!
Kor-FX Gaming Vest: The Kor-FX is a haptic feedback vest that lets you feel the game you are playing or developing. As part of the Virtual Reality Station, students will be able to combine the vest with the Oculus Rift to create truly immersive experiences.
Sphero: Sphero, an addition to the Mobile Development Station, will allow students to program a ball with a built in gyroscope. Students will be able to program games and other experiences that involve the robotic ball.
Cube 3D Touch Stylus: The Touch Stylus is a haptic 3D drawing device currently located at the 3D Print and Scan Station. Students will be able to sculpt their 3D models using this pen and feel the model as they manipulate it.
Epson BrightLink: The BrightLink is an interactive projector that allows students to manipulate the projection as if it were a tablet. Students will be able to map out their projects and collaborate with other students on a giant interactive screen.
Perception Neuron: The Neuron is a 32-point wearable motion capture device set to be installed at the Virtual Reality station. Students will be able to motion capture themselves without needing a full motion capture setup and will be able to export their data to their Oculus Rift based games easily.
Oculus Rift: A Virtual Reality headset that allows you to step into your favorite game, get immersed in a movie or take a virtual tour, with the aid of special electronic equipment like a helmet, headset or gloves with sensors.
Epson Moverio Glasses: The Moverio glasses are an augmented reality display in a similar vein to Google Glass. It is powered by Android OS and will allow students at the Virtual Reality station to explore new ways to gamify the world.
Don’t hesitate to ask for help in using any of these new devices- that’s why they are here – for students to use! Maker Tech Mike Syfritt is happy to assist students with any of the new gadgets in the NT Lab.
Short dramatic film about the consequences of a desperate young man’s decisions. Created by students Emma Welch-Murphy, Carlie Kratz, and Madison LaCross for DVA241 Digital Video Production class. NSFW: Contains...
Wow! I just returned from Russia and 10,000 people attended the Geek Picnic Festival! I enjoyed the workshops in makerspace, robotics and also wearable computing – they were great! I met wonderful people and many students interested in the future of science and technology – artificial life, AGI, uploading, brain systems, and more. It was a great experience!
Two teams of UAT Digital Video Students competed against five teams of students from Grand Canyon University in the Spring 2017 Inter-College 48 Hour Film Challenge. This latest installment of...
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Tempe, Ariz. (June 11, 2015) – University of Advancing Technology (UAT) is introducing the Bachelor of Science in Business Technology degree, preparing students to be tech savvy leaders in high-demand technology management careers.
In UAT’s Business Technology degree program, students develop the skills to excel in business management, global business, innovation, technology product development and project management.
Students become fluent in business models, big data analysis and business development methodology, managing cross-functional and international teams, strategic management, innovation and data-driven marketing. They learn it – and do it – with UAT’s vast resources that allow them to make or create tangible things from start to finish, file for a patent and bring new products to market.
“It’s about time a technology university offers a business degree,” says Jason Pistillo, UAT President. “The future is centered so much in technology that future business leaders need to know how to lead and manage tech teams. Graduates will earn credibility from tech professionals and developers by obtaining a business technology degree, especially one that’s best in class, from a technology university.”
“What stands out in UAT’s Business Technology degree is the curriculum’s relevancy because of its design that prepares students with competitive, interdisciplinary skills,” says Jason Konesco, UAT Board Director and President/CEO of Harrison College.
Graduates of this top technology university are prepared for executive roles within the industry’s leading business and technology sectors. With an in-depth understanding of the market, they will direct product innovation and process innovation using business analytics to optimize product adoption and the product life cycle.
“Real-world experience is one of the key differentiators in this elite entrepreneurship degree, preparing graduates to hit the ground running as tech leaders in high demand within the growing business￼technology arenas,” says Jason Funk, UAT Board Director and President of Western Window Systems.
For more information about UAT’s Business Technology degree, and to apply, visit www.uat.edu/BT.
University of Advancing Technology is an elite, intimate, private technology university educating students in advancing technology who innovate for our future. Our technology-infused, urban campus in Tempe, Ariz., is a technology nexus: a collection of technophiles, tech geeks and mavens of the digital world who evolve into top technology executives, master programmers, cyber warriors, forensic sleuths, robotic engineers, interactive filmmakers and game innovators for entertainment and government animation applications.
This weekend at UAT, teams of technology students will compete in a simulation that tests real world networking, security, and consulting skills to deploy an IoT solution for a simulated...
UAT is proud of faculty member Natasha Vita-More, Professor of Human Enhancement Technology, Emerging Technology, Multi-Media and Design and Bio Science, who spoke on two panels at the BRINK2015.1 Conference last weekend in Palm Desert, Cali.
BRINK2015.1 is a unique gathering of technologists, futurists, engineers, space entrepreneurs and social philosophers, all brought together to discuss the path we find ourselves on, to thoughtfully consider how and where we want to go in the future.
Professor Vita-More (top center in the photo) spoke on the following topics: “Designing New Humanity: A is for Augmentation, or is it Avatar?” and “What I Know Now: Defining and Fulfilling the Needs of a New Humanity.”
BRINK2015.1, held at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa and presented by BRINK Institute and featured global leaders in science and tech, encouraged active participation from attendees and guests along with special events, networking and more.
Attendees experienced exhibits, networking and two full days of conversations with today’s thought leaders in fields as diverse as robotics and social media, and as interconnected as humanity and exploration.
For more information about BRINK2015.1, visit: http://brinkinstitute.org/
Calling all game studies students! The 2017 Spring UAT Game Studios development teams are looking to add new members! Are you an artist, game programmer, game designer, or marketeer? Power...
Alumni Godric Johnson, James Richards and Davion Hellstrom have started a game studio called Jetstreame Studios that’s focused on mobile games for Android and iOS.
The team have launched three Kickstarter campaigns for three separate games in development for mobile platforms. Use the links below to check out their Kickstarter campaigns and contribute if you can!
You can also find Jetstreame on Facebook.
Yesterday ICANN revealed applications from about 500 companies for new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) that could devalue the coveted .com extension and open up a barrage of legal issues....
jQuery and HTML5 are taking over the web.
The combination of both make it so easy to create dynamic websites that look like the heavier Flash websites of the past.
Base Creative UK has set up a website with a great tutorial on how to create a jQuery website in less than a day.
Sci-fi authors Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross have co-written Rapture of the Nerds, a novel about a post-Singularity world populated by posthumans toward the end of the 21st century. Both authors are...
Sci-fi authors Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross have co-written Rapture of the Nerds, a novel about a post-Singularity world populated by posthumans toward the end of the 21st century.
Both authors are well known for their tales of a human future in the grip of transformative, often disruptive, technologies, so if you’d like to see where two of this part of the century’s most imaginative authors think our technologies may take us, check out this novel.