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    Why You Should Study Blockchain

    Why You Should Study Blockchain

    (May 04, 2018)

    On April 27, 2018, North Korea and South Korea signed the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula. Two electronic versions—one in English and...

    On April 27, 2018, North Korea and South Korea signed the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula. Two electronic versions—one in English and one in Korean—have been stored on the Ethereum blockchain. The energy industry alone has invested $1 billion in blockchain. And four of the world’s largest automakers want to put blockchain technology in your car.

    “Blockchain is right up there with the invention of the Internet,” said Damian Chung, Sr. Director of Cybersecurity Engineering and Development at Dignity Health. Chung thinks blockchain has the potential to revolutionize healthcare, empower businesses to bypass the middle man and even safeguard democracy. “We can apply it infinitely, so it’s here to stay,” Chung said.

    Blockchain may lead to unprecedented business agility and help companies save time and money, but few people know how to harness the power of this emerging technology. According to TechCrunch, 14 blockchain job openings exist for every one blockchain developer.

    The talent shortage prompted Chung to develop and teach a blockchain course at the University of Advancing Technology, where he is an adjunct professor in the cyber security department.

    Students who take Chung’s Summer 2018 blockchain class will be able to:

    • Explain the benefits of blockchain and how it differs from cryptocurrencies
    • Understand blockchain architecture
    • Present use cases to CEOs, devs and non-technical folks
    • Design smart contracts
    • Produce an architectural proposal for a real-world blockchain application

    The 15-week course will cover blockchain transactions, keys, miners, distributed ledgers, blockchain wallets, hash functions, pseudonymity, Solidity, Go, private blockchain on Ethereum, Hyperledger Composer and MultiChain. Even though the class will incorporate some coding, students do not need to be strong programmers to do well.

    Chung recommends starting with Blockchain Revolution by Don and Alex Tapscott and watching some YouTube videos.

    Students should also capitalize on the power of the magic words, “I am a college student, and I need help.” Reach out to professionals who are already doing cool things with blockchain. Tweet to SEMs who tweet about blockchain. Ask questions on blog posts. Utilize LinkedIn. Create your own internship.

    Search for and join Meetups such as Desert Blockchain. Professionals go to Meetups because they want to connect with other innovators, give back to their communities and meet and mentor (and possibly hire!) curious students.

    Learning how to develop blockchain solutions will prepare students for careers as disruptors. Studying how blockchain is transforming industries such as banking and real estate will also help students to forecast, visualize and implement change in other industries such as energy, gaming, HR and cosmetics.

    Interested in collaborating on a blockchain project with UAT or hosting a blockchain event on campus? Reach out to Ashley: amurry@uat.edu.

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    Preparing for a Career as a Disney Imagineer

    Preparing for a Career as a Disney Imagineer

    (May 02, 2018)

    UAT Student Brett Butler’s experiences at Disney theme parks, resorts and cruises inspired him to join the maker movement. His dream job? “Working at Disney as an Imagineer!” The...

    UAT Student Brett Butler’s experiences at Disney theme parks, resorts and cruises inspired him to join the maker movement. His dream job? “Working at Disney as an Imagineer!” The term Imagineer combines imagination and engineer. Brett definitely fits that description.

    Brett likes to make stuff, which makes him a perfect fit for the Digital Maker and Fabrication (DMF) program here at UAT. Since he arrived on campus in the fall of 2017, Brett has spent hours tinkering away in the UAT Maker Lab. He loves playing with the laser cutter and Formlabs high resolution stereolithography (SLA) 3D printer.

    Brett has been playing around with animatronics for years. He is currently building an animatronic elephant that can talk, blink and move its trunk. When Brett was in high school, he participated in the Technology Student Association’s animatronics national championship. His team created a fully animatronic bird that they 3D printed at school. “It had feathers, moved and completely worked,” Brett exclaimed.

    Brett’s friends have been pestering him to make another awesome creation using one of the 3D printers at UAT. He accepted their challenge and 3D-printed a working ukulele! Then his girlfriend told him that she wanted a violin.

    “I started off with a 3D-modeled violin that I used a photo reference for. From there, I printed it, checked it, printed, checked, and kept repeating until it worked,” Brett explained. “I’m actually going to have to reprint this once because it’s still not exactly perfect,” he added.

    Brett turns to his fellow Digital Maker and Fabrication peers and his favorite professor, Joseph Horen, for inspiration and collaboration. “I think DMF is one of the coolest programs here. You can create something and have it in front of you. You can hold it. I think that’s amazing,” he said.

    Students in the DMF program graduate with hands-on experience in produce design, product development, industrial design, digital fabrication, 3D modeling and embedded systems programming. Brett appreciates the project-based curriculum and capitalizes on Professor Horen’s offers to explore a topic or problem and then develop a project or solution and well, make it. “Joseph is always helping me figure out problems that I am having, and he’s helped me with some of the electronic components of the elephant,” Brett said.

    Big dreams push Brett to keep creating. “UAT is a cool place where I can make just about anything.” Brett will undoubtedly continue to make cool stuff throughout his time at UAT.

    Follow UAT on social media to keep up with Brett’s current projects and other cool tech on campus. We’re on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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    Voice Recognition – AI for Audio

    Voice Recognition – AI for Audio

    (Feb 19, 2018)

    Voice recognition is a prominent technology that is being used in more and more places today.

    There is voice recognition for recognizing the speaker. This type of voice recognition is used...

    Voice recognition is a prominent technology that is being used in more and more places today.

    There is voice recognition for recognizing the speaker. This type of voice recognition is used for security (physical access and access to files in computer network). This is also evolving to give specific instructions/information to the speaker as well.

    There is voice recognition for translation, as well. This allows for written transcripts of audio events. The benefits are not limited to ADA compliance but useful for translating into other languages and to have a searchable transcript of an event.

    In both cases, artificial intelligence (AI) is utilized to have the computer learn and improve on its success of voice recognition.

    While everyone has heard of Siri or Alexa for voice recognition, there are innovative uses far beyond the home or smartphone. One recent example is in forensics. A voiceprint can be created in less than two minutes of speech. Crime experts are now using voiceprints for identity of voices from wire taps. This application is unique in that it uses the sound of one’s voice rather than the shape or pattern. That means that a voice match can be found regardless of the language or accent of the person.

    At UAT, we implement both of these types of voice recognition in our classes, such as AI, machine learning, and deep learning. Some of the examples of what our students have done are:

    • Coding by Voice – This allows visually impaired or those driving to speak their code. The cool part is that when you write a line a code then you can say “check” and it will make sure your syntax is correct or make suggestions on corrections.
    • Speech Analysis for Intent – When you send an email, write a blog, or read a news article, the content can be analyzed for intent – positive or negative. This could be used to find only positive new stories. This way, you could filter out the negative stories or blog posts. It could also be used in emailing your boss about a problem. This is important because in the written word, some meaning is lost without the actual interaction and this would help to insure that the message you want to convey has the proper intent.

    Voice recognition is just one of the technologies that UAT students master – because we excel at implementing new technology as it occurs. UAT is truly a University of Advancing Technology.

     

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    Thought Leader: What’s In It For Me?

    Thought Leader: What’s In It For Me?

    (Feb 03, 2018)

    Blog post by Adam Monk, Sales Director, Building Design Services, LLC

    In today’s market, whether you are selling cars, software, or real estate you need to pay more...

    Blog post by Adam Monk, Sales Director, Building Design Services, LLC

    In today’s market, whether you are selling cars, software, or real estate you need to pay more attention to your clients needs.

    Everyone remembers Henry Ford’s famous comment of “They can have it in any color as long as it’s black,” step back into the early 1900’s and being the first automated car manufacturer, you can get away with that kind of brass customer interaction.

    In today’s market, it’s the one of the single biggest aspects to selling your products or services. You really need to take the time to understand your target market, and “what is in it for them” to purchase your goods or services. No detail is too small or to be overlooked, one mistake can have devastating impacts to your bottom line.

    As the owner or entrepreneur, put yourself in your client’s shoe’s, how would you want the sale or transaction to take place? That in its self can often be more important than the actual product or service you are selling.

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    Importance of Emotional Intelligence

    Importance of Emotional Intelligence

    (Jan 18, 2018)

    Blog post by Business Technology Professor Mark Smith

    In both your professional and personal life you will need to develop your emotional intelligence IQ which is usually...

    Blog post by Business Technology Professor Mark Smith

    In both your professional and personal life you will need to develop your emotional intelligence IQ which is usually referred to as your (EQ).

    Communication is key to success in any relationship so it is very important to hone this skill of understanding the emotional state around the person that you are interacting with. An example of this is seeing someone that you want to communicate with is sad, you will naturally change your approach in how you open your conversation with them because you can visibly see they’re sad. The same would go for any other emotional state as you want to have the most pleasant experience when interacting with another person. This is the most basic way of looking at this skill set but this understanding can go much deeper along with being useful.

    the importance of emotional leadership

    The importance of emotional leadership

    The understanding of emotions and the best way to manage them is a great way to ensure that you will always have a constructive interaction with anyone you meet. Keep in mind you need to be aware of your own emotions and manage them as well. Knowing your own personal tendencies with emotions will allow you to manage them to be a more effective communicator.

    Having these skills allows you to effectively understand the best way to approach and communicate with another individual in any situation. This can be a very important tool if you are ever in leadership or managing people as you need to have a grasp on the best way to approach your employees. It can also be very good at diffusing tension between individuals or uplifting people that may be down.

    Overall, emotional intelligence is an understanding of how people feel and work, which allows you to be a more effective communicator, motivator or leader.

     

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    Importance of Professional Networking

    Importance of Professional Networking

    (Nov 30, 2017)

    By: Dr. Mark S. Smith, Business Technology Program Champion

    We spend most of our lives gaining knowledge and learning from our experiences. Our wisdom gained is essential...

    By: Dr. Mark S. Smith, Business Technology Program Champion

    We spend most of our lives gaining knowledge and learning from our experiences. Our wisdom gained is essential for performing a wealth of duties or tasks for various job roles and even entrepreneurship. These skills and abilities are priceless and have been forged by making mistakes, getting educated and experiencing life.

    We spend so much time preparing and tooling ourselves for what life may bring hoping for a career that will give us fulfillment and financial security. Having hope is great as it is a positive reinforcement but there is something you can do to give yourself a higher chance of getting where you want to be career wise.

    Networking is the key element that every successful person has utilized to get where they want to go. Getting into any company or position it is always more helpful to have someone on the inside of that company advocating for you. Professional networking is something that you should be doing all the time and everywhere you go. Many of these connections and interactions will never be utilized or yield any gain for either party but, the time that it can you have that connection to reach out to. This web of professionals that you build can be utilized for finding a specific job, getting certain information or getting guidance when needed. In general people like to help others and these connections give you and the people in your professional network the ability to do that.

    The most successful entrepreneurs and professionals in every industry got where they are from harnessing their network connections. No one is successful on their own they need help and guidance from others to get where they want to be. Successful people recognize this and welcome the aid from their connections. So, get out there on your LinkedIn or any professional networking site and start making connections. The more the merrier as you want the biggest network possible in various industries so you have a wide range of resources to call on when needed.

    Along with Business Technology Professor Mark Smith, UAT offers Career Services assistance for students and alumni. Reach out to UAT Career Services Advisor Ashley Murry for help with your resume, interviewing tips and networking skills.

     

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    UAT Business Technology Professor Offers Lean Startup Advice

    UAT Business Technology Professor Offers Lean Startup Advice

    (Sep 12, 2017)

    Many UAT students will become entrepreneurs and start their own businesses after graduation. Professor Mark Smith teaches Business Technology courses at UAT and has some great...

    Many UAT students will become entrepreneurs and start their own businesses after graduation. Professor Mark Smith teaches Business Technology courses at UAT and has some great tips for how to operate a business under the lean principles.

    What is a lean startup? Lean startup ideals originated by author Eric Ries, which states that if companies invest their time into iteratively building products or services to meet the needs of early customers, they can reduce the market risks and sidestep the need for large amounts of initial project funding and expensive product launches and failures.

    When starting an online business, you want to stay lean as you can. This includes expenses, efficiency and processes. Any additional overhead or extra time exerted can cost a first year startup company a chunk of its revenue.

    Here are some key things that can be done specifically from on online standpoint to keep expenses down.

    Only contract work that needs to be done. Instead of taking on employees that will be a regular fixed cost, contract workers out for a short duration of time. This cost can be deductible and you won’t have to focus accounting resources to pay them. If you’re specifically starting on online business look for the cheapest route for hosting, domain registration and website building. There are many free sites out there that will allow you to do much of this work without having to dig into your account. They might take you a bit more time to setup or create but you will not have extra costs.

    Another tip specifically for an online business is to keep in home office for as long as you can. If you’re using your home as the business headquarters, you can deduct a portion of your utilities, rent and internet costs based on the amount of your home you are using.

    The greatest costs to a business is labor, space and inventory. The goal is to reduce the cost of labor, space and product inventory as much as possible. That’s why contracted work is helps businesses stay lean. Working from home also saves you money while also limiting space for your inventory so you don’t house to much resources at one time.

     

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    Principles for Research

    Principles for Research

    (Sep 05, 2017)

    Information: Is It Reliable?

    Information is not difficult to find. Search engines utilize web databases, reviewers’ blogs and RSS feeds. Practicing research techniques that help you become adept at locating the...

    Information: Is It Reliable?

    Information is not difficult to find. Search engines utilize web databases, reviewers’ blogs and RSS feeds. Practicing research techniques that help you become adept at locating the information you need is easy. But how do you know if the information is accurate or relevant?

    So, we need an understanding of the diversity of information sources, which are largely developed through varied beliefs and influenced by social interactions.

    To simplify, the information sources must be evidence-based science, innovative technological facts, non-biased ethical standards, and stem from global mindfulness. Below is a list of 5 ways to determine if the information you are gathering is reliable and timely.

    1. Examine Sources

    • Issue: Where are people getting their information?
    • Solution: Use only credible sources

    2. Reliable Tech Innovation

    • Issue: Are splash page reporting on emerging technologies really in the marketplace?
    • Solution: Investigate if the technological innovations are actual or theoretical.

    3. Evidence-based Science

    • Issue: Are the scientific discoveries evidenced or advertising gimmicks?
    • Solution: Investigate if the scientists have published their research findings in credible publications.  Anyone can make a claim.

    4. Original Ideas and Experience

    • Issue: Accountability in using other’s ideas for your projects.
    • Solution: Build upon original works and give credit to the originator and go out in the real world and experience your ideas first hand.

    5. Invention

    • Issue: Invention is an engineering solution and must be novel and reliable.
    • Solution: Invention is a term that is both practical and conceptual. An inventor can be the originator and/or an innovator. Innovators build off what is already in the marketplace. Inventive leaders think about and adopt reliable and lasting solutions, until a new solution comes about.

    The above five bullet points are tenets I apply in my own research and teaching.  In fact, information gathering and assimilating has become a bit of “telephone tag.” To resolve this, be proactive in obtaining information from reliable sources and pass them on with credit to the originators.

    Here are a few facts that might cause all of us to pause: “According to the poll, conducted by Don Bates of The George Washington University:

    • “89 percent of reporters and editors turn to blogs for story research”
    • “65 percent look to social media sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn”
    • “52 percent use microblogging sites like Twitter”
    • “61 percent use Wikipedia.” (Adler, n.d.).

    Is Bates’ information reliable? To find out, I would need to go directly to GWU and look for scholarly articles written or published by Bates. I did and it was. But this is only the first step because the second step would be to find other statistics on the same topic from other sources to compare.

    In the end, the onus is on us to do our own due diligence and get the facts straight! Difficult? Not too much. It can be a fun challenge.

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    How Will Emerging Technologies Impact My Future?

    How Will Emerging Technologies Impact My Future?

    (Jun 26, 2017)

    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

    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.

    Natasha Vita-More

    Professor Natasha Vita-More

    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.

    PureOlogy Hydrate Sheer Shampoo

    PureOlogy Hydrate Sheer Shampoo with Nanotechnology – $65.50 at Ulta Beauty

    “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).

    Dr. Gregory Stock, Life Science Entrepreneur and Visionary | Photo: (Big Speak, 2017).

    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.

    Citizen Journalism on the rise | Photo: (Khan, 2015).

    Citizen Journalism on the rise | Photo: (Khan, 2015).

    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.).

    Brain Mapping: A section of the human brain map as small as 20 micrometers. | Photo: (Humphries, n.d.)

    Brain Mapping: A section of the human brain map as small as 20 micrometers. | Photo: (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.

    References:

    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

     

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    See Through Walls With Wi-Fi Devices

    See Through Walls With Wi-Fi Devices

    (Nov 04, 2015)

    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...

    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.

    MIT RF Capture with WiFi Device with silhouette

    MIT RF Capture with WiFi Device with silhouette

    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.

    • RF-Capture transmits radio waves that pass through physical objects
    • Radio signals reflect off whatever is on the other side and bounce back to RF-Capture
    • RF-Capture measures the intensity of the waves, among other variables
    • The device then uses a “coarse-to-fine algorithm” to create an accurate silhouette

    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

     

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