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The results are in! Out of 17 teams competing in the CCDC Qualifier, UAT had to place 8th or better… UAT placed 3rd overall and took 1st in the defense...
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:
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.
Alumni Erin Ali graduated from UAT in 2007 with a Multimedia Degree. Today she has a career as an Online/Social Producer at Monolith Productions working on “Middle-earth: Shadow of War,”...
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.
Professor Jill Coddington judged an 8th grade Science Fair at Pikes Peak Christian School in Colorado Springs. UAT was a sponsor of this event and provided T-shirts as prizes to the...
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 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.
Being a student can be a full-time job and for others enrolled in college, there may be other important external responsibilities such as jobs, families, and military obligations pulling them...
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.
Five UAT Game Studios students worked on a project called, “The Wall: Unknown Stories, Unintended Consequences,” under the leadership of USA TODAY NETWORK and The Arizona Republic. After 15 weeks...
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.
Game programming alumni Caleb Jacobs landed an awesome job working as a Gameplay Engineer for First Strike Games in Seattle, WA. Caleb believes his degree in game programming and experience at UAT...
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
2. Reliable Tech Innovation
3. Evidence-based Science
4. Original Ideas and Experience
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:
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.
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
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The summer semester is winding down, but many UAT Game Studios development teams are still hard at work trying to complete as much work on their games as possible before...
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.
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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.