It is a bit common nowadays to hear about cloud computing. Many technology companies are diversifying into this business. Big data alone has huge implications on how we can acquire and generate new information. Combine it with cloud computing, it may just be a tool for an innovation.
Big data has proven to be beneficial to the society, including the business arena. Google Trends, for example, was recently deemed useful in predicting daily price moves in the Dow Jones industrial average.
Cloud computing is also beneficial for businesses as it provides a revolutionary way of storing big data for companies. Cloud computing and big data are a good combination. Big data normally requires large storage to store the huge chunks of data, and cloud computing is more than capable of providing that.
According to Steven VanRoekel, US Chief Information Officer, “The combination of cloud and big data can not only create useful insights, but also can create incredible value — not only the value we provide downstream in areas such as public safety and GPS, but real value in the way we think about decision making, the way we think about creating mission-based systems. There’s a definite multiplier effect at that intersection.”
Combining various technologies and information initiates efficient development and innovation not only in the business world, but also in the society as a whole. We are on our way towards a tech-filled future and we might as well take advantage of it.
3D Printing technology is an emerging industry which is proving to have more uses than its predecessor, the ‘normal’ 2D Printing. 3D Printing, also known as desktop fabrication or additive manufacturing, is a prototyping process where a real object is fabricated from a 3D design. 3D printers are mainly used for industries such as construction, aerospace manufacturing, automotive manufacturing and medical engineering. Nowadays, 3D printers are also sold for personal use.
The technology has many advantages. Although there are some strange uses to it such as cloning yourself as a doll, printing racecars and producing printed clothing, 3D printing can offer much more value. Architects use 3D printing to create prototypes which are low cost projections of their models. Engineers use it to put different parts together and test the fit, before it undergoes the costly process of the material or tool’s production.
The technology of 3D Printing is also highly beneficial for the medical industry. Stem cell research is a critical field in advancing life-saving surgery. The 3D Printing technology is now enabled to print human embryonic stem cells which can be used to treat conditions in human beings. It is still under study but according to the researchers from the University of Edinburgh, theoretically possible. Other outputs that 3D printing can provide are blood vessels and heart tissue, skin, the repair of damaged hearts, cartilage and bone, and even organs. It can also be used to manufacture an extension to a limb, such as the ‘Robohand’, a mechanical hand prosthesis which is durable and strong enough to be used on a daily basis. Another advancement is the printing of life-like human ears which will be used to address congenital deformity microtia, and those who have lost their ears from cancer or accidents. The technology is also being explored to help improve the manufacturing of solar panel and photovoltaic cells to bring about developments in harnessing solar energy.
The novel and interesting field of 3D printing holds immense potential. The future prospects especially for treatments in the medicine and surgery field are too valuable to be overlooked. Hopefully, the progress in this technology would make it more available and affordable as well as create more opportunities for implementation.
Guest editor: Kristine Rowan
The California Academy of Sciences is “an international center for scientific education and research” based in the Golden Gate Park of San Francisco. It features an aquarium, a planetarium, a national history museum and a rainforest inside its walls. What’s even more interesting about this center is that they have various events for different audiences. They have Academy Sleepovers, Lectures & Workshops, Photography Programs and Nightlife. The place also employs touch screens and electronic technologies to teach and interact with the people.
I was able to personally experience their event, Nightlife last April 25, 2013. It was fun as I got the chance to learn more about the earth and nature while having fun with my friends. They have very interactive activities such as making craft from scrap, photo booths, organic fruits and many others. It is amazing how I was able to see different species I never thought existed. It makes every person feel that the Earth is so much bigger than mankind. It reminds us that for all the development happening around us, how does nature figure into this?
The California Academy of Sciences holds Nightlife every Thursday, 6-10 pm. They feature various events every Thursday until May 16. It is open to 21+ above (make sure to bring your ID!). For next Thursday, May 2, 2013, they will be having the Creature Carnival NightLife.
Guest editor: Kristine Rowan
In the technology industry, it’s always about developing the next big thing. Tech companies always have to ask themselves, what would click, what would be needed and what would be consumers willing to pay for in the future?
The Nest Energy Services learned that the thermostat controls half of a home’s energy bill, so they chose to invest in this and employ the learning technology into the thermostat. It is an impressive device as it can not only learn your activities but through learning, it can help conserve energy. In this article, Next for Nest: Building Out the Smart Grid One Home at a Time, it emphasized that this “connected thermostat is creating some of the functions promised by a smart grid without the major infrastructure overhaul.” Moreover, Tony Fadell, founder and CEO of the Nest Energy Services, acknowledged that “you can’t force people to save energy. … (but) you can give people tools to help them save.”
We have heard many things about the learning technology and the context-awareness devices that different companies are coming up with. This thermostat takes us a little bit closer to that, a little bit closer to creating smart homes. Smart homes aren’t even a new concept in today’s technology world, however it seems as if people aren’t ready for it just yet, and those companies which are going into this kind of market have to present the right kind of value to the consumers. It is risky, but Nest may just be doing the right moves with this product. After all, who wouldn’t like a cool thermostat which can help you cut your energy bill in half?
Guest editor: Kristine Rowan