Students for a Smarter Planet ..leaders with conscience
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September 15th, 2014
7:36
 

Think of the biker image of the daredevil: James Dean, Marlon Brando, Evil Knievel. Now think celebrities who rode motorcycles in the ’40s, like Humphrey Bogart, and in the ’50s and ’60s, like Elvis Presley and Steve McQueen. And the quintessential biker film “Easy Rider” with Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson [which is a must see for any real film-nik].

Now think about all their slick rides: Harley, Ducati, a classic Indian.  And the leathers – jackets, boots, gloves, etc.  OK… you’re in the right frame of mind…  Here’s some new tech that promises to ‘revolutionize’ the headgear of the biker crowd (I wonder if you can get it with spikes sticking out of the top?)

Skully motorcycle helmets  ties a whole lot of technology together with voice recognition and a head-up-display.  Jason Dorrier on Singularity Hub says: “If the design is right, it’ll be awesome.”   And another thumbs-up from TechNewsWorld

So – are you ready to “get your motor runnin’, head out on the highway”?  Or at least design some cool tech-gear for the road?

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September 10th, 2014
12:15
 

 Have you thought of trying a fun way to build skills In Big Data & Analytics, Cloud, Mobile, and Social?  If so, see this: Raising the game: The IBM Business Tech Trends Study.

The study reveals how Pacesetters, or leading companies, are using big data and analytics, cloud, mobile, and social for competitive advantage and the three key characteristics that set them apart.  You can go here for all the scoop.

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Free courses!  Use the curriculum-map to explore.  Professional and teacher created online classes to give you a leg up on Hadoop, DB2 and big data.   And more:

https://developer.ibm.com/hadoop/
https://developer.ibm.com/hadoop/docs/tutorials/
https://developer.ibm.com/hadoop/videos/
https://developer.ibm.com/streamsdev/
meetups
http://bigdatadevelopers.meetup.com/

 

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Swallow a pill and a tiny sensor in it transfers health information about your body to your smartphone. Sounds fantastic, doesn’t it? Or does it?

There are MANY companies racing to produce the next big thing in medicine, from monitoring heart rate, diagnosis of small bowel and colon problems, diagnosing diseases such as epilepsy and Parkinson’s, this technology is bound to advance the medical industry substantially.

One company, Proteus Digital Health predicts that half of medications will be digitized by 2020.

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New pills and patches can make monitoring health as easy as checking an app on your smartphone. But could this put personal health information at risk?

See the many different applications for these different types of medical sensors

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August 23rd, 2014
8:59
 

As we all droop from the heat of summer in America, it’s a depressing thought to imagine that water shortages could spell an end to making lemonade or running thru the sprinkler on your lawn or hanging out at a pool or beach with your friends or biting into a sweet juicy peach grown by a local farmer (all particularly summer-y type activities that are generally associated with the U.S.).  But it may not be as far fetched as one might suppose -  and it may have a financial repercussions worldwide, too!

Since 2011 companies have spent more than $84bn worldwide to improve the way they conserve, manage or obtain water, according to data from Global Water Intelligence, regulatory disclosures and executive interviews with the Financial Times.

 

Please take some time to check out the article by Pilita Clark linked below .  Admittedly, it’s a lengthy read, but absolutely fascinating (and slightly terrifying!) in the details about the many areas of the globe that have already begun preparations in hopes of staving off the worst effects of the ‘evaporation’ of this most precious commodity.

 

A WORLD WITHOUT WATER

 

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(P.S. Note her mention of Coca-Cola and their project with World Wildlife Fund – I talked about their work in my blog post on June 27th. Here’s another chance to click on the panda to explore different career paths for yourself)

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