Students consistently rank themselves as prepared in areas where employers do not agree. The area where students and employers are the closest to being aligned is in staying current with new technologies. But in a number of key areas (oral communication, written communication, critical thinking, being creative), students are more than twice as likely as employers to think that students are being well-prepared.
Some argue that the schools need to update their techniques. Meanwhile; what are you doing to practice the “soft skills”?
Those of a certain age will fondly remember the recorded messages left for Jim Phelps and his Impossible Missions team which self-destructed after being listened to. And who hasn’t seen a TV episode or movie where a character is forced to eat a hastily scribbled message to keep others from reading it? In the new digital age, pressing the delete key can wipe your thoughts from a screen so they are never actually communicated. Maybe there are certain things that shouldn’t be kept forever…
Whether you think it’s a good thing or not, the printed page will fade over time, but here’s a twist on making the printed page cease to exist in a much shorter period of time! From FOXNews Tech:
The “paper” (actually a film made of glass or plastic, Engadget reports, though a paper version is in the works) comes in red, blue, and green, and the printing process bleaches it where text doesn’t appear, instead of adding ink where it does. Exposure to oxygen eventually “erases” the text by returning the bleached sections to their original color.
American businesses are so entrenched in keeping hardcopy as ‘backup’; this game-changer could eliminate the rows of filing cabinets that people feel are key to their work function. Reducing waste is a key component in becoming a Smarter Planet!
Any other potentially stagnant office materials that spring to mind? Can you bring your scientific knowledge to the party to find a reusable spin for their usage?
Want to make a salad without risking slicing your fingers? Just leave it up to Kodiak. “The real high level goal for this project is basically just to have a robot do all those little things in your house that you don’t want to do,” says researcher and Ph.D student Ian Lenz.
A team of researchers at Cornell University’s Personal Robotics lab are busy developing new algorithms and software that will enable robots to increasingly work in human environments.
Unlike other robots that are programmed to repeat the same motions over and over again, Kodiak is designed to be “intuitive” and can manipulate objects it may not have used before. To achieve this, researchers use a technique that emulates the human learning process.
Maybe you can train him to be your full-time errand boy? I’m joking, of course – but there’s really endless possibilities for this automated buddy! What applications do you see and does your work dovetail with the Cornell group? HMMM – maybe there’s a cooperative project in there somewhere…