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Are you wondering what to do with your spare time?  Re-runs on TV got you bored to tears?  Played a little too much “Candy Crush” and finding your teeth aching from a sugar overdose?  Make use of your extra hours and CODE!!

There are so many ways to contribute to the technology revolution taking place all around us – if you love the nitty-gritty details that make stuff work, this is a chance for you to be a player…click the logo for more info!!

code for america

They work with a host of governmental agencies in Partnerships!

And check out the details on their Summit to be held in September in Oakland, California -   code for america summit

There’s local Hack Events, too, for all you ‘geeks’ – maybe one in your neighborhood?

Put YOUR smarts to work – and maybe find yourself a job that you’ll love in the process!!!

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Discovery, exploration, challenges and breakthroughs.  All these elements are part of the continuous changes that take place in the technology landscape around us.  To keep pace and bring us into the future, a new generation of curious minds must be engaged.  Governments and educational institutions across the globe are intent on making that happen!

Read about this program in Africa that seeks to tap into the wonderful reserves of ‘imagination’ within their people…

Botswana Ministry introduces e-nnovation

“Botswana’s Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture (MYSC) is developing ways of getting the local youth to chart the technology waters by coming up with programmes that allow them to be innovative for the benefit of the nation”

 

And here is the link to the detail page for applications and funding:

Botswana e-nnovation Youth

Empowerment Programme (eYEP)

Opportunities for Africans

There are programs of this sort to be found in all corners of the world – seek out similar opportunities in your area…  Your drive and talent are needed!

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August 25th, 2015
5:10
 

While there’s been a lot of hype that has induced fear among many that they may someday be passed over in favor of a machine, this shouldn’t discourage you.  While automation has certainly had an effect on everyday life – think of the changeover from horse-drawn carriages to mechanized vehicles – a.k.a. cars! – the horse hasn’t lost his/her ability to signifcantly contribute to the “labor force”.  It’s true that the role of the animal may have undergone a transformation; but, they certainly haven’t become totally obsolete!

Here’s a great article about what we humans may have to look forward to as technology continues its steady march forward:

PREPARING STUDENTS FOR THE ROBOTIC REVOLUTION

Automation

Photo credit: www.business2community.com

In a widely-circulated article in Harvard Business Review, Thomas H. Davenport and Julia Kirby outline what workers can do to ensure they thrive in an era of advanced artificial intelligence.

 Their five strategies for adapting to life in the robotic age are: Step up or find a job a computer cannot do; step aside or choose a career that requires specific human toolset like empathy; step in or monitor and modify the work of computers; step narrowly or find a specialty that wouldn’t be economical to automate; and step forward or develop the next generation of computing and AI tools.”

 

So, is your current curriculum preparing you to be one of the humans that will rise above the machines?  Or will you play a part in educating the children of today to do so?  There’s unlimited opportunity to be a difference maker – for yourself or someone younger than you – use your human smarts to identify ways that will benefit all of us!

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August 19th, 2015
5:10
 

My last post talked about spores.  In keeping with the ‘theme’, this one is about microbes.  Now, I did fairly well in biology (and didn’t pass out during frog dissection, like a couple of the guys in my class) Laughter   But, I have to admit, I didn’t much pursue further information about this branch of science until I began writing for this blog.  And, I must say, I’ve a renewed sense of interest in how all the stuff that surrounds us can be harnessed for amazing uses.

DARPA or the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is a US Government agency.  DARPA comprises approximately 220 government employees in six technical offices, including nearly 100 program managers, who together oversee about 250 research and development programs. The program within DARPA to use the extraordinary powers of biologic material is called Living Foundries.

“Biology can replicate, it can scale from one to millions to billions in hours; it can adapt, it’s programmable through its genetic code. No other technology that we know of can do these things,” Alicia Jackson, deputy director of the Biological Technologies Office at DARPA, says.

 

Read this piece, featured on Public Radio International (PRI) to learn about why

Microbes may hold the key

 

 

to future high-tech

 

 

meds and materials

 

DARPA is very actively recruiting scientists, either to build new programs or to work with them to build new technologies. One of the quirks of DARPA is that scientists can only stay for three to five years.  And your strength doesn’t have to be as a biologist – there’s a host of opportunities.  Maybe your future is to bring your innovations to life at DARPA?

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The divide between men and women in the field of science has been undergoing a slow, but steady, transformation.  Possibly the most familar female scientist in much of the developed world is Marie Curie.  There have been countless other woman pioneers over the past centuries…whose names are more obscure – but, whose contributions have also been of great value to humankind.

One group who lauds and applauds the brains and outstanding achievements of these women around the globe is EPWS: European Platform of Women Scientists.  Formed in 2005, more than 100 networks of women scientists and organisations promoting women in science from 40 countries have joined the Platform, working for the promotion of equal opportunities in the research fields of all scientific disciplines and aiming to give women scientists a voice in European research policy.

Click on the logo to learn more about this fascinating and dedicated group – explore their website and take note of the data section which addresses both the European and US promotion of science education for females:

EPWS

Perhaps you’ll be motivated to take advantage of what’s sure to be a rewarding discourse at their upcoming conference to be held in Berlin, Germany in November of 2015 (click on the link for more details…): Ready for Dialogue

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