Opinion

Why we should be embracing new technology

We need to remember that computers, algorithms and the data that feeds them are here to help. The success of our future society will depend entirely on our ability to grasp the potential they offer us and for us to avoid, where possible, simply replicating old ways of working. As a result, our aspiration should be to do things differently, not the same things slightly better.

How to turn more girls into engineers

In a recent New York Times column, a female professor at the University of California-Berkeley argued that more women will be attracted to engineering if they believe their work benefits society. Lina Nilsson, who has a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, also states that to increase the number of women in engineering, we need to reframe the goals of engineering research and curriculums to be more relevant to societal needs. As a female civil engineer, I find this idea couldn’t be further from the truth.

U.S. Needs to Encourage Entrepreneurship, According to Latest Northwood University Economic Outlook

When Northwood University economist Timothy G. Nash listened to keynote speaker, Presidential hopeful and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina at the recent Michigan Chamber of Commerce Foundation dinner, he was struck by her message of business invention and innovation. Her address got him thinking. "Too often, many lump the concept of invention under the umbrella of innovation," says Nash, vice president of Corporate and Strategic Alliances at the Midland, Michigan-based university. "By doing this, you lose the key distinction between the two concepts and, in the process, the cornerstone of the American economy since its inception.

Why Curiosity Should Drive Our Scientific Agenda

Vannevar Bush argued that the best way to support basic research is to give federal funding to academic scientists, who are not under pressure to produce immediately practical results and are “free to pursue the truth wherever it may lead." But this approach is often hard for many to accept because scientists sometimes undertake what seem like wasteful projects with no practical benefits.

Permanent R&D credit critical to jobs, innovation

It seems the Research & Development Tax Credit (R&D Credit) is always the bridesmaid and never the bride.  Since its enactment to encourage U.S. investment in research, the R&D credit has been extended 16 times, oftentimes retroactively, and even modified over the years.  Notwithstanding this volatile history and strong evidence of the need for innovative research it has never been made permanent.

No Moore’s Law: the technology of the future will come from open innovation

As consumers we are told that we live in a world of innovation. New technology is released everyday, the next generation iPhone is always just around the corner and each new device that enters the market is packed with the latest ground-breaking innovative technology. Today ‘innovation’ is the buzzword that has us all, consumers and businesses alike, reaching for our wallets. Today’s products will be archaic by Christmas, we accept this as an inevitable outcome of a non-stop innovation process.

Will.i.am tells kids: Dream of being Steve Jobs, not me

Inner city schools are flawed: Will.i.am, whose full name is William James Adams Jr., expressed frustration with the public education system in inner cities. He said it's "butt backwards wrong" that schools focus on physical education and team sports but not enough on science and technology. "My sister isn't going to be a freaking NBA superstar," will.i.am said.

Exclusive survey: Parents weigh in on the digital classroom

Now we turn our attention to parents, many of whom have spent the last year exploring the ins-and-outs of educational technology themselves, alongside their children. We wanted to get parents' views of the shift, as their children do more school work on laptops and tablets, and become accustomed to emailing teachers and checking grades online.

A Teenager’s View on Education Technology

Remember when a TI-84 was the most technologically advanced tool in the classroom? I don’t! Tech has always been a part of my high school reality. But as digital and traditional learning mix and mingle, reactions have exploded over whether “EdTech” is enhancing or hindering education. On this question, we usually hear from teachers, parents, administrators, tech companies, and investors clamoring to fund them. Now, it’s time for teens to talk.

Why Congress should back a stopgap commercial drone bill

Due to a slow-moving regulatory process, the U.S. commercial drone industry is rapidly losing altitude while other countries soar ahead. The Federal Aviation Administration has begun to develop the rules necessary to integrate small unmanned systems into U.S. airspace, but it has already conceded that it will miss its September 2015 deadline, and now the Government Accountability Office predicts that we cannot expect to completely integrate commercial drones into America's skies until 2017 or later.

Patent reform should discourage patent trolls, not innovation

The patent troll problem is centered on industries such as smart phones. And the reason is simple. Smart phones are patent-intensive products – researchers have found that smartphones account for over 16 percent of all active U.S. patents. The large number of patents related to smartphone technology has created an indecipherable technology web ripe for abuse. However, patent trolls do not threaten all patent holders equally; nor are all claims of patent violations abusive.

Lessons for Parents on Pink Versus Blue Tech

We treat our children different based on their needs and sometimes based on their gender. We buy them different clothes and different toys. We parent differently - whether by choice or completely unconsciously. Yet, we want the same things for all of our children. We want them to have access to the same education and career opportunities (and pay). We want both our sons and daughters to experience the same feeling of success and satisfaction.Ironically, we don't always give them access to the same tools - the same devices.

The Only Metric That Matters in EdTech: Student Outcomes

What’s often missing from this discourse is the most important goal of public education: outcomes. Whether one cares most about social mobility that drives economic competitiveness; serving special needs and gifted students; improving infrastructure; or closing the achievement gap, the only metric we should use to evaluate the role of technology in public education is the success of our students.

Will we overregulate ourselves out of innovation?

Digital security is one of the most pressing issues on the minds of both the private sector and the public sector. But many technology experts are finding the potential limits that stringent policies on data and encryption might place on innovation even more concerning than the data protection and privacy issues they mean to address.

University of Utah SVP Advocates Interdisciplinary Research

Given the amount of brainpower locked up in their ivory towers, colleges and universities have a responsibility to facilitate those efforts. They can do so by tearing down the barriers between academic departments — and compelling their faculty members to collaborate with one another. The age-old approach to research — with students and professors confined in conventional academic silos — simply doesn't work for today's challenges.

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