Opinion

Robots Will Steal Our Jobs, But They'll Give Us New Ones

Technology does change the mix of jobs. You’re going to see doctors taking more of the role that involves the personal interaction with patients and less of the role of trying to keep huge amounts of evidence in there head. The nurse may become more prestigious than the doctor,” Moore says. “But if you look around, there are also new kinds of creatives roles being produced across the market. There are so many jobs that didn’t exist just a few years ago.

Gearing Up for 'Back to School'

Beyond merely supplying hardware to students and teachers, the start of the academic year also entails choosing the best learning tools that will help students, parents and teachers have a productive and enjoyable learning experience. It is relevant at this time, for teachers to recall and reiterate that the introduction of technology into the classroom is a collective learning process;

The U.S. Must Lead on Technology Privacy Issues

Congress and our next president face an increasingly complex and fast-paced security environment. The heightened public debate on these issues underscores the need to update our laws, through measures such as the LEADS Act, and ensure we take advantage of modern ways of exchanging information while respecting longstanding privacy agreements. These issues will have a lasting effect not only in terms of how we treat our citizens’ data, but also in terms of our ability to partner with the rest of the world.

Innovation: Where the US comes up short

The United States is rated the fifth country in the world when it comes to innovation, according the World Economic Forum. While what actually drives innovation is hotly debated. However, skills, education and opportunities to explore the new and unknown have to be at the top of those forces.

Strong patent system essential to strong innovation economy

Opponents of patents suggest that incentives to innovate exist without patents, and the absence of the property right would make the fruits of innovation more accessible.  Among the problems with this narrative is that it relies on a false assumption—that in the absence of patents, innovation will simply occur in the open, freely available to all.  This ignores the obvious alternative—that innovative ideas will be kept secret, preventing copying by others while capturing the benefits of inventions solely for inventors themselves, in perpetuity.

Last 10 years of technology have changed student life for better and worse

Technology is something that is ever-changing. We live in a world that is wildly different than just a few years ago. Our cars are different, our television and radios are different; it is ever-evolving. An evolution this massive cannot only include one aspect of our lives. It is all around us, including the field of education. This can be scary, the thought of something this new and transformative engulfing the world that we live in. But it can also be incredibly useful and used to our advantage.

In the push for marketable skills, are we forgetting the beauty and poetry of STEM disciplines?

I pursued an education and career in computer science and mathematics. And I know only too well that in the field of computer science, there is often an emphasis on elegance and beauty alongside sheer practicality. Indeed, programming itself is sometimes referred to as an art. It is the same in related fields. The discipline of mathematics has long championed beauty as an important quality of ideas and proofs. And, of course, many engineers value elegance and beauty as important components in their designs and solutions.

Don't let FCC stifle Internet innovation

Earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission announced plans to regulate the Internet under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. Yes, an 80-year-old statute enacted in an age when the closest thing to a mobile app was a pen has given the FCC virtually unrestrained power to impose enormous burdens on the Internet. At a time when small businesses should be taking advantage of technology, the FCC's decision will instead lead to higher Internet access fees, less investment, and, worst of all, less innovation.

In Education, Technology Helps, But Humans Matter Most

Educators serve as a source of stability in the lives of their students. In many parts of America, teachers represent the only consistent positive adult presence in young people's lives. Principals, guidance counselors, professors, staff, and other school administrators not only expand minds; they nurture the confidence, ambition, and hope that drives our country forward.

Economic Espionage: A Case for Why the U.S. Needs to Push Back

Espionage is nothing new. Indeed, there is a reason that it is referred to as the world’s second-oldest profession. It’s the scale and scope, and the methods and targets of espionage campaigns, that are changing. The FBI reports a significant spike in its number of economic espionage cases: a 53% increase just this past year, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Can Innovation Be Taught?

A thriving economy is based on the ability to develop creative innovations that find a way to do things better. A number of today’s successful startups were born out of that notion — to solve mundane pain points in our everyday lives. The concept also can be applied to higher education: Where innovation is key to a thriving economy, why is it so difficult for us to create an environment where innovation flourishes?

I Am An Engineer

Last week engineering was trending on twitter due to the hashtags #IAmAnEngineer and #ILookLikeAnEngineer. These hashtags are focused on breaking down stereotypes in engineering and promoting the many types of people who are engineers. Unfortunately, engineering is an industry that people often have a very fixed perception of what an “engineer” is and many students are turned off from a career in engineering because of these stereotypes.

Innovation Requires Imagination, Vision and Risk Taking

The larger and more established the corporation the more risk averse the corporation usually is, which is one of the reasons that most paradigm shifting innovations come from startups or are born out of university research. By its very nature innovation requires at least some imagination, a vision for the future, and risk taking. The key, however, is to have the right proportions of each, which is easier said than done.

The 5 Types Of Innovation For The Future Of Work

As the world of work continues to evolve at a rapid pace, innovation continues to become both a top priority and a top challenge. For most companies, innovation is handled behind closed doors in a secluded part of the company that only a few have access to. This type of innovation is no longer practical, scalable or effective when thinking about the future of work.

No More Great Innovations?

A debate among economists has been brewing over whether or not humanity will continue to innovate at the pace experienced over the last 150 years—a time that produced automobiles, mass distribution of electricity, radio, television, and the Internet to name a few. One side argues that we have seen the last of the major innovations and that what will follow will be incremental, like the replacement of the PC with the tablet for example. The opposing side on this debate shouts “absurd.” If anything we’ve only just begun to innovate.

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