Thursday, November 5, 2015

Current Technology Trends

1. Oct 14: Augmented Reality (internet source)
Virtual reality goggles HoloLens allow people to enhance their lives

2. Oct 19: Belty (internet source)
Adjustable belt that shapes to your body

3. Oct 19: PetCube (internet source)
Device that allows you to be connected with your pet anywhere, anytime

4. Oct 21: Budgee Robot (internet source)
Robot that helps you do chores, follows you, is your friend

5. Oct 22: Echo Smartpen (internet source)
Pen that allows you to take audio notes while writing

6. Oct 22: iFusion (internet source)
Fuses an iPhone with an old speaker phone for increased feasibility for all ages

7. Oct 27: Liquid Biopsy (CNN and internet source)
Biopsies that can detect any cancer with a few drops of blood.

8. Oct 27: Car-to-car communication (Radio and internet source)
Car-to-car communication in 1-2 years will increase safety and driving conditions.

9. Nov 4: Aion (internet source)
Steel like glass

10. Nov 5: Metal 3D Printing (internet source)
Audi makes a car just by printing its parts

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Not Worth It.

Manoor Arshad

So, I was absolutely baffled when my boyfriend told me this story. It doesn't have to do with getting fired exactly but the consequences are the same. He was telling me about a guy he went to school with who had just gotten 4 or 5 division 1 schools to reach out to him for football. I was really shocked at how good this kid was. What's even better is that he had full rides to most of these colleges. His life was about to change forever. A week later, my boyfriend showed me this guy's Instagram post and it was a picture of maybe 6 acceptance letters to various colleges. Again, my boyfriend and I were so thrilled that this guy was doing well..... All of a sudden, a few weeks later my boyfriend tells me that the same kid got all of his scholarships revoked. Why? He was posting pictures on Instagram with pounds and pounds of marijuana, along with guns. The colleges that recruited him immediately caught light and revoked everything and were allowed to because no school tolerates drugs or violence. He is not allowed to attend Division 1 school for football anymore. My initial reaction was "wow, you're so stupid." My second reaction was "He probably didn't think he was going to get caught." A lot of people, especially my generation seems to think that they're invincible ---- that no one will ever see what they post on media other than whom they allow. False. That is a myth. It really is a shame that media can ruin so many lives if used the wrong way. :(

Glen Busch Really F**d Up

Manoor Arshad

1. My initial reaction was that I was extremely disappointed for Glen Busch. He was unaware that he was even doing something wrong. It takes one post on social media to be fired from a prestigious job. You have to know what you're putting out there but more importantly you have to keep in mind that anyone can see it.

2. The employer suggests that Glen's comment is not professional. His boss did not want Glen or other employees speaking on the event, whether it was for good or for bad. Glen put his opinion out there, making him choose a side which can be harmful in business. In most businesses, the boss or employer wants the employees to stay neutral and not really comment on personal situations so I understand that this was wrong.

3. The firing was legal because at that point, Glen was working for someone else. His boss just so happened to not like the comments he had so he got rid of him. It really is as easy as that because when you work for someone, what they say goes.

4. Digital footprints are traces of ourselves that we leave behind each time we tweet or post or update something personal. For example, I can post a picture in my bikini, and remove it 3 seconds later--- In my head, the picture is gone forever, but what about the countless 'shares' or 'screenshots?' Nothing can really be erased on the internet so that's why it is extremely important to be cautious of what you're putting on media.

5. Even if you set your privacy on maximum, or block someone, there are still ways around it. I thought I had my whole family blocked on Instagram and shit really hit the fan when my parents somehow saw all of my posts on Instagram--- of the tattoos I was not supposed to be getting. So you see, nothing is really safe. You have to pick and choose what you want the WORLD to see.

6. My advice to extremely opinionated people such as Glen is that please be careful about what you choose to say. I would tell him, "I know that you're not saying anything wrong but I think that you should just avoid speaking on the topic overall just incase the company you work is offended, or does not like you participating in such debates. Although you are not saying anything wrong, the act of putting your opinion out there can really hurt you--as harmless as it may seem.