TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION
When Ellen Borkowski, CIO at Union College, arrived on campus in November 2010, routers were already maxed out. The network was so slow that faculty could not even rely on a YouTube video loading to show in class.
“We had problems with both our inbound and outbound connection, but also just with it on campus, in terms of older infrastructure,” Borkowski said.
While distance learning has gained popularity over the past decade, it’s still not always the most exhilarating way to study. Although online courses cover cognitive skills just fine, students miss out on an important dimension of learning: engaging other intelligences and more intensive interactivity. In fact, only 4 percent of students who enroll in a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) will actually complete the course. Immersive virtual reality (VR) could radically change that experience.
Google is getting ready to make some major changes to search.
The company is in the process of creating a new index for mobile devices, which will become the "primary" index for search, according to Google webmaster trends analyst Gary Illyes. This means searches from mobile devices will serve up the freshest results as Google will update its mobile index more frequently.
Google has previously discussed such plans but Illyes' comments, which were reported by Search Engine Land, are the first indication that the company plans to roll this out fairly soon.
Global device shipments, including PCs, tablets, ultramobiles and mobile phones, will drop by 3 percent this year, marking the second consecutive year of negative growth, according to a new report from market research firm Gartner. In 2015, the device market declined by .75 percent.
The market will not return to even modest growth any time soon, according to the company, which projects device shipments to remain flat for the next five years.
Traditional PCs, including desktops and notebooks, will drop to 216 million shipments this year, from 244 million in 2015. That decline will slow, but continue in the coming years, falling to 205 million in 2017 and 199 million in 2018, according to Gartner's forecast.
Smartphones, wearable technology, always-on mobile devices–now, school buses are following suit, offering wi-fi connectivity and real-time monitoring to extend learning and create safe environments.
The Huntsville Independent School District in Texas is deploying wi-fi connectivity on its school buses to help extend students’ internet access in a rural area where many students lack home connectivity.
The district covers a large geographical area of nearly 650 square miles, and some students spend up to 90 minutes one-way on a bus to school. Because approximately 3 hours of the day might be spent on a bus (more if students participate in extracurricular activities requiring travel), district administrators wanted a way to give students access to the internet and to learning resources during such a long stretch of time.
Huntsville has deployed a one-to-one Chromebook initiative, and district administrators said they want students to use their Chromebooks as much as they can.
As an avid bicyclist at Boston University, Emma Seslowsky can’t imagine riding without the presence of human drivers.
“There’s a certain safety when biking, knowing that the person in the car is an actual human that can see you,” said Seslowsky.
If you feel the way she does, brace yourself: self-driving cars, or autonomous vehicles — which replace a human driver with computer technology — are right around the corner for the streets of Boston.
The city has plans to soon test this new technology on the road, following in the footsteps of universities like Sacramento State and Carnegie Mellon.
A London-based startup has combined some of today’s most disruptive technologies in a bid to change the way we’ll build the future. By retrofitting industrial robots with 3D printing guns and artificial intelligence algorithms, Ai Build has constructed machines that can see, create, and even learn from their mistakes.
When CEO and founder Daghan Cam was studying architecture, he noticed a disconnect between small-scale manufacturing and large-scale construction. “On one side we have a fully automated production pipeline,” Cam explained at a recent conference in London. “On the other side we’re completely dependent on human labor.” With the emergence of more efficient printing technologies, he thought there must be a better way.
“We wanted to push the boundaries of how intricate we could design things through computation and how we could create them through 3D printing,” Cam said.