A technological event horizon (no turning back)

After viewing the videos and conducting the reading this week, I feel as if I have entered into a matrix where my brain downloaded so much information. I am in processing mode right now.

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The Corning videos (I only found one online) show a future that is not too hard to imagine as a real possibility. In the video shared, glass that looks like glass can show upcoming schedules, television, and more while allowing a user to indicate what he or she would like to view.

The list of emerging technologies has various sectors listed with technologies that have recently emerged. One thing that I found interesting is within construction. I have a friend who I was recently conversing with who is pursuing a graduate degree in construction. In his possession was a pair of glasses that could be programmed to allow someone to see a 3-D model of a house. The same individual went on to talk about how drones have been used to take pictures of a location so plans could begin being assembled.

Lastly, in Kevin Kelly’s Ted Talk, artificial intelligence will lead to more automation as redundant tasks can be turned over to robots to do. One thing that stood out to me was Kelly’s discussion on how the best work is done when humans and artificial intelligence collaborate together. Kelly proposes that many work sectors will begin to see a technological shift in the near future.

I have highlighted videos and readings from this week, but what all does it mean? Why is all this important? First, the reason for sharing a bit about the videos and the readings is because technology is impacting much of the work already being done. Technology allows us to connect while being physically apart whether by a few miles or thousands of miles. Knowing how technology is impacting work sectors allows leaders to determine how best to lead. Leaders need to make time to explore what technologies are emerging within his or her field. Leaders should also be open-minded to possibly thinking outside the box on how technology can help better the department or organization.

For leaders to stay current on technology changes, there are ways to acquire knowledge on what new technologies are impacting work though list servs and other means. Leaders should remain open-minded to new technologies that could drastically impact their bottom line.

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12 thoughts on “A technological event horizon (no turning back)

  1. You noted that “…Leaders need to make time to explore what technologies are emerging within his or her field.” I would suggest that leaders need to go one step further…some of what will eventually impact their field is already happening in other fields.

    If you missed the second Corning video, you can catch it at https://youtu.be/SJZv8sIIZpc

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    • There is a term that is used where I work that represents what leaders need to do. At first, when I heard it, I thought that it was simply the latest buzzword, but it actually makes sense, and I have it used it often recently. The phrase is “the art of the possible”, and it refers to looking at the technology that is present, and being creative on where it could enable someone’s current (and future) business. It focuses, at least how we use it mostly, on thinking out of the box with the technologies we have available today. But it also is used in strategy discussions around technology that we know is immature, but will mature with time. A great example is virtual reality (Hololens for us) and how different industries can utilize it (e.g., visualizing a battlefield in realtime with scenarios, or doing remote surgery). Leaders have to get enough of the “abundance” to craft the “ art of the possible”.

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    • Thank you, Dr. Watwood for sharing the second video. I viewed in within Blueline but was trying to find it on YouTube.
      You also make a great point about the importance of monitoring other fields to identify how technologies could impact their own field. Thank you.

      Keshia

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  2. Thank you for bringing up the “processing” you are going through this week. It is ironic that this is also a machine term. How can leaders process things quickly enough to make a decision in terms of technology and its uses in one’s field or has this become an impossible task? Or, furthermore, do we need the machines to help?

    Best-Krista

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    • Krista,
      I think leaders can best process information quickly through the use of technology to assess other technologies. While the growth of available technologies continues to expand, I think being in the know of applicable technologies is challenging. I do not believe that it is an impossible task, but using machines would greatly help.

      Keshia

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  3. Like Krista I appreciate how you have found yourself pondering and reflecting. I am doing the same. Both the lists and the 200 some page PowerPoint were overwhelming in as they helped us take a look at all that is emerging. You mention our responsibility to keep up … I don’t know where I’m going to find the time. Also, although you have taken a positive outlook regarding the impact of technology, have you also been reflecting on the downsides? I want to be optimistic yet I am concerned with the negative potential as well. Will it make us lazier? More prone to “alternative facts?” What else? Enjoy these short video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fD58Bt2gj78 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKaWJ72x1rI which highlight some of our challenges. Thanks ~ Tricia

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    • I did enjoy both videos…but many scholars disagree with Carr. A Pew survey of 370 experts found that 81% disagreed with Carr’s thesis. On the other hand, I like how Clay Shirky put it – “It is too early to tell whether the internet’s effect on media will be as radical as that of the printing press. It is not too early to tell that there is nothing that has happened between 1450 and now that comes close.”

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    • Tricia,

      Those videos are definitely interesting. I tend to be more of an optimist as well, mostly because we are still relevantly early into the internet age and therefore have not truly witnessed the full range of its impact on our thinking, as highlighted by Professor Watwood’s quote above. While I do believe that technology has shaped how we structure or days and is starting to have an effect on the way we think, I’m not sure I would jump to the conclusion that this is necessarily a bad thing. That being said one of the things that I think your videos did illustrate is the continued need to highlight and develop critical thinking skills.

      Chris

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    • Tricia,

      Thanks for sharing the videos. I enjoyed watching them.

      While I tend to be optimistic more often than not, I have thought about the negative impact technology could have such as becoming a crutch to allow for humans to become lazier. Technology could make us lazier or prone to alternative facts. I think of how in the past, I used to have so many friends and family members telephone numbers memorized. Now, I barely can recall five telephone numbers from those closest to me. What are some downsides you have identified and are concerned with?

      Keshia

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  4. I like your example of the 3D modeling technology. I think that one HUGE step forward is the ability for us to get “the network” out from behind this weird contraption that sits on our laps or desks, and into the real world. In your example, and in the videos from Corning, we see technology interacting with space and time in a much different way. Augmented reality and virtual reality, I think, will have significant impacts on education, business, and invention in the next 10 years. (For a cool/useful example, check out the “Monacle” on Yelp’s mobile app. It uses your phone’s camera and your location to show you – in real space- where nearby restaurants/coffee shops/bars are.
    http://www.wikihow.com/Use-the-Augmented-Reality-Monocle-on-the-Yelp-for-iPhone-App

    Another way in which I think new reality will play out is through affective computing. As we grow closer to technology, and as technology gets smarter, I believe we’ll be able to move into a new realm of feeling and emotion as an input device. I’m thinking of some affective computing applications in terms of working with students who have, for example, public speaking anxiety. I’m trying to investigate ways in which emotional stress can be managed or changed through technology.

    Like the 3D model you brought up, I think that affective computing, augmented reality, and others will help bring technology into a more natural setting… one that will keep the innovations relevant and ubiquitous. It’s also a little scary to think of how deeply ingrained technology will keep getting!

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