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This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. There’s a new buzz phrase in tech circles these days: The Internet of Things. And it’s promising to be bigger than the Internet and the World Wide Web ever was. But what is it? And how will it impact our everyday lives? Will it help me? Should I be worried?
Benson Hougland has a passion for technology of all kinds that drives a deep desire to make his work and the world around him better. His interests include making wine, making music, and making memories with family and friends in activities like boating, camping, and traveling.
Benson is a 17-year Temecula resident, husband, and father of two elementary school boys and an adult daughter. As vice president at Opto 22, a local software developer and hardware manufacturer of products used in the industrial automation and information technology markets, he’s responsible for product evolution, marketing, training, and communications.
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A spectacular panel: Bruce Sterling, Rudy Rucker, Roger Trilling, and Mark Pauline. Moderated by Henry Jenkins.
An introduction to 3D bioprinting for regenerative medicine and consumer applications from the Economist Ideas Conference at Berkeley on March 28, 2012.
A cyber-phenomenon that became a buzzword virtually overnight, Bitcoin constantly makes headlines, fueling endless media debate over its viability. And though today it can be used to buy almost anything, few understand the controversial currency and most think it will never be mainstream. So should we even care about Bitcoin?
In THE AGE OF CRYPTOCURRENCY: How Bitcoin and Digital Money are Challenging the Global Economic Order (January 27), leading WSJ financial writers Paul Vigna and Michael J. Casey argue Bitcoin represents a monumental paradigm shift that will transform the social, political and economic landscape. Since its advent, Bitcoin has gained a reputation for instability and illicit business; naysayers fear its power to eliminate jobs and upend the concept of a nation-state. Vigna and Casey show that cryptocurrencies can also bring good. For one, they remove the middleman from the financial system, giving the power to the people and safeguarding from the devastation of a 2008-type crash. They also promote financial equality; Bitcoin has already given the world’s unbanked—those marginalized billions who’ve never had a bank account—unprecedented access to the global economy.
Regardless of its long-term effects, Vigna and Casey prove we can’t ignore Bitcoin; for better or worse, it’s here to stay. A critical, accessible look at a global phenomenon, THE AGE OF CRYPTOCURRENCY demystifies virtual currency and explains its origins, its functions, its potential value and how to navigate the new global cyber-economy.
The book published to great reviews, including in The Economist and Fortune. Harvard historian Niall Ferguson raved that “you need to read The Age of Cryptocurrency today” and leading VC Marc Andreessen likewise called it a “must-read.”
Published on Apr 29, 2015
In 2015 the hottest accessory for young and old is wearable technology and e-textiles. Wearable technology refers to devices that can be worn by users, taking the form of an accessory such as jewelry, sunglasses, a backpack, or even actual items of clothing like shoes or a jacket. A benefit of wearable technology is that it can conveniently integrate tools, devices, power needs, and connectivity within a user’s everyday life and movements.
This NCompass Live focuses on “wearable tech” projects and e-textile projects for youth in your library. Dagen Valentine, Graduate Research Assistant, and Brad Barker, Science & Technology Specialist, from Nebraska 4-H will be presenting wearable/e-textiles tech youth project ideas for libraries. He’s selected a fiction and a non-fiction book for each of these age-groups, grades K-5, middle school and high school. He’ll suggest wearable tech projects that can be done with each book. Dagen will share information on where to purchase the hardware for the wearable tech projects he highlights in today’s webinar.
More @ the NCompass Live Archive.