In my initial blog post, I wrote about digital transformation in the eyes of businesses and what I expect to happen in the future. In that first post, I mentioned AI and Big Data as the most probable drivers for innovation in the business space. After this semester, I still believe big data and AI will play an essential role in the future; however, I see some technologies having priority in the next few years, and those (at least to me) are Crypto, Blockchain, and VR. I won’t be spending much time on these topics, as we already explored them in class, but I wanted to truly thank my classmates (and Prof. Kane) for creating a fun learning environment this semester. This class was like no other, and I am incredibly grateful for all my classmates’ information, ideas, and projects this semester. For this reason, I will be sharing my favorite blog posts from this class.
Ready, set, go!
UNLOCKING THE WORLD WITH LIDAR by dsm14900
I loved this post about LIDAR as I had no clue this technology existed. I am a true fan of anything archeology related and learning that a new tomb was discovered using this technology got me excited. Mummies and Pyramids, however, are not the only uses for this technology; in fact, LIDAR is changing the game in the technology in self-driving cars, augmented reality gadgets, smartphones, agriculture, space exploration, and so much more.
BLOG 4: CLOUD WARS; AWS, AZURE, GCP by cloudbasedbrett
I particularly enjoyed this post as it not only compared the three leading giants in the cloud computing space, such as GCP (Google Cloud Platform), AWS (Amazon Web Services), and Azure (Microsoft), but it also explained the difference between Platform-as-a-Service(PaaS), Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). By reading this post, I realized I want to explore this in more detail and go beyond thinking of the cloud as a visible mass of condensed water vapor floating in the atmosphere, typically high above the ground but rather as the delivery of computing services over the internet (jokes on the side, thanks Brett!).
BE MY EYES – TRANSFORMING LIVES by allietlevine
If you haven’t already, I would highly recommend going back and reading this post, as it impressed me. The post was about Be My Eyes, a free app that connects blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers for visual assistance through a live video call. This app connects volunteers with blind or low vision people through a live video call to solve a problem. I like this app because it connects people worldwide, and it helps people in a moment of need. If we used the internet for more purpose-driven activities like this one, we would have a far better world.
THE INTERNET’S INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION by Tanker2Banker
Tanker2Banker, also known as the Crypto Guy, couldn’t have written a better piece on Polkadot and Blockchain. To be completely transparent, when I heard of Polkadot, I thought he was referring to a dress, but to my surprise, he was referring to the next generation of the internet, commonly referred to as Web 3.0. I had to re-read the blog a couple of times before even understanding what it meant, but I would highly recommend checking his three predictions because he might be right. Thanks, Chris!
TRANSFORMING AGRICULTURE WITH CRISPR/CAS-9 by mwalters22
I enjoyed reading this blog because it made me think of the endless possibilities of CRISPR/CAS-9. CRISPR technology has been scrutinized for genetically modified organisms, including human genes. This blog, however, focused on highlighting some of the challenges facing global agriculture and how CRISPR-Cas9 can play a role in helping farmers grow climate and disease-resistant crops to protect the environment and help feed the world. I believe this post was incredibly informative and made me think of a hypothetical planet where there is no hunger or starvation.
I hope you enjoyed reading these short summaries as much as I enjoyed reading these blogs, and if you haven’t already, I would highly encourage everyone to check them out. Thanks everyone for a great semester!