Favorite Blogs of the Semester

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!


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!).


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.


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!


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!


  1. Kanal Patel · ·

    Love how you did your last post. I also loved the Lidar presentation/blog – had no idea such technology existed. This was a great summary and reminder of some of the blogs. Thank you and Good Luck!!

  2. kaylacyrs · ·

    This is awesome- I love that you highlighted these blogs because I missed some of them when they were posted the first time. This is a great round up of your favorites and an original take on a reflection ( more original than I thought for my own!). Thanks for a great semester!

  3. Bryan Glick · ·

    Great idea for a last blog post! I want to echo your feedback on @collarcs blogs and presentation. Signing up for this class along with “Cryptocurrency and Blockchain in Biz Applications”, I felt like I was going to drown in complex topics way over my head. Each time I started to lose track however, Chris was always able to break everything down in the simplest of forms and walk me through literally any piece I was having difficulty with.

  4. This is such a fantastic idea for a last blog post! And I promise I’m not just saying that because one of my blogs made the cut haha. In my final blog post, I noted how my classmates presentations were one of my favorite parts of class because it peaked my curiosity and expanded my knowledge more than I thought was possible on digital transformation topics.

    Thanks for a great reminder of some of the great presentations we had this semester!

  5. Tanker 2 Banker · ·

    Thank you for the kind words. I am so glad many of you found value in my posts. I am only a tweet, text, or email away if you ever want to talk crypto.

  6. rjperrault3BCCGSOM · ·

    cool post Yana! Nice way to go about the last one. Something I like about this class is that the contents remain public even after class ends. I’ll admit I may take advantage of some down time during winter break and check out a few blog posts here and there. I was bound to have missed some really good blogs throughout the semester

  7. totombc2021 · ·

    Love the recap and shoutouts to the amazing blogs & bloggers! I’ve been blown away by the quality of these blogs, including this one!

  8. Shannon Reardon · ·

    I also really appreciated the lidar blog post. Intriguing to see the biotech not only used for modern innovation, but also to discover ancient exhibits.

    Thank you for the recap and shoutout to those bloggers. Some of these I didn’t read, so I might consider going back to read them once the semester is over. You can never have too much tech.

  9. cloudbasedbrett · ·

    insert :happyblob: emjoi from slack. I’m glad you liked my blog! I’d be happy to give you some more references to check out or twitter handles to follow… cloudwars is my go to. Really cool blog summarizing notable blogs and presentations. I really enjoyed reading and learning from others throughout the semester!!!

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