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“Advancing technology for humanity” The Future of Wearable Computing - IEEE - The Institute

“Advancing technology for humanity” The Future of Wearable Computing - IEEE - The Institute | IT trends over 5-10 years | Scoop.it
The father of wearable computing discusses our future as cyborgs

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Will's comment, March 19, 2013 11:04 PM
In some fields, the pace of technology has become so fast that humans can no longer comprehend it without augmenting their own intelligence. This is particularly true of computing, nanotechnology, medicine and neuroscience, all of which have seen exponential progress.*

The typical home PC of today has an integrated AI system equivalent to over a billion human brains.* This machine can think for itself, communicate with its user and suggest new ideas in ways that surpass even the greatest minds on Earth. Due to the flood of data being exchanged on the Internet and elsewhere, these computers receive literally millions of emails and other communications each day.

The only way for a user to interpret this avalanche of information is to merge their consciousness with the machine. A growing segment of society is now turning to on-person hardware to achieve this. The most advanced method involves the use of microscopic, wireless, implantable devices linking neural activity directly to electronic circuitry. These "nanobots" have already been used in full immersion VR and certain medical procedures. The latest versions are capable of marrying AI with human intelligence in ways that combine the best aspects of both.

No monitor or projector of any kind is required for the latest generation of computers. The nanobots can instead produce a virtual image of the screen which is augmented in the user's field of vision.

In some fields, the pace of technology has become so fast that humans can no longer comprehend it without augmenting their own intelligence. This is particularly true of computing, nanotechnology, medicine and neuroscience, all of which have seen exponential progress.*

The typical home PC of today has an integrated AI system equivalent to over a billion human brains.* This machine can think for itself, communicate with its user and suggest new ideas in ways that surpass even the greatest minds on Earth. Due to the flood of data being exchanged on the Internet and elsewhere, these computers receive literally millions of emails and other communications each day.

The only way for a user to interpret this avalanche of information is to merge their consciousness with the machine. A growing segment of society is now turning to on-person hardware to achieve this. The most advanced method involves the use of microscopic, wireless, implantable devices linking neural activity directly to electronic circuitry. These "nanobots" have already been used in full immersion VR and certain medical procedures. The latest versions are capable of marrying AI with human intelligence in ways that combine the best aspects of both.

No monitor or projector of any kind is required for the latest generation of computers. The nanobots can instead produce a virtual image of the screen which is augmented in the user's field of vision.

In some fields, the pace of technology has become so fast that humans can no longer comprehend it without augmenting their own intelligence. This is particularly true of computing, nanotechnology, medicine and neuroscience, all of which have seen exponential progress.*

The typical home PC of today has an integrated AI system equivalent to over a billion human brains.* This machine can think for itself, communicate with its user and suggest new ideas in ways that surpass even the greatest minds on Earth. Due to the flood of data being exchanged on the Internet and elsewhere, these computers receive literally millions of emails and other communications each day.

The only way for a user to interpret this avalanche of information is to merge their consciousness with the machine. A growing segment of society is now turning to on-person hardware to achieve this. The most advanced method involves the use of microscopic, wireless, implantable devices linking neural activity directly to electronic circuitry. These "nanobots" have already been used in full immersion VR and certain medical procedures. The latest versions are capable of marrying AI with human intelligence in ways that combine the best aspects of both.

No monitor or projector of any kind is required for the latest generation of computers. The nanobots can instead produce a virtual image of the screen which is augmented in the user's field of vision.

In some fields, the pace of technology has become so fast that humans can no longer comprehend it without augmenting their own intelligence. This is particularly true of computing, nanotechnology, medicine and neuroscience, all of which have seen exponential progress.*

The typical home PC of today has an integrated AI system equivalent to over a billion human brains.* This machine can think for itself, communicate with its user and suggest new ideas in ways that surpass even the greatest minds on Earth. Due to the flood of data being exchanged on the Internet and elsewhere, these computers receive literally millions of emails and other communications each day.

The only way for a user to interpret this avalanche of information is to merge their consciousness with the machine. A growing segment of society is now turning to on-person hardware to achieve this. The most advanced method involves the use of microscopic, wireless, implantable devices linking neural activity directly to electronic circuitry. These "nanobots" have already been used in full immersion VR and certain medical procedures. The latest versions are capable of marrying AI with human intelligence in ways that combine the best aspects of both.

No monitor or projector of any kind is required for the latest generation of computers. The nanobots can instead produce a virtual image of the screen which is augmented in the user's field of vision.
Will's comment, March 19, 2013 11:11 PM
What Exactly Do IT Professionals (specifically the IT job title) do?
There are several different job roles in the IT profession with diverse skills. For example, if you search monter.com, the largest employment website in the world, for the keyword ‘IT’ in ‘Pittsburgh’ it will result in over 600 matches.
This holds true here at PNC. At PNC, within an IT department, there are several different job titles with different skill sets that support the bank. To illustrate my point I’ll take a simplistic view of our online banking website pnc.com. There is a team of developers who actually designed and wrote the code for the site itself. There are also different support teams who support the servers in which the web site runs, who support the network that allow customer to connect, and who ensure the security of the application to protect customer’s account information.
At PNC, I have an Assistant Vice President level position and my IT job title is Infrastructure Architect for Midrange. Midrange, roughly, encompasses the computing systems that run the UNIX family of operating systems. There are several job functions I perform on a daily basis, but, in general I am responsible for the design of the server architecture that runs the most business critical applications for the entire bank. Specifically, I design the server ecosystem, and maintain the standards at which it is used by those who develop applications for the bank.
How would you describe a typical average week/day in this position?
My job is very dynamic and therefore the activities I work on week to week vary. The more frequent activities I work on include:
Meeting with IT personnel who directly support PNC’s lines of business and are on projects which are designing new applications to support new business offerings. My role in these meetings is to explain the capabilities of the server ecosystem and how it will support their future needs.
Participate on an Architectural Review Board that reviews high level application designs and approve/deny continuation of projects based on technology capabilities.
Refine the server ecosystem design to support PNC’s ongoing disaster recovery requirements.
Explore ways that PNC can reduce capital and/or operational costs for the various server technologies used at the bank.
What are the skills and abilities necessary to succeed in this position?
To be successful IT Architect, it takes many years of experience and exposure to different software and hardware technologies, their capabilities, and how they are used most effectively within large companies such as PNC. It also requires the ability to communicate ideas at different levels of technical comprehension from the most technical audience to the Chief Information Officer (CIO). At my level it is also crucial to demonstrate leadership in directing others to a common goal.
Is there a growing demand for new college grads? What should students be working on?

There are no entry level positions for IT Architects because the skill set and abilities come directly from experience in the IT field. However, there will always be a growing demand for IT professionals due to continuous introduction of new technology. Look at the introduction of the iPod back in 2001. Prior to the iPod there was no concept of an ‘app’. Now there is a whole industry based on developing ‘apps’ that are made readily available for purchase and download on iTunes.
In my opinion, students should focus on getting a Bachelors of Science degree in a curricular that focuses on computer security. As the world becomes increasingly digitized (e.g., online banking, shopping, tax filing), it is becoming more important that sensitive information be kept safe from outside intruders, while remaining accessible to the proper users, hence, the demand for computer security professionals will increase. Also, even though an IT professional job is attainable without a four year degree, to reach the ranks of management and above a four year degree is almost always required.
How do you keep yourself updated with technology, considering that technology today is enhanced almost every day?
I have strong relationships with our vendors who keep me abreast of their technology roadmaps via Executive Briefings and white papers. I also subscribe to various technology research providers that provide me a wealth of information based on my technology interests. In the end, I make it a point to do a lot of research to understand future offerings and what the impact will be to the bank’s computing architecture.
What developments on the horizon could affect future opportunities?
In the near term, cloud computing offerings (the use of computing resources of hardware and software over the internet) affect future opportunities from two perspectives. From an employment perspective, it will make available more employment opportunities as cloud computing providers grow over time. From an Infrastructure Architect’s perspective, I will have to understand the services that cloud computing providers expose and when will it make sense to leverage these services for PNC.
How flexible are the work hours?
In recent years, PNC has received many “Employer of Choice” awards. One of the biggest benefits of working at PNC is the ability to work from home two days a week. PNC also allows me to begin work early and leave early to reduce my overall commute time into Pittsburgh.
What is the management style like?
Management styles differ by department and job roles, however, in my organization management takes a more democratic approach drawing on people’s knowledge and skills to achieve departmental goals.
What do you see as the opportunities for growth and development in this field?
IT Architecture is a very mature field with many internationally recognized frameworks. IT Architecture is relatively new to PNC and there are opportunities to drive consistency in architecture design methodologies.
What parts of your job do you find most challenging?
The most challenging part of my job is getting consensus from disparate IT groups who have opposing viewpoints based emotion rather than facts and requirements.
Tami Yaklich's comment, March 21, 2013 8:36 PM
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Millennials are watching video on tablets and computers more than TVs

Millennials are watching video on tablets and computers more than TVs | IT trends over 5-10 years | Scoop.it
Apparently kids these days prefer to watch shows and movies on things other than a TV. According to a new study by Deloitte, 56 percent of "training
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The younger generations are abandoning their TV's in favor of Computers and Tablets. With on-demand services like YouTube and Netflix; the future doesn't look bright for cable and broadcast TV.

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Mark Zuckerberg, the Warren Buffett of technology? | Felix Salmon

Mark Zuckerberg, the Warren Buffett of technology? | Felix Salmon | IT trends over 5-10 years | Scoop.it
M&A | technology. What does Mark Zuckerberg think he's doing, spending $2 billion on Oculus? You could take him at his word — that he sees virtual reality as “a new communication platform” where “truly present” people ...
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Facebook investing in future VR (Virtual Reality) technology. Zuckerberg see's VR as 'a new communication platform'.

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Sydney real estate agency says yes to Bitcoin

Sydney real estate agency says yes to Bitcoin | IT trends over 5-10 years | Scoop.it
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A real estate agency in Australia has started accepting Bitcoin for payment - how far will Crypto-currencies go, and will we ever see wide-spread adoption?

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PowerVR GR6500: ray tracing is the future… and the future is now - Imagination Blog

PowerVR GR6500: ray tracing is the future… and the future is now - Imagination Blog | IT trends over 5-10 years | Scoop.it
The PowerVR GR6500 GPU offers high-performance ray tracing, graphics and compute in a power envelope suitable for mobile and embedded use cases.
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Pushing polygon's may be an afterthought in the future of gaming; with the possibility of 'ray tracing' taking it's place.

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