Cal Newport on taking your life back from technology

I was asked recently to name a book that changed my life. The book I chose was Cal Newport’s “Deep Work,” and for the most literal of reasons: It’s changed how I lived my life. Particularly, it’s led me to stop scheduling morning meetings, and to preserve that time for more sustained, creative work. Which is all to say that I’m a bit obsessed with Newport’s work right now, and particularly his account of how the digital environment we inhabit is training us out of concentration and into distraction in…

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Stupid homes Experts suggest people create space without technology

I love technology, but I don’t want it to overrun my home. I’m three-quarters of my way through a master’s degree specifically focused on the management of technology and innovation. I marvel at a future of self-driving cars, computers that diagnose and treat disease and 3-D printed everything. But, at the end of the day, when I close my door behind me, after using an analog, non-digital key to get in, I’m happy to live in what I call a stupid home. I don’t own an Amazon Echo – and…

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Using technology to engage citizens, solve hard problems

Founder of Google Mapmaker stresses on need for platforms that encourage people to help themselves with technology Mumbai: Today, Google Maps is ubiquitous in India, having created a comprehensive database that maps not just cities, but smaller, rural areas, and the roads and places that network through them. It has proven to be a successful model across India. But the process of creating this started very simply. “It was just about creating the basic outline — the major roads running through the city, a few major lakes — and then…

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The Increasing Role of Technology in Healthcare Law

Since the very beginnings of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a great deal of emphasis was placed on outlawing discrimination based on “race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.” While you may be wondering exactly what this has to do with the increasing role of technology in health law and health care law degree programs, it has much to do with analyzing metrics that is only made possible through technology. The quickest, and by some standards, only way to track ethnic groups and demographics within a population is through…

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Technology push to get girls educated

The UK’s Department for International Development has announced £100m of funding to help 175,000 of the world’s poorest girls get an education. The push will include smartcards that monitor attendance and offer incentives for families to send their daughters to school. It will also deploy satellite broadband to improve connectivity in rural areas. Putting girls through school is increasingly seen as one of the best long-term ways to end poverty. International Development Minister Nick Hurd said: “It is only through making use of the latest technological innovations that we will…

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Computer Technology Is Future-Proof

Right here are a number of the more outlandish predictions for the roles human beings would possibly keep within the Future: thoughts–uploading professional, customized microbiome steward or de-extinction zoologist. I, for one, am looking forward to my 2d career in 2030 as a expert “triber” and crowdfunding professional. No person can simply say for sure what the jobs of the Destiny can be. A former educator with whom I lately met argued that uncertainty approximately the Destiny job marketplace manner that giving students opportunities to examine Laptop Technology, at the…

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Launching some exciting new technology

Making the best of your investment The discovery, development and refinement of an exciting new technology could take many years before that product could be successfully launched. Even though most entrepreneurs will say that the most important work has now been done, this may not be the case because in order to launch such a technology successful will require a whole lot of very careful planning in order to make the very best of that technology and in order to introduce it into the market as favorably as possible. Besides…

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The launch of the new technology should never be boring

They should always be a few surprises If you are serious to attract as much attention as possible to the launch of your new technology you should do everything possible to do something unusual during the eventual release process. There are a very large amount of interesting things which could be used such as a video which has been specifically produced for use with your new technology. Another strategy which could really help to boost interest in your technology will be awell-researched survey that is providing emphatic proof that your…

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University of Surrey leads multi-billion pound race to deliver 5G phone technology

The University of Surrey is at the centre of a multi-billion pound research race to find a phone network which will deliver Internet speeds 100 times quicker than the fastest current services. The campus university’s 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) is working with telecoms giants and other companies to discover the “fifth generation” of wireless technology and usher in the “Internet of Things”, when smartphones are capable of operating home appliances and controlling driverless cars. The introduction of 5G technology could happen as early as 2018 and would offer mobile Internet…

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South Africa: No proper consultation on technology in the classroom

An ambitious government plan to flood classrooms with technology was met with many questions and strong criticism during the national congress of the country’s second largest teachers’ union. Basil Manuel, President of the South African Education Union (NAPTOSA)   In its plan, which was developed without proper consultation with the teaching profession, the government intends to provide tablets to all learners, but seems to overlook the necessary professional development programs needed to help teachers use the new technology. “How far removed from the classroom are those so called experts and…

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