Six Nations Polytechnic launching technology academy

Six Nations Polytechnic is launching an innovative academy that expects to offer students the ability to earn high school and college diplomas focused on science, technology, engineering, arts and math. The STEAM Academy will be based out of the school’s Brantford campus on Elgin Street and is accepting 50 Grade 9 students to start in September. Graduates of the free six-year program will leave with a high school diploma and are expected to earn a software engineering technician diploma from Mohawk College. “It’s a unique setup,” said the school’s principal,…

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Technology is running your life

We are all in inescapable thrall to one of the handful of American technology companies that now dominate much of the global economy. (Photo: Doug Chayka © 2017 The New York Times) NEW YORK: A few weeks ago, I bought a new television. When the whole process was over, I realised something incredible. To navigate all of the niggling details surrounding this one commercial transaction — figuring out what to buy, which accessories I needed, how and where to install it, and whom to hire to do so — I…

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Technology to give dementia residents freedom

In a first in New Zealand, innovative technology will give dementia residents at Whare Aroha Care’s new village freedom and movement. The Ngongotaha-based dementia-friendly village has 13 homes, and when all stages are complete, will include a supermarket, cafe, hairdresser and clubrooms. It is set to open at the end of August. Therese Jeffs, chief executive at Whare Aroha Care, said the technology was always going to be key to the village. “It’s a move away from the institutional model to a health model, it’s the way forward for caring…

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Video technology in the A-League It is important VAR use is restricted to clearly wrong decisions

Skewing away from that basic rule will open up all sorts of problems, grey areas and furious debates over interpretation that football does not need. Amidst all the hysteria, particularly on social media, over the decision to award Jordy Buijs’ goal for Sydney FC against Perth Glory, fans need to distinguish two very different arguments. 1) Should we actually have the VAR at all in football? 2) Should Bobo have been adjudged to have interfered with Dino Djulbic in the A-League semi-final on Saturday night? If, as you suspect it…

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Technology must amplify the best of humanity Microsoft Indias former chairman

Bhaskar Pramanik, 65, capped a corporate career spanning 45 years with six years at Microsoft India, from where he retired last month as chairman. A science fiction fan and lover of awkward acronyms for action plans, Pramanik remains optimistic about technology for the good of all. He tells Forbes India that disruption is taking place at the bottom of the pyramid, and that our values must evolve with advancements in technology. Edited excerpts: Q. It is often thought that some great technologies have had very long gestation periods at Microsoft….

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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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