Posts tagged computing
Posts tagged computing
Receiving a Georgia award for the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing changed my daughter’s life. She could see herself in a STEM field and has applied to go to Georgia Tech and several other schools in Computer Science. If you have a girl in your school who has done some cool things with technology. APPLY!!! It is a great program. You can win $500 and a laptop if you receive a national award.
In my Introduction to Computer Science course today we were talking about the evolution of the interface.
CLI - Command Line Interface
Where we typed in the command line.
GUI - Graphical User Interface
Mouse and keyboard.
NUI- Natural User Interface
Interacting with computing devices in natural ways like talking, gestures, etc. We are just at the beginning of NUI.
But as we talked, I always try to help students see beyond and I asked “what’s next.” As scary as it sounds, looking at the facts, the BUI was what we came up with - Biological User Interface— where we will interface with devices that are part of us.
So, computers are going to move from being all around us (NUI) to inside us (BUI). I personally am ok with risking technology - if it crashes or blows up, I just lose a computer, but I, for one, don’t want anyone hacking my brain or nervous system.
It was a great conversation though with extremely bright kids.
Rather than bringing people into the lab, researchers at MIT are putting tiny labs into people via a tiny implantable capsule that can track the growth of a tumor or detect heart-deterioration or even silent heart attacks from inside the body. The miniature lab is small enough to implant via a needle during a normal biopsy, and can remain inside the body vigilantly watching for increased tumor growth. The inside of the device is filled with nanoparticles, each sporting an antibody specially designed to bind to specific molecules like those that are produced by certain kinds of tumors or by damaged heart muscle cells.
Computing and humans continue to converge. This is a “silent tumor tracker” called a “lab in the human body.” Computer /biological connections are a big part of our future along with the ethics that will go with them. (Could someone “hack your heart?”)