2007 Future Technology and Trends to Watch For

What will be the biggest news and trends in 2007? What are some of the technologies we should watch? What can we expect and what should we be keeping an eye on these days? Well not long ago our Online Think Tank considered this subject and it was deemed that the list of trends was growing and it would be a full time effort to keep a watchful eye on all this. Below is a partial list of notable things we considered;

  • High Tech Sport Equipment
  • Environmental Technologies
  • Clean Water Technologies
  • Earthquake Prediction
  • Volcanic Research
  • Global Warming
  • Chinese Pollution
  • Hurricane Research
  • Middle Eastern Politics
  • Alternative Fuels
  • Brain Research
  • Aviation Technologies
  • Virtual Reality
  • Augmented Reality
  • Video Computer Games
  • Super Computers
  • Quantum Computing
  • Non-Profit Fundraising
  • World Economic Trends
  • Online Article Submission Websites
  • Online Article Author Advances
  • 2007 Trends in Robotic Parking Structures
  • Material sciences
  • Recycling
  • E85 Ethanol
  • Government Regulatory Trends
  • General Aviation
  • Housing Markets
  • Automotive Industry
  • Digital Libraries
  • Hybrid Vehicles
  • Legal Reform
  • Manufacturing Sector
  • Robotics Industry
  • SmartDust
  • Nano Technology
  • Commercialization of Space
  • Communication Satellites
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
  • Truck Technologies
  • Illegal Immigrations
  • Education
  • Transportation
  • Distribution
  • Consumer Debt
  • Bird Flu

Of course with any list like this you can imagine the number of items which did not make the list but did indeed come so close. This list started with 400 items and these are the subjects that the list was reduced too.

This project took about 500 man hours and still one has to wonder if it is complete, as there are always new things on the horizon which pop up every day in the realms of science and technology and world events.

I certainly hope this article is of interest and that is has propelled thought. The goal is simple; to help you in your quest to be the best in 2007. I thank you for reading my many articles on diverse subjects, which interest you.

IT and BI

Business Intelligence (BI) and Information Technology (IT) virtually, methodically, and basically go arm-in-arm.

Students who are majoring in business, i.e., administration, management, marketing, accounting, etc., will find that BI and IT have morphed into one entity. One does not do without the other.

Within the world of information technology / computer science, the structures, formats, platforms, applications, hardware, and/or vendors are service oriented architecture based programming. The programming is designed to meet the needs and/or offer some type of business service. Be it entertainment, news media or query data. Information and the business of information apply. Technical skill sets include knowledge and ability to use, the process, practices, techniques, and tools of the specialty area or software/hardware expertise.

The management of business processes is setting and achieving goals while utilizing the basic functions that include and/or use human, financial, material, and informational resources.

Metadata is a term worthy of attention in the data mining profession. The community, of which I am currently affiliated, is the Ad-Hoc, rapid and instantaneous access and delivery to requested information. Instant data access is crucial in the business world as well as today’s everyday lifestyles. “The right information to the right people at the right time,” is the lifeblood of any business and/or professional practice. BI and IT professionals are trained and skilled on both platforms. The scalability between skill sets compliment one another in the direction of goal achievement.

The purpose of this message is to aid in study preparation for prospective Business Administration / Computer Science students. Be aware of the twin that is joined at the hip. Study diligently. Absorb all of the technical and business lingo and data that you can. Eat, Sleep, and Think BI and IT!

Information Technology (IT) and Business Intelligence (BI), or is it Vice – Versa?

Science Polls Indicate Americans Losing Some Respect For the Lab Coat

First, the good news for scientists: Americans respect advancements in science, technology and medicine more than advancements in any other field, other than the always-impressive “don’t know.” Unfortunately, however, science polls indicate that respect for for the field is dwindling in comparison to others.

Current science polls from the Pew Research center indicate that 27% of Americans think that our nation’s greatest achievements are those that take place in beakers, petri dishes and physics labs. While no doubt an impressive number, similar polls from a scant ten years ago suggested that number was nearly 50%. Despite exciting advancements in medicine and technology — the proliferation of the Internet comes to mind — it’s clear the public doesn’t place as high a priority on these sorts of developments as it did in the past.

Perhaps partially explaining the relatively poorer performance of science in polls is the rise of equal rights as an issue of public concern. Ten years ago, just 5% of people felt that it was the most impressive advancement. In the most recent surveys, that number has more than tripled, perhaps spurred by the election of biracial President Barack Obama.

On an optimistic note for science, polls indicate that Americans still have overwhelmingly positive views of it, with 84% replying that they thought it was a net good for society. Only 6% felt it was largely negative. While there aren’t past science polls that are exactly comparable, responses have always indicated that, on the whole, Americans are pro-science.

In all, there doesn’t seem to be much to worry about for science — polls indicate that Americans are a long way away from abandoning it in favor of divination or magic. It is interesting, however, that its prevalence in the national consciousness seems to be slightly receding.

Economic Stimulus and Career Paths

The U.S. Economic Recovery Plan (The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) focuses on stimulating the economy and creating jobs by investing in the nation’s infrastructure overhaul, healthcare system, energy and environmental concerns, and improving the education system. The need for skilled professionals such as Engineers, Healthcare Providers, or Teachers to meet government stimulus goals will require specialized degrees. People with these specialized degrees will be in high demand to make our economy grow and many schools are focusing on these educational programs. It is a widely held fact that now, more than ever, higher-level education programs are appealing to the needs and concerns surrounding the of the nation’s economic recovery plan.

U.S. News & World Report ranked the top 100 schools in the nation and out of the first 25 listed many of them are schools popular for engineering and technology, health sciences, and education. Out of the top 25 schools identified, two of them are institutes of technology and four of them offer great engineering programs.

Engineering and Technology – Engineering related careers will grow in response to the rebuilding of America’s deteriorating infrastructure. President Obama has made it clear that rebuilding the roads, bridges, airports, and the like, is essential to long-term economic recovery. The U.S. government will invest $27 billion for critical repairs.

Undoubtedly, jobs in engineering and related fields will be in demand. It is interesting to note that six schools made the nation’s top choices for engineering degrees.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology was one of the schools identified for its engineering program. Not only did this school rank in the top 25 of the nation, but it also ranked fourth in the 20 best schools for engineering major. Many of the educational programs offered at this school parallels with the economic recovery act such as environmental engineering, computer science, or even biological engineering. If an engineering career appeals to you, The Massachusetts School of Technology may be on your short list of schools to consider. Other schools that made the cut into the top 25 related to engineering were California Institute of Technology, Cornell University, and Stanford University.

Education – In the education department, 7 of the top 25 schools were those that offered excellent education programs. Teachers will be in demand as the economic stimulus plan takes root. According the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for K-12 teachers is very favorable. Employment of schoolteachers is expected to grow by 12 percent until 2016. This growth will create 479,000 additional teacher positions, more than all but a few occupations.

The U.S. News list shows one school regarded very high for its education curriculum and it also made the list of top 25 schools for education – that school is Columbia University in New York. A few other schools that made the list were the University of California- Berkeley, Vanderbilt University, and Stanford coming in on the list as the 4th top school for education. Becoming a teacher can be a very rewarding career to choose. It is no wonder that part of the recovery act is striving to help build our education system and bring more benefits to teachers. This is your opportunity to help build the future of our country’s youth.

Health Science – Medical and Health Science fields are expanding at accelerated rates as new discoveries are made to meet the needs of growing populations. The medical world is growing more and more each year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics cites healthcare as the largest U.S. industry in 2006 and will continue as an industry leader by generating 3 million new jobs by 2016 . Of the 20 fastest growing occupations, 7 are healthcare related. This is such an important field of work that makes a difference in people’s lives everyday and now is your chance to be a part of it. In the nation’s top 25 schools, 14 were also listed as the nation’s top medical schools. Harvard University ranked number one on the list of best medical schools. Other well-accredited school, Johns Hopkins University followed second. This university is located in Baltimore, Maryland and is a private institution. They are considered a preeminent school, offering some of the best educational programs in the nation. If you have a strong desire to succeed and wish to be someone that can have positive impact on the health of others, then a career in health sciences is for you – and Johns Hopkins can take you in the right direction. Other top medical schools in the list included the University of Pennsylvania, which tied Washington University in St. Louis for 3rd place.

The economic recovery initiative is planned to jump-start our economy in sectors that require the most attention first. Colleges have refocused their curriculum endeavors to provide quality education for students to meet the demands of current and future jobs in the new economy. America needs students like you to continue to learn and grow so our nation can grow with you.

Moves to Foster Partnering and Collaboration

For many years, e-learning suppliers – at least, those in the UK – have been frustrated by having to sell their products twice to the same potential buyer. That’s because they need to convince not just a potential customer’s HR specialists but also that organization’s IT specialists that they should buy what the supplier is offering.

Now comes news that that sort of frustration could soon become a thing of the past.

Newly published research suggests that a new job title is coming to the business world: the human systems director. According to a study – conducted by the Future Foundation on behalf of Google – of 3,500 employees, 100 HR managers and 100 IT managers across the UK, France, Germany, the US and Japan: by 2020, the workplace will be transformed by the sharing and development of ideas.

The study revealed an 81% positive correlation between collaboration and innovation across all markets. As collaboration and innovation accelerate, thanks to new enabling technologies, elements of the HR and IT functions will integrate.

“The HR director and IT director will have to come together,” believes Carsten Sørensen, senior lecturer in information systems and innovation at the London School of Economics and Political Science. “They will have to manage issues such as how to balance IT infrastructure, which produces better functionality and productivity, with collaborative technologies and individualization.”

“It will be an ideas and innovation economy rather than a knowledge economy,” said Future Foundation account director Judith kleine Holthaus.

Some 34% of HR personnel agreed they will need to learn new skills to foster a sense of corporate community and a third of chief information officers believe they will take on more responsibility for innovation in the future. Some 44% of HR managers say HR will also need to have a better understanding of technology.

This growing trend towards partnering and collaboration at all levels within the world of work comes at a time when the world’s first collaborative business partnering standard is about to be published.

The draft British Standard, BS 11000 Collaborative business relationships, is now out for public consultation in the UK. This standard builds upon PAS 11000, the framework specification for supporting collaborative business partnering.

The framework, developed by BSI with Partnership Sourcing Limited (PSL) along with government and procurement professionals, helps organizations to establish, manage and improve strategic partnering both within and across the public and private sectors. BSI Standards director, Mike Low, commented: “Both business and the public sector are increasingly working in open environments with collaboration seen as an increasingly effective business model.”

Publication of BS 11000 is expected in December 2010.