October 19, 2018

5 Takeaways from Our First Stratospheric Balloon Launch

A team of UAT students spent the summer designing a self-funded stratospheric balloon program to gather scientific data, test and demonstrate new technology and inspire the next generation of space explorers. Under the direction of former NASA program manager Nathan Eskue, students built, launched (and recovered!) a stratospheric balloon. Some things went right. Some did not. UAT students and faculty share their top 5 takeaways:   Define your vision. But make sure it is digestible. “If the group is unified in the end goal that they’re trying to solve, many communication issues are prevented because the team understands the big picture…

The Switch from Canon to Sony

Photographers at all levels have been geeking out about mirrorless cameras recently. These fancy new cameras do not require a reflex mirror, a key component of DSLR camera. We asked freelance photographer Rick Holladay to dish on his experience switching from his Canon to the new mirrorless Sony camera.   I get quite a few DMs asking me about what cameras and lenses I use. So, I wanted to write a quick review of my current setup and my impressions switching from Canon to Sony. Currently, my setup is: Sony A7iii Sigma Art 35mm f/1.4 Sony E Mount Sony G…

What is Digital Twin Technology?

Digital twin technology involves using sensors and machine learning to build virtual systems that react the same way as the real-world version of that system. For example, combining this technology with VR will allow car makers to test engine designs without building a physical car. Farmers will be able to try new planting layouts and polycultures without having to wait for their crops to grow. Amusement parks will be able to create massive roller-coaster-like experiences inside of storefront-sized spaces. Digital twins enable engineering and design teams to test and improve projects without the financial or time-based risks of doing so…

Getting an Artificial Intelligence Degree at UAT

Will humans live on Mars? Will we have enough water? Will AI outsmart humans? It’s tough to predict the future. But if predicting and shaping the future of technology can help make that future a better one for everyone, then it is a worthwhile pursuit. That’s why we launched an artificial intelligence degree program here at the University of Advancing Technology more than 10 years ago and continue to push boundaries today and tomorrow. “We’ve been teaching AI for years under the artificial life moniker because we know how important life forms and distributed programming are for AI constructs,” UAT…

Why You Should Study Blockchain

On April 27, 2018, North Korea and South Korea signed the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula. Two electronic versions—one in English and one in Korean—have been stored on the Ethereum blockchain. The energy industry alone has invested $1 billion in blockchain. And four of the world’s largest automakers want to put blockchain technology in your car. “Blockchain is right up there with the invention of the Internet,” said Damian Chung, Sr. Director of Cybersecurity Engineering and Development at Dignity Health. Chung thinks blockchain has the potential to revolutionize healthcare, empower businesses to bypass the middle man…

How Will Emerging Technologies Impact My Future?

Technology Leadership

The future of technology is unfolding before our eyes. The human race does not know exactly what changes to expect or when the drastic transition will become noticeable, but emerging technology experts have conducted extensive research and have formulated predictions on how these inevitable changes will effect how businesses operate, how humans work and communicate, and how every day life as we know it takes place. UAT’s Graduate Program offers a course in Emerging Technologies (MSC686) taught by Professor Natasha Vita-More, an expert in the field, as well as a Fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. Her…

Professor Vita-More Speaks at Extreme Futures Tech Festival

Extreme Futures Tech Festival

Professor Natasha Vita-More gave a talk virtually to Microsoft Main Campus for the Extreme Futures Tech Festival. Great people and much fun! The EFTF is a tech conference focused on emerging technology trends, across the tech sector. It covers the latest in emerging technology, the trends but also social impact and emerging societal changes and where we are going with technology and where it affects us and business. In this ‘issue’ of EFTF we have topics from bio engineering, cybernetics (including a live demo of an implant procedure), artificial intelligence, cloud computing, maker trends, XR technologies (AR/VR and Wearables), IoT and…

UAT Professor Vita-More, Panelist At BRINK2015.1

Speakers at the Brink - Natasha Vita-Moore

UAT is proud of faculty member Natasha Vita-More, Professor of Human Enhancement Technology, Emerging Technology, Multi-Media and Design and Bio Science, who spoke on two panels at the BRINK2015.1 Conference last weekend in Palm Desert, Cali. BRINK2015.1 is a unique gathering of technologists, futurists, engineers, space entrepreneurs and social philosophers, all brought together to discuss the path we find ourselves on, to thoughtfully consider how and where we want to go in the future. Professor Vita-More (top center in the photo) spoke on the following topics: “Designing New Humanity: A is for Augmentation, or is it Avatar?” and “What I Know…

Envisioning Emerging Technologies

Envisioning Emerging Technologies

The graph below by Michell Zappa visualizes current trends in technological developments as well as possible future trends from 2012 to 2040. To have an understanding of where technological trends are situated today and to guess what may happen in the future helps developers with the creation of products today. It is interesting to see the possible developmental paths based on audience demands and desires, and to compare different categories. With my students in my Principles of Interactivity class we compared Internet column with Interfaces and specifically focused on the developments of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality: as of 2012,…

Google I/O: Project Glass Demo

Google Glass, photo by Isabelle Olsson

Google’s Project Glass is a really exciting project, combining augmented reality and wearable computing. Wearable computers have been around for as long as computers have become small enough to be portable, but they haven’t become popular due to usability and form-factor issues. Google’s project aims to address both of these issues. Engadget has a great article and a pair of videos on Sergey Brin’s Project Glass demo from the Google I/O event. Link to this post!