Is Technology Changing Our Brain Formatting – Should We Change Our Educational System To Match?

Not long ago, I was discussing with our think tank some of the challenges with all this new technology and all the information known to mankind literally in the palm of every student lucky enough to have a parent who bought them a smartphone. When holding all this knowledge in their hands – it’s no wonder they feel it a wasteful effort to memorize anything – “why bother, I can just look it up!” Well, they are right, even if we know there are some things they do need to know (memorize) and think about to survive in this world. Let’s talk.

Yes, the digitizing of the world, creates a different reality, one for which our brains and bodies were not necessarily evolved for, therefore human-centric technology is the key, and we need that before we go too much further. On the plus side, and it is a big PLUS, we open our horizons when we become digitally connected in such abundance. And, it is not the technology that is the problem alone, it’s how it’s used. That is the real digital divide. One person may use the technology to send pictures of “cats” to friends on Facebook, another might use it to collaborate with Canine Researchers around the planet to save big cats from extinction. Now then, the latter is much better of course, but we must allow freedom to choose how one wishes to use the technology gift before them right?

I read an interesting article the other day; “We Were Promised Flying Cars, All We Got Was 140-Characters,” meaning that Twitter is worth $10s of Billions and for about $500 million we could have successful perfected VTOL personal flying machines. Humans vote with their dollars, the average person wanted to be amused by distracting text messages and self-validation since they were missing something in their lives, now they want more of that, why? Because, they are so busy using the technology they feel even more empty inside – but then again, their addictions to these technologies were a choice, who are we to argue with their freedom to choose? Hard to say, but yes, I tend to agree with you. I personally am not on Facebook, nor do I own a smart-phone for the very reasons most technologists have considered, but couldn’t do without.

How we teach our children in the midst of all this social media, information and technology will determine how they use it in the future. Our entire human civilization is at stake and god forbid if all that technology were to stop working one day?

The One Predictable Thing About Technology

… Is that it’s unpredictable.

Making predictions about anything is a tricky business. It’s often fraught with problems and compounded by two factors: too many variables and too many people.

Making predictions in the world of technology is about as rough as it gets. You see a trend, a fad, or a new craze, jump on it, extrapolate, and then go and get it all totally wrong.

As an example, at the turn of the 20th century, it was predicted that passenger air balloon travel – pioneered by the likes of Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin – would be commoditized and become the pre-eminent means of mass transit. In fact, it would be so popular, by the 1980s, people would have their own personal air balloon as their primary method of conveyance.

Obviously, this gaze into the future didn’t take into account the airplane, which put an end to that pearl of foresight.

The main problem with looking forward is that people do it in such painfully straight lines, as the previous example demonstrates. The telephone is another useful example; who could have predicted mobile phones at the time Alexander Graham Bell was fussing around with the technological equivalent of paper cups and wet string?

No one could have. Furthermore, how could anyone have predicted that these mobile telephones would one day have cameras built in? Or that you could send written messages on them? You only have to go back 10 years, and such ideas would be derided as foolish drivel.

The future is a curly thing, and in the wonderful world of information technology, the driving force behind much of the confusion is convergence.

Now there’s a buzzword if I ever heard one. And this becomes the next big problem with predicting future trends in technology: let’s get two really cool gizmos and merge them; people will love it!

Err, no! What drives desire is anyone’s guess. What drives need is utility: two very different parts of the brain are being exercised, here, one more than the other!

If something doesn’t fulfill a practical purpose, then it’s neither use nor ornament.

This future-predicting thing is even harder these days, but in a way, even the most outlandish theory could have its day. Things are changing so quickly that new technologies are emerging literally overnight. And given that people’s needs are also changing, evolving, and emerging, who knows?

Going back even further, desire, need – call it what you will – has a common source. The very engine of change is people, society, lifestyle, and a requirement to manage, re-route and/or if need be, delegate all of this data and information.

The Apple Newton was way ahead of its time. A bunch of clever guys ‘n’ gals sat in a room and made a remarkable prediction about how people would “consume” data and information, and they were right on the money – the only problem being that they were over 10 years early!

Now, people are on the move. People work on the move, hold down long-distance relationships, work with colleagues across time zones, and manage bank accounts in a cafe while drinking a cup of chai.

The only certainty is the same one that has been pontificated upon since time immemorial: things change. Things often come together in intriguing, mysterious, and eminently useful ways.

So here’s my prediction: things will never be small enough, big enough, fast enough, cool enough, or cheap enough! Am I wrong?

Tips for Data Recovery of RAID 5 Drives

RAID technology is the use of multiple disks to emulate the performance of one disk. This is usually done to increase the safety and redundancy of data, the speed of read/write performance, or a mixture of both. It has great use in the management of corporate data.

Data is integral to today’s businesses. Information is said to be power and right fully so, especially when you consider the nature of the economy of the modern world in this age we call the Information Age.

This has led to the explosion of the integration of Information Technology into most businesses. Most businesses employ some sort of Information System which stores sensitive information vital to a broad spectrum of operations.

These systems may be reliable, especially as technology increases the amount and accuracy of information stored in various media and systems. However, the probability that these systems will crash or that data will be lost cannot be ignored.

Most data crashes occur when some physical or logical error is introduced into a system. Hard disks, CD-ROMs, Tape Drives and other storage media can and will fail eventually. This could be caused by a host reasons – power outages, physical damage to media, head crashes, motor problems and the like.

Whatever the reason, you will need a means to restore all this data. This is especially true if for some reason the deleted, destroyed or corrupted data contains information that is not backed up or existing in any other location anyway.

A special consideration when planning for backup strategies is the type of storage you choose to employ. If you are using a RAID set up for your data access and recording, you will have to keep in mind a few extra tips on top of your general knowledge data management.

1. Regular Maintenance – While RAID components are usually reliable, it is recommended that regular back ups are performed at set intervals. There is always the chance that such systems will have logical and continuity problems. For this, you may want to employ special software to maintain the integrity of your RAID configuration.

2. Know Your Problem – It may take a little training to know the difference, but many of the RAID problems can be solved by using readily available RAID data recovery tools. If in the event that such software does not work, then you may consider the services of a professional data recovery expert.

These experts are highly-trained and employ equipment not readily available to most people to recover badly damaged disks, and hopeless media.

3. If Possible, Use Software RAID instead of Hardware RAID – while software RAID is a viable alternative to hardware RAID. Software RAID has a few practical setbacks.

Software RAID is not as fault tolerant as hardware RAID. It may not be an error magnet, but it still is a lot less reliable in comparison to hardware RAID

Also software raid takes up valuable system resources and needs to boot up before it can be used. This is not saying that software RAID should be avoided like the flu; it is jus that there are really good reasons to use hardware RAID instead

4. Invest in Maintenance – While using precious hours backing up and maintaining your RAID can prove to be taxing, and by all means unnecessary, you only have to look at a professional data recovery bill to realize that it was all worth it.