Will Computer Hardware and Technological Innovation Leave ATC Workers Unemployed?

If you will recall back in Ronald Reagan’s day as President, there was a showdown between his administration and the air traffic control workers. He warned them not to strike or they’d be fired – they did, and they were. End of story, or is it. That is to say will history repeat in the future if we bring forth Artificial Intelligent Computers, New Computer Hardware, and the third phase of NextGen ATC equipment and technologies? I believe so, and thus, we were having a conversation about these potential future eventualities at our Think Tank recently.

Consider if you will some of our comments here – think about what Troy Laclaire is saying and some of the points of contention I bring up, and I’d like to start this dialogue out with reminding folks that anytime human beings develop better tools to do their jobs, there will be fewer jobs to do, thus, some folks will be let go. The jobs that remain will be lower skill levels and much higher skill levels but those in the middle will disappear.

Now then, when it comes to the latest and greatest air traffic control systems being introduced one must ask why will we need humans in the process. After all, most of the near misses or runway incursions are due to human error, either air traffic controllers or the pilots themselves. So, let’s remove them from the situation. Yes, both the pilots and the controllers. But today, let’s talk about air traffic controllers, as future UAVs will surely tell all the pilots; “You’re Fired!” but that’s for another article.

If we use the recording and data from the best air traffic controllers to program the AI system, then the controllers will inevitably be worked out of a job right? So, I said jokingly; Train the computers, and let the Air Traffic Control B.A.S.E. jump off the tower to grow some balls? But seriously, what will we use all those old control towers for, as the computers will most likely be underground in air-conditioned rooms with full electronic security, no one goes in or out unless they have clearance as the official IT personnel for the system?

Now then, we may as well some of those control towers for something, but they are many stories tall, so should we dismantle them instead? Troy notes; “If this type of system was put in place, you wouldn’t have a need really for a control tower, and could put everyone below ground.” Right, which was another point, namely; what to use them for – restaurants, observation decks, tours, lounges, bars? BASE Jumping locations? Sniper towers to get the bad guys – what?

Troy wonders; “well, there are many different uses you can use the current towers for. Heck, why not setup homeless shelters or lease the building out to companies to use as remote data centers since they already have communications capabilities?” And really he’s onto something there, it’s a great place for antennas, and all those control towers are fully wired.

Well, out with the old computer hardware, in with the new, but indeed, this does change everything, fewer jobs, less human error, and more systems. Please consider all this.

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Relationships and Technology – To Tech or Not To Tech, That Is The Choice (Do Make It!)

Choice is not always a blessing. As it has often been said, “with choice comes responsibility.”

I recently went on a weekend road trip to a hot springs retreat center in a very remote location. As my husband and I started to drive on the dusty and winding road, cell phone reception worsened and, within moments, the words “No Service” flashed on my phone screen. Every time I glanced over at my smart phone and saw the two words, I felt a strange mix of nervousness and joyful relief.

I had no service and no choice. “To tech” or “not to tech” was not the question.

My lack of choice made me acutely aware of the choice we do have in our daily lives. It reminded me of the daily myriad of decisions many of us, technology users, face every day at home or while with love ones. We mostly have the choice, conscious or not, to decide if or when to fire up our computers, to switch our phones on or off, to turn to our gadgets… or to our partners.

The Impact of Technology on Relationships

Decades ago, this type of choice was not as imperative, or as relevant. However, technology use has become so pervasive that if we fail to consciously exercise our power of choice today, the automatic impact of technology on relationships will choose for us. The mesmerizing power of the gadget will prevail.

A new Telenav study revealed that a third of Americans would prefer to give up sex for a week, rather than their cell phones. A recent British study by Ikea showed that couples are spending more time in bed looking at laptops than looking at each other. According to a report by Spring Technology, an IT recruitment company, “70 per cent agree that checking work emails while on holiday damages relationships.” You get the idea.

We are becoming so dependent on our gadgets that relationships are increasingly taking the backseat.

Choose Consciously

Whatever the origin of that impulse to turn to tech rather than to each other, it comes with a cost. Relationships need to be fed to stay healthy and thrive. Time and attention are fertilizers.

Needless to say, we may need or want to use technology while with our loved ones. Sometimes, technology can bring us closer together. The key, however, is to choose consciously.

So every time you are about to turn to a digital device rather than to your partner, stop and ask yourself these 3 questions:

1) What motivates me to turn to technology in this moment? Need, enjoyment, compulsion, avoidance?

2) Will tech use bring us closer together or further apart right now?

3) Looking back at my life from my death bed, will I have any regrets about my gadget use?

Choose consciously. With lack of choice come consequences.

Plug into your relationship. Fire up your quality time. Switch on the love.

PS – My husband just walked over to my home office computer, and asked me, “Do you want to take a walk when you’re done with that article?” I consciously answered, “Yes!” and smiled to myself. Let’s see what kind of choice I actually make…

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Technology Articles – How to Write Technology Articles Successfully

Technology articles (or technical articles are they are sometime known) are defined as articles that describe a procedure, give instructions or relay information about a technical product. This can include cell – phones, internet software, computers, mp3 players, DVDs, Blue ray and so on. Anyone who sells such devices online can benefit from posting technology articles to drive traffic to their website. Standard technology articles are available online for free or there are article- writing services available that will customise the technology article you require for your product. If you feel that you can write your own technology article then here are some tips to increase its quality-

1. Understand the technology. If you selling a cell-phone, for example- you need to know more than how to turn it on. You’ll want to invest time in getting to know all the key benefits of this product, what it can do and why it’s worth buying. The more information you know, the easier it will be to word it in your own unique writing style. Plus, when you know all your facts, the reader will trust that you genuinely know the product and assume that they finding out about something worthwhile.

2. Find out what’s hot and what’s not. People who are searching for technology articles or products online will mostly want information on the latest technologies. Talking about video players might not be the best idea in this respect. Keep yourself updated on what is newly available on the market and if possible give the reader new and exciting information on up and coming technology.

3. Use catchy titles. Technology can be boring to the average person plus there is so much technology available online now that it’s hard for the reader to know what to click on first. You must grab their attention from the start using hook-lines such as – “Amazing new 3D screen about to be released.” This creates a need within the reader to find out more and will give you an advantage over the more mundane technology articles out there.

4. Don’t be afraid to use pictures. Where technology is concerned, people like to see visual evidence of what you are describing. Pictures are a great motivator for people to want the product or at least click on your link to find out more. It is just another way to engage the senses and prove to the reader that this product exists. You might also want to give them some links to relevant e-books or other products that you are selling, if they do not commit to one product, they might be more suited to something else.

5. Use relatively easy language in your technology article. There are few people that know the full depth of the technology you are describing so don’t bore them with too much technical jargon. Allow them to feel like they understand what they are reading about, you don’t want them to go away confused and irritated. If you keep it simple whilst showing them that you know what you are talking about, they will be more impressed. The result will be an entertaining and successful technology article to be proud of.

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The Commercialization of Virtual Reality Computers and Technology

The rate or progress for Virtual Reality is indeed stunning. So too is the commercialization of products, services and potential applications. For instance researchers, teachers, politicians and innovators are always stacked with projects that need a Virtual Reality Technicians skill sets to the audience, customer or funding groups better visualize.

Of course as things move forward much faster standardization is also coming to a head. Many VR consultants and leading edge thinkers speak of granularity, verbs and software programming methodologies, but none are completely certain that is how things will work in the future in VR, yet we all see this is the push. It is amazing all the competing VR standards, theories and directions the market place is working with now. It is pretty insightful and although 4 years old now is pretty much on the money.

One of the reasons I make this statement is because someone mentioned in an article about the slicing of food on the kitchen in virtual reality and the sound of the knife in EOX (basically that is surround-a-sound) and the granularity (individual animated pixels) dividing the object and yes all that is good for action sequences, explosions, car crashes in video games, VR Life II type things and such, or simulators for training, but there is an issue with combinations of multiple scenarios, with AI and the size of the program, current bandwidth, storage devices, etc.

We can talk all about the future as the VR Technicians see it and we can discuss all the applications for Government, Military, Business, Healthcare, Earth Sciences, Space, Training, Psychology, Sports, Sex, Politics, Distance Learning, Sales or V-travel and yet in the end a standard is needed so that the theories, methods and philosophies can all be on the same page to move the ball down the field and attract the capital needed to bring the VR World into a blurred reality with the real world and to make a profit in doing so. ROI is what the real world is about.

We must never forget that as we create the future Utopia in Virtual Reality. 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.

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