Tech Hype: Emerging Technologies are Our Future

The Commodore 64 was a magical device. When I was a kid, the “C64” was my initial experience with a computer. I typed papers for class (printing them out on a dot matrix printer), played a few rudimentary games (high tech back then!) and even managed to dabble a bit with programming. I was excited for the future of technology…the hype of what was yet to come.

Remember when we thought that Commodore 64s were the epitome of computing awesomeness?

While “technology hype” is often criticized, I am as excited today about the prospects of new technologies as when I was learning how to use the now ancient C64. For example, while watching an interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson, I learned that there are plans to create tiny space probes powered by lasers that can go almost 167,654,157 miles per hour. That’s technology that gets me hyped. It’s science (almost) fiction today that will be our reality in the near future.

So how does this connect to higher education? Commodore 64s, space probes, etc? It’s all about a sense of experimentation, trying to do things that weren’t possible before something was invented that now lets us do something new…or better. In higher education, we aren’t always the most high-tech. However, we do interface with a massive amount of technologies that create opportunities to enhance student success.

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The Power Of Vulnerability & The Courage To Be Imperfect

I watch a lot of TED Talks. They are generally informative and insightful. However, this talk by Brené Brown totally rocked my world. Her comments on courage and vulnerability really resonated with me. Brown is a “vulnerability researcher & professor at the University of Houston.” Her research is on “authenticity, shame and courage.”

Being intentionally vulnerable is something that I have tried to embrace in my daily life. It’s interesting to me how some people have reacted to my way of being. Public vulnerability for a guy is sadly not seen as a way of being strong. However, according to Brown, it’s the only way to be happy…and I agree with her.

Brown asks the following questions:

How do we learn to embrace our vulnerabilities and imperfections so that we can engage in our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness? How do we cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection that we need to recognize that we are enough – that we are worthy of love, belonging, and joy?

I think I’m going to watch this talk again…it’s so good.

Eight Things I Find Amazing in Picture Form

Kevin tagged me with my first meme: “Eight Things I Find Amazing in Picture Form.” I think I’ll start out by being a little narcissistic. This photo set of 4 Polaroids always make me feel good.

Eric with curly hair
I was 2 years old when this set of photographs was taken. My hair was curly and I apparently liked to walk about in my diaper. I think it’s amazing that my hair still looks like that when I wake up in the morning.

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