While time travel and holograms may be ideas of the future, slight modifications to existing digital devices have already begun to revolutionize the realm of personal electronics.
San Diego State students are finding new ways to connect online with the local college community. Breaking into the San Diego college scene just this year, thelbbsd.com, or The Little Black Book, is a social networking site exclusively for students who attend SDSU, University of San Diego, Point Loma Nazarene and UC San Diego.
Chatroulette is the roadside freak show of the Internet. It’s best not to stop there, but the idea of possibly seeing something completely bizarre drags people in. Created by 17-year-old Andrey Ternovski from Moscow, www.chatroulette.com is a new type of Web site taking social network users out of their comfort zone.
Internet radio site www.pandora.com is transforming the way people listen to music. Based on the concept of traditional radio 8212; listening to an externally chosen playlist of songs 8212; Pandora Radio allows users to pick specific genres of music to be played. Based on user feedback, the site then “learns” what songs are most likely preferred, generating a listening experience unique to each user’s customized station.
Technology drives business. Without the latest equipment and knowledge, you simply don’t have the edge that it takes to excel. Therefore, I want to bring everyone’s attention to the technology that is utilized in the classroom. Students have all seen a presentation that incorporates media or a PowerPoint to effectively convey information. Every single business student should expect to use these tools during their respective careers. The reason? They work.
If your best quality is that you don’t stand out, then you need to work on some social skills. But if a piece of software’s best quality doesn’t stand out, then something is being done right.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but we are all going to be sucked into a black hole of our own creation within the near future.