It’s no secret that technology is all around us. Everyone uses a smart phone, computer, or fitness device. Even our cars are full of technology. My kids are probably more savvy on technology than me. But this isn’t news. What struck me this week is how technology is being used these days.
I was reading an article about a man who lived for 555 days without a heart. He lived for 1.5 years with a piece of technology in his chest and in a backpack designed to perform the function of a heart until a suitable donor was found for him. Think about that for moment; 1.5 years having technology replace a vital organ. I find it absolutely amazing.
That got me thinking about how technology is elevating the way we think and the way we interact. I don’t know anyone in my life walking around with a backpack doing the job of a heart but my own community is doing some pretty cool stuff.
Our school system will be creating a makerspace in each of our elementary schools. A makerspace is a collaboration space where students and teachers will use their hands, minds and technology to create and learn. It’s about experimentation, failure and success. It goes along with the emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs. My blog from April 25th is all about the importance of STEM.
Our library just announced the construction of a “Collaboratory”. It’s a state-of-the-art makerspace area within the library. It will house a variety of technology including laser cutters, 3-D printers and a long arm quilting machine. In a library? Where we read and speak in hushed tones? Yup. It’s not just a building of books – it’s a learning space. And what better way to learn than through technology?
Being in the technology field for almost 20 years, I’ve seen a lot of technology improvements mostly related to business. I’ve seen servers shrink and data capacity grow. Technology has certainly made an impact on business. Personally, it’s hard to get excited about that stuff. But seeing how technology is being embraced by the community? That puts a smile on my face. I’m excited to be a part of it and even more for my kids to be a part of it.
~Donna Regan, Marketing