Disruptive Technology

Hacking Time to learn

One of the regular pieces of feedback that I get when I discuss training with people is that there just isn’t enough time to learn everything that you want to learn.  I think this complaint often is tied to how we approach continuous learning rather than specific time limits. One of the things that I have done over the years is to carve out just fifteen minutes a day to pick up something new.  I find that by doing that,…

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What Is Considered ‘Smart’ Government in the Digital Age?

At yesterday’s NC Digital Government Summit, I had the opportunity to sit down with colleagues from the Town of Cary, the City of Raleigh and the State of North Carolina. In the panel, we discussed what “smart” really means for our communities, our state and government in general. It was a frank discussion on the pitfalls and opportunities presented by the tsunami of “smart” technologies and the value of the concepts behind them. I found it particularly insightful to hear…

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Print your next home

While I know that 3D printing is one of the top disruptive technologies, I’ve struggled to understand its practical applications outside of huge manufacturing companies.  Until…this! 3D printing is making its mark in the housing industry. Believe it or not, there are a few companies exploring building fully autonomous smart homes in a single day using 3D printers.  These homes are modular, off grid and run completely on solar energy. https://3dprint.com/170515/passivdom-3d-printed-house/ This is a truly innovative use for 3D printing…

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Wake County Design Blitz

Great article today about the second annual Wake County Design Blitz, in which high-school students came together to design prototypes focused on using wearable tech to address major issues such as homelessness, hearing loss and water purification. Great stuff and it is amazing to see how much creativity comes out of our high schools these days. I don’t know about you, but I was not doing anything so valuable to society as these kids are!

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