Rise of the Technology Class

These conversations are between students from Ecuador, India, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Spain and the US who see technology serving a higher purpose: A counter-culture to their predecessors. This is evidence of a new type of generative class who apply technology to their creativity with art, music, science and involvement within the community. Their activity is transparent and active to our evolving civility. These multinational students are socially conscious storytellers. The Moderator of this conversation, Michael Davis is an Executive MBA graduate of Steinbeis University Germany, The Berlin School of Creative Leadership.

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Karla – For me, it’s inspiration

In sophomore year, I took a photography class just for fun, and it turned out to be one of my passions. I just love the way black and white photography can sometimes enhance or take away from reality. I just find it fascinating how your physical point of view can portray much more than what the eye can actually see.
When I took photography in High school, I was acostumed to developing my pics with chemicals and printing pictures by counting the times of exposure and all that jazz.
But only like a month ago, being away from the dark room I have started using a digital camera. It’s simply not the same, it’s way easier, but it is more error-prone. You usually think a pic is good because of the effects of the camera, just simple coincidence. Not that luck and coincidence are not related to the art world, but how do we separate luck and actual talent? My only guess is the stability of your work. In a portfolio, it is key to maintain a constant idea, a flow in the pictures that says, “This is what I’m trying to say, ALL of my pictures portray a different component of the general idea. This is my message.”
For inspiration when taking pictures, just like with other arts, I usually can count on my music. I was one listening to Enrico Caruso singing “Mia Piccirella” while taking studio pictures in my second year of Photography. The pictures came out awesome, by the way.
There is a certain idea to music as an inspiration. I used to listen to Led Zeppelin in the summer before my Freshman year, and draw or just get a personal “High” when my dear Robert Plant hit those high notes in “Kashmir”. This band was the first of many to inspire to do more than just sit around and look at stuff and not do anything. They basically pushed me to get my point of view out there, to get those “highs” that they provoke, and push it to become something.
I’m still looking for new music, ussually the darker the better. Not in thematics, but in fame. Not that Led Zeppelin is unknown, but, I feel like the music of an artist can only be a true interpretation of themselves when they are free from market or business pressures, when they don’t worry about the sales of their music, because ultimately, that is not what music is truly about. For example, just 6 months ago, I started listening to the weird voice and enchanting piano and harp of Miss Joanna Newsom. She’s dark and her lyrics along with her harmonies are as if pulled from mideval ages; simply, beautiful. Along with Joanna Newsom, and before her, there was Bjork, completely dark as well, and just enchanting.

Veena – Nature and Technology

It seems like the more advanced technology gets, the less we need to interact with nature.

In our fully-insulated homes we are immune to the extreme weather outside. It was nearly 90F (34C) degrees in Chicago today, but my room was nice and cool at 70F (21C) degrees. Instead of taking long walks or going for a run outside, we go to gyms and health clubs to work out on machines. These things are designed to make life easier… and they do, without a doubt. But it also means that we spend less time outside and less time exploring an environment with its own amazing technology that wasn’t created by humans.

On one hand I feel like we should all spend more time in nature and less time inside with our own technology (which I am extremely guilty of)… But on the other hand, I feel like… it’s the 21st century. Men have been to the moon and back many times now, we have cured diseases that once killed millions of people, and we have figured out a way to alter peoples’ appearances with surgery so that they are unrecognizable… After all these advances in technology, science, etc… Why hasn’t anyone come up with a good way to keep spiders from coming into my room?

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Samantha – Large Hadron Collider from the movie “Angels and Demons”

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A few days ago I went to the movie Angels and Demons and that movie shows a little bit of the function of the “large hadron collider”.

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is the world’s largest and highest-energy particle accelerator, intended to collide opposing particle beams.

The Large Hadron Collider was built by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) with the intention of testing various predictions of high-energy physics, including the existence of the hypothesized ‘Higgs boson.’ It lies in a tunnel 27 kilometres (17 mi) in circumference, as much as 175 metres (570 ft) beneath the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva, Switzerland.

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It is funded by and built in collaboration with over 10,000 scientists and engineers from over 100 countries as well as hundreds of universities and laboratories.

Experimentally verifying the existence of the Higgs boson, the last unobserved particle, would shed light on how particles are thought to acquire their mass.

Expected results:
Once the supercollider is up and running, scientists estimate that a single Higgs boson may be produced every few hours.

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At this rate, it may take up to three years to collect enough data to discover the Higgs boson unambiguously.

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Cristo – Society and Technology

Society has changed a lot in thirty years thanks to technology, which improves living standards (access), but unfortunately not everyone has this level of life. (money)
Responsible use of technology is the most important issue. Uncontrolled use of technology can cause much harm, so I think it is more important to understand the “responsible use of technology.”

Karla – The Evolution

The function of the Honda Clarity

The function of the Honda Clarity

My dad was always a car fan, actually my whole family has always had an obsession with cars. Since I became part of YTC, I think i have become more of a car lover. I loved becoming part of a group that had a function to it. Unlike other groups in school, the Cyber Service actually provided a service to the community besides helping itself. I mean you look at other clubs after school, and they were moslty social groups, besides the math clubs and all that. This group actually has a mission, not only to be part of a whole community around the world to enhance our possibilities with technology, but help the community, those left behind, to come with us as well. By helping the kids in town like Cicero, where there is a ton of diversity, we see that the ones that have the easiest reach to technology are not the only ones to enhance it.
The whole idea of an organization like this taught me that there’s more to our selfish ideals of advancement. Technology is sufficient only when the people know how to use it, when it becomes available, and it easily sensed by the public who is willing to invest in it. I mean, a big example is cars. Now with the whole recession thing in the US, and the whole environmental concern, people need to find technologies that support both their pockets and their thirst to conserve the environment. Overall, I have learned to appreciate the technology changes. Before it was not a question of, “Ohh, that’s too expensive, who’s gonna buy that?” My mentallity now is, “Wow, that’s good, I wonder just how much time it needs to become affordable, and is able to reach the community.”

Salvador – THE “WATER MOTOR”

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The New Scientist magazine says that USA and Israel scientists are investigating the revolutionary creation of Arturo Estevez, a Spanish inventor.

He crated about thirty years ago “the water motor”. He had many exhibits to show that his invention worked well. But people and scientists believed that it was not viable. The lobby (politicians) of petroleum stopped his development. After a period of great activity, he disappeared without a trace

He got two silver medals on international contests. One by a “purifying gaseous pollutants” and one for its “System for recovery of helicopters in the event of failure”. NASA was interested in the latter invention.

With two liters of water, and a kilogram of stones that were a catalyst.
It produced as much energy as nine liters of petroleum, and it was cheaper than petroleum.

Jacqueline – YTC and Me

Being a part of Youth Technology Corps (www.ytcorps.org) has been one of the greatest experience that I’ve encountered. When I first started, I was a little bit nervous, because I didn’t know what were we really doing and I didn’t think I would be able to do whatever we were going to do. Along the way I’ve learned more and more about what we were doing and also made friends with some new people. Not only did i make some friends from school but I met a lot of really great people from Mexico and Ireland and having the chance to get to know them and learn more about their culture. Meeting new people from other countries and exploring the world of YTC to them. One of the other things we do every year for the program is that we go out to the community and teach young kids how to use some of the computer programs. This experience had taught me better people skills, and better at public speaking. Being apart of this program means so much me and i am proud of being in such a thing.