Emerging Technologies

Emerging Technologies

  • Mahmoud Omid added an answer:
    How can we increase the awareness of the need for innovative solutions to the world's water problems?

    This year, Iran is facing dangerous water crisis as arid temperatures rise with the encroaching summer season. As summer presses and temperatures rise, water scarcity in Iran is becoming a national emergency.
    Who to blame? It is said that the water crisis in Iran is a two pronged problem. Global climate change (arguably helped along by the country's heavy GHG emissions) is intensifying the region's already arid climate. The other problem, and what many experts say is the most immediate problem, is the people of Iran themselves.Despite imminent shortages, water use in Iran remains inefficient, with domestic use 70% higher than the global average. Accordingly, experts say the Iranian people are to blame for this problem (with GHG emissions helping the crisis worsen).
    Other countries may be experiencing similar problems to my country. Remember that "as the world's population is expected to reach 9 billion by year 2050 and at the rate we are going there won't be nearly enough water for that many of us". Therefore, We must raise awareness and groom the scientists and professionals that we need for both today and tomorrow. Students in today's classrooms are the scientists and technologists of the future that we will need to meet this challenge. How can we inspire them? Overcoming fear of failure is a necessity to overcome crises and for success on any level.

    Mahmoud Omid · University of Tehran

    Virtual Water and Water Footprint, What are these?

    International trade in food and other products implies international flows of virtual water. Virtual water is the water that is virtually embedded in traded commodities. It refers to the water footprint of a commodity in the place of production.

    For water-scarce countries like Iran it can be attractive to import virtual water (through import of water-intensive products), thus relieving the pressure on the domestic water resources.

    Maybe these new ideas can help water scarcity to some extend. Looking for some references to know more about water footprint. 


  • William Tyler added an answer:
    What expectations do university students bring to the experience of using virtual worlds such as Second Life for educational purposes?
    Given the high end user experience in gaming, and the expectations created by multiplayer environments with sophisticated graphics and interactivity - what value do virtual worlds such as Kaneva, Second Life and others have for research and teaching at university level?
    William Tyler · Charles Darwin University

    Dear Janice, I am no expert on Second Life, but have always held the  position from semiotic theory that pedagogic discourse creates virtual subjects, if not complete worlds. So I would look beyond the level of technical or gaming skills brought to the university to the  that course designers translate their already recontextualised materials into the simulated interactive world of Second Life. 

    I'm not sure if this helps, as I do not know what your research topic or your disciplinary background. 

    Best wishes


  • John Franklin Wilhite added an answer:
    Do you agree that the digital revolution can fix scientific publishing and speed-up discoveries?

    There are several Q&A threads on RG about this issue; here is an additional perspective worthy of consideration by the RG community.  Do you agree with the problems and solutions outlined in the attached article?  Do you have any other suggestions that would improve the scientific publishing paradigm? 

    John Franklin Wilhite · University of Tennessee

    The term "discoveries" as used in the question covers all aspects of the process from idea to diffusion (diffusion assuming that the process yields viable results), as opposed to the more limited "he discovered a gold mine."  "The answer is easy if you understand the question" is a platitude of little value in serious inquiry.

  • Agus Pahala Simbolon added an answer:
    Does big data analytics provide more future to data scientists?
    Big data analysis is a current emerging technological opportunity. My question is: Is this opportunity only beneficiary to the data scientists, or also to any other scientists?
    Agus Pahala Simbolon · National Taiwan University of Science and Technology
    Big Data analysis is a comprehensive analysis. Not only data analyst or scientist take benefit of the trend, but also the information technology engineer and software developer could take advantage.
  • Srinivas Sridhar added an answer:
    Where could I find examples of nanotechnology and personalized medicine?
    I am looking for publications or ongoing projects involved with the development of personalized medicine enabled by nanotechnology. In particular I am interested in applications that can be expected to Reach the market within 5-10 years.
    Srinivas Sridhar · Northeastern University
    Hello we have several formulations and projects that we intend to translate and commercialize. See http://sagar.physics.neu.edu
  • Avinash Shivdas asked a question:
    Is Big Bang Disruption really true?
    How can technology just be a fad?
  • Pierre Prado added an answer:
    What is your forecast about the next life changing scientific breakthrough?
    What are your insights?
    Pierre Prado · Independent Researcher
    Dear Demeritt,
    very interesting, thanks a lot.
  • Feng Shi asked a question:
    Is there any linear equivalent circuit model for spintronics devices?
    I need this model to simplify my circuit design.
  • Theodora Issa added an answer:
    Hype cycles - do they exist, can researchers gather anything from them?
    Gartner Group has published hype cycle charts (e.g. for emerging technologies), which seem to indicate the maturity of new or novel ideas, concepts and products in academic and technological communities.

    What is the reality behind those charts? Are they useful in forecasting the lifecycle of technologies? Do researchers render them useful to define projects, get funding and write articles?

    Theodora Issa · Curtin Business School, Austalia NEOMA Business School, France, and World Council of Churches, Geneva
    Thank Gyorgy, being careful might need them to have other opinions!
  • Usman Zafar Paracha asked a question:
    How we can know the emerging science concepts or terms in different fields for research?
    As a researcher, and science blogger, working on emerging science concepts is worthy but don't know any authentic source for this. Previously, Thomson Reuters presented this information.
  • Mehryar Nooriafshar added an answer:
    I am investigating the practical applications of Google Glass in education. I would be interested in sharing ideas with fellow researchers on this topic.
    Google is about to introduce “Google Glass”. This device is described as a wearable computer which, in a hands-free manner, allows the wearer to access the Internet and utilize the incorporated 720p camera. The camera, a prominent feature, can capture both still shots and video clips for storage or sharing purposes. The most important feature of Google Glass (The Glass) is that the user has the option of providing the commands without, practically, lifting a finger. In other words, the interface with this wearable computer is more natural and human-like. This feature can be referred to as bringing the technology closer to human senses.
    Mehryar Nooriafshar · University of Southern Queensland
    Andreas, thank you for your message. That sounds really interesting. I am very excited about this emerging technology. I have identified a few suitable applications in education. They include learning languages, mathematics and undertaking research in higher degrees. I plan to put the Glass to the test using these topics.
  • Wolf Tombe asked a question:
    I'm leading an R&D effort tasked with predicting where data storage as an industry and technology is going over the next 5 to 7 years.
    The purpose of this research is to pre-position our agency to be able to take full advantage of the next generation of storage (whatever that is) . The goal is to save tax payer dollars by correctly predicting where storage as a technology and industry is going; thereby reducing the possibilities of purchasing technology (in a couple of years) that doesn't not have strong longevity or will not continue to meet our organizational goals as it evolves over the next 5 to 7 years. Cloud and the potential migration of storage vendors toward adoption of open standards for integration of their storage devices from a single ubiquitous configuration, management and visibility perspective as potential themes being explored. Any and all input, thoughts or theories are greatly appreciated.
  • Ewald Strasser asked a question:
    IURO Study
    Dear colleagues,
    The HCI & Usability Unit of the ICT&S Center (University of Salzburg) is conducting a study as part of the EU FP7 funded project - Interactive Urban Robot (IURO) - in which we investigate HRI in public space. We would like to cordially invite you to participate in our online survey. In the survey you will be asked to answer questions about the robot or to rate displayed videos. In particular we are interested in User Experience and Acceptance of robots in public space. No prior knowledge is necessary to participate.

    Participation is completely voluntary. The collected data is anonymous and will be kept confidential. The results will be used in aggregated form as part of researcher’s thesis and in future publications.

    The survey can be done completely online. However, it requires Flash enabled in your browser in order to watch the videos. Whole study takes approximately 20 minutes. Please read the questions carefully and answer them according to your first thoughts.

    Your participation in this study will make an important contribution to the future course of the IURO project.

    You can find the detailed instructions and the survey here:

    We would like to warmly thank you in advance for helping us with your invaluable participation. For further information please contact:
    Jakub Zlotowski, Phone: +43 662 8044 4836, E-Mail: jakub.zlotowski@sbg.ac.at
  • Shahbaz Ahmed asked a question:
    Technology and Relegion
    Technology is proving relegions day by day. and the most popoular among technology is Islam.
    the contents of the holy book "Quran" followed by muslims in Islam relegion are perfect with reference to technological and Social and Philosophical realities.
    Every relegion is true but misconceptions by humans is the main barrier to find out their realities. the laws of science and society in Quraan are perfect and technology is opening the secrets of this revealed knowlege.

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