Self-Driving Trucks Tractor-trailers are Coming to Roads Near You

          Self driving vehicles have always been seen as a dream in the future, as is finally seen in one of the most popular transportation vehicles in the nation, trucks. This new technology leads many truck drivers concerned about not only their jobs now but in the coming future. They are worried that technology will take over their positions and they could lose their jobs. With self driving cars, there have been countless advertisements ranging from Google to Uber about the latest craze that will soon become popular in the future. Yet, many experts don’t know if this will be happening quite soon. First of all, they are extremely expensive, many people will lose their jobs, and customers aren’t positive that this new technology is safe. “I could hear the man who taught me to drive telling me what he always aid was rule number one: ‘Don’t hurt anybody,”’ (Mugriyev, Texan truck driver). People such as Roman Mugriyev, a Texan resident fears that safety is the biggest concern.

           As multiple companies continue to test self-driving trucks, more technical problems have arose which delays the start to this technology that people have mixed feelings about. As Greg Murphy describes it, “This system often drives better than I do.” As a truck driver, Murphy is surprisingly excited to see how this new technology will become about it in the future. He understands that there are “the opportunities and challenges posed by self-driving trucks that might seem to merely echo those associated with self-driving cars.”

              Economically, self-driving trucks might be seen more often on roads in the coming years than with cars due to the long stretches of highway that truck drivers have to go through. In addition, truck drivers have to play close attention to their movements by “cutting down on wind drag and saving on fuel” while the self-driving cars will have a way that stopping for gas is not an option. Yet, with these benefits there comes obstacles that these trucks have to face. First, experts say that it will be practically impossible to honor the same skills that current truck drivers have with their years of experience and training in piloting. Humans unlike machines have unique judgement when driving and technology might not be able to match that awareness of a professional trucker.

             As the future holds many exciting opportunities for many different people, there comes disadvantages and obstacles for others who have to try to embrace this new change. I think that it is important that technology is constantly evolving and I would like to be inside a self-driving car one day, but as a truck-driver, my position could be replaced by a cheaper and more efficient piece of technology. While this technology is improving and advancing everyday, they do “figure to be more controversial” and set drawbacks in our political and economical aspect of the business world which might come in “ways that lal would not necessarily would welcome.”

                           Written by Mia Gradelski, Junior Student Help Desk

Apple’s new Face ID system uses a sensing strategy that dates back ‘Structured light’ and artificial intelligence.

           We all are familiar with touchID used on all newly released iphone models, yet since Tuesday, with Apple’s new release of three new iPhone models, there is a new way for people to unlock their phones in a more secure and easier way. This new system is groundbreaking and extremely innovative in the technology world. “The system relies not only on neutral networks-a form of machine learning-but also on a slew of sensors that occupy the real estate near the selfie camera on the front of the handset.” Along with this new feature on their phones which costs a whooping $1000 to purchase, this feature is only present on this new model.

         This system works with a complex facial-identification process that is used through a True Depth camera system. It takes an infrared image and uses the IR image and the dot pattern of neutral networks to create “a mathematical model of your face”, stated by Phil Schiller, a senior vice president at Apple. In addition, structured light is a key technique of projecting something onto a three dimensional object to help computer vision systems detect depth. What was fascinating to me was that this technology dates back to decades and is called the structured light method.

This system most importantly “taps into the power of neural networks to crunch the data it gathers during the face identification process.” This is a powerful tool that relates to artificial intelligence. It is a program that computer scientists teach by feeding data. Apple is not the only brand that is starting to use face identification. Samsung’s S8 phones and their new Note8 devices already have a camera that use the face ID feature, yet it isn’t as secure as the fingerprint reader. Personally, I would rather use the fingerprint sensor on my phone as I do now, since I believe it is more secure and is better at detecting than I predict the FaceID system will work. Yet, with Apple constantly improving their technology, some day these new model phones will become affordable and used by everyone.

                               Written by Mia Gradelski, Junior Student Help Desk

The Home Supply Industry and how it is Overgoing Automation

Home automation has become increasingly popular over the last few years because of its accessibility through smart phones and its modern design look for families. It is one of the fastest-moving segments in the marketplace because it is known to innovate and make your home more “smarter.” By 2022, the home automation system market is expected to be worth roughly $78.27 billion.

The growth in this industry is mainly focused on the safety, security and the environmental aspect of homes. This influences buyers to have a more cleaner home by investing additional money into extra equipment such items like smart locks, wireless video surveillance devices and customizable lighting and more.

The interesting thing about the home automation industry is that the technological infrastructure already exists, said by Greg Roberts, vice president of marketing at Icontrol Networks. This is not evident with many other items in the technology field where companies band together to operate and create products for consumers. This industry of the home suppy demand is booming because consumers want to be in the cleanest and most safest environment as their home. People are willing to pay more for their home devices and equipment instead of having gadgets that they don’t always need such as google glasses or watches. Overall, the technological field of home innovation is constantly improving and we never know when we could be all replaced by robots. As Roberts puts it, just how long it will take for consumers to jump on board is yet to be seen.

By: Mia Gradelski

Use of Technology in Teaching and Learning

Not only teachers are switching from chalkboards to Google Classroom which is more efficient, but students are using iPads and other electronic devices which help them improve their attention span and their general interest in learning. Technology ushers in a fundamental structure in changes that can range from achieving significantly higher grades to advancements in student’s productivity.

Technology is becoming popular throughout the globe and is seen almost in every teaching and learning environment. Technology infused classrooms with a different type of positive attitude compared to boards or books. These learning tools such computers and handheld devices “expands course offerings, experiences, and learning materials; supports learning 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; builds 21st century skills; increases student engagement and motivation; and accelerates learning.” It transforms teaching in a different way because student feel more engaged and participate more by knowing their is a sense of communication at school and at home.

According to statistics at the Stanford Graduate School of Education, this new system benefits student’s minds by being provided resources and systems to help them improve their own instruction and personalize learning. The US Department of Education also states “Online learning opportunities and the use of open educational resources and other technologies can increase educational productivity by accelerating the rate of learning.” Not only in the classroom but at home students have felt less stressed being able to check their assignments online instead of worrying they lost the sheet of paper they copied it from the board.

Overall, technology has greatly impacted both teachers and students minds both in the classroom and at home by feeling connected and less stressed from their academic work.

By: Mia Gradelski

Lives Within Technology

As we live in the digital age of iPads and new forms of security in our homes, an average person ends up spending up to 5 hours on a device a day. This long interaction with devices is called “digital mesh.” We might think that we are getting smarter with our “smart” devices, but are they just making us dumber and less efficient?

As we snapchat around the world, we feel a sense of connection between others but this bond isn’t the same as it used to be with face to face interaction. Personally I love learning about new technology and getting the latest gear from watches to smart phones, but I still would want to time travel and see the world for one day without these devices. Continue reading “Lives Within Technology”

Airport Security

Airports are becoming increasingly more aware of their passengers since terrorist threats are becoming more evident around the world.


Over the past few years, there has become more devastating terrorist threats across the world which brings technology into question when dealing with airport security. Airport security has not only become much more serious in dealing with passengers through security but very aware of what technology is being used to detect any harmful items that could lead to terrorism.

Once you arrive, it all starts with a long procedure that might seem grueling. Waiting in line for your passport to be stamped, then going through a whole security guard system with full-body scanners. It might seem ridiculous to take off your two year’s shoes because there could be a explosive liquid inside, but that is the world we are living in today.  According to the executive director of UK rights group Privacy International, Gus Hosein, “People increasingly expect to be treated like cattle at airports.” Technology has been evolving in airports in the same way like any other technology company. But, this doesn’t mean it is always working. Security and screening methods have quickly adapted to change threats around the world even though it might not seem like these scanners are working.

Airport security has become one of the least popular aspects of travel according to a passenger survey conducted y the International Air Transport Association(IATA). Driving seems like an easier alternative for families who want to wake up and bring whatever they choose in their bags. The use of full-body scanners has been the biggest complaint by passengers in airports. Airports are trying to make this process as efficient and painless as they can without being scrutinized.

Dealing with MRIs at the airport when checking luggage is a whole other problem. But that might change quickly according to scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, who have come up with a system called MagRay, based on the scanning technology developed for medical applications. This will improve traffic flow in airports by letting passengers bring liquids in their carry on baggages without having to throw them away.

There are many improvements that are constantly being made in airports to reduce stress from threats or identity stealing. This definitely leads passengers to feel more safe and relaxed while navigating through their travels. Even if superior scanners and smarter systems may seem intense this can lead airport security such as guards to become less evident and make your family have a nice flight home.


By: Mia Gradelski

Can Video Gaming Make a Better World?


Gaming has become more common in households and amongst children ever since technology has began. We might assume that gaming is bad because it can be violent and doesn’t help you develop skills for the real world by defeating Mario Bros. But, that is not the case. According to Jane McGonigal,  game designer she encourages the world to play even more games online. This is probably very convincing for those who spend hours staring at the screen.

According to her statistics, right now we spend three billion hours a week playing online games. Surprisingly she says this is not enough because these games can really help your brain easy into solving problems more efficiently and quicker. Personally, I’m not a gamer and would rather spend my days outside in fresh air. But, for people who don’t have time to game including myself, you can always do exercises on brain training apps such as Luminosity and Fit Brains which help the brain create new neuronal cells while trying to perform a task. Continue reading “Can Video Gaming Make a Better World?”