Emerging Technology

The Kitchen of the Future

Dec 18, 2014

The future is calling and it’s asking for a new kitchen.  A team at Virginia Tech is answering, with a plan for a ‘smart kitchen’ that makes full use of technology. 

It’s been talked about for decades:  A kitchen of the proverbial future that does the work for you. Here’s the late actor, Burgess Meredith, reading from a short story by the, also late, science fiction writer, Ray Bradbury. It’s called, “And There Will Come Soft Rains,’ and it was published in 1950.

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When Americans think of terrorism, they often envision 9-11-style attacks or some other extreme act of violence. But the nation’s enemies don't just hail from a specific part of the world, and Americans are under attack every day—not by air, land, or sea, but electronically through data breaches and hacking.

That's why the commonwealth’s Cyber Security Commission is focusing on discovering vulnerabilities and strengthening the state's databases.

Drones have gained global attention for their ability to spy on people in times of war, but these unmanned flying objects have plenty of peaceful  applications, and a Lynchburg man is pioneering one - swooping in to help realtors sell property.


A presentation by the head of the state's Virginia Information Technologies Agency puts into perspective how careful people should be with their electronic data. While there are institutions in place such as VITA to help safeguard against hackers and identity thieves, extra vigilance by ALL consumers is warranted. 


CIO Sam Nixon tells the General Assembly's Joint Commission on Technology and Science that his agency’s number one priority is I-T security, but hackers literally from all over the world are constantly looking for vulnerabilities in their system.

Privacy Paradox

Sep 15, 2014

When the topic of online privacy comes up, some people say, “get over it’ it’s a thing of the past.  Others say, not so fast; there are ways to protect what privacy you have left on line. 

Take the latest iPhone coming out with all its new features.  New operating systems mean new privacy settings to be selected, some easily do-able and others harder to find or figure out.