A Day Made of Glass

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Whether we are ready or not, the technology is changing our life even more so in the next few years. Watch “A Day Made of Glass” and take a look at Corning’s vision for the future with specialty glass at the heart of it. Amazing, isn’t? I can’t wait for this happening. The technology like this will definitely change the way we live, work, play, and learn in the future.



About Steve Yuen

I am a Professor Emeritus of Instructional Technology and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States.
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4 Responses to A Day Made of Glass

  1. sirui says:

    The future technology is one of my best topics in study of instructional technology. With the development of modern society, great technologies appear day by day. Some of them are the improvement of old ones, some of them are the first-time show. Some of them are changing people’s life, every aspect of life, including education. This video recommend in this post describes a virtual glass day in the future. Everything around us could be a glass for data transmission. If the real future would be in this kind, how convenient our life would be!

    It seems that digital life has already been part of human life. Cellphone, computer, camera…So many things are gaining its digital format. In this video, this kind of digital life does not rely a certain instrument, like a heavy computer, or something that you need to carry with. The amazing point is that, just a piece of glass could transmit all the data you need, words, pictures, even the real objects could be transmitted digitally! And in this video, I think another information has also been indicated. In the future, with the development of web 2.0, maybe web 3.0 or higher version, the interaction would be more emphasized. People would set what they are interested, like RSS in web 2.0 now. And this technology would be more personalized.

    If this technology could be used to education in the future. Together with AR, which has also attracts me, education could become a real flexible enjoyment. Without books, without pens, without computers, without a fixed study place, you can learn at any time, any place, any information you are interested in. And because of the most interactive advantage, education would be in its real social network.

  2. keenonwynn says:

    Putting aside the education aspect of glass being at the heart of the future of technology; this is just plain cool. Being a giant tech geek at heart this is something I have been waiting for since I was a kid watching science fiction movies where the actors would touch a piece of glass or thin see through material and all kinds of amazing technological things would happen. I have always wanted to have a wall sized TV. With the type of technology demonstrated in the video it could happen and at a fraction of the cost of having an oversized flat screen or tube of some sort.

    A quarter inch thick piece of glass that can receive and transmit digital bits of information will dramatically reduce construction costs. This could mean affordable access for more people. It will change the way a home or office is constructed. When plans are drawn up; where do we put the glass terminals. This also could change the home compute, one CPU for the whole house with multiple terminals throughout the home for internet access, TV viewing, and communication. Repairs and or replacement of old or broken terminals could be easy and inexpensive.

    As far as education the reduction in cost will be a blessing. For what it cost not to install or update one lab with up to date technology you could outfit the entire school.

  3. Linda Bourland-Wynn says:

    One of the reasons I have loved science fiction all of my life is because I’ve grown up in a world where the science has stopped being “fiction”. I remember watching Star Trek as a child and being so impressed by all their gadgets, like the “communicator” and the “tricorder”. My cell phone can do more in reality than those things ever did on the TV show. If Corning can pull off everything it showed in the video, these are exciting times indeed. I especially liked the seamless interface between the guy’s hand-held (phone) and the counter top. Technology like that could push Mobile learning even further. The cynic/skeptic/philosopher in me does want to argue that there can be too much of a good thing, and I think this video does make a case for over saturation of accessibility. For example, I do NOT want to have to communicate with my office while I am in the bathroom. There should be some havens within the home where we are just off limits. BUt I understand this is just an example of ability, and I cannot deny the benefits of such technology in a hospital setting or in a conference room- and the kitchen, as shown in the clip- they say what the kitchen is the most used room in the house. The idea that the family can come together to cook and eat and spend time, while having so much technology at their fingertips is fantastic. Parents could help children with assignments right at the dinner tabled without having to maneuver a laptop or desktop. Family members that are out of town (or on deployment) could video chat around the dinner table despite the distance. And I should not even get started on the car. Variable window tinting and dashbloard display touchscreen computing (because I’m sure by the time this makes it to market, it’ll be a full OS and not just navigation). If they can achieve that, then they ought to be able to deliver V8 power at hybrid ful efficiency and that would be my dream car (assuming it cost less than 150,000 to produce). This video was nothing if not inspiring, and that’s what makes education so important and so inherently great. We can achieve these great things if we put our minds to it.

  4. Leslie Rasmussen says:

    I don’t even understand how this is possible. Many have commented on the Sci-Fi element. I’m a big ‘ole CSI lover and they always have these nifty glass gadgets, similar to ones in this video… and here it is. It is absolutely amazing. For education purposes, the possibilities are endless. This could certainly end any problems related to engaging students or keeping there attention. However, I’m sure once it’s common, we’ll be back at the drawing board to discover the next ‘cool’ thing. This week, I’ve seem a few news reports or articles discussing “big brother” and what companies know about our preferences, likes, and dislikes. While this is totally awesome, I have to wonder what sorts of windows it will open for “big brother” or other watchers. Sometimes I want to turn my cell phone off and step away from computer. I want to remember what it felt like to be disconnected. I don’t want to feel like I have to check my email regularly or stay abreast of every little detail. Having this technology will certainly make that more difficult. All of that aside, this glass “thing” is amazing! It will be interesting to see where it all actually goes.

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