I think this trend is driven by two unhealthy forces. First, economic uncertainty that has created immense anxiety in parents for their children's futures. Second, a hyper-achievement culture that has forced parents to feel as if they must 'keep up with the Joneses' or they are failing their children.
As the New York Times' Jane Brody reports in this week's "On Well" column, to Chinese doctors, this obsessive focus on virtual warfare and avatar-creation isn't merely a phase to grow out of -- it's a full-fledged clinical disorder.
You might never use it professionally, but it contains a lifetime of lessons. And the hardest problems, the ones that the top engineers are asked to solve, will sooner or later hit some foundational C code.
By the year 2050, more than 20 percent of the world's population will be over the age of 65, and a considerable number of these senior citizens will go it alone.
Technology seems to be advancing faster than the speed of light. Our state-of-the-art smart phone, computer and Blu-ray player has become the new car of the 21st century: the minute we drive it off the lot, it's obsolete and virtually worthless. The same can be said for the art of communication, which has been almost completely taken over by technology in the past 20 years.
Every business leader should feel better after learning two things about Steve Jobs.
The first intelligible words spoken over the telephone in March 1876 are reported to be, "Mr. Watson, come here. I want to see you." So perhaps it's only fitting new technology that may be as revolutionary for global healthcare shares that surname.
The game industry is currently growing at a healthy rate that is four times faster than the growth of the overall U.S. economy. However, there is a lot of chaos associated with this growth as publishers try to figure out appropriate business models that work with free-to-play and games becoming more of a service than a product.
Like a lot of computer/software security discussions, there's "the realm of possibility" and then there's the real world.
There are lots of different technology teaching tools available to boomers and seniors today, but what's available to you will depend on where you live. Here are some different places and to look for help.
To predict the future, it helps to examine one key leading indicator of tech investment: patent activity.
Courtney Griffin: "As of right now, technology helps to complete many tasks that, as humans, we could not complete alone at the same speed. However, humans can recognize problems or stresses that a computer might not be able see."
Perhaps I will not break any new ground here, and, certainly, who cares what I think -- some writer/filmmaker who clearly has too much imagination and no sense of reality.
I transitioned from paper and pencil to computers at the dawn of the computer age 30 years ago when I wrote my Ph.D. thesis on a Commodore 64. I now do all my writing on the computer, read books on my iPad, keep notes and use many apps on my iPhone.
Just imagine the possibilities of deploying the same American business ingenuity that fuels the world's leading economy to tackling the most critical issues of our time - such as eradicating extreme poverty, ensuring strong community health and education systems, protecting our natural resources.
I'm sure I'm not the first male panelist to give up my seat and try to inject some gender diversity into a conference panel, but we still have a long way to go. Miranda rightly asked the question that many were asking, and she also had the confidence to come forward when I asked her to join the panel -- and I am so glad she did.