Innovation, Inspiration, and Imagination: Put Yourself Out ThereBy: Susan Carlson, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, GNP-BC, FNGNA
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If you are interested in having a truly humbling and exhilarating experience – one that might be described as “to infinity and beyond”, or nicknamed “extreme learning” - simply sign up for one of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 150 Symposia open to the public to showcase and celebrate its accomplishments over the past 150 years. Being interested in a variety of subjects, I enrolled in the course titled, “Computation: The Transformation of Practically Everything” 1 on April 11 &12. After all, I did take four years of math in high school – taught by Mr. Trulson, a genius of a teacher - so I decided it would be great idea!
Some of you may remember the iconic TV commercial several years ago advertising Maxell Sound Systems. The image is of a guy sitting in a low, easy chair with his hands gripping the armrests while gale force winds blow his hair straight back, necktie permanently in fixed position. That closely describes my experience with this course. After the initial shock, it was absolutely fascinating to hear pioneers in the fields of computer science and engineering discuss the advancements with computers since first introduced primarily for storing information. I thought about how, during the course of only a few decades, our world has been transformed in the most fundamental ways. For example, we are so connected electronically to our mobile devices with apps for everything imaginable, and we can view nearly real-time events with YouTube videos at our fingertips.