Recreation Professor Emeritus Maureen Glancy talked with a KQED reporter 25 years ago about her tech predictions. At the time, she had noted the incessant red light on her new office phone that indicated she had unread voicemail messages. In the story update, she noted that mobile devices provide a “digital chain” that keep us tied to work.
In another news report, Francesca Favaro, assistant professor in the Department of Aviation and Technology at San Jose State University, said despite recent accidents, driverless cars are here to stay. She was recently quoted in the Wall Street Journal. Counting on hopes the accidents will help identify and correct flaws in the technology, Favaro said California officials, who typically enact stringent regulations, are increasingly allowing autonomous vehicles that meet the highest industry standards. She compares this current auto technology with fly-by-wire, a computer-regulated system of controlling aircraft developed in the 1970s that has led to dramatically improved airplane safety during the ensuing years.