GRANTS PASS, Ore. (PRWEB) July 09, 2018
Date aired: July 2nd, 2018
Guest: L. DeWayne Cecil, Ph.D. http://www.climate.gov
For almost 40 years, Dr. L. Dewayne Cecil, Ph.D. has put to work his love of what he calls the hard sciences—geology, chemistry, math, physics, ecosystems—to study weather and the climate in the government sector, including NASA and the private sector. At the core of his research is the belief that “science and engineering must provide societal benefits”. This had led to a current project, Destination Space, a camp for students grade one through twelve in North Carolina.
Meeting with longtime colleague, Sharon Kleyne on her internationally syndicated radio program, The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water, Water Life Science®/Nature’s Pharma® & Your Health sponsored by Nature’s Tears® EyeMist® on VoiceAmerica and World Talk Radio, Cecil talked with his host about the urgent need for better science education and education about Earth’s water vapor (Earth’s atmosphere).
Kleyne asked Cecil to define the internet of things. “It is connecting any device that has an on-off switch and can be connected to the internet,” Cecil replied. He then shared the staggering projection that by 2020 there will be 30 billion connected devices on Earth. “Every soul on Earth will have four or five connected devices,” Cecil said. He added that some forecasters have put the number of connected devices much higher, such as 100 billion. Regardless of the number, Cecil is concerned that such technological breakthroughs must serve society’s needs. Cecil said that listeners can Google ‘The Internet of Things’ and discover much useful information and intriguing articles.
Cecil shared that not everyone is thrilled with these technological advances. He shared one example that is being hotly debated now. The Nest Smart Thermostat can actually learn things about your family schedule and habits, adjusting use energy accordingly. It could be a small step for such smart technology to begin monitoring all of one’s daily activities and feeding that data to a major international company like Google (owner of the Nest Smart Thermostat).
Still, the technology advances are inevitable. “High school students are designing satellites and launching them into space,” said Cecil. He described how thousands of satellites the size of a Kleenex box are being designed to orbit the earth, making the planet (eventually) completely wireless.
Kleyne, who has studied Earth’s water evaporation and body water evaporation for more than two decades, wondered if this activity would perhaps have a negative impact on Earth’s water vapor, the planet’s atmosphere. Cecil said no. “Wireless communication is not dependent on moisture. Of course,” he added, “we also need to learn more about the atmosphere, which give us life.”
“Young people will be our next scientists,” Kleyne agreed, and enthusiastically supported efforts like Discovery Space that fire up the imaginations of young students and anyone with unquenchable curiosity. “Science is a conversation,” Kleyne said.
If you would like to listen to the program featuring L. DeWaye Cecil, Ph.D. and Sharon Kleyne, please follow this link: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/108006/the-internet-of-things-iot