Internet of Things Includes Education & Evaporation Research. New Science Technology Must Do Good Work for Everybody Says Dr. DeWayne Cecil.
The Internet of Things is a phrase garnering lots of attention recently, but what does it mean? Dr. L. Dewayne Cecil, Ph.D., describes the internet of things for 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. “The Internet of Things is connecting any device that has an on-off switch and can be connected to the internet,” Cecil explains. Cecil continued, sharing the staggering projection that by 2020 there will be 30 billion connected devices on Earth. Think of it: 30 billion! “Every soul on Earth will have four or five connected devices,” Cecil says. He ads 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 bring beneficial results and serve society’s needs. Cecil says that listeners can Google ‘The Internet of Things’ and discover much useful information, intriguing articles, and meet fascinating researchers and innovators, many of them surprisingly young.
“Young people will be our next scientists,” Kleyne agrees, 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 insists.
“High school students are already designing satellites and launching them into space,” says Cecil, describing how thousands of satellites the size of a Kleenex box are being designed to orbit the earth, making the planet (eventually) completely wireless.
But not everyone is thrilled with these technological advances, Cecil acknowledges. One example that is being hotly debated now involves the Nest Smart Thermostat. This thermostat can actually learn things about your family schedule and habits, adjusting personal energy use accordingly, and arbitrarily. It could be just one more 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).
Kleyne and Cecil agree that there is an urgent need for better science education and education about Earth’s water vapor (Earth’s atmosphere). Cecil 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. Student participants benefit and learn from hands-on experience with global scientists and researchers.
Kleyne, who has studied Earth’s water evaporation and body water evaporation for more than two decades, wonders if the Internet of Things could perhaps have a negative impact on Earth’s water vapor, the planet’s atmosphere. Cecil believes not. “Wireless communication is not dependent on moisture. Of course,” he adds, “we also need to learn more about the atmosphere, which gives us life.” After all, as Kleyne says, water is life itself. Without body water vapor and the water vapoir of the Earth’s atmosphere, we cannot survive.
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