Tag Archives: Technology

How Asimov Imagined 2014 in 1964

In 1964 the Science Fiction author Isaac Asimov made some predictions about 2014.  Asimov is responsible for the popular I, Robot, and the Foundation series;  he is, also, known for his Three Laws of Robotics.

  • A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  • A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  • A robot may not injure its own kind and defend its own kind unless it is interfering with the first or second rule.

His predictions range from the invention of 3-D movies and television to being able to dial Antarctica.  While he also thought everyone in 2014 will be seeing psychologists, the rest of his predictions are pretty much on target.  The BBC collected and presented most of them.  It is another example of how Science Fiction can and has molded our future.  How much do you think society and technology will be changed 50 years from now?

Some of Rebecca Crown Library’s books about Asimov

Picture credit from: PLCjr on Flickr.com

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Any start up companies out there?

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office is partnering with 1871, a company in Chicago that helps start ups connect with investors and advice.  They are launching a nationwide competition for companies started by college students.  It’s name is Chicago College Start Up Competition.  They will come to Chicago, present their business to a panel, and if they win, they will receive free rent and services offered by 1871 in Merchandise Mart.  Why on earth is the mayor’s office focusing on this?

Well, YouTube and PayPal both have origins in Chicago, and both left Chicago for the West Coast.  The mayor is hoping to have new start up companies make connections in the city of Chicago.  He’s hoping these connections will be strong enough to keep start up companies from fleeing to the coasts.  He wants to start a new tech revolution right here in the city of Chicago.  Get your submissions in, Dominican University!  The winners will be announced at “ThinkChicago: Lollapalooza” during the first week of August.

Image Credit: Nikopoley, Wikimedia Commons

Chicago’s CTA Upgrading Wireless to 4G Coverage

Dominican University’s student body consists of approximately 52% commuter students traveling from all over Chicago’s neighborhoods and suburbs. Dominican University is only 10 miles from downtown Chicago and students can make the commute traveling on the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). On September 26, 2013 a plan was announced that the subway system will be upgrading their wireless network form 1G technology (minimal phone functions) to a more reliable network of 4G technology. This upgrade will allow riders to maintain signal and service while traveling through the subway, providing riders with the capability to have cell phone conversations, internet search ability, email access as well as CTA bus tracker access. The estimated beginning of this wireless upgrade should be expected mid-2014, which will be funded through the CTA’s annual capital program, but until the upgrade is completed the current wireless network will remain active. According to the CTA, on an average day the public transportation system serves an average of 1.6 million riders, serving as the second largest public transportation system in the nation. Therefore this technological innovation to the public transportation system, made by the CTA, is dire to both those of the Chicago community as well as those of the Dominican University community.

For more information on commuter student accessibility, check out the following links:

http://public.dom.edu/studentlife/commuter

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dominican-University-I-Love-My-Commute/473531319383888

5 more wonderful features of RefWorks…

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After a day-long training on RefWorks by a professional MLIS trainer (and alum of DU’s GSLIS program) we learned even more of the wonderful ways in which RefWorks makes research easier. As if we didn’t have enough reasons to love it, here are 5 features that will make your toes curl with delight.

1. Write-N-Cite

2. RefGrab-It

3. Feeds

4. Global Edit

5. Abstract & Notes Fields with 1GB of storage (text only)

Why so cool? I’ll tell you…
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Ask a Librarian via IM and Meebo

Instant Messsaging

Get “instant” help from anywhere there’s a computer and Internet access–that means even on the third floor of the library so you don’t have to walk down the spiral staircase to the lower level or from your home off campus! The Crown Library now offers chat reference (or instant messaging) through Meebo, a web-based IM program.

You can chat with a librarian through AIM, MSN, Yahoo! or Google. Our screen name is domreference. Add domreference to your buddy list. If you don’t have an account with one of these clients, just use the Meebo chat box available on the Crown Library’s blog (see, there it is in the lower right of the sidebar) or from the Ask a Librarian section of the Library’s myDU page.

Chat reference is available everyday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. to Dominican University students, faculty, staff, and alumni only. And of course, we are still happy to answer your questions in person, by phone (708-524-6875), or by email (reference@dom.edu).

RefWorks Workshop

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If you’re not using RefWorks, you’re working too hard!
Spare yourself the headache and join us for a RefWorks workshop.

Come to one of the workshops:

Mon., Sept.10th: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
OR
Thurs., Sept. 27th: 12:30-1:30 pm

* Dominican email account is required
* All workshops held in Crown 111
* Refreshments will be provided
* No registration necessary

Example paper for workshops: sample-paper.doc