Impractical Technology

What motivates us to use certain technology?  By conventional wisdom, using advanced technology is supposed to make doing tasks easier and more efficient.  However, on a stroll through my neighborhood, I encountered a striking example of the exact opposite. I was turning down the street when I saw a man on a riding lawn mower …

When Technology Doesn’t Work

All of us have a mental picture, or model of how a piece of technology works when we’re using it, whether we’re consciously thinking about that model or not.  Sometimes that model is completely incorrect.  Consider this water cooler:   One day I was trying to get water out of it, but when I pressed the …

Virtual Field Trip: The Tech Interactive

Today, we are going to The Tech Interactive, a pioneering science and technology center in San Jose, CA! Nestled in the heart of a region known as Silicon Valley, a name globally synonymous with innovation and technical advancement, it makes perfect sense that the mission of The Tech is to inspire the innovator in everyone. …