We know all of the gizmos, gadgets, and tech gurus from CES and the Consumer Electronics Show. But what about the technology that quietly walks onto the show floor?
Why Usb Headsets Are Better For Online Learning
New cybersecurity research helps explain why Usb Headset can really bring a cybersecurity class to a classroom.
Last year, cybersecurity researchers at MIT published an article in the MIT Technology Review explaining a type of microphone that resides inside a computer’s motherboard called the Usb, and how it’s found to easily pull in all the data needed to produce alarmingly low-quality audio and audio quality. They spoke to me this week about how the audio quality of information conveyed to the U.S. Army training course and the software it’s using to teach AI to figure out what’s happening.
At around 1.4 gigahertz, the mobile Usb used in the course was on the “red end of usable frequency range,” the researchers concluded. (The researchers suggested alternatives but still recommend USb to faculty.) The U.S. Army uses Usb-equipped computers to provide its computing facilities to students participating in a highly-specific, immersive training course.
Efforts in the realm of so-called soft technology—essentially, social issues in technology—recently attracted notable media attention after Facebook revealed that Russian trolls used an American teen named Kevin to plant tweets aimed at Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ followers. After Kevin’s activity was discovered in March 2017, Google suspended thousands of users and “took action against most,” Sanders’ campaign manager Jeff Weaver told Bloomberg News. Yet that action didn’t prevent Russian trolls from reusing Kevin’s posts—and other similar examples later emerged of Russian accounts connecting to other accounts trying to spread misinformation online.
Closer to home, Cambridge, Massachusetts-based RadiumOne was forced this past August to shut down its advertising service after the Federal Trade Commission threatened legal action because RadiumOne was providing services to certain school systems under false pretenses. The FTC sued RadiumOne for allegedly running its business in a manner that is “contrary to express written customer agreements and the rights and responsibilities assigned to RadiumOne,” according to a company press release. The company had to refund approximately $22 million in payments to school system clients as a result of the settlement.
Once back on its feet, RadiumOne returned to basic software development and has no plans to acquire colleges and universities, CEO Gurbaksh Chahal said.
In the case of MIT’s Usb research, the foundational architecture to the USb was devised by engineers at Intel, and the study released just a few weeks ago points to how high-performance computing and the use of Usb is improving the speed of a central data warehouse used by the U.S. Army to determine key priority missions.
We spoke with MIT’s Brandon Hayes about the U.S. Army’s use of the Usb, and about how a decentralized network, with no special applications, becomes a useful tool to solve complex problems.
For Hayes, the Usb headset gives computers and software the keys to the palm of your hand, but could also be a breakthrough tool for at-risk students in the Digital Generation. The headsets allow teenagers to stay connected with their peers, conduct social connections, and learn, at greater speeds and down-time.
“Online learning has just come out of the gate and it’s in its infancy,” Hayes says. “The whole set of techniques that we’re working with to make [students] feel connected and to teach them how to practice, it’s just not really taken as seriously.”
Hayes also believes the future course would run more smoothly with microphones in half the classes. In this study, students reported greater understanding of the course material when the Usb was placed in half the classrooms. Hayes’ students reported hearing more action, less perceived whispering, and greater responsiveness to clues.
The speech authoring computer software on the USb device “amplifies my words,” Hayes says. “Students could hear more syllables; they could hear the author more clearly.”
We’ll have to wait to see how well Hayes and other USb distributors can bring Usb to market.