As a result, CanopyLAB decided to create a series of courses that will introduce you to five emerging technologies that are revolutionizing our current times: Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Machine Learning (ML), Internet of Things (IoT), Digital Twin, and last but not least, 3D Printing & Digital Manufacturing.
Through the series, you will explore topics such as blockchain's potentials for accelerating international development and the role of AI in future warfare. You will also learn about how IoT is reshaping our urban spaces, the role of digital twins in creating virtual environments, and how 3D printing and digital manufacturing is changing lives at both the individual and the global level.
This is the first course in the series. It is consisted of five units, with each unit explaining the basic concepts behind each of the five technologies. The rest of the series is made up of courses that specialize in one technology at a time for a deeper exploration.
What is Blockchain and How Does it Work?
Christian Ingemann introduces you to the basics of blockchain technology. Christian is the founder and all-round developer at Comet Studies, where he designs new learning experiences for personal and business development. The syllabus and exercises will help you unpack the concepts discussed by Christian. Please complete all the exercises to complete this unit.
Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
To understand what Artificial Intelligence (AI) is, you need to know three basic concepts: machine learning, deep learning, and neural networks.
While AI and machine learning may seem like interchangeable terms, AI is usually considered the broader term, with machine learning, deep learning and neural networks being subsets of AI. In this unit, we explore what artificial intelligence actually means.
The first article titled “Artificial Intelligence: What it is and why it matters” in the syllabus provides an excellent overview of Artificial Intelligence and the three main concepts. Don’t miss the videos! They dive in on each of the three main concepts in less than 5 minutes. The other articles in the syllabus are recommended readings for those hungry for more.
Kim Brostrøm, Head of DOLL Living, will guide you through the fundamentals of IoT and share his knowledge on what an IoT system actually means. This introductory unit will create a solid foundation about this technology and explain how IoT will impact our everyday lives.
What is a Digital Twin?
Digital Twin technology has sparked a lot of interest and media coverage over the last few years. In this introductory unit, you will explore the underlying meaning of this technology, how the idea was conceived and what it entails.
Breaking Down 3D Printing
To understand 3D printing, it is helpful to compare it with regular ink-paper printing. Did you know that with regular printers, the ink does not stain the paper? It actually sits on the paper or is “bonded” to it. In the case of 3D printing, ink is replaced by different materials such as functional plastics, metals, ceramics, sand and even biological materials like sugar and chocolate.
3D printing is also referred to as additive manufacturing - the processes by which a physical object is created by adding material layer by layer.
While there are multiple 3D printing techniques, they all follow the same following three steps:
1. INPUT - A 3D model or CAD (computer-aided design) is created using a 3D software program or a 3D scanner.
2. PROCESS - The 3D model is ‘sliced’ or divided into layers to convert the design into a file readable by the 3D printer. Then, the material is processed by the 3D printer and layered according to the design
3. OUTPUT - A 3D printed object is created.
In this unit you will find sources that can give you an overview of what 3D printing is. You can also read more about the history of 3D printing, and even hear from the inventor of 3D printing in the interview titled “The night I invented 3D printing.”
The Ethics of Emerging Technology
Now that you have had an introduction to a series of emerging technologies, it is important that you become aware of the ethical concerns of these technologies Simply put, ethics is what differentiates right from wrong regarding a specific behavior. In this unit, Jessica Sorensen, a researcher from Aarhus University, brings up some very important points about the ethics of emerging technologies and what can you do to be a more ethical tech-consumer.