Ecologically Precious: Ecology and Technology are not Contradictory in these Inventions 

So far, a lot of people often think the recent trend of innovations will move towards worsening our ecosphere, but to the adulation of every technical visionary, including myself, the growing global environmental challenges have given rise to a new wave of eco-inventors that are developing brilliant solutions to the most pressing problems of our world today. These adroit inventors have continued to prove that actually ecology and technology can coexist, as they leverage on the new opportunities presented by the developing global problems to create eco-friendly products that promote a greener Earth and a better world. Personally, as a technical visionary, I have picked out some ecologically-precious inventions and the ingenious inventors of these eco-friendly products, which in my opinion deserve a mention.

 

Denis Bederov, a Technical Visionary, Outlines Some Notable Eco-Friendly Inventions – Ecology and Technology

Even though new ecologically-friendly products and inventions are being birthed every day and worthy of mentioning, for the restriction of space, I have listed some of these inventions aimed at promoting a sustainable Earth.

 

Ecobricks

Made from plastic bottles filled and tightly packed with thin plastic waste, Ecobricks are building blocks aimed at providing a lasting solution for the large volume of plastic waste out there. Interestingly, Ecobricks are not just targeted at giving vast quantities of plastic waste a useful second life, this solution also focuses on ensuring that there is virtually no photo degradation and leaching of harmful chemicals especially into the soil. These eco-friendly building blocks can be used in the erection of small structures such as garden walls, furniture such as benches and chairs, and even in the construction of large structures such as cabins and schools. A great merit of this technology that I believe should be interesting to every technical visionary out there is that this simple yet ingenious solution can be replicated almost anywhere in the world without any sophisticated technology, electricity, and capital.

 

Pineapple Leather

 

As a technical visionary, I know that plastics are not just the only material having a devastating effect on our planet today. Frankly speaking, our leather consumption also poses a moral and ecological challenge. This is why the leather industry has continued to be targeted by animal rights activists for so long.

 

For enthusiasts of quality and eco-friendly leather products, Ananas Anam, a Philippines-based company has embarked on turning pineapple leaf fibres into strong and durable leather products. The environmentally-friendly textile, christened Piñatex, is also aimed at providing additional income for farmers, boosting the economies of developing communities while also empowering individuals.

 

AirInk

Designed by Graviky Labs, AirInk is a company comprising engineers, scientists, and designers based in India, which aims to curb air pollution by extracting carbon from car exhaust to produce ink for pens.

By collecting the residue of pollutant particles that normally escape through the tailpipe of cars, this residue is then processed into ink to produce a line of AirInk pens. Each of these AirInk pens contains an approximate equivalent of 30-40 minutes worth of emissions produced by a car’s engine.

 

LifeStraw

Sadly, today, about 800 million people still don’t have access to potable water. Hence, the creation of LifeStraw. LifeStraw contains no chemicals such as chlorine or iodine; it only comprises a hollow fibrous membrane, capable of filtering out up to 99.9999% of bacteria, protozoa, debris, and other contaminants from water, and preventing other health issues such as hepatitis E, typhoid, and dysentery. This is definitely a handy invention for those living in poverty, or people travelling in areas where the water supply is barely potable.

 

The conclusion from the Technical Visionary, Denis Bederov

As a technical visionary, I want to say that this list is not exhaustive. In my professional opinion, I’d like to advise that to reduce our carbon footprint, it is necessary to cut back on the purchase of things like plastic containers and utensils, and ultimately consider investing in sustainable energy equipment like solar panels.

 

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Tips on how to make yourself indispensable in your company

In my several years of experience as an entrepreneur, I have had the opportunity to work with several people from different nationalities, and in fact, with different approaches to work and life. Even with the divergent views and somewhat different customs, I have come to one informed conclusion: everyone wants to be that go-to person at their job. Everyone wants to be that indispensable guy who is best known for being a pro at what he does. It has a way of boosting your confidence. Your managers can rely on you and you feel a great sense of job security. In my own terms as an entrepreneur, being indispensable in your company means that you are irreplaceable because of the expertise and professionalism you exhibit.

In this article, I have outlined five tips to make yourself indispensable in your company.

 

Tips for Indispensability at Work, Denis Bederov

 

As you might know by now, I am not just a systematic scientist or technical scientist, I am also an adept entrepreneur with several accolades for my achievements in the business world. The tips I give are based on experience, years of study, and informed research.

 

Denis Bederov Advises That You Review Yourself Regularly

 

One of the mistakes many people make after getting their dream jobs is that they barely work harder to stay abreast of new trends in their profession – be it entrepreneurship or in the public sector. While you might get regular feedback and a performance review from your supervisor at work, I also believe that it is very important to do a regular personal review to ensure that you are still very much on track with your own goals and expectations. It is important to keep track of your accomplishments, training, projects, and every measurable related to your career. These self-checks will help you to review your progress, set new goals, and anticipate your next milestone.

 

Improve

 

As an entrepreneur, it is easier for you to get edged out by competitors if you do not take pertinent steps to stay in the game. I always advise budding entrepreneurs to set new goals. This can be achieved by looking at important metrics and including them as part of your business plan. Entrepreneurs, business owners, and companies always cherish focused employees who are ever improving, motivated and always finding effective ways to raise the performance bar.

Commit yourself to high standards. Bring your A-game to everything you do, and regularly raise the bar for yourself. Expanding your skills, and keeping an open mind towards career-advancing opportunities will guarantee your indispensability at work.

 

Denis Bederov Advises That You Speak Up

 

Entrepreneurs and business owners value employees who have mastered the art of effectively communicating with their boss and team, including asking questions and ensuring that they fully understand assignment instructions. Always ask questions for clarity. This will help you achieve the set targets for your company.

More importantly, always ask for opportunities to get better. Be expressive and let your boss know that you are open to learning. When you get the opportunities to collaborate with another team, be actively involved and be vocal about your ideas and suggestions. Being willing to educate others helps you attain status as an invaluable training asset in your company.

 

Offer Solutions

 

If you really desire to become indispensable at work, then you need to find ways to solve problems faced by your company. For entrepreneurs, you need to offer proactive solutions to the challenges your business and your clients face. This increases your value to your customers and to the company as a whole.

 

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The advantages of Blockchain Technology at a glance

A blockchain, simply put, is a computer file that is used for storing data. To go more in-depth, blockchain is a distributed open database. It is termed “distributed” in the sense that the information on the blockchain is distributed to several computers, and the entire blockchain is decentralized. Therefore, no single person has absolute control over the blockchain.

What is a Blockchain, Denis Bederov

 

Blockchain also can be seen as a time-stamped series of unalterable record of data which is managed by a collection of computers that are not owned by one individual. This blockchain does not have a primary authority; it is decentralized. The effect is that any information on the blockchain is free for anybody to see, thereby enhancing accountability and transparency.

Having explained the meaning of blockchain, I will explain some of the numerous advantages of blockchain technology.

 

Advantages of Blockchain Technology, by Denis Bederov

 

  1. Improved Transparency: One important advantage of blockchain technology is that it has greatly improved transparency for every systematic scientist. Due to the very nature of blockchain, it is distributed to all network contributors that use the same documentation as against individual ones. The data that is stored on the blockchain can be reorganized through agreement by unilateral acceptance of everybody involved in the transaction. Also, before any change or alteration can be made to a single record, there have to be changes made to previous records, and this must be approved by the entire network. The data is saved in a place that is accessible to everyone that has access to it. This makes the information saved on blockchain to be transparent, accurate, and consistent. The access to add or alter the data is available to individuals who have the requisite permission to do so.

 

  1. Speed and Efficiency: For a systematic scientist, speed is paramount to deliver an excellent job. Using the regular traditional means of storing data is not only time consuming but vulnerable to mistakes and errors. When you streamline and automate these procedures with blockchain technology, it becomes faster, less error-inducing and more efficient. The information stored on the blockchain is done using one digital ledger that is accessible to various users; it therefore dispenses with the need to harmonize different ledgers, and that makes the work less clumsy. It also encourages trust amongst co-workers, as everyone has access to the same data and it reduces the need for supervision.

 

  1. Reduces Cost: Reducing the cost of running a business is very important for a systematic scientist, so that funds can be used for more important projects. The cost that is incurred by manual documentation, errors, mistakes, and delays can be averted by using a cost-effective blockchain. Blockchain technology also helps you to eliminate unnecessary intermediaries, and third parties as members can now monitor and track information themselves. There is no longer a need for unnecessary document review because everybody that is involved in the particular transaction has access to the same unchanged data.

 

  1. Improved Security: Because most of the information used by a systematic scientist is confidential and private, sound security is a priority for them. The data stored on blockchain is usually encrypted and this improves the security of the data. Also, changes or alterations cannot be made on the blockchain, so it helps to secure the information from fraudulent manipulation and unauthorized activities. It is also advantageous to me as a space scientist, for it also reduces the incidence of hacking because the data is saved on several computers and not on a single server.

 

Blockchain, though a new concept, is gradually beginning to gain relevance and importance in areas like banks and other financial institutions. It is also used by entrepreneurs, IT specialists, and systematic scientists for effective data documentation. Being a new terrain, it is still developing and I might not be sure of the extent of protection, risks involved, privacy, and dispute resolution. However, I, Denis Bederov, insists that the advantages, as set out above makes it a good option to consider for a decentralized system of record.

 

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Revolutionary – The Industrial Internet of Things

The hype about the Internet of Things is everywhere now, and as a technical visionary, I can boldly say that the IoT technology is here to stay. More than just an optimist, I am a technical visionary who always sees the better sides of innovations, and this time, Denis Bederov is writing about the revolution the industrial applications of the IoT technology can spur.

 

Technical Visionary’s View of IIoT, by Denis Bederov

 

The Industrial Internet of Things, or IIoT, is used to refer to a network of smart sensors and actuators, instruments, and other devices connected with computers to enhance industrial processes, including automation of manufacturing processes and energy management. This connectivity enhances data collection, synchronization, and analysis, potentially facilitating productivity, efficiency and other economic benefits for industrial uses.

Also known as the “industrial internet” or “Industry 4.0,” IIoT builds on the efficiency of smart machines and uses real-time analytics to take advantage of the data that industrial machines have produced over a long period of time. IIoT is driven by the philosophy that smart machines are not just more efficient and faster than humans at capturing and analyzing data in real time, they are also better at generating and sharing important information that can be used to drive business decisions more accurately.

Enabled by technologies like cybersecurity, cloud computing, edge computing, artificial intelligence and machine learning, Big Data, RFID technology, and cognitive computing, the IIoT is every technical visionary’s dream come true. Simply put, I will love to call it “the application of IoT technology in manufacturing and factory-based work environments.”

 

A Technical Visionary’s View of the Architecture of IIoT, Denis Bederov

 

Typically, any IIoT ecosystem comprises smart sensors that can communicate and store information about themselves, a public and/or private data infrastructure for communicating (such as Wi-Fi, cloud computing), tools for analytics and applications that can generate business information from raw data, and the people.

From the perspective of a technical visionary, I believe that IIoT comes with numerous benefits. One of those benefits is that IIoT enhances predictive maintenance in industries. This means that industries can use real-time data generated from IIoT systems to predict defects or faults in their machinery, before those defects actually occur. This enables companies to swing into proactive action to correct those issues before a part fails and thereby preventing downtime.

Another common benefit of IIoT is a more efficient field service. The application of IIoT technologies helps field service technicians to promptly identify potential issues in customer equipment before they become major issues, and this will enable the field technicians to fix the problems before they begin to inconvenience their customers.

Furthermore, another merit of Industrial Internet of Things is asset tracking. Asset management systems can be used by suppliers, manufacturers, and customers used to track the location, status and condition of products as they move through the supply chain. The IIoT system will send instant notifications to stakeholders about the status of the goods – maybe damaged or at risk of being damaged, hence, giving them the opportunity to take immediate or preventive action to arrest the situation.

One of the revolutionary trends of IIoT is that it also enhances customer satisfaction. When products are connected to an IoT system, the manufacturer can collect, collate and analyze different product usage data about their products, and this enables the manufacturers and product designers to see the future trends of IoT devices and ultimately build more customer-based products.

Conclusion

 

Even though the IIoT technology is still majorly at the stage of trials and pilots, I believe that its future is bright and it has a lot of prospects. As a technical visionary, I am of the opinion that as sensors get smaller and cheaper, and as 5G network become more profound and reliable, the prospects and interest in the IIoT will continue to grow in the years to come.

 

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I know everyone would agree that the Internet of Things paradigm is rapidly becoming a part of the mainstream electronics culture, as more people are now adopting smart devices into their homes and offices. A technical visionary like me will definitely agree that there will be up to 21 billion connected devices to the internet by 2025. Like every other technical visionary, I believe that we are moving towards an era where IoT devices will be a huge part of how we interact with basic everyday objects.

 

View of Internet of Things by a technical visionary, Denis Bederov

 

From the perspective of a technical visionary, I like to define Internet of Things, or IoT for short, as a network made up of devices that connect to the Internet, synchronize and share data with each other. Beyond computers, laptops and smartphones, IoT devices also include “smart” devices and gadgets that have been equipped with chips to gather, share, and synchronize data over a network. Some of these “smart” devices include washing machines, robotic vacuum cleaners, door locks, toys, and toasters.

 

Like every other technical visionary, I am of the school of thought that the potential of Internet of Things is enormous and limitless. The ease and convenience that smart devices connected over an IoT network render is boundless. Some common usage is using smartphones to help users make a grocery list, or savings, like turning down the heat at home while they are away. This means that we can have smart homes, thermostats, and lighting systems that can all collect data on the user’s habits and patterns of usage. I believe that the more data IoT devices collect, the smarter they will become and the more convenience they offer.

 

Predictions about the Future Trends of IoT by Denis Bederov

 

From the perspective of a technical visionary, I believe that a lot of IoT trends are coming up almost every day. These trends are here to make life secure, easier, and more comfortable than before, so I have selected and described some interesting IoT trends.

 

Higher Consumer Adoption:

 

As a hopeful technical visionary, I see the prospects that in the next decade, we will get to see a huge shift of IoT away from the usual consumer-based IoT. As the funding of the consumer-based IoT decreases, the future trends will usher in the industrial IoT infrastructure and platform. The only thing is that these IoT trends may actually require time to completely evolve, but most definitely will solve the difficulties in insurance, transportation, agriculture or telecommunication, and ultimately reduce the capital expense.

 

More “Smart” Devices:

 

As I earlier stated, individual consumers will no longer be the only ones using IoT devices. I see the trends pointing towards a growth in the number of cities and companies adopting smart technologies to save time and money. Through the use of IoT connected devices, I believe that we can have “smart” cities with smart traffic lights that collect traffic data, which can be used to sync lights during peak traffic times.

 

The “smart” cities paradigm implies that there will be cities that will be able to centrally automate, remotely manage, and collect data through different objects like visitor kiosks, video camera surveillance systems, and even taxis.  Powering responsive cities with IoT will help solve traffic congestion issues, unlock sustainable development, improve overall efficiency, improve safety, and ultimately save the government money by reducing the running cost.

 

More Dangerous Forms of IoT-based DDoS Attacks:

 

The world witnessed first occurrence of IoT-based malware in 2016. It was strain of malicious software that can infect connected devices such as security cameras. I have read about Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks that have used infected IoT devices to hack and shut down websites.

 

A more shocking revelation is that IoT devices can also be used to direct other attacks, and there are speculations that IoT devices can be weaponized, such as a country shutting down home thermostats in an enemy state during the lowest temperatures.

 

Final Words from Denis Bederov

 

Even though many people are concerned with security and privacy challenges that IoT presents, I believe that these challenges will inspire more legislative and regulatory measures. For example, the European Union implemented the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) mid-2018, and this has motivated similar security and privacy initiatives in the United States and in several other nations around the world. That means users can have more control over their data and privacy.

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