Jasprit Singh Professor, EECS and Applied Physics
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Sustainable Good Life and Technology
Technology is driven by many motivations: Knowledge, war, disease, desire to control, ... We examine technology's role in enhancing a good life that is sustainable for all people of the planet. We examine seven layers of “the good life:” physical wellness, creativity and beauty, balance and harmony, emotional connections, self-awareness, and purpose and belonging. Since Nature does not hand us the good life, we need technology to alter Nature and ourselves to create the good life. We examine how technology is and can impact the seven layers of good life. The focus is on technologies of the knowledge age.
Prof. Jasprit Singh explores using semiconductors for technologies that form the basis of "The Knowledge Age." His additional research interests blend technology and ideas from yoga to explore new designs and practices intended to answer the question, "How can the intersection of best lessons in technology and yoga reduce the gap between knowledge and action?" The answers would lead towards practices and technologies that enhance mindfulness.
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The Good Life: Senses as Motivators for Technology
January 27, 2012
We examine seven layers of "the good Life": physical wellness, creativity and beauty, balance and harmony, emotional connections, self-awareness, and purpose and belonging. Since Nature does not hand us the good life, we build technology to alter Nature and ourselves to create the good life. A key to creating and enjoying the good life lies in our senses. We will examine seven layers of senses and explore how technologies can enhance them.
Brief video introduction of the first lecture in the series.
Semiconductors and the Age of Intelligence
February 3, 2012
Over the last 50 years scientists, technologists and users have created the tidal wave known as Moore's law (transistor density doubling every two years, functionality doubling every 18 months) and societies around the world have transformed as a result. Smart functional devices made from semiconductors, piezoelectric materials, magnetic materials, etc. have ushered in the knowledge age. What are the challenges and opportunities from the point of view of "sustainable good life"?
Enabling Technologies of Optoelectronics
February 17, 2012
“But, soft! What light through yonder window breaks?” and “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that; hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that”. From Shakespeare to Martin Luther King, light is associated with enlightenment, beauty, love, and optimism. We will examine what great experiences optoelectronics brings to our lives through display, communication, search and fantasy.
Semiconductors and the Hunt for Sustainable Energy
March 9, 2012
The ever-giving sun sends the earth nearly 10,000 times the power humans currently use. How we divert and use this power with minimal disturbance to the earth's ecosystem is a complex challenge. Technologies based on semiconductors contribute to solutions in three ways (1) convert solar energy to electrical and chemical energy; (2) provide intelligence to use energy efficient technologies; (3) provide guidance to make our journeys coherent thus greatly reducing the loss of usable energy.
Challenges Still Unmet: Sensors and Sources
March 16, 2012
Resources needed for traveling the path of any sustainable journey consist of knowledge, infrastructure, ability, energy, mindfulness, and optimism. Technology has made great contributions to knowledge, infrastructure, and energy. What sort of new devices and applications will provide the other resources? Can sensors cheer us up when we are down? Help us release stress? Can sensors nudge us if we are losing light of our journey?
Age of Mindfulness: Technology as Guide and Mentor?
April 6, 2012
Agriculture age, industrial age, information age, E-commerce age and the age of robotic manufacturing – what is next? As technology creates abundance and excess (of food, goods, gadgets, information and new experiences) human wellness increasingly depends on mindfulness. In developed countries human discomfort is already being driven primarily by the mind. Technologies of imaging applied by neuroscientists show that the age of mindfulness is coming. Neuroscience, meditation, yoga and culture will couple with technologies of imaging and processing to allow us to better understand and control our mind wellness. As with the birth of other ages this will cause agonies and opportunities.