(This post originally appeared as a We Are UNCW feature on December 18, 2019)
By Dr. Adam Jones, Associate Professor of Economics at the UNCW Cameron School of Business (Note: this post was originally shared on WilmingtonBiz.com on April 1, 2019)The emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) and technological expansion has both stirred imaginations, as well as stoked concerns of job loss and income inequality. Jean de La Fontaine’s aphorism, “Everyone believes very easily whatever they fear or desire,” continues to ring true 300 years after his death.
By Drs. Tom Janicki and Jeffrey Cummings, UNCW Cameron School of Business
Have you been weighing the benefits of potential degree paths recently, or perhaps pondering a career change? Technology may be the way to go! A recent survey by Information Systems professors Jeffrey Cummings and Thomas Janicki in the Cameron School of Business at UNCW report that Information Systems professionals continue to exceed the average growth rate of all business occupations.
Blockchain, the distributed cryptographic ledger technology that has given rise to the cryptocurrency craze, is now becoming a building block in business school curriculum. Top business schools, such as Duke, MIT, and Harvard, have added a series of courses in blockchain technology to their programs over the past two years and Stanford University recently launched a Center for Blockchain Research. The emergence and rapid expansion of courses designed around blockchain development and cryptography should come as no surprise, as Upwork ranked blockchain as the fastest growing freelance skill in the United States for the second consecutive quarter. These facts may lead you to ask a few basic questions:
New Potato Technologies will be launching their latest product, the Brio Coaster, to the Wilmington community in June. Worked on by a team including four UNCW alumni (Chris Sumner, James Smith, Alan Linz and Amanda Harman) and two Cameron School of Business alumnae (Kellie McLiverty and Corinne Conto, IMBA), this 'smart' coaster is designed to alert you via your phone if someone tampers with your drink while you're away from it.