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Technological Advances on a Global Scale

Technological applications in such tech areas as RFID, GPS, biometrics, WAAS, robotics, information technology; as well as, wireless communications.

IF, Part 1 and IF, Part 2: Information Technology.

Information literacy is related to information technology skills, but has broader implications for the individual, the educational system, and for society. Information technology skills enable an individual to use computers, software applications, databases, and other technologies to achieve a wide variety of academic, work-related, and personal goals. Information literate individuals must necessarily develop certain technology skills for success in any tech endeavor.

Biometrics, Part One: Measuring physical characteristics for greater security and Identification.

GPS: Global Positioning Systems; a satellite-based navigation system made up of a network of 24 satellites placed into orbit around earth by the U.S. Department of Defense.

nanotechnology: The science of building devices at the molecular and atomic level; RFID applications will also be used in healthcare (for monitoring patients), construction (for managing projects and equipment), and even transportation (for monitoring baggage and passengers in airports) for example, a single data bit might be represented by only one atom some time in the future. Beyond being used in computers and communications devices, nanotechnology could be used to build devices, change the properties of materials, and extensively modify elements in biotechnology.

RFID: Radio Frequency IDentification; an identification technology that uses radio technology for transmitting signals. The technology is similar to bar code technology, but RFID can store more information and does not have the physical limitations of bar coding.

Robotics: Human-like machines that serve mankind.

WAAS: Wide Area Augmentation System; a system of satellites and ground stations that provide GPS signal corrections, providing even better position accuracy.

Wireless Communications: In modern usage, the term refers to communication without cables or cords, chiefly using radio frequency and infrared (IrDA) waves; for example, wireless networking of computers.

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