“The world is in your hands.” That is what Dr. Nostram said to me as I walked out of the door today. After conducting an extensive background check on me, the university thought I was the deserving candidate for such a treatment. Makes sense. I actually caught a glimpse of someone’s recommendation of me. I couldn’t, however, see who wrote it:

A mild mannered introvert with an impressive academic background and a nice family home.

So that’s all I’m known as? When I die on my gravestone is it going to say, “Jay Toppin, mild-mannered introvert?” How depressing. I shouldn’t…


AirPods seem to be the standard for cool. They are what separate the “young” from the “old”. The “new” generation from the “past.” Those who have the latest, trendy gadgets, and those who are behind on the times.

However, according to scientists at the University of Illinois, we might be on the cusp of far greater technology, stuff that would render AirPods archaic. It’s called “earable computing”, and it may have some far-reaching effects.

Romit Roy Choudhury, professor in electrical and computer engineering, states that ”The leap from today’s earphones to ‘earables’ would mimic the transformation that we had seen…


Since Einstein, quantum mechanics has been playing with scientist minds and frustrating many. Recently, with the rise of technology, quantum mechanics has found new ways to make waves and make headlines. Here are a couple of exciting breakthroughs.

  1. We are one step closer to making Quantum computers a house-hold device

“Quantum computers”- a common buzz term in today’s day and age-presents exciting, and even concerning, possibilities for the future of technology. For an enjoyable high-level explanation of quantum computing, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvTqbM5Dq4Q.

I also explain quantum computers in a fun way here: https://seantarzy.medium.com/genuine-leader-pt-4-cd6b6fb849d2. …


Computer science is an undeniable, omnipresent part of our lives, and there is no sign of it going away anytime soon. With such great demand for software engineers and data scientists, many schools see it fit to teach computer programming, even as early as elementary school. Schools that have implemented such programs are ahead of the curve and are appropriately shaping the next generation. However, there is one issue with regard to the manner in which schools are implementing technology education. Some schools are teaching computer programming within the framework of math classes, or even teaching it as a language…


Imagine your body used a as a medium for sending digital information. Well, researchers at Purdue University have recently developed the technology to accomplish just that. So, by the touch of our fingertips, we will be able to easily relay the credit card information from our phone, send photos to other people, and much more.

I know what you’re thinking: “We’ve been able to use our fingerprints to unlock our phones for years. What’s the big deal?” Well, that kind of technology, relying on a fingerprint to unlock devices, is accomplished through biometrics. Biometrics are simply measurements that are used…


What is the Mnemonic Maker app?

Ever use Quizlet? Now imagine those digital flashcards incorporating your favorite song lyrics to help make studying effective and fun. And not just any lyrics, but lyrics whose initials line up perfectly to those of the phrase or list you need to remember. Add these mnemonic devices to a playlist of your choosing and listen to your flashcards come to life!

https://mnemonicmaker.netlify.app/

How we got here

As a former teacher and avid life-long student, I’m always looking for ways to make learning more fun and engaging. When I used to teach fourth graders, my…


Artificial Intelligence seems to be taking over our lives and replacing jobs wherever possible. In the foreseeable future, there are quite a few professions that come to mind where robots can phase humans out. Uber drivers can be a thing of the past with self-driving cars, and data-entry positions can eventually be automated. And robot telemarketers have likely called your phone more than once this week. (While the current robot telemarketers are unconvincing, I believe AI will be able to increase the quality of the bots, and therefore scam more people).

AI is tapping into nearly every market-even the music…


I am a huge fan of TED-Ed riddles. When quarantine was in full-swing, my brother and I would pop one on the TV, and try to see who can solve it first (or if either of us could solve it at all). As a coder, I find that working through these riddles flexes the same kind of problem-solving muscles excersized in creating apps. I found that there was such a strong link between TED-Ed Riddles and coding, that I decided to bridge the gap even closer.

In this Blog Post, I will walk through how to solve a TED-Ed riddle…


Think about the stereotypical robot-what characteristics usually comes to mind? Computational, logical, maybe even predictable? For the longest time, predictability has been a given attribute when talking about a robotic system. I remember back in high school, during JV basketball practice we would run this same specific play (it was called “Bingo”), over and over. Our coach had to remind us, however, “Guys, keep in mind, the play isn’t meant to be robotic!” He was implying certain randomness on the court can happen during a game, and in that circumstance, we would have to adjust accordingly and find a way…


A recent study from the University of Tsukuba has found that consolidation of a motor task was enhanced by praise from artificial beings.

Ok, so let’s break this down. What does consolidation of a motor task mean? Well before we successfully perform doing motor tasks, like playing the guitar, we go through the consolidation period of learning how to do it. Basically building up our muscle memory.

This learning phase is augmented by artificial praise, or essentially robots cheering people on. This has some very interesting implications for both the education system and the sports rehabilitation domain.

One huge problem…

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I was a teacher. Now I’m a coder.

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