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For newcomers to STEM fields, where to begin their education remains a challenge with little guidance. With any luck, the inquisitive person would have a mentor able to guide them down the path, for anyone else - good luck. Whether you are a student born into a technology threaded world, or have been an active professional for years, the technology vocabulary and acronyms can present a seemingly impossible educational goal. There is now a starting point in the newly released book - Welcome to Tomorrow: a beginner’s guide to technology. Addressing technology’s positive and negative impacts head on and with humor punctuated by references to popular culture. STEM students and pleasure readers alike, will gain an accessible entry point into their own journey of digital citizenship. In practice, promoting maximized opportunity and minimizes risk for each user across the web and technology environments.

When an entire network of users embody digital citizenship, those groups in effect become voting blocks, injecting or deducting economic value from the communities and websites they visit. “You, the user, command real dollar value through your attention and interactions with content across the web, this is the basis of how Facebook and Google became modern-day Goliaths.” According to Corey Preston, a veteran of the digital media industry and author of Welcome to Tomorrow. “Whether you’re viewing videos, articles or memes, the truth is that advertising dollars follow you and speak loudest on the web. Understanding that is the first step on the road to digital citizenship.” Embodying digital citizenship, is an ongoing effort to understand our interlocking worlds and include the following three steps anyone can take:

 

  1. Understand that wherever you browse on the web, economic value follows with you.

  2. Now more than ever, critical thinking is a necessity when browsing the web.

  3. The ongoing development of technology, poses both great potential risk and opportunity.

 

After reading the book, readers can expect a comfortable foundation with high-tech topics such as Artificial Intelligence and Big Data. Reinforcing these topics are a series of 51 free flash cards using imagery and bite-sized insights into the topics at hand. True to form, the book’s content is easily understood by beginners, establishing knowledge beginning with Information Technology basics and ranging up to tech acronyms such as application program interfaces (API) and software development kits (SDK). We’ll bridge the digital literacy gap via highlighting where cognitive biases are promoting misconceptions about technology’s impact. By grasping control of our decisions, we’ll develop a strong sense of technology’s role in elevating not only our convenience, but also our humanity. By learning about and leveraging technology in our everyday lives, we make our voices heard, the next step is learning to harness our declarations to begin building a better tomorrow.