This weekend I had the pleasure of participating in Cornell’s second Half Baked collaboration. Half Baked is an event where students come together, share their “half-baked” ideas, and collaborate with one another to “bake” their ideas. I presented on a problem that is no stranger to most Cornellians: what to do when you have tech trouble. I’ve had the misfortune of having my computer break almost every year that I’ve been at Cornell. From these experiences I’ve come to realize the lack of accessible tech support for students on campus.
The past 20 years or so have witnessed a significant increase in the proliferation of technologies that transform the ways we make, distribute, listen to and think about music. Dangerous combinations of file-sharing and MP3s destabilized the industry. CD players sunk into obsolescence. We lamented the loss of vinyl only to take part in a resurgence of interest in physical media. A lot has changed.
Outsourcing is abuzz and computer science enrollment has dropped, but in Cornell’s world-renowned computer science department, students and professors alike are confident that this outsourcing trend will not impact their futures.
When asked if outsourcing is a concern that comes up among friends, Noah Santorello ’09, president of the Association of Computer Science Undergraduates, said, “Never. Computer science is not like finance where everyone’s concerned about getting a job when the economy gets bad.”