I recently recieved and email from a student, a reader of my book. It led to some very interesting observations, so I want to share just a bit of what Ron Gonzales had to say - and yes, I have his permission to quote him :-) Ron, like myself, has a degree in Psychology. But, after reading my book, he has quite elegantly envisioned a connection between ICT networks and the human nervous system.
"Ms. Goleniewski, I really enjoyed your book. I've been taking telecom and computer networking classes after getting a bachelor's degree in psychology (I was a pre-med student), and I like this field an awful lot". "
"It's struck me for awhile now, how similar telecom and computer networks are to the human central nervous system. In the brain and spinal cord, you have discrete areas that communicate by means of specific neurotransmitters, and in computer networks, you have areas that use common signaling protocols."
"In the brain and spinal cord, you have tracts and nerves, and in networks you have trunks and conduits. In psychology, you have the subconscious and the conscious, and in networking, you have backplanes and CLI's".
"It's funny how a few good ideas get recycled all over the place in life..."
There is most definitely such a connection – much like multimedia strives to enable computers and machines with the sensory systems we use to perceive the entire world – physical or virtual! And if you haven’t noticed – telecommunications is as much about psychology today, as it was about engineering in the past! One of the greatest knowledge sets ICT companies should be investing in, is introducing more pshychologists – in particular from the sensory & physiological, development, cognitive, and organizational disciplines. Okay, we could probably use some good clinical psychologists in the industry as well –and will need more for technology induced disorders!
Interestingly, a couple of weeks later, I got a note from another reader - who also saw a relationship - but in his case, as an electrical contractor, it was to PLT systems. Here's what Alex had to say......
"I just wanted to thank you for writing Telecommunications Essentials 2nd edition.Im learning alot and you are a great teacher.Im an elecrical contractor/engineer, and decided to detour in depth to the communications field.Some of the subject matter is common with process control technology im familiar with such as that with PLC's.
I also have been involved with digital audio and own a project recording studio .The common thread between these technologies is amazing.
anyway ,awsome book.now if i can just remember all these
acronyms...........:-) thank you!”
I'm hoping Ron and Alex continue this discussion, and as this group comes to life, we'll have many such intriguing discussions - while also talking about what you’re learning, and what you’re interested in, when it comes to building your telecom knowledge!
Meanwhile, let me know what you’ve discovered about telecom that came as a surprise to you!
All my best,