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A Virtual University for the Future

The E-Area project is a bold design for the university of the future. It was created in the Czech Republic by forward looking young Czech designers to stimulate human creativity in response to the globalization of industry, the growth of population, and other developments that effect human ecology in the new millennium. Unlimited economic growth and unlimited use of resources can no longer be the way of the future. The serious problems ahead that will be created at the current growth rates demand new, imaginative approaches for solutions. And they need to be implemented as soon as possible.

 

  The use of virtual reality and other advanced audio and communications technologies will enhance the ability of the researchers, artists, and students to study and learn about the environment and other significant subjects. The technology will help create new realities that will assist humankind to deal with the problems of the future. Workshops, conferences, seminars, courses, lectures and demonstrations will be held in the facility with the aid of real world simulations.

 Federico Daz, age 28, is the leader of the project. He is a graduate of the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague.  Marcel Vojanec is a structural engineer on the project. He worked on the noted Dancing Building in Prague. Silicon Graphics is one of the sponsors. A prototype of the holophonic spheres is planned for completion in Prague by the end of this year. 

I imagine that you will be hearing a lot more about this project in the future.

 
Bulletins from Radio Prague
Czechs Not Good at Foreign Languages
A public survey has revealed that a full 45% of Czechs, aged 16 to 65, do not speak any foreign language. Only 15.1% of those surveyed spoke English, and only 25% of respondents said they were confident they could converse in German, French or Spanish. These results put the Czech Republic far behind other European states. For instance in the Netherlands 70% of the population speaks English, in Belgium over 50%. Jan 2000.

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It would be interesting to see what similar statistics would be for the United States!

Statistics from the Czech Republic

Population
Age structure:

Population growth rate: -0.01% (1999 est.)

Birth rate: 9.84 births/1,000 population (1999 est.)

Death rate: 10.86 deaths/1,000 population (1999 est.)

Net migration rate: 0.91 migrant(s)/1,000 population (1999 est.)

Sex ratio:
at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
under 15 years: 1.05 male(s)/female
15-64 years: 1 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.62 male(s)/female
total population: 0.95 male(s)/female (1999 est.)

Infant mortality rate: 6.67 deaths/1,000 live births (1999 est.)

Life expectancy at birth:
total population: 74.35 years
male: 71.01 years
female: 77.88 years (1999 est.)

Total fertility rate: 1.28 children born/woman (1999 est.)

Nationality:
noun: Czech(s)
adjective: Czech
note: 300,000 Slovaks declared themselves Czech citizens in 1994

Ethnic groups: Czech 94.4%, Slovak 3%, Polish 0.6%, German 0.5%, Gypsy 0.3%, Hungarian 0.2%, other 1%

Religions: atheist 39.8%, Roman Catholic 39.2%, Protestant 4.6%, Orthodox 3%, other 13.4%

Languages: Czech, Slovak

Literacy:
total population: 99% (est.)
Source:
CIA stats

Ray Kroc 

Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonalds, descended from Czech ancestors. His father, Louis Kroc was the son of Barbora Krock who immigrated from the Plzen area in 1888. His mother Rose, the oldest of five daughters and also of Czech descent, was born in Chicago in 1882. Her father was from southern Bohemia.

Ray was born in Chicago in 1902. In 1918 he served in the Ambulance Corps during World War I. He never graduated from high school, but that didn't stop him from being a savvy learner. He married Ethel Fleming in 1922. As a salesman of mixing machines for malted milk, he could not contain his curiosity on why Maurice and Dick McDonald were ordering so many of the machines.  He visited their McDonald's Restaurant in San Bernadino, California and found out why. The rest they say is history. 

 

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