Umroh 26 Desember pesawat Landing Madinah - Seiring perkembangan waktu, perempuan kini semakin mahir dan maju dalam penguasaan teknologi. Betty Alisjahbana, Komisaris PT Garuda Indonesia, mengungkapkan bahwa perempuan kini tak lagi memandang teknologi sebagai hal yang aneh dan tabu.

"Mereka kini sudah mengetahui ada banyak manfaat yang bisa diambil dan dimanfaatkan untuk meningkatkan kesejahteraan mereka dalam berbagai hal melalui teknologi maju. Mereka pun kini sudah semakin tertantang dan mau belajar untuk menguasai teknologi," jelas Betty, saat seminar "Kartini Next Generation" di Jakarta, beberapa waktu lalu.

Hanya saja tak bisa dipungkiri kalau masih ada perempuan yang beranggapan bahwa penguasaan teknologi hanya diperlukan oleh perempuan kantoran atau wirausaha. Padahal menurut survei yang dilakukan oleh lembaga QB Leadership (lembaga yang berfokus pada industri kreatif) yang dipimpinnya, teknologi sangat bermanfaat untuk semua perempuan, baik yang bekerja, wirausaha, atau yang tak bekerja sekalipun.

"Untuk semua dimensi profesi perempuan apa pun, teknologi punya peranan dan manfaatnya masing-masing," jelasnya.

Survei ini dilakukan pada tahun 2012 untuk mengetahui manfaat teknologi informasi untuk perempuan. Pesertanya dibagi menjadi tiga kelompok, yaitu perempuan profesional, perempuan wirausaha, dan ibu rumah tangga. Hasilnya, 95 persen perempuan entrepreneur mengungkapkan bahwa teknologi bisa membantu mereka untuk merasa lebih sukses dibanding pria. Dengan memanfaatkan teknologi informasi, perempuan pengusaha bisa meningkatkan kemampuan berbinis, produktivitas, sekaligus keuntungan usaha. 

"Teknologi juga akan membantu mereka untuk menjual produk keluar negeri. Selain itu, 45 persen perempuan wirausaha juga memanfaatkan teknologi untuk mencari supplier produk dari luar negeri untuk menciptakan kualitas produk yang lebih baik," katanya.

Lebih jauh lagi, perempuan pengusaha ini juga bisa memanfaatkan teknologi informasi untuk mengatur waktu kerja yang lebih fleksibel, sehingga urusan rumah tangga bisa dikelola dengan baik.

Sedangkan untuk perempuan profesional, biasanya mereka memanfaatkan teknologi ini untuk mengembangkan kemampuan diri dan produktivitas bekerja. Misalnya untuk menyelesaikan pendidikan informal melalui internet, mempromosikan diri untuk mendapatkan pekerjaan yang lebih baik, berhubungan dengan klien di luar negeri, sampai membuat online workshop di seluruh dunia.

Untuk menyeimbangkan kehidupan pekerjaan dan keluarga, pekerja profesional juga sering memanfaatkan teknologi seperti Skype untuk berhubungan dengan keluarga saat mereka harus tugas keluar kota atau keluar negeri. Kadang-kadang mereka menggunakan internet untuk browsing berbagai resep masakan agar bisa dipraktikkan saat hari libur sehingga bisa memanjakan keluarga.

Ibu-ibu rumah tangga yang berpartisipasi dalam survei ini juga mengungkapkan bahwa teknologi juga memberikan banyak manfaat untuk mereka. Sekalipun tidak bekerja di luar rumah, namun teknologi bisa membantu meningkatkan pengetahuan sehingga mereka jadi lebih pandai dan berpikiran terbuka. Menjadi ibu rumah tangga bukan berarti tidak tahu perkembangan dan informasi dunia luar, kan? Banyak manfaat lain yang bisa diperoleh dari teknologi.

"Ibu juga tak perlu repot saat ingin menjemput anak pulang sekolah, tinggal SMS tukang ojek langganan dansi anak langsung dijemput ke sekolahnya. Praktis dan cepat," pungkasnya.

Lagipula, sekarang ini berbagai peralatan rumah tangga seperti lemari es, mesin cuci, atau kompor, juga sudah mulai menggunakan teknologi yang canggih. Apa jadinya jika ibu rumah tangga tak mau belajar untuk menguasai teknologi?

Editor :Liwon Maulana
Ibu Rumah Tangga Juga Butuh Teknologi

Though Robin and Joan Rolfs owned two rare talking dolls manufactured by Thomas Edison’s phonograph company in 1890, they did not dare play the wax cylinder records tucked inside each one.

The Rolfses, longtime collectors of Edison phonographs, knew that if they turned the cranks on the dolls’ backs, the steel phonograph needle might damage or destroy the grooves of the hollow, ring-shaped cylinder. And so for years, the dolls sat side by side inside a display cabinet, bearers of a message from the dawn of sound recording that nobody could hear.

In 1890, Edison’s dolls were a flop; production lasted only six weeks. Children found them difficult to operate and more scary than cuddly. The recordings inside, which featured snippets of nursery rhymes, wore out quickly.

Yet sound historians say the cylinders were the first entertainment records ever made, and the young girls hired to recite the rhymes were the world’s first recording artists.

Year after year, the Rolfses asked experts if there might be a safe way to play the recordings. Then a government laboratory developed a method to play fragile records without touching them.


The technique relies on a microscope to create images of the grooves in exquisite detail. A computer approximates — with great accuracy — the sounds that would have been created by a needle moving through those grooves.

In 2014, the technology was made available for the first time outside the laboratory.

“The fear all along is that we don’t want to damage these records. We don’t want to put a stylus on them,” said Jerry Fabris, the curator of the Thomas Edison Historical Park in West Orange, N.J. “Now we have the technology to play them safely.”

Last month, the Historical Park posted online three never-before-heard Edison doll recordings, including the two from the Rolfses’ collection. “There are probably more out there, and we’re hoping people will now get them digitized,” Mr. Fabris said.

The technology, which is known as Irene (Image, Reconstruct, Erase Noise, Etc.), was developed by the particle physicist Carl Haber and the engineer Earl Cornell at Lawrence Berkeley. Irene extracts sound from cylinder and disk records. It can also reconstruct audio from recordings so badly damaged they were deemed unplayable.

“We are now hearing sounds from history that I did not expect to hear in my lifetime,” Mr. Fabris said.

The Rolfses said they were not sure what to expect in August when they carefully packed their two Edison doll cylinders, still attached to their motors, and drove from their home in Hortonville, Wis., to the National Document Conservation Center in Andover, Mass. The center had recently acquired Irene technology.


Cylinders carry sound in a spiral groove cut by a phonograph recording needle that vibrates up and down, creating a surface made of tiny hills and valleys. In the Irene set-up, a microscope perched above the shaft takes thousands of high-resolution images of small sections of the grooves.

Stitched together, the images provide a topographic map of the cylinder’s surface, charting changes in depth as small as one five-hundredth the thickness of a human hair. Pitch, volume and timbre are all encoded in the hills and valleys and the speed at which the record is played.

At the conservation center, the preservation specialist Mason Vander Lugt attached one of the cylinders to the end of a rotating shaft. Huddled around a computer screen, the Rolfses first saw the wiggly waveform generated by Irene. Then came the digital audio. The words were at first indistinct, but as Mr. Lugt filtered out more of the noise, the rhyme became clearer.

“That was the Eureka moment,” Mr. Rolfs said.

In 1890, a girl in Edison’s laboratory had recited:

There was a little girl,

And she had a little curl


Right in the middle of her forehead.

When she was good,

She was very, very good.

But when she was bad, she was horrid.

Recently, the conservation center turned up another surprise.

In 2010, the Woody Guthrie Foundation received 18 oversize phonograph disks from an anonymous donor. No one knew if any of the dirt-stained recordings featured Guthrie, but Tiffany Colannino, then the foundation’s archivist, had stored them unplayed until she heard about Irene.

Last fall, the center extracted audio from one of the records, labeled “Jam Session 9” and emailed the digital file to Ms. Colannino.

“I was just sitting in my dining room, and the next thing I know, I’m hearing Woody,” she said. In between solo performances of “Ladies Auxiliary,” “Jesus Christ,” and “Dead or Alive,” Guthrie tells jokes, offers some back story, and makes the audience laugh. “It is quintessential Guthrie,” Ms. Colannino said.

The Rolfses’ dolls are back in the display cabinet in Wisconsin. But with audio stored on several computers, they now have a permanent voice.

Ghostly Voices From Thomas Edison’s Dolls Can Now Be Heard

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