The Intentions of a Blogging Student CE5 – Almahmouda

Nugget Post from Personal Dynamic Media.

For this post, I tried to increase reader interaction. I mentioned memorized facts because I aimed to stress how certain facts stick with the mind after years of other experiences and facts memorized. My mention to Mosha Bar’s article was to establish a sense of ethos, or validity, to my point; anyone can blog about short-term memorization, (anyone can also reference an article 🙂 ) but referencing an outside source indicates that the ideas can be new but also grounded.
After referencing Bar’s article, I quoted and challenged him on an idea he had for why humans retain their memories. I felt as if the quote supported my point to a fault, and I aimed to ameliorate any discrepancies between my idea and his idea, referring back to my original idea, within this post, that an outside source can strengthen a point but also leave room for innovation.
I challenged the quote with personal memories that some Virginia natives might have:

“What about familial memories, like that time you were a child, picking apples on Carter Mountain with your grandparents?”

Unconsciously, my mind (and probably the mind of the reader) will search for memories relating to gradnparents despite the lack of an approaching event that will test their knowledge of apple-picking.
I then went on to finalize my idea and thoughtvector; only certain memories and ideas can be extended through devices while being able to sustain their emotional prowess. To wrap my nugget post up, I formulated an analogous cute.
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The Higgs Field – RESEARCH!

To begin my first research post, I needed to establish my topic’s relevancy to the reader. What better way to establish importance than to suggest lack of existence without the topic, the Higgs Field?
I could have been lying to the reader, of course, about the lack of existence without my topic, but I assured the reader, that he or she would indeed cease to exist without my topic, by referencing a quote and video of a well-established professor, Alex Read of the University of Oslo.
Once I captured the reader’s attention, I tried to produce an eloquent analogy that further stressed the significance of my topic. Once I have the reader questioning and thinking critically about my quote, he or she is in the best position to read, analyze, and critique my main topic. As a result, I begin truly discussing my main topic, and yet, I need to introduce the Higgs Field such that anyone without a physics degree can understand.
By inserting rhetorical questions, I can establish a connection with the reader who might pose the same questions to me. Also, I can use the questions as good fencing to guide the reader through my article, and perhaps the question could spur challenging, new questions from the reader. Clearly, the use of rhetorical questions is advantageous to the blogger, as they offer many uses that go beyond the formulaic approach.
To solve the questions and clarify my topic, I take advantage of an easy-to-understand story told by many CERN scientists to help explain what it is they do. To further enhance understanding of the material, I inserted pictures guiding the reader in the story. In order for my purpose to be understood, I stressed certain words to create a conceptual network within the reader’s mind, each word meticulously emphasized and placed in a location within the sentence, paragraph, and post.
Throughout the story aspect of my post, I answered the questions I posed. However, if I failed to answer either the questions I posed or the question the reader has, I encouraged him or her to view external sources that might explain the concept better than I did. I also posted those sources to show the scope of my research for the post, as I extracted certain pieces of information from each source and compiled them into the post.
The Higgs Boson post required a plethora of skills, sources, and tricks in order for my readers to understand the true purpose of my post.

Concept Experience 2 – Almahmouda

To begin my second concept experience, I began with an obvious statement:

Nothing can travel through space faster than light.

One of the reasons for why I chose the statement rested in the fact that I knew the answer would contain mathematical calculation, an area that I adore greatly. I had to establish a good sense of logos within my post, combined with a transparent approach, in order to successfully answer the question.
I’ll admit it, I cut corners by using dictionary.com, but there are a large amount of veritable scientific dictionaries that differ in their explanation of a concept. Using Dictionary.com was a clean-cut answer for a definition, but the definition was not truly encompassing of the complexity of my statement. I left the reader thinking that my statement was thoughtless from the beginning!
Although I approached Dictionary.com and Yourdictionary.com, I still managed to insert a reference to a credible source, establishing a sense of ethos. If the reader read between the lines, and kept up, he or she would have seen that I wove in 2 of the 3 modes of persuasion, with pathos (appealing to the reader’s emotions) left out. Establishing a strong sense of ethos and logos is imperative in conveying a perspective in the scientific community, as “logic” and “credibility” are quite difficult to refute.
The mathematical calculation of my post, or Why is nothing faster than light?, hit the nail on the logos aspect of my perspective, or argument. There are very few cases in mathematics where a solution is subjective or dependant on “emotional/personal perspective.” Therefore, establishing logos with mathematics creates a strong solution for readers to understand agree on.
The final aspect of my post discusses a more personal tone in comparison with the rest of my post. I reflected on the operations of my post, hopefully innovating myself or the reader to view technology not only as a formulaic, computational machine, but also a metamedium.

“Augmenting Human Intellect” Concept Experience – Almahmouda

Before entering the class, I felt a little skeptic about the idea of Thoughtvectors, as they seemed a like a tacky name attached to an elementary idea. Concept experiences are fun, too, as they have encouraged me to become vulnerable when it comes to my personal life, which I think is a valuable asset to successfully launching a Thoughtvector into Concept Space. I feel that the discussion of an interesting issue, such as the man-computer symbiosis, truly stimulates the launch of Thoughtvectors into Concept Space. The influence of Thoughtvectors on each other does not necessarily generate a homogenous pool of opinions; I have referenced to other blogs that I do not agree with!

When data of any sort are placed in storage, they are filed alphabetically or numerically, and information is found (when it is) by tracing it down from subclass to subclass. It can be in only one place, unless duplicates are used; one has to have rules as to which path will locate it, and the rules are cumbersome. – Vannevar Bush

Vannevar bush talks about the cumbersome rules of data storage, yet Reddit has incorporated simplicity into the fibers of its website; content is a click away, and returning to the page is a click back. Reddit’s rules, or outline, characterize its prestige; the website attracts people form all walks of life, and it helps keep the “specialized” from developing a narrow perspective. As I’ve scoured the internet for information, I have noticed, that over time, the ease of access of the internet has increased dramatically. I cannot wait to see how we increase the potential of the computer and how close we can get to the brink of a truly symbiotic relationship.

“The approach of Man-Computer Symbiosis seem to me to be that society today moves to fast for us to realize how quickly we are falling into a technology dependent era.”Crookech

The progress we have made is reflective of growing international specialization, and very few humans, let alone scientists, could have foreseen such an exponential growth in development. Information is the plethora of butterfly, attempting to escape the confines of the web of the internet. Truly, there is so much room for humanity to improve, especially in areas of human intellect! Our contributions to medicine, technology, mathematics, and the humanities will increase tenfold.

“The association between human and computer is so strong that human has to use computer to do every single thing” – Khoorivcu

Computing machines can do readily, well, and rapidly many things that are difficult or impossible for man, and men can do readily and well, though not rapidly, many things that are difficult or impossible for computers. That suggests that a symbiotic cooperation, if successful in integrating the positive characteristics of men and computers, would be of great value. – J. C. R. Licklider

“Technology does have its negative sides however it does have its positive sides as well.” – Nirali

I find the dichotomous natures of man and computer to be very interesting. Furthermore, a dilemma, that arises with the increasing  dependance on technology, terrorizes my mind; if we are to grow increasingly dependent  on technology, we limit ourselves to other symbiotic relationships.

“The individual does not use this information and this processing to grapple directly with the sort of complex situation in which we seek to give him help. He uses his innate capabilities in a rather more indirect fashion, since the situation is generally too complex to yield directly to his motor actions, and always too complex to yield comprehensions and solutions from direct sensory inspection and use of basic cognitive capabilities.” Douglas C. Engelbart

“The rise of technology has influenced our lives more greatly than we will ever know, and recognizing when our society could completely fall under the reigns of technology will be vital.” – Melikazand

To those who have gotten this far in my ThoughtVector, I will stop evading the reality of the situation; the growing affiliation of technology into our lives, for better or worse, yields a possibility that our relationship with computers can turn us into slaves, mindlessly accomplishing a goal after another. However, this possibility can be small if we manage our relationship correctly. If we balance our relationship with technology, with the idea of living and experiencing life, (who is to say they should be separated; Maybe I’m wrong) we can avoid becoming cyborgs.

 

 

 

Concept Experience 2 – Almahmoud

My “inquiry based project” was centralized on why nothing, within the dimensions of space, can travel faster than the speed of light.
My original “obvious statement” was:

Nothing can travel through space faster than light.

I began by asking a series of questions, such as

What is space?

According to Dictionary.com, space is

“the unlimited or incalculably great three-dimensional realm or expanse in which all material objects are located and all events occur.”

What is light?

According to Yourdictionary.com,

“The form of electromagnetic radiation that acts upon the retina of the eye, optic nerve, etc., making sight possible: this energy is transmitted in a vacuum at a velocity of 299,792,458 meters per second (c. 186,000 miles per second)”

Why is nothing faster than light?

Three equations: Einstein’s mass-energy equivalence, time dilation, and length contraction equations

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As an object’s velocity approaches the speed of light, it’s mass becomes exponentially larger, requiring an exponential increase in energy required to move it. This increase will continue to occur until the object tries to travel 186,000 miles per second, which prompts an infinite amount of energy to accelerate an infinite amount of mass, as noticeable in the premier equation. The second equation displays the relationship between the length of an object and its velocity; as an object’s velocity approaches the speed of light, according to the second equation, its length will become zero. The third equation displays the relationship between time and velocity, and as the velocity approaches the speed of light, time slows down until it becomes undefined.

I began my research, using the internet as my compass. I used Google as my compass, with other links as routes. As I’ve scoured the internet for information, I have noticed, that over time, the ease of access of the internet has increased dramatically. I remember having to use  dial-up, and waiting for the connection to proceed, and yet, I believed that my internet connection was extremely fast. Now, I believe that my internet is faster than before (I hope so), and due to my previous experiences, I know it can get faster! Whether they are symbiotic, parasitic, or commensalist, our relationships with computers will evolve. I cannot wait to see how we increase the potential of the computer and how close we can get to the brink of a truly symbiotic relationship.

Associative Trails – Almahmoud

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Fortunately, I think my trail of experiences ended abruptly with the website, “Ohio Man Who Cannot Stop Having Sex With Pool Rafts Arrested Again For Having Sex With Pool Raft.” From what I’ve learned about my history, I see that I browse Reddit a lot! Vannevar bush talks about the cumbersome rules of data storage, yet Reddit has incorporated simplicity into the fibers of its website; content is a click away, and returning to the page is a click back. As I discussed in my nugget, I believe that the cumbersome set of rules which govern our cyberspace are subjective; they can be both a blessing and cumbersome! Reddit’s rules, or outline, characterize its prestige; the website attracts people form all walks of life, and it helps keep the “specialized” from developing a narrow perspective.