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Nugget #2, Man-Computer Symbiosis

“The second point is that a very important section of memory will be permanent: part indelible memory and part published memory. The computer will be able to write once into indelible memory, and then read back indefinitely, but the computer will not be able to erase indelible memory. (It may also over-write, turning all the 0’s into l’s, as though marking over what was written earlier.) Published memory will be “read-only” memory. It will be introduced into the computer already structured. The computer will be able to refer to it repeatedly, but not to change it. These types of memory will become more and more important as computers grow larger. They can be made more compact than core, thin-film, or even tape memory, and they will be much less expensive. The main engineering problems will concern selection circuitry.

In so far as other aspects of memory requirement are concerned, we may count upon the continuing development of ordinary scientific and business computing machines There is some prospect that memory elements will become as fast as processing (logic) elements. That development would have a revolutionary effect upon the design of computers.”


This quote reminded me of the social media app Snapchat. I thought of Snapchat because the purpose of this app is to take pictures and send them to your friends that cannot be seen again and there is no memory of them, unless you take a picture and put it into your “snapstory”; after 24 hours your snapstory is also erased. Nothing on Snapchat is permanent, which is essentially the opposite of this quote, but that’s okay. THe only way anything is permanent from Snapchat is if someone takes a screenshot of your picture.

Concept Experience 3

In all honesty, I found it relatively difficult to find connections to two peers’ blogs. Over time I found Katelyn Durante and Marina Green both love Pintrest. Both had found something they liked on Pintrest and attempted to recreate it. Katelyn loves anchors and collected shells on vacation to create a shell covered anchor. Katelyn found a candy bar (yum) on Pintrest and wanted to have on at her wedding. Being on a bride budget made her candy bar a better idea over the internet, unfortunately. She was disappointed but learned her lesson and to expect less from the real world. They both had the same perception at first, but by the end of the blog post, they thought differently from each other.


Concept Experience 2


Unfortunately, my search led me to the official website of Donald Trump. Honestly, I could not even read the entire page, I felt like my IQ was dropping. I tried to chose the links that seemed the most interesting on the page. I am a fan of politics so my computer was right in giving me those links. I think my links provide a good idea of what I am interested in and my passion. I was very surprised with the last link, Holocaust train. I don’t think I would have gotten there without this experience.

Is social media really social?

Lately, it seems my friends have become more and more obsessed with their image over social media and what other people are doing. Although I am an instagrammer, tweeter and facebooker, I try not to let these sites control my life. I value my image online as an educated young women drawn to social issues and demanding awareness; fitting due to my major. Although I spread the news through all outlets, I value my online participation on Facebook the most. I have grown up with a very judgemental family, religious in some aspects, and many are ignorant to the world of the less fortunate that I am working to improve. Facebook is where to majority of my family, many miles away go to inquire about my life. So, since I would argue my life is less than extravagant and exciting, why not inform them on something they were unaware of before?

Once, I posted an article about rape as a weapon of war in Syria due to ISIS, and my mother was furious! She could not believe I would put something so gruesome on Facebook. My rebuttal was, “This is a young woman’s real life.” I have noticed people have a way of dehumanizing the people who need to be humanized the most. Therefore, I feel as though my purpose is to inform the world of Facebook about more than a couple of cute cat videos (although those are also appreciated). The first step to solving any problem is awareness; if you don’t know it’s a problem you can’t fix it.

Hello, is anyone home?

Of course, being blonde comes with all of the less than intelligent jokes. Funny and innocent at first, later they became offensive, considering they were coming from those not enrolled in college, jobless with a Good Enough Diploma. As soon as I make a mistake or forget something, what follows next is usually a “It’s okay, you’re blonde.” or “Dumb blonde.” Sometimes I think this is what people think is going on in my head.

But in reality, my mind is moving as fast as Usain Bolt in the 200m.


“Mendel’s concept of the laws of genetics was lost to the world for a generation because his publication did not reach the few who were capable of grasping and extending it; and this sort of catastrophe is undoubtedly being repeated all about us, as truly significant attainments become lost in the mass of the inconsequential.”

This “nugget” from Vannevar Bush’s article “As We May Think” stood out to me throughout the entire experience of the article. It resonated with me more than anything else in the article. It is amazing to me that Gregor Mendel, one of the most famous and genius scientists in history had his work lost for so long. In every biology, chemistry, and any other science class for that matter, has taught of Mendel’s discoveries that changed history. It also amazes me that without the help of a few people to extend his findings his work was lost, almost forever. It makes one question what other findings have been made that the general population is unaware of due to lack of communication between parties. For example, could there be a cure for HIV/AIDS? Or a way to end poverty and world hunger?

Becoming a Better Thinker discusses the importance of excercising your brain along with you body.There is detailed research to support all claims. It is an interesting topic to think about because many people, myself included, do not find it particularly important. “Brain Games”, as she calls them, are used to exercise your memory, improve cognitive brain function, etc. She states the greatest improvement has been with the elderly population. This makes sense due to the fact that as people get older they are expected to remember less and their memories begin to diminish. I think everyone can learn something valuable from this blog and it can help them in taking the first step to improve their brain function. While reading the blog, I wanted to go download the lumosity app and work on my own brain. The only question I have after reading this is, are there any consequences to these games, or are they really just beneficial?

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