Nugget Dos “Man-Computer Symbiosis” J.C.R. Licklider

“Any present-day large-scale computer is too fast and too costly for real-time cooperative thinking with one man. Clearly, for the sake of efficiency and economy, the computer must divide its time among many users. Timesharing systems are currently under active development. There are even arrangements to keep users from “clobbering” anything but their own personal programs.

It seems reasonable to envision, for a time 10 or 15 years hence, a “thinking center” that will incorporate the functions of present-day libraries together with anticipated advances in information storage and retrieval and the symbiotic functions suggested earlier in this paper. The picture readily enlarges itself into a network of such centers, connected to one another by wide-band communication lines and to individual users by leased-wire services. In such a system, the speed of the computers would be balanced, and the cost of the gigantic memories and the sophisticated programs would be divided by the number of users.”    -J.R.C. Licklider-

The quote, “any present-day large-scale computer is too fast and too costly for real-time cooperative thinking with one man,” stood out to me.  I was reminded of this video:

Did You Know 3.0

This video explains how fast our social networking is growing and compares the rate of internet/ technology growth with our population.  Licklider was exactly on point when he described that we would be living in a world with “wire-band communities”.  The video displays how fast technology had advanced internet communities, and how “gigantic memories and the sophisticated programs would be divided by the number of users”.

If you look at today, we have a social community, where billions of people can have communications without actually having to meet up with one another.  There are social networking sites, such as: Facebook, YouTube, vimeo, flicker, LinkedIn, WordPress, Instagram, etc… that impacts our communication today.  Now these days, you could make new friends online, meet your future husband & wife, and even send virtual hugs to your loved ones online!

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We are co-timesharing with individuals via internet, regardless of time, place, and people.  At this rate of technology enhancements, it would not be a surprise to find that in few years later, computers will outdate and outsmart our human brain capacity.   It scares me that the more technology advancements our society pushes towards, the greater chance of science innovation replacing humanity.

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“Any present-day large-scale computer is too fast and too costly for real-time cooperative thinking with one man. Clearly, for the sake of efficiency and economy, the computer must divide its time among many users. Timesharing systems are currently under active development. There are even arrangements to keep users from “clobbering” anything but their own personal programs.

It seems reasonable to envision, for a time 10 or 15 years hence, a “thinking center” that will incorporate the functions of present-day libraries together with anticipated advances in information storage and retrieval and the symbiotic functions suggested earlier in this paper. The picture readily enlarges itself into a network of such centers, connected to one another by wide-band communication lines and to individual users by leased-wire services. In such a system, the speed of the computers would be balanced, and the cost of the gigantic memories and the sophisticated programs would be divided by the number of users.”    -J.R.C. Licklider-

The quote, “any present-day large-scale computer is too fast and too costly for real-time cooperative thinking with one man,” stood out to me.  I was reminded of this video:

Did You Know 3.0

This video explains how fast our social networking is growing and compares the rate of internet/ technology growth with our population.  Licklider was exactly on point when he described that we would be living in a world with “wire-band communities”.  The video displays how fast technology had advanced internet communities, and how “gigantic memories and the sophisticated programs would be divided by the number of users”.

If you look at today, we have a social community, where billions of people can have communications without actually having to meet up with one another.  There are social networking sites, such as: Facebook, YouTube, vimeo, flicker, LinkedIn, WordPress, Instagram, etc… that impacts our communication today.  Now these days, you could make new friends online, meet your future husband & wife, and even send virtual hugs to your loved ones online!

hug

We are co-timesharing with individuals via internet, regardless of time, place, and people.  At this rate of technology enhancements, it would not be a surprise to find that in few years later, computers will outdate and outsmart our human brain capacity.   It scares me that the more technology advancements our society pushes towards, the greater chance of science innovation replacing humanity.  Actually technology will eventually destroy humanity.   Here is a video that talks about Google Robot (video is quite long, you can skip to 2:52, if you don’t have time to watch the whole video):

Google Robots Will Inevitably Destroy Humanity

This video literally states my fear.  The Google Robot will outsmart, outthink, and outmaneuver human beings by the year of 2029.  There will be no need for humanity work, because every jobs will be replaced by smart Google Robots.  We would live a life of comfort with no jobs.   Living a comfortable life would be a better way of saying this:  How would you want to live your life?  Do you want to live a life where you will be acknowledged and needed by our society and have a job that you would be proud of, or do you want a life with no recognition by our society, because our skills and “humans” are not needed for jobs anymore.  Robots will replace humanity, if we can’t control our knowledge and technology growth.  These innovations that were proposed by our brains to make our living comfortable will eventually destroy humanity.

There are two sides to technology advancement, and Mirna’s blog post explains the integration of technology and humans.  In her side, she agrees with diffusion of technology within our society.  It is refreshing to see a two side to one problem.  Here, Mirna provided the readers with a positive side to technology advancement – wireless long-term implantable brain chip that allowed paralyzed patients to use their minds for robotic technology.   In some extent, I agree with Mirna, but when looking at technology advancement in long term, there might be more problems than benefits to our society from technology – as the Thoughts from a Unicorn blogger compared the changes of technology in time, the readers can see the benefits and the cons to technology.

I have to definitely agree with the willthesullivan blogger about technology : “…once robots and other electronic machines outdo human thinking, what will there be left to do? Even before we reach that point a large portion of the human population will be automated out of a job. When that happens, what will we do all day?”

YIKES! WE WILL BE DOOMED ONCE ROBOTS OUTSMART HUMAN BEINGS! (Little sarcasm intended.)

Reporting My Dream

“A picture is worth a thousands of words.”

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Digital images are perceived much faster by the brain than texts.  Our brain visually processing an image has more impact than texts or words.  It may be science to be blamed for I am more interested in images and photos, rather than digital music or sounds.  Photos tell stories.  They capture moments in life that we would like to capture in our lifetime.  When photos convey meanings, the images give us a glimpse into people’s lives.  The honest and truth of human nature at it’s finest.  The photos contain feelings and emotions that cannot be relayed by mere words.  Images, also, convey emotions and dramas within our lives  and hits the humanitarian realities – love, hatred, sorrow, pride, fear, hope, confusion, courage…  Whether a camera captures the beauty or the ugliness of our world, it’s a work of art; it can only be said to be magnificent.

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VIETNAM RELEASED POW

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Some things can’t be republished by words.  Let the photos explain to you what happened.

Cameras don’t lie.  They capture the moment as it is.

What Will I Dream?

I am visually intrigued by color coordination and appearance of kinetic images.  Usually I share my photos online as a memory lane through my life.

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When I am not editing photos or sharing gifs online, I usually go on YouTube and watch random videos, just to kill time.  Or, I would YouTube songs and musics that catch my interest.

This one YouTube caught my attention, and I thought I would like to share it with my #thoughtvectors bloggers!  It’s kind of/ sort of related to our studies. Click the video link below:

DID YOU KNOW? INTERNET 3.0

I enjoy reading books online at Scribd.com.  Scribd website not only contains published books, but also, books written by anonymous writers, or should I say, “author-wanna-bes”.  It’s one place in the web that I occasionally feel comforted by the warm wraps of words and writings from various writers and journalists.

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Connections Between Associative Trails

When we first started this class, I was like:

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I had no experience with blogging, what so ever, and don’t even mention twitter.  I don’t even have a Facebook.  (And yes, you can still have a social life without having an online social networking ID.)

Looking back at this week, it was stressful and overwhelming, but I had a little victorious “AH-HA!” moment.

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I had to learn how to use a Twitter account, actively post blogs online, and write away on other classmates’ blogs.  As I have come to learn and embrace social networking, I realized, “Hey! This blogging is not so bad after all?”

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I have come to realize how everyone is truly unique and different in so many ways.  By comparing other’s thought process and their internet history trails, I was surprised to find that many were not so distracted.  As for me, my eyes wandered around the site, making sure to read every little ads or anything that caught my attention.  Yet, most of the other students stayed focused and organized.

For example, Paria and Pooja‘s history was concise and to the point, as shown in their screenshot photos.  It was interesting to see that their internet history lists were organized and well structured.  As for me, I had to explore all the other topics that were semi-related to my main point.  I wanted to know my other options and interests before concluding into one topic, but it seemed that Paria and Pooja had specific main topic in their head to start off their research.  Their specific goals of what to look for while surfing the web was prominent in their screenshot photo of their internet histories.

I found similarities in Rachel‘s screenshot photos with my screenshot photo.  Even though Rachel’s list of history was short, she did go around wandering with websites that were similar or related to her topic.  I, also, did wander around the website to see if I can find anything that were associated with my main topic.

When looking back at my nugget post, I can see that I was hesitant to make a decision on what to write as my main topic for my nugget post.  I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to go into details about my main topic of technology, or to keep it short to the point.  Even today, I look back at my nugget post and have the urge to add more words to explain further into my opinion on technology.  I, also, realized that I have been biased into deciding whether technology advancement was for the better or for the worst.  Looking back at my original post, I have many regrets in my head.  One of the regrets is how I failed to make a stand in one point of view.  If I had just a stronger say in how technology was created for the worst, I could have taken a firm stand against anti-technology.  Yet, in my original writing, I used many untoned sarcastic questions that made the readers question my opinion towards my view on technology.  There are many sentences that I would like to erase or re-correct, but what has been done, is what has been written.  Till next time… No regrets.

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My Own Associative Trails

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After I had deleted my original history, I could not fight the urge to stray off topic.  When I clicked on one webpage, one page led to another and the to another;  I realized that I could not focus on one topic at a time.  It was like a chain of reaction: one image grasped my attention, then I would see an article title that seemed interesting; and even before I knew it, my finger was clicking for the article page.  These trails explain my apparent short attention span and my wondering eyes from one website to another, while conceptualizing my nugget post.

My primary focus was on technology advancement, but looking through the screenshots, I can see that I was more focused on the affect of technology.  I felt that I was biased on my nugget post due to my biased perspectives on technology advancement.

“As We May Think”

greed“The applications of science have built man a well-supplied house, and are teaching him to live healthily therein. They have enabled him to throw masses of people against one another with cruel weapons. They may yet allow him truly to encompass the great record and to grow in the wisdom of race experience. He may perish in conflict before he learns to wield that record for his true good. Yet, in the application of science to the needs and desires of man, it would seem to be a singularly unfortunate stage at which to terminate the process, or to lose hope as to the outcome.”

Technology advancement has driven our lives to comfort.  Sometimes, we are too comfortable in our present state that we don’t realize how much we dislike change or innovation.  Science is going to expend and broaden our horizons, and innovation will lead human’s capacities to explore the world of unknown.   Due to the “needs and desires of a man”, technology will eventually destroy past generation’s work.  From Revolutionary War to World War II, our soldiers fought for our rights for freedom and privacy.  Yet the more technology advancement we will achieve, the more less freedom and less privacy that will be provided to the people.  We, the people, are willing to loose our core human rights and trade in our freedom for a comfortable life; a life with degrading health due to our laziness, a technology that will replace human labor, and a world where we no longer need to work, because everything will be provided to us at a fingertip length.

Whether the growth of technology was evolved from the world’s greed for power , or whether the scientific advancement was to improve the lives of this world, we know for sure that there are many benefits, just as there are many opposing ideas for innovation and creativity.  But is this for good?  Will technology advancement actually help us become a better society?  Or will technology ruin people’s morals and create war, fighting for more power, destroying what was good?

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“How Does It Feel When I Think?”

One good representation of my thinking is a person who is diagnosed with an Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).   As many people know, people who have ADHD have problem focusing, or suffer from lack of controlled behavior.  When I am thinking, my mind tends to run off topic or run off tangency.  It’s like my brain can’t concentrate on one topic at a time.   However, when my thinking cap is working to its maximum speed, my mind no longer have problems coming up with decisions, but rather, I have a brain that creates a world within itself.  When there’s silence in my brain, my thought becomes words, and words become imaginations, and my imaginations become my actions – a controlled person with creativity.   ADHD is not a mental disorder, but a drive that focuses my passion and thoughts into clarity.

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