“Feel free to begin here. The other side is just if you want to know more about computers, which are changeable devices for twiddling symbols. Otherwise, skip it.” He wrote this believing his most essential message was not about computers, but about media and design. He believed the importance of computers lay not in their capacity for calculation, but in the fact that they would enable new generations of media.”
In this quote, I think Nelson is stating how the creative design is way much more important than the computer itself, and I totally agree with him. He believes that what the computer can do does not enable new generations of media and that the design should both be creative and push the audiences’ minds. Every detail in computers and in the media will continue to stay in this advancement of technology and affect the presentations, actions, and system.
To be honest, I struggled a lot in the beginning of the semester trying to keep up with the daily blog posts. Also, the articles that we had to read made it harder for me to do class discussions since I was not able to completely understand it. I think the reading is on a higher level than what I am used to but I am hoping that as time pass I will be able to get adjusted to the readings that we have to do.
I really like this blog, unlike me, it seems like he knows exactly what he is doing and his posts are well put together with examples and pictures which I can start doing for my own posts.
Another blog that is very opposite of me is this one, this student knows exactly what they are talking about and it seems like they enjoy the daily blog posts and the topic we are learning about. I am hoping to get as engaged into this topic as this student and understand the material more clearly.
As of now, I chose my primary text to be the app Yelp. This app can be used through any device and it has been downloaded and used by thousands of users. This app is basically a guide to finding the perfect place for you to eat since there are trustworthy reviews, ratings, and pictures that shows how the restaurant looks like, the mood, the workers, and etc.This app was founded by by Jeremy Stoppelman, Russel Simmons, and CTO back in 2004 and it has been getting more and more known after a several rounds of funding and expanding.
I chose this as my primary text because I thought the features this app gives changes the way people have been finding out about different restaurants and places. Through a single site/app, everything has been changed. Also, I have been wanting to know how the creators of this app came up with the idea and how they thought this app would affect people.
During class we did a class activity where we got into groups and went over our previous posts from reading the article and we were able to compare and contrasts each classmate’s opinion. I believe the different views on the technology advancement we had helped have different perspectives on this topic.
The motive behind using technology has changed from when people first started to use technology. It was first used to be just a helping guide for humans, but now it became a necessity for us that we can not live without.
“Pervading all of the augmentation means is a particular structure or organization. While an untrained aborigine cannot drive a car through traffic, because he cannot leap the gap between his cultural background and the kind of world that contains cars and traffic, it is possible to move step by step through an organized training program that will enable him to drive effectively and safely. In other words, the human mind neither learns nor acts by large leaps, but by steps organized or structured so that each one depends upon previous steps.” Chapter 2, paragraph 6
I agree with this paragraph, we tend to learn and move step by step instead of taking a big leap. Especially in this advanced society, we can only move on to the next step by being structured and educated.
I think I am doing well in this class so far. Even though I feel like the homework is a bit overwhelming, especially since there is a post due everyday, I am trying to get used to it. The activities we do during class I think it is very nice, since we are not pressured to talk to the whole class but in small groups to share what we think about the readings.
During the class activity on coming up with either a question or a statement, my partner and I came up with a question, “Why do people get sick”. To get deeper into this topic, we searched different illnesses and symptoms that comes with it. We searched a different question, “What causes sickness”, and it said that nausea or vomiting can indicate the cause, so we went deeper into it and came up with another question, “what causes nausea or vomiting”, and a multiple of conditions came up. Some of the conditions were; motion sickness, stages of pregnancy, food poisoning, overeating, concussion, and some forms of cancer. It went from a regular basic condition to a serious illness.
It was interesting how a very simple and easy question to answer lead to different categories of the topic. It was also very interesting how one question lead to another and we were able to form a better question and statement at the end.
“It seems likely that the contributions of human operators and equipment will blend together so completely in many operations that it will be difficult to separate them neatly in analysis. That would be the case it; in gathering data on which to base a decision, for example, both the man and the computer came up with relevant precedents from experience and if the computer then suggested a course of action that agreed with the man’s intuitive judgment. (In theorem-proving programs, computers find precedents in experience, and in the SAGE System, they suggest courses of action. The foregoing is not a far-fetched example. ) In other operations, however, the contributions of men and equipment will be to some extent separable”
I am not sure if I interpreted this paragraph the right way, but how I understood it is that humans would not be able to stop relying on technologies/machines. Also, the last part seems like it’s saying that the technologies need our “help” as much as we need theirs.
Classmates’ posts links:
Both of these blogs that I chose to write on this post are about how much we rely on machines/technologies. “Andierawr” talks about how typing and processing information is like second nature to us nowadays. It is very true on how typing “on keys became an everyday action in our modern technological world.”
The second blog talks about how cashiers just need their machines to calculate the change for the customers. Also, how “people don’t use cash as much, so all customer need to do is swipe a card”, as technologies improve, we are relying on it more and more which makes us to be more lazy and think less.
Even though technology advancement is great, I feel like it will come to a point where people would not have to move or think to get things done, which will really disable our brains by using it less and less.