Prof. Andrew Marx
December 7, 2018
Final Revision Reflection
For my paper I decided to write about artificial intelligence and the effect it may have on the future of the job market. I made revisions on my paper dealing with grammatical errors, structure, comprehension, and I fixed some of the citations. In my infographic I made revisions on the font-size, color, placement of information, and I also made the page a little bit bigger to make it easier to see and read. The matrix synthesis project really helped me on my paper because it brought new information to light. I was having trouble finding sources and learning about the database really made it easier to locate scholarly information. For the Google+ community I just got feedback that the font and structure should be clearer, so I adjusted that. The biggest challenge I faced in the course of the major assignment definitely revolved around trying to locate studies relevant to my topic. When I was looking around on google for information I couldn’t really find anything so the main way I overcame that was by using the information provided about the database from when we had class in the library.
Looking back, I’m glad that I attempted the topic, but it was not an easy one to pursue. It was really hard to find information because the prospect of artificial intelligence is so new and there is really no data as of yet on how it will really affect the job market so most of my paper focused on future usage possibilities and past scenarios that are similar to what we are seeing with artificial intelligence now. I would have definitely picked a different topic knowing what I know now. I would probably write about something currently affecting us as a society because that opens up the possibility of more data being available on the topic.
My thinking of artificial intelligence has changed a little bit. The idea of it doesn’t seem so terrifying to me anymore because it can actually have some great effects on the advancement of humankind. Some fields could be greatly benefitted from having artificial intelligence. I will say that I still believe that this could cause even greater disparities in the gap between economic classes. I found the prospect of Disney using something such as a stuntronics very interesting.
I think as a writer I have improved with being able to find more information that I can add to papers to make them longer without sounding repetitive. Such as using the database, that has really helped me improve papers for my other classes as well and has opened up the world of research to a great degree.
As a researcher I am just more careful about the type of material I use now. I try to make sure that the article has some sort of scholarly substance to it. I also don’t settle for information from websites that might not be reliable. The use of the database had made me feel the need to not do that. The reason I would do this is because I would have a hard time finding information and I would be scared that I would have a paper with a lack of information. The database has provided me with plenty of information as well as the security of knowing that it is a reliable source.
As a critical thinker I have improved by knowing what to look for in a source. The little assigned readings have helped me see examples of well written scholarly texts and not so much poorly written ones, but ones that should just probably be left out. They also helped to show what bias in a paper can look like. So not just reading about what bias is but actually seeing it being used throughout a paper.
As for advice I would just say to stay on top of your work and not try to complete things a week before they are due. Doing things little by little with actually leave you with less stress and a better sounding paper. I would also say to do the readings assigned in the textbook as a way to gain knowledge about terms and how to write an effective paper. I would also say the take the Matrix Synthesis very seriously as that assignment was the one that provided me with the most information. It was also helpful because it provided you to do research on all sides of the argument.
Overall this course has improved my skills as a writer greatly and has provided me with great tools to use in order to write papers. I could definitely see myself using the matrix synthesis as a way to do very effective research and to make sure I am looking at all sides of the argument. Also, before this course I had never written an inquiry proposal paper so learning how to format and write that way will be very useful for classes in the future. The pacing of the course also made it easier to develop a final project. It actually made me more comfortable in my writing because I knew I had ample amount of time to do very deep research. Just seeing how much my writing has improved and completing the task of writing a very lengthy project just restored my faith in myself and my dedication to school.