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An Edit of my Second Nugget

Calvin and Hobbs Duplicator

Let me throw a revised nugget at you.

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I thought my last nugget was pretty interesting, but maybe I left out some detail that I had wanted to add! The nugget I had chosen is as follows:

Throughout the period I examined, in short, my “thinking” time was devoted mainly to activities that were essentially clerical or mechanical: searching, calculating, plotting, transforming, determining the logical or dynamic consequences of a set of assumptions or hypotheses, preparing the way for a decision or an insight. Moreover, my choices of what to attempt and what not to attempt were determined to an embarrassingly great extent by considerations of clerical feasibility, not intellectual capability.

The main suggestion conveyed by the findings just described is that the operations that fill most of the time allegedly devoted to technical thinking are operations that can be performed more effectively by machines than by men. Severe problems are posed by the fact that these operations have to be performed upon diverse variables and in unforeseen and continually changing sequences. If those problems can be solved in such a way as to create a symbiotic relation between a man and a fast information-retrieval and data-processing machine, however, it seems evident that the cooperative interaction would greatly improve the thinking process.”

When reading this I came to a conclusion. Technology will not advance without the perseverance and dedication of mankind to put forth the effort to advance technology into the future. Without mankind, there is no technology. This conclusion has pushed me to believe that one day, there will be a huge technological advancement, due to mankind of course, and all will go wrong. This will lead to the takeover of technological beings on Earth and we will all be compromised. Then again this is a theory, but who knows, maybe there will a new version of Frankenstein? So if you’re asking if robots will take over the world, my answer is yes.

Frankenstein

Now a lot of people might think differently (and that is totally fine because they might not have watched as many TV shows or movies as I did when I was a kid). But it is always interesting to hear what others have to say about such circumstances.

In What’s for Dinher’s blog, he states a really good point that I never thought about. As human’s, we are developed to think and to solve situations logically (for the most part unless we get carried away). The analysis in that blogged proved to question me that if we did rely in technology so much, will we seriously lose all our thinking capabilities and logical touch? We will end up becoming like the obese people in Wall-E who use technology so much that they don’t care about their body.

When I read MJ’s blog, it definitely connects to the first blog I read. With technology rising, we are thinking less than we should. A simple invention like the calculator makes math calculations so much easier for us. Back when my parents were in school, they had to do calculations all in their head and work shown out on paper.

In Maryam’s Blog, she brings up a very interesting point, “how do we talk to computers?” Well, the simple answer is coding. The complicated answer is learning coding. There are so many codes that are out there right now. Java, HTML, and MySQL, are only three languages out of the many. Only programmers can communicate with technology and make them operate the way they should. If you’re not a programmer, either learn technology, or good luck.

C Program

 

Max’s blog states another example of how much we rely on the internet today. It’s crazy because we rely on research, answers to our questions, and educational material. All of these can be found on the world wide web and we don’t have to go back in time and go to a public library where we have to search through books for our answers.

Librarian

 

In this last blog, I could not have agreed any better with the author. The author says that the way we rely on technology is actually important. A computer thinks faster and more efficiently than we humans do. But my question becomes, does that mean we humans have to stop thinking? Absolutely not!

A Mutual Benefit Between Man and Machine

In the world today, technological advancement is rapidly growing, from the eradication of cell-phones to the advancement of smart phones, the unnecessary heavy desktop computers for laptops and now iPads and all kinds of tablets, registers at malls to becoming self checkout counters, and many more. These are only a few examples that can be given.

In J.C.R, Licklider’s essay, I found a particular nugget really interesting to me:

Throughout the period I examined, in short, my “thinking” time was devoted mainly to activities that were essentially clerical or mechanical: searching, calculating, plotting, transforming, determining the logical or dynamic consequences of a set of assumptions or hypotheses, preparing the way for a decision or an insight. Moreover, my choices of what to attempt and what not to attempt were determined to an embarrassingly great extent by considerations of clerical feasibility, not intellectual capability.

The main suggestion conveyed by the findings just described is that the operations that fill most of the time allegedly devoted to technical thinking are operations that can be performed more effectively by machines than by men. Severe problems are posed by the fact that these operations have to be performed upon diverse variables and in unforeseen and continually changing sequences. If those problems can be solved in such a way as to create a symbiotic relation between a man and a fast information-retrieval and data-processing machine, however, it seems evident that the cooperative interaction would greatly improve the thinking process.”

This piece really stood out to me for a specific reason, and that’s because it seems that what Licklider is saying is that we can limit thinking time and improve efficiency by using mankind’s flexibility and a computers accuracy. When a man works with a machine, advancement of society would become the biggest benefactor.

In the world today, one can argue that the rise of technology is causing some sort of problems with mankind. Man vs. technology refers to the consequences that have been brought out as a result of man’s inventions on technological knowledge. One example of a conflict between man and technology is the way man invents an item that later come to destroy him. This can be shown in today’s world is through unemployment. Only a few years ago did we have cashiers regularly checking out customers. Then someone decided it was a fabulous idea to develop self-checkout counters. When I first saw these self-checkout counters, I thought it was a horrendous idea. Who would want to develop a machine that cuts jobs? Finally a bell rang…the answer came to mind and it was businesses, Big corporations would rather save money in the long run by cutting jobs and using machines to save costs. In this case, man is not working with machines, rather it’s a survival of the fittest. These machines can get really annoying however

Self Checkout Counter

Self Checkout Counter 2

Something that has benefited from the cooperation of mankind and technology is what I believe is cell phones. In the world today, communication has never been more important. Whether it’s communicating with coworkers, flirting with ladies, planning events, playing games when boredom arises, or even setting an alarm, a cellphone has it all.  I remember when a phone once had a game called “Snake”, a simple game that would suck all your time and energy until you snake ate all the dots and you got the highest score you could achieve.

SNake

Technology Vs. Papers

Today, cellphones are more interactive. With more technological advancements, these new cellphones lost their names, and now call themselves Smartphone. Do you need a calculator, a calendar, a high-tech device to make you look fancy, a working device for your company, group applications to mass message many people? Look no more, today you have iPhones, GalaxyS5s, HTC, Nokia Lumia, and everything else that myself, and the world keep forgetting due to the ample amount of technology.

The only downside is that sometimes the people who put together these phones can’t afford it….quite the life right?

Phone Charger Length and Third World Problems

Interest Inventory in Relation to Mass Media

Listed below are 20 topics that can potentially be used to see how they compare to mass media:

 

Poverty: How is poverty in third world countries compared to first world? How far is someone willing to go to eradicate Poverty? What kind of conditions do impoverished countries’ governments operate? How does conflict raise poverty? Can education lead to the eradication of poverty?

War: Do religious militants fear nothing until they reach their goals? How are kids brainwashed from a young age and then potentially become martyrs to earn money for their families? How can any kinds of war solve any issues? Do only the dead see the end of war?

Workers Rights in Brazil: How is the situation ruining the country with FIFA World Cup being played there now?

 

Space Exploration:  Major space missions are at an all time low, what is the next step to space exploration?

Technology Advancement: How can the quick rise of technology potentially harm us, and be a negative influence to the future?

Student Loans: How can there be a way to reduce the interest rates so students don’t have to worry about financial burdens to receive an education? Lower interest rates to Wall Street Interest Rates especially with media stating high student debt?

Racism in America: Our racist culture still hasn’t died out, what steps are being taking to further the prevention of any slurs?

FIFA World Cup: How has the world cup ruined infrastructures in host countries with the media portraying some of the incidents?

Living in Outer Space: Are we around the corner or do we still have a long way to go? Is media influencing we stay on Earth?

Intelligence Community: Should we be more careful about what we post on instagram especially since the Patriot Act, CIA, NSA, and FBI are going crazy and stalking people and tapping phones for potential terrorism?

School: Are classes leaning towards grasping technology and education kids or still sticking with old school methods with books and chalk boards?

Sleeping: Use of media to portray various kinds of beds, as well as trying to enable people to buy sleeping pills and see doctors for any kinds of diseases?

HairStyles; Does the way you style your hair affect how you look in facebook, instagram, and other social media networks?

Dress Styles: Is it necessary to maintain that high level of classiness as seen by GQ online and characters in TV shows?

Jobs: How TV and online websites help people get a job so they can  work? Promotion of working?

Pregnancy: Can we take another baby boom as as media says because our economy is unstable we can potentially have another crash?

Vacations: How does media portray some vacation spots than to others? How do companies promote their ideals through media to attract customers?

Poor self image: social media and other types of media like advertisement  in the USA that leads to this.

Sandy Hook Shooting: news that captured the event and the public’s response to it on social media.

Medicare and Medicaid: Does ObamaCare change the way that these two operate and how does the media portray the use of both in today’s society?

Electrical public transportation: digital layouts of routes that electrical public transportations take.