So last year I had to find a project about something that really grinds my gears. The top two choices were either the food industry or the prison system. While the food industry won that battle last year, I am happy that I have found a reason to talk about our prison system. The web space I chose actually was what opened my eyes to the flaws in our judicial branch, it gave viewers a real reason to yell “F@#$ the Police!” other than their BAC level. My question is what technological/ judicial improvements could be made to decrease incarceration rates while keeping citizens safe from dangerous individuals. It seems to me that if we have the most citizens and foreigners incarcerated that we would realize that this is not an award we should be proud of. I want to research other countries techniques with handling dangerous prisoners, as well as local municipalities. To me, it seems like a waste of an individual to rot in prison when there could be a more productive option.
Looking at my digital space ten years from now I would hope I can look at it with pride, prideful for not what the prison system was but what it has become. I can only hope that the video motivates individuals to become aware about how flawed our prison system is. From total segregation from society to the crimes within the prison, our judicial branch has become out of hand and is too focused on punishment rather than deterrence and it is time for a change. In the future I expect that congress would have realized that catastrophic failure the prison system has become. Letting my imagination run wild I could only imagine that this web space acts as a catalyst for change.
Edit: Unfortunately this post will probably not be too relevant for my research question. Although it may be helpful to mention what a prisoner would think of this video if they saw it on their release date 10 years from now.
“We have designed an interim version of the Dynabook on which several interesting systems have been written in a new medium for communication, the Smalltalk programming language.2 We have explored the usefulness of the systems with more than 200 users, most notably setting up a learning resource center in a local junior high school.”
I imagined how those incarcerated in prisons would react if they saw a computer like this for the first time. Most of those incarcerated most likely have never even seen a computer. I can’t imagine the cultural shock freed prisoners felt when seeing technology that was invented while they were serving time.
It actually reminded me of a video I came across in high school, a rapper freed from prison sees what a selfie is for the first time. While in the video he doesn’t look extremely impressed, but he goes on later to say in an interview that it was quite the shock to see that technology has changed so rapidly.
So I have decided to write about a web space and my conversation is going to based off of the comments on the web space. It is a video on YouTube about mass incarceration in the United States. It discusses the issues with it and displays it with a very eye opening way. It was one of those videos that made me think about the topic for days. I believe there is plenty of arguments brought up in the comments to give me more than enough information for this paper.
In high school twitter was the move, my class used it all the time. During periods we would tweet about the drama of the day, obviously paying zero attention to the teacher. It took a up a great part of phone world, but when college came around I found myself using it less and less. Why? Partially because it was a task to thing of a tweet more than once a day, only to be rewarded with six favorites and a retweet if it was decently clever. When I was informed I had to make a twitter account for this class I was so confused why but it sort created a friendly group with these hashtags. It allows us to mingle with each other on similar topics without even having to necessarily know each other. This project has opened my eyes to new ways to communicate with each other and create a community within twitter.
“Schools as we know them all run on the same principles: iron all subjects flat than then proceed, in groups, at a forced march across the flattened plain. Material is dumped on the students and their responses calibrated; their interaction and involvements with the material is not encouraged nor taken into consideration, but their dutifulness of response is carefully monitored.
While an exact arrangement of intended motivations for the student is preset within the system, they do not usually take effect according to the ideal. It is not that students are unmotivated, but motivated askew. Rather than seek to achieve in the way they are supposed to, students turn to churlishness, surliness, or intellectual sheepishness. A general human motivation is god-given at the beginning and warped or destroyed by the educational process as we know it; thus we internalize at last that most fundamental of grownup goals: just to get through another day. ”
This nugget is something that I clicked with right away. I caught myself nodding my head as if I was conversation with the author agreeing with what he had to say. This is an issue I saw as I grew up and I cannot see it changing in the foreseeable future. Our public educational system has set up individuals to work under those who started in private schools, making the majority of the population behind educationally. Even compared to the world we fall behind, and yet we are still so proud to be American. I was frustrated but not surprised when I recently learned that my home town is actually one of the snobbiest places in America. This is partly because of the fact that there are more private schools than public in this area making the education gap even greater.
Yet I digress, even some the most brilliant people did not even finish college, let alone attend private schools. So in the end maybe education is not so much about what a teacher teaches you but rather what you want to teach yourself in life.
“Although detailed discussion of techniques of automatic speech recognition is beyond the present scope, it is fitting to note that computing machines are playing a dominant role in the development of automatic speech recognizers. They have contributed the impetus that accounts for the present optimism, or rather for the optimism presently found in some quarters. Two or three years ago, it appeared that automatic recognition of sizeable vocabularies would not be achieved for ten or fifteen years; that it would have to await much further, gradual accumulation of knowledge of acoustic, phonetic, linguistic, and psychological processes in speech communication. Now, however, many see a prospect of accelerating the acquisition of that knowledge with the aid of computer processing of speech signals, and not a few workers have the feeling that sophisticated computer programs will be able to perform well as speech-pattern recognizes even without the aid of much substantive knowledge of speech signals and processes. Putting those two considerations together brings the estimate of the time required to achieve practically significant speech recognition down to perhaps five years, the five years just mentioned.”
When I read this all I could imagine was Siri speaking to me. This passage is almost a description of Siri, but it’s ability is much greater than what Licklider was describing. Siri can go beyond just a few thousand words, it knows more than one language and can cancel out most background noise. The part that found interesting was that Lickliders’ prediction was decades off. Was it the lack of technology or was the market simply not interested in such technology at the time? It is hard for me to imagine that in the 90’s individuals wouldn’t want a personal voice assistant. None the less Licklider dropped my jaw when he was describing a program not yet invented.
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