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Our Blog and Control

April 25, 2011 Leave a comment

When I first heard that our class would be starting a blog at the beginning of the year, it seemed that some of the class along with myself were skeptical about how useful or rewarding it would be.  I had never been part of an informal blog and I really didn’t understand the purpose of it all.  Even after looking through a number of other blogs to get a feel for them, I felt that they lacked real creativity and purpose.  However, as the semester wore on and we got our first batch of blog posts, I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of them.  Now, looking back through all the posts we’ve had this year, I realized that we’ve covered so many different aspects of technology and we’ve displayed some part of their essence.  Each post is not standing alone, but instead it is somehow connected to the rest through the intricate web of information.  Any strain of information you find interesting in on one post can be followed up by similar info in another post.  Needless to say I was very impressed about what we had done with the blog.  Looking back though I also

noticed something else; so many of the posts, including mine, had something to do with control. To name a few, three posts dealing with Privacy, College ACB and Simple Miscommunications seemed to center on this idea of control.  One dealt with not being able to control our privacy, the next about not being able to control what is said about us and finally not even being able to control what we write out in a text.  I then began to think about technology and control and it started to make sense.  Technology can make us feel connected to the world in ways that very few other things can.  However, it also has the ability to have control over us when we dont truly understand its function and purpose.  After reading about so many different types of technology and how people feel about them on this blog it seems that opinions about technology actually revolve about how much control we can have over them.  In a boiled down version, we like technology we can control and we don’t like technology that we can’t control.  Unfortunately, as technology becomes more advanced and more useful, it seems that we are also losing control and that idea appears worrisome to many people.

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Imagination still King

February 4, 2011 1 comment

Future technology Photography small  Lens cameraTechnology continues to advance each day and with each new discovery people are amazed by what humans have accomplished.  We think of how far we have come and everything that our new technology can do for us to make our lives a little better.  We think about how innovative we are and how impressive our skills as inventors are.  While most people may be in total awe of what we are able to make, I think about something else.  I think about the power of our imagination and I think about how it will always outpace any technology humans will ever create.  The picture to the right is what some people believe to be the future of photography.  The huge lens can take a snapshot of whatever it is looking pointed towards and it immediately streams the digital information to a computer.  My reaction to this future camera was at first a sense of awe.  No doubt it looks cool andserves its purpose quite well.  But then for some reason I though back to when I was 5 years old.  If you asked me then what the best way to take a picture I probably would’ve told you something along the lines of, “Oh, just make a box out of your fingers, put it

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up to your eyes and say snap.”  Now that may seem totally ridiculous, but back then my imagination allowed me to believe that I could really take a picture using only my hands and my eyes.  So although that future camera may seem really high tech it still is far inferior to the camera my imagination was able to create.  Another example of this phenomenon was only a few years ago in 2007 when Apple announced that they were coming out with a “touch screen” ipod.  Before I had seen the actual prototype I though to myself wow that’s pretty cool they’ve actually come up with a totally flat touch screen.  What I imagined was actually very similar to the picture to the right.  As soon as I heard touch screen I thought it would be a clear flat screen with almost no depth.  However, the actual ipod touch fell abruptly short of my expectations.  Even today they have yet to develop and shelf a product like the one I imagined.  Technology will continue to progress, but it seems that simple imagination will always be years ahead of any invention.

Keep Stumbling

January 28, 2011 3 comments

Discover the best of the web on StumbleUponHave you ever found yourself stumbling upon an idea.? Not too sure how you got there, but somehow through a number of different random thoughts, your mind comes across an idea.  The path may have been twisted, but your mind has somehow navigated through all your seemingly unconnected thoughts and made a synthesis of all of it.  You may not have noticed this phenomenon, but it is happening constantly.  Now this may seem like a lot of work.  Some may be thinking, “wow all this time my brain spends stumbling across random ideas is a little bit of a  waste.”  Wish you didn’t have to do that work yourself??  Well now you can! With the new website StumbleUpon.com, you can click stumble at the top of any webpage and it will bring you to another website and idea.  The website uses your preferences and likes/dislikes in order to create a huge sites and topics that are interesting to you.  This site does a lot of the “thinking” for you by leading you down certain paths and choosing what you will view.  Despite doing some of the work for you, this site is actually incredibly helpful in introducing new topics or ideas that can stimulate new thought that would have otherwise been unlikely.  So whether you’re doing it in your mind or through this new website, make sure you keep stumbling.

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