User:KhajadaNeal/NMAC 4460 Journal
- 1 August 19, 2019: What I Think New Media Is
- 2 August 20, 2019: Defining New Media
- 3 September 6, 2019: Foundational Thinkers
- 4 September 6, 2019: Marshall McLuhan
- 5 September 13, 2019: Nicholas Negroponte
- 6 September 13, 2019: The Good Hacker
- 7 September 16, 2019: Linux
- 8 September 19, 2019: Understanding Software
- 9 September 27, 2019: Copyright Law
- 10 September 28, 2019: Remix and Participatory Culture
- 11 October 3, 2019: Computers and Dreams
- 12 October 5, 2019: Learning and Understanding
- 13 October 7, 2019: Cyberspace
- 14 October 9, 2019: Cyberspace Avatar
- 15 October 12, 2019: Differences Between Ludology and Narratology
- 16 October 15, 2019: Narrative and Video Gaming Research
- 17 October 20, 2019: Limit Ones Options
- 18 October 23, 2019: Man To a Machine
- 19 October 26, 2019: Living As a Cyborg
- 20 October 29, 2019: Humans Of The Future
- 21 December 7, 2019: Course Self-evaluation
- 22 Reference
August 19, 2019: What I Think New Media Is
New Media to me is anything that is new and continuously being updated by developer making it user friendly. Social media is more of my generations new media it's hard for some to get the hang of it because it is continuously changing. Apps, computer systems and cameras are all examples of different in style and look from when they were first introduced to the public. New media has moved towards the easy access and digital world as well as it has been taking over minds simple thinking.
August 20, 2019: Defining New Media
In reference to Defining New Media I learned that it is just composed of different types of old media that we knew as one thing merged together forming a different new type of media which make more options available. New media is different from cyberculture which can be described being more focused on the social media aspect while new media is more focused on the culture around it and digital. They don't want us to stay stuck using one generations for of electronics they want us to be able to transition as each new technology is made the more you are going to have to convert to it giving into those trying to make a profit. I learned that the definition of new media is not what you initially think that it is and that there is much more to it.
- @KhajadaNeal: I think new media aside from just being old media put together also is the device. The devices that allow us to view all of the converged older media is also, in part, new media. I also agree that there was way more to the term than we originally thought. Kyannayeager (talk) 13:56, 29 August 2019 (EDT)
- @KhajadaNeal: I think that new media is always changing, and like you stated about how old media is converged into making new media. It also always advancing, and you are correct that new media is more than what we think such as movies, cell phones, computers, etc... It's about how new media is changing and how it's going to change in the years to come. Vada.amerson (talk) Vada.amerson 21:45, 2 September 2019 (EDT)
September 6, 2019: Foundational Thinkers
When reading up on some of the Foundational Thinkers I learned that Charles Babbage was an English mathematician and inventor among a lot of other things he was the creator of the first mechanical computer and with years of many improvements became the computers we use today. When Babbage made his computer invention it was meant to be used for arithmetic table for those numbers that had a constant difference he even put all his money into an invention just for the government to stop supporting him. The Memex was created by Vannevar Bush an American engineer and inventor he wanted the Memex to be more of a tool to store and keep information possibly even studying your brain I thought that was interesting. The Memex reminds me of the internet the way he described using codes to store the information which is a lot of what we use the internet for today.
September 6, 2019: Marshall McLuhan
Marshall McLuhan was a Canadian Philosopher that is mostly known for his phrase "The Medium is the Message" this point was to describe how we view the world has changed and how they were changed because of new media. The message of the medium is the change that comes from it being exposed to the human world like the example given about the railway and how it didn't introduce the way of getting around but it expanded for more opportunities to come from it. A good example that could be given to someone for a better understanding of the medium is the message is like how telephones were invented but once it got expanded into being a cell phone it changed the way people communicate and interact with each other. In the TED Talk "How Architecture Helped Music Evolve" I understood how it could relate to what Marshall McLuhan was saying even in music every thing at some point changes to make something better out of the out come.
- @KhajadaNeal: McLuhan was a man before his time. Not only did the " medium is the message " start his great vision of foreseeing things for the future. I love that you mentioned his statement was basically how we view the world and how the world has changed because of new media.VincentH81 (talk) 20:29, 8 September 2019 (EDT)
September 13, 2019: Nicholas Negroponte
Nicholas Negroponte meaning of "Being Digital" seemed to be more about living through life digitally and being able to adapt to it for example using the computer or cell phone you can now use to check your e-mails you don't have to be in one specific area it gives you more options. The title Being Digital was given to the new age of technology explaining how books that were once important will change and be important through the digital form as bits get better in the future. Negroponte says that "bits are bits" because they are what makes up everything that is digital it is a key component that causes the digital to work. In the digital world the medium isn't the message because the digital world can be interpreted in different ways by different people through many digital forms like an example of multimedia.
September 13, 2019: The Good Hacker
I found it interesting that there are good hackers it is just the bad end up with the exposure also to learn that Ben Franklin was a hacker and he started the first volunteer fire fighter company in Philadelphia called the brigade. The good hackers help fit my understanding of "Being Digital" because I learned they are trying to help improve and change the world through digital form not go into people bank accounts to scam. Some hackers just like to explore systems and get to the root and understanding it better because the hacker hacks to fix or improve. Ben Franklin is considered a life hacker and him being a philosopher helped him to advise and record for others he influenced many people and still does today.
- @KhajadaNeal: If you think about it, there are a lot of hackers out there. Every invention, every computer program aims to solve a problem. Even the paper clip has a purpose! I like that hackers are really just creative problem solvers in the best way. It's a shame that crackers gave them a bad name. Hthrxlynn (talk) 01:03, 15 September 2019 (EDT)
- @KhajadaNeal: I think a lot of us will always think of hackers as the people who create viruses and break into banks. I never really thought about hacking as essentially being interchangeable with inventing. It makes sense if you think about things like life hacks. They are called hacks, though they are not malicious (though they are mostly dumb). They are pretty much just people inventing or "hacking" things to create something new. ParkerJennings (talk) 01:52, 16 September 2019 (EDT)
- @KhajadaNeal: When reading I definitely caught on fast that there are good hackers and bad hackers the bad most of the time gets put to the forefront and that's usually what we talk about. The good hackers are looking for the betterment of our future and technology that's the exact reason why I think good hackers deserve more exposure. Great post! VincentH81 (talk) 11:50, 16 September 2019 (EDT)
September 16, 2019: Linux
Richard Stallman is the founder of the free software movement and the GNU Project he paved the way to allow Linus Torvalds the ability to create Linux. This is where they created software for free and allowed people to come together to write different programs. Linux provides you with source codes for free but they still gain a profit through other distribution options that they have, for instance, the ability to purchase the older software. Users have full control over updates on the linux system, though difficult to set up on the computer, once it is installed it is easier and faster to help programs run. When Linux was first opened to the public there were a couple of people world wide that had already sent them back fixed software with different codes from the ones they originally posted. As Linux started to improve it's content it became competition for Microsoft Windows but with windows you have to pay for there content in order to use there source codes.
- @KhajadaNeal: Neither of your references here is complete, nor do your links work. It look like they might be good sources, but how do I check? —Grlucas (talk) 06:22, 26 September 2019 (EDT)
September 19, 2019: Understanding Software
Understanding Software I first had to learn what the GNU Project stood for "Gnu's Not Unix" Richard Stallman wanted to make sure you knew that it was something completely different from Unix because he took the time to replace everything in Unix. It was interesting that Richard Stallman and Bruce Perens couldn't agree on who should be able to have access to the open sources, Stallman felt that all the open sources should be used for free but Perens felt they should be kept a choice between being free and wanting to purchase it. The open source software have rules that they must follow for instance a source code can be restricted if it uses patch files if it is doing so just to build time. The GNU has a large portion of it's software copyrighted by the Free Software Foundation this copyright among others is there legal way of making sure it stay free to public. Open-source software and free software helped better my understanding of new media by realizing that open source is the root of what creates the new media that we are continuously getting today.
- @KhajadaNeal: Stallman is a very interesting guy. I'm not sure if you got the chance to watch the documentary yet, but it's so interesting to hear him talk about GNU and everything he stands for in that project. He saw something that he believed was wrong and created a solution. Bill Gates, on the other hand, believed that he was being stolen from and wrote a sassy letter toward the people he claimed were stealing from him. These are two completely different mindsets that kind of sound like the politics of the new media world. What do you think is more beneficial to the users and the creators? I think it's interesting that Stallman wanted his work to be "free like air" and strange that other people want to put a price tag on everything. Hthrxlynn (talk) 23:11, 19 September 2019 (EDT)
- @KhajadaNeal: I also thought it was interesting that Stallman and Perens could not agree at first on who should have the access to the open sources. In a way, I am on both sides of Stallman wanting it to be free and Perens wanting their to be a choice between being free and purchasing it. By users purchasing it, then it would mean more profit for the software. And, also it being free for the users meant more of an opportunity for them to want to use it. Jameiladudley (talk) 16:30, 22 September 2019 (EDT)Jameiladudley
- @KhajadaNeal: I noted the same as everyone else. Perens idea was more aligned to what I figured as well. If everything is free, what was the point of all that hard work? For educational purposes of course, but some people put their lively hood in this type of work, and believe they should be paid for it. Stallmans idea of "free like beer" was super interesting to me. Beer is only free to the person who didn't initially purchase it. Someone has to buy it at some point to utilize it, it's the same with product. I guess he meant that it's free to take advantage of, very unique views between the two.Kyannayeager (talk) 22:22, 22 September 2019 (EDT)
- @KhajadaNeal: Please see my feedback that I will be updating through the day on 9/24/19. —Grlucas (talk) 06:25, 26 September 2019 (EDT)
September 27, 2019: Copyright Law
Lawrence Lessig discusses in his TED talk "Laws that choke creativity" how the Copyright law and the technology of the remix culture clash but he also felt he had a solution to the problem. In the Remix culture it allows a person to be creative being able to add different sounds or music to already existing pictures and videos creating a whole new work of art. An artist that has a copyright attached to their work has protected it from others being able to use it to create something else that could possibly make a profit without their permission. The copyright law takes away from the new generations creativity it is in place to prevent piracy but a lot of young artist use old material just to create new meanings giving it a change.
Lessig suggested two strategies that he felt could make a change: those that create the original ideas could allow artist to use them for free but if they are actually trying to make a profit from their creation then they should purchase. The other suggestion is just for business to start excepting the new culture allowing free material so everyone can coexist together and possibly take notes from the other. Everything has been remade like music and movies that have been filmed over the years are remixes from other books and movies combined to make something but yet seems so familiar not all but most you have seen scenes just like them in other films.
September 28, 2019: Remix and Participatory Culture
In the remix culture it helps with understanding new media because in the remix culture you are remixing works of art that have already been created the same takes place in new media you join together different technology outlets combining them to make something new. Copyrights not only affect the amateurs but they can also cause a problem for professionals for example music artist can be sued by other artist or Musicians if a sample of their music sounds close to the version that was the original without being given permission. There are places in the world that don’t know how to fit the remix culture into the copyright laws because many questions have to be answered to put them in a category.
Learning that Participatory culture is what some would call todays generation because of the usage of Social media site as a way to connect with one another. It was suggested that some scholarship research showed that using social media helped better social skills which is surprising because you usually hear it takes away from the physical face to face social skills. In my understanding participatory culture wouldn’t be considered apart of the traditional definition of new media because it doesn’t focus on the social media aspect.
- @KhajadaNeal: I think you make a great point about remix. I am thinking the same thing about taking some aspect from a work, and using that and putting it into another new aspect to create something different. It's amazing that we know do that sometimes with remix such as with songs on YouTube. Vada.amerson (talk) Vada.amerson 17:40, 29 September 2019 (EDT)
- @KhajadaNeal: Participatory culture doesn't exist through social media. Social media most definitely allows for easier participation so everyone can have more of a say in media. However, participatory culture has existed for quite a while. Henry Jenkins mentions in his Participatory culture TED talk that people would contribute to zines and print them themselves. This is a form of participatory culture. Participatory culture has just grown as technology has given us more opportunity to connect with the professionals who make mainstream media and others. It's pretty interesting looking back at how much this culture has developed. Sabub (talk)
- @KhajadaNeal: I agree with Sabub, participatory culture isn't social media per-say, but it's more the idea of social media being the medium for the culture. Its a direct plug for participation on both the side of the corporations, and regular people. Henry Jenkins mentioned in his Ted Talk Spiderman's Peter Parker, who needed to connect through newspaper to know what was going on with the world, now he, and we, have computers to do the hardest work for us.Kyannayeager (talk) 19:19, 29 September 2019 (EDT)
- @Sabub and Kyannayeager: I wasn't saying that participatory culture was social media I was saying how Henry Jenkins said social media was an example of participatory culture which was interesting for me to learn that’s how some people would define it. KhajadaNeal (talk) 20:09, 29 September 2019 (EDT)
October 3, 2019: Computers and Dreams
When looking at Ted Nelson’s Computer Lib/Dream Machines it better helped understand what Sugata Mitra was trying to explain in his TED talk “Build a School in the Clouds” when it comes to learning and being taught about computers. Many people don’t want to take time to teach another person how to use a computer or other technologies, on the other end it can be because they want to keep information secluded which is how most important information is treated. The dream machines side helps you understand the root of the computer and how it is built to make your thoughts a reality but has concerns on how it affects learning abilities. Dream Machines goes along with understanding new media how to create certain fantasies you have to incorporate old medias like books, music and even video to make something new in technology.
This lets us know that Being Digital is taking over the world but if it is good or bad the answer is unknown because a lot of technology is sucking us into it. Like Nelson said media has us in different categories some fall victim to media, some learn to manipulate it or they have a vision they want to make happen. These ideas still provide a hacker spirit because they are all trying to make technology better for everyone even if they choose not to explain with someone else how they went about doing so. The fits my experience because my favorite game is Sims and in this game if you decide to advance yourself with more money you use a code as well as it building out my fantasy of my dream life.
October 5, 2019: Learning and Understanding
Learning that Millennials have a different preference other than what was expected of them when it comes to learning and understanding digital media. It’s not so much about the digital aspect it’s more of wanting to be able to learn in there own way like learning skills you need to know as you grow into an adult or getting life skills in a field you see as a potential career. Getting information digitally is a good source but it shouldn’t be the only form of learning the younger generation has they still need those that are willing to teach them in a face to face setting. It has been agreed with a lot of researchers that millennials are more group work oriented and are more likely to get out in the community for more hands on activities.
Millennials different approach to learning has no affect on the new media that will be produced in the future, it actually makes the anticipation even greater. Holography and flying cars have been in discussion for many years some have even made progress with the technology to produce such media like the Tupac hologram a few years ago that shocked everyone. Growing up in a generation that mostly knows about technology some researchers have the idea that millennials expect to mostly learn through technology when it can be a median of both books and internet.
- @KhajadaNeal:That's an interesting argument for the other side! I think I do my best learning in a digital setting. I guess it doesn't come as easily to other people and maybe some things are better taught in-person. Then again, I am lacking in skills that the internet doesn't quite help with. For example, I'm not a very good cook. I try those recipe videos and all, but it never goes well. Then again, I haven't watched any other kind of beginner videos which might help, but I feel that I would learn that better if someone would teach me in person. Hthrxlynn (talk) 03:17, 5 October 2019 (EDT)
- @KhajadaNeal: I think you make a great point about how mililennials have different ways of learning. Some do best online or in face-to-face interaction. I like to learn information online, but I also like to learn in face-to-face interaction. I think it depends on the person. Learning doesn't have to face-to-face, learning can be done through technology or other necessary forms such as american sign language. I alos like the idea about how technology can have available information from books and other sources on the internet as long as the source is credible and not something that is fake.Vada.amerson (talk) Vada.amerson 21:19, 6 October 2019 (EDT)
- @Vada.amerson: Yes I think the different ways we learn are all different which is why they should put everyone in this generation as one. I learn best hands on being able to have someone explain it to me while trying it myself physically so I can do it properly.
October 7, 2019: Cyberspace
In the "You Only Live Twice: Virtual Reality Meets Real World in Second Life” it helped understanding that a lot of things take place to make cyberspace fully work. It takes many computers to keep all the visual world images up and continuously running and a lot of money goes into it from both producers and consumers. They incorporate different thing that make it new media once they started adding real stores into the game and not only being able to buy clothes to make your virtual person look better but buying things with your real money that you could get in reality. Virtual world show us that many people like living digitally through an online world you can get so lost into it you will be online for hours losing real world time. They have a hacker spirit because they are helping many people in these virtual worlds come out of there shell when pretending to be someone else. Cyberspace fits me because I love living through a virtual world creating my dream life, The Sims especially Sims 2 is my favorite game I have so much fun playing it, I like being control of what happens and I lose track of time and hours of sleep.
Real life is what we are physically in at this given time being able to move around freely not in a computer world but some things we do by law have consequences in reality. Cyberspace can influence a person or child they’ll start mixing what is reality and what is an allusion that’s how a lot of bad things happen when they mix up the two. This is where the virtual rape or not being able to act out shooting games that have been played. Cyberspace has changed a lot over the years they’re still working to fix bug problems with the soft ware that appear or glitches. Someone once questioned we were living in reality or are we someones avatar.
- @KhajadaNeal: I was thinking that same thing about the sims! I love the Sims too and if life was as easy as typing 'rosebud' in a few times I would really be in trouble. Virtual reality isn't all bad, but it definitely needs some fine tuning to be a viable option for use for anything other than escapism for the majority.Kyannayeager (talk) 00:17, 14 October 2019 (EDT)
- @Kyannayeager: Yes! When I play The Sims the first thing I do is keep making myself hit the “motherland” so my family can buy everything they want and never go broke. I agree it’s not all bad depending on how you use it especially the sites when you can chat while playing you never know what kind of people are out there. KhajadaNeal (talk) 21:53, 15 October 2019 (EDT)
October 9, 2019: Cyberspace Avatar
First experience with creating a cyberspace avatar in Second Life and it was a bit challenging trying to change my characters appearance after selecting what avatar I wanted to use. After adjusting the clothes my avatar was already wearing but still not being fully successful with the outfit change I decided to look more into cyberspace and the virtual realities.
Being so used to playing one type of virtual reality game and never realizing that there are other types of games then learning that it’s over three hundred that operate from only thirteen internet softwares. Cyberspace comes from a word that comes from the Greek language and it wouldn’t be able to work without the advancement of the internet that is the reason it works. Some virtual realities are more focused on fantasy like Kingdom Hearts or Dungeon and Dragons for example than they are on creating a character and living your dream life like The Sims. Another difference is that some of these games allow you to chat with each other and do other magical tricks. The way creators continue to incorporate new things into these virtual worlds helps to understand new media because they are continually adding to them to attract more users as well as keep the old users interested.
- @KhajadaNeal: This week's lesson was such an interesting lesson! Did you ever play games like Webkinz or Wizard101 when you were younger? I had more interest and experience with these kinds of websites when I was younger. I think they also add to new media because of the level of investment users have with the sites! Hthrxlynn (talk) 15:36, 10 October 2019 (EDT)
- @Hthrxlynn: Yes this lesson really was fun to learn more about I love creating different characters. I’ve never played those before but when I was younger I played club penguin, imvu and millsberry. Very true because I used to be dedicated to my characters.KhajadaNeal (talk) 19:40, 10 October 2019 (EDT)
- @KhajadaNeal: It's actually funny you say that about Kingdom Hearts because I remember there was an area in Second Life where people would role-play as characters from that game. That was actually a huge part of Second Life when I played. Lots of people used the game to role-play. This was also are the time when the Twilight novels were popular so there were a lot of vampire and werewolves role playing areas as well. There were also communities for furries, surfers, and motorcycle enthusiasts. Second Life really made it possible for people to experience and immerse themselves in various cultures. My personal favorite was walking around the feudal Japan-themed areas. From a 3d design standpoint, the attention to detail in those areas was amazing. --Jkoplin1 (talk) 13:28, 13 October 2019 (EDT)Jkoplin1
October 12, 2019: Differences Between Ludology and Narratology
First before getting into the differences between ludology and narratology it was an interesting find to lean that there are people that study games and narratives. The main difference between the two is that with Narratology you can only picture the story being told but with Ludology the video games can give you a visual of the words. My understanding is that narrative would be the old media and games are the new media not all but some games do have a story behind them though it would be against some gaming rules. Gaming is another way of being digital because not only are people connected on the Internet but they are connected through gaming consoles playing games for hours and playing live with others.
So games can stay up to date and new skills or items added hacker have to work together to make sure everything works and flows together in the game. In the "Ludology: A Study of Video Games” it fits my experience because it talked briefly about The Sims which is my favorite game but the video discusses how it isn’t one of those games that have a story.
October 15, 2019: Narrative and Video Gaming Research
When doing more narrative and video gaming research I learned new things about them and had things that I thought I knew about broadened and it gave me a better understanding of both. Originally I thought it was only it was only one type of story structure the Dramatic structure where the story begins, it has a rising action, Climax, falling action, and then it ends with a resolution. I now know that there are six different ways a story can play out like a "rising" to glory story, a “falling” story being on top then losing it all, fall then rise, rise then fall, rise then fall then rise, or a fall then rise then fall story. When stories are able to change up the partner of how it will flow it makes it less predictable and interest consumers even more.
Since video games come on many different platforms that you can use it can be said that they all do or all don’t have a story behind them except for like Disney games you automatically know because all the characters have a background. In some gaming research personal lives were also brought into consideration for instance if the person worked, in school, whom they live with or what they did outside of gaming? In a study it has shown that video games have made a lot of men homebodies with no drive to work a lot of them don’t have a academic degree they just sit at home playing games all day. Different Platforms are great when thinking of new media and the way it continues to transform but with everything there is a good and bad which makes you wonder how good is all this media for us.
- @KhajadaNeal: I will say in reference to the comment about men becoming homebodies, that is not entirely true. Video gaming has started to become a professional sport and some people get paid large amounts of money just to sit around and play games. I don't think these professional video gamers are interested in the narratives of the story but rather playing in a strategic manner. All this being said, yes, some guys would rather sit on their couch and play basketball on a game station rather than get up and actually play the game in real life. --Jkoplin1 (talk) 15:57, 20 October 2019 (EDT)
- @KhajadaNeal: I can definitely see your point about making alot of men home bodies! It can sometimes be a crutch to anyone when they are so invested and their real lives revolve around these games. It's up to these people to make the effort to turn the game off and tap back into real life sometimes, even though sometimes these games can be an escape from the real life. Great post! VincentH81 (talk) 20:38, 20 October 2019 (EDT)
- @VincentH81: Yes for some a break from the game would do them some good so they can physically interact with people. I could understand wanting to use the game as an escape from life I do it also when I play the sims but I also know how to take time away because I haven't played in a couple of months.KhajadaNeal (talk) 00:59, 23 October 2019 (EDT)
October 20, 2019: Limit Ones Options
As I've gotten older I’ve learned that many things are purposely designed to limit ones options in life though you think you are making choices on your own. Reading more into it I now believe every choice we make in life isn’t really our own it’s just what we think is the best option from what is given to us. In this same world where social media has taken over people’s minds and care about things they didn’t before it became popular I’ve learned that there are some people that have taken to a life of no social media or notification even started a school for kids. Though social media is a ever changing form of new media it shows that not all people except the coming together of different forms of media.
The same for new media goes with being digital not everyone lives or wants to live through digital some would rather have the option that still gives human interaction. I like social media but with experience as I get older I’m becoming one of those people that wish it hadn’t been invented I find myself taking social media breaks or any Electronics. I like being able to keep in touch with people I don’t see but then it’s start getting filled with other peoples opinions some become Cyberbulling.
October 23, 2019: Man To a Machine
In the movie Transcendence the scientist Will Caster transition from man to a machine was quite interesting and the determination for artificial intelligence. In the movie they were able to upload his mind to a system to at least save his knowledge but like most systems in movies like this the systems starts to become controlling and want to take over. When money is involved like a bank I think it’s a dangerous game to play when there are hackers who don’t do it to help others but for self benefit. Some banks however that were able to test out artificial intelligence were able to have a better outcome with less problems than before trying the system.
Artificial intelligence helps me to understand that eventually new media will turn into a whole new form of media that won’t require you to physically do anything. This also shows how completely digital the world will become because scientist have already started on this with the progress they are continuing to make it won’t be long before what is digital now and the medias we have will become just a memory. I guess the closest I’ve been to artificial intelligence would be Siri on my apple products and Alexa on my fire stick you can ask them anything they will respond back and research for you.
October 26, 2019: Living As a Cyborg
Reading more into what it would be like living as a cyborg helped first better my understanding as to what a cyborg is because my mind thought more of being machine than man when it’s actually reverse. Cyborgs are more of an advancement that are added to a human through a chip in the brain from research it seems they are trying it on humans with health diseases to give them a longer life span. Humans aren’t the only ones that get to try out this experiment cockroaches have also been a test subject in the process while human have the chip inserted in the brain, a cockroach attachment is on its back that transmits to there antennae to instruct it on what to do.
My understanding of cyborgs is that this will be a whole new form of media where we won’t have to do anything ourselves and future technologies will know what we want even before we have an idea. This tells us and shows us how scientist are really working hard to make everything become digital from the normal activities we do now all the way to driving everything will become nonphysical. It is important to understand they do have a good hacker spirit because they want to help those that are sick or have physical disabilities heal and be able to move around. I don't have any experience with cyborgs other than from what I’ve seen on television and in movies on how they picture it to be in the future but if I am ever sick I would never want someone to put a chip in my brain I understand that at some point we are all supposed to die.
- @KhajadaNeal: I loved reading this journal post because it made me so knowledgeable on what Cyborg is. I love the fact that it could possibly relieve us from a lot of work, but i'm also scared because what if it just makes us lazy? NOT saying that it will, it's just a thought when reading. Sometimes I really don't feel like driving so if Cyborg becomes our reality I would definitely like to see what the nonphysical driving would be. Great post! VincentH81 (talk) 18:21, 27 October 2019 (EDT)
- @VincentH81: I also wonder the same if all this new technology will make us lazy I know that it is these scientist intentions but things like that tend to backfire. I would love to magically pop myself wherever I was thinking instead of driving but then I wouldn't want to forget how to drive just incase something malfunctions.KhajadaNeal (talk) 00:27, 28 October 2019 (EDT)
October 29, 2019: Humans Of The Future
The plan for the humans of the future is that we will be neither human nor made of machine but they are trying to find a balance of both so that we can become one with machines. A couple of movies I think play with the idea of singularity and artificial intelligence are Bicentennial Man and The Terminator series because they have a mixer of the human meets machine idea. Since google hired scientist Ray Kurzweil they have been contributing to his theories by buying companies that focus on robotics and how to get machines to learn the knowledge that we know so they are starting tempt this theory in motion. The goal is to have machines be so advanced that they can function like humans doing problem solving as well as being able to read literature.
My understanding of it is that there really will be no more media we will become the technology so we really won’t end up needing to use cameras, phones or those things that contribute social media. Singularity shows us that life will be completely digital and technological that even to make humans live forever our bodies will also become something of the digital age. The hacker spirit to make this happen I understand scientist think they are helping everyone with their idea to make life better but then it can become a thing that people are forced into unwillingly which is right or something goes wrong. I have never experienced anything like this and I really don’t want to and I feel like once this creation comes about it will be forced on everyone.
- @KhajadaNeal: I think that you're right about how technology will become us, and how we are a part of technology, but we are starting to see how technology is used to create an actual that can read, talk, and think like us. That is somewhat scary, but it's adds interest to our minds. Vada.amerson 01:29, 3 November 2019 (EDT)
- @Vada.amerson: I feel the same that this is something scary and I don't feel like it is necessary I think a lot of scientist just don’t know what to do next and just come up with anything then justify it by saying we as humans need it.
December 7, 2019: Course Self-evaluation
In this course I feel as though I have learned a lot of things I didn’t know as we as expanding my mind on a few things I already knew or had heard of once before. I previously started this course a couple years ago, but I got overwhelmed and withdrew but I remember that what I thought new media was and what it actually is were two totally different things. Learning how the computer was created and who created it was interesting for me because I never took the time to think where it or many technologies have come from. I always thought that when someone was called a hacker that it was something bad and illegal to learn that there were originally good hacker that only wanted to help people was a great thing. My favorite lesson was about cyberspace and avatars because that is something, I could really relate to I have so many years of my life playing and creating cyber characters. Artificial intelligence lesson was something different from what I was expecting because I was thinking of aliens then I remembered those are called extraterrestrials, but I think artificial intelligence has it’s pro and cons they be used for good or bad.
First starting the journals assignments was difficult for me especially because it takes me a while to process my thoughts before I write because I can easily get so overwhelmed when I feel like I have a lot to do but after meet Dr. Lucas face to face, I felt I had a better understanding in furthering my journals. It was confusing and it felt like a lot to take in at first but having to learn how to do all those different codes for Wikipedia was quite interesting and making sure you stay in their guidelines on how you should write and the way it should be posted. I did have to get used to commenting underneath someone else’s journal post and making sure that it is the one that is designated to have comments underneath, while also not forgetting to comment when some are done towards the end of the week. I know not only with my journals I have to get better overall with my writing as well as making sure to proofread or having someone also proofread my work before I post or submit it.
The creation of cyborgs was a great idea to me when it was first introduced in the journal readings but once I started my Wikipedia edit of Bill Joy’s Wired interview “Why the future doesn’t need us” I could really understand a lot of the point he has been making about why certain creation and technology should be left alone. A person can think that they are doing something for a good purpose like cure cancer but are actually hurting a bigger future purpose instead. It has me concerned that they make so many movies about future technology and something going not as planned but want you to think this idea is a good one. Nanotechnology and genetic engineering were throughout the topic and it made me question why some people would want to even live on this earth forever I only see it as a way to potentially control people and that is a scary thought. When doing my Wikipedia edit, I would say I had trouble trying to get my mind to focus on where I should start and every new source, I took even more time to figure out how to start it off also.
In my edits to the Wikipedia page that I chose I tried to find article that only talked about Bill Joy and his Wired interview or it at least had a piece of what he was trying to get people and scientist to understand. I tried not to go off of the topic an discuss nanotechnology, robotics and genetic engineering too much separately but since they were included, I wanted just a little explanation. Wiki Edu is a great tool they have so you can go at your own pace properly learning how to edit Wikipedia’s or creating one I liked the lesson because it showed you what to do then allowed you to try it yourself before passing to the next one. The article critic section I had to do in one lesson I started off by reading the article all the way through and remembering what the lesson instructions had just stated what should be done then follow through with my critic for the exercise. When the lesson asked for two peer review some of the Wikipedia pages hadn’t been edited just yet, so I did my critic on what was already on the page I also hadn’t started my edits on the Wikipedia page that I chose for the final assignment.
I feel that this time taking the course I accomplished more than I did the first time I took it in a previous semester, I also felt like it was also bad timing back then, but I am proud of myself for making it all the way through until the end. I learned how new media is old media but combined and how the worlds technology is going to get bigger and bigger until it is the only thing that will run the world and what we do from my understanding of what scientist are trying to invent. I made my own understand that because scientist and technologist are smart, but they are so smart that it can be seen a little dumb when you think everyone else is wrong and only you are right. The invention of cyberspace and avatars was one of the best media ideas to invent though I hate it has pros and cons because not everyone uses cyberspace for fun but in bad ways as well. I accomplished a better understand while also forming my own understanding and opinion in each lesson that we learned through about new media this semester.
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