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How important is your Status Update

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-18033259

Good news! Are you upset that that status update you posted about your cat drinking water from the sink didn’t get enough likes. Well now you can pay Facebook to “promote” your post so every single one of your friends has to read about all of Fluffy’s greatest achievements.

This is so sad on  so many levels… 

 

 

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Smart Surfaces

http://www.disneyresearch.com/research/projects/hci_touche_drp.htm

This both enthralls me and scares me. Things like this always start out as cool ideas for interesting implementations, but then things never stay as what they were intended for. Who knows what will come out of this. 

 

 

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Firewall Paper

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2012/05/anti-wifi-wallpaper-lets-cellular-and-radio-through/

I don’t know why this amuses me like it does. It’s an interesting melding of the virtual and the actual. 

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How Companies Learn Your Secrets

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/19/magazine/shopping-habits.html?_r=2&pagewanted=all

The things this article talks about are happening and are very scary. The general public really has no clue as to how much that places they shop are tracking them and what they use that information for. its frightening that a company like Target can track and analyze a woman’s shopping habits to determine if she’s pregnant, to bombard her with ads to shop for baby stuff.

When we watch things like Black Mirror in class we watch it like oh I’m so glad that the world isn’t like that. But I feel like the world is much closer to that scenario that we care to see.

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Educational censorship

Children are like sponges and soak up the information that is around them, both good and bad.  The internet is a superhighway filled with information both good and bad.  I understand the need for filtering software in schools, but this is ridiculous.  this school district was knowingly blocking non-harmful websites from young minds.  Things such as LGBT information pages are necessary, especially in the age of internet bullying, and hidden shame.  Young kids are forming their own identities and if they feel that they identify with an LGBT group then they should have access to educational information, they should not have to feel shame from their school as well as their classmates.  They should not have to feel shame at all.  I understand things falling through the filter cracks but once the district knew about the blockage they should have passed it through their review filter.  Education is key to understanding, tolerance, and acceptance.  Shame on you Camdenton.

http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/a456d62b?page=19#/a456d62b/21

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Hologram concerts

Music plays a huge role in my life and I can’t imagine life without it.  Yes there are artists that are no longer with us that I would have loved to have the chance to see perform, but I feel very weird about this whole new hologram concert fad.  Artists have their time and place in our lives and their music will live on long after they do, however they are dead, it seems that they should remain so.  I fully support releasing greatest hits collections and remastered editions of CDs and especially love previously unreleased tracks, but holograms?  I feel that that is a bit too much in the realm of the fantastical and is kind of strange.

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Just plug me into the Matrix already

So I’m not against technology but more often then not I come across these people whom I feel are a little (but seriously a lot)  to into technology. This guy is a tattoo artist and everything so he’s not really that extreme for his life style, but he is physically altering his body to have his technology be almost a part of him. This video just reminds of that kid in China who sold one of his kidneys on the black market so he could buy an iPad.

 

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Social Media All or Nothing

http://news.yahoo.com/90-days-without-cell-phone-email-social-media-015300257.html

So this guys goes “off the grid” for 90 days. In today’s technological world that’s pretty impressive. I just don’t understand why people have to look at things in such extremist ways. We talk about how people are addicted to social media and stuff but when you make these people aware they do this 160 flip on their views. They talk like they’ve almost rejected social media completely, yet they still use it. In my experience this kind of talk is usually short lived and then they fall back into old habits. But why does it have to all or nothing?

I am a Facebook user and own a smart phone, but I don’t feel dependent on either I often get flack from people for not texting back right away or answering phone calls. But if I’m with someone or out somewhere that takes priority and because seriously aren’t our smart phones really just glorified answering machines. I also don’t think there’s anything inherently wrong with using Facebook. It’s just another tool in today’s society,we just need to learn moderation and what our priorities are.

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Fusions

I am a fan of most types of music, but I especially love when two types of music that you wouldn’t expect get mixed together. Take this single by Skrillex and Damian Marley. They somehow blended Skrillex’s electronics and Damian Marley’s Reggae. I don’t understand how this song can be so heavy and smooth all at the same time but I love every second of it.

I feel that we often talk about the future of technology in not necessarily a negative way but not in a super optimistic way.When it comes to the future of music and technology I can only wait with anticipation for what sounds the future holds.

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Orangutans with iPads. Seriously.

http://news.yahoo.com/orangutans-miami-zoo-ipads-communicate-083121341.html

Planet of the apes anyone?  I know it’s not quite that far yet but honestly this both enthralls and scares the heck out of me.  It seems like not long ago the world was introduced to Koko the sign language “speaking” gorilla, and now we’ve got orangutans using iPads.  Orangutans share 97% of the same DNA as humans so it stands to reason that they could be taught these things, but it’s still fairly hard to believe.  However I do feel that this does put us one step closer to proving the theory of evolution (honestly it’s a no- brainer for me, but some people need hard physical proof to believe) and it may lead us to understand how we got to where we are today.  If the funding goes through and the scientists are able to get the multi user interfaces to work I feel that it will be spectacular.  It also gives me hope, simply because if we can teach orangutans to use iPads what else can we do?  I see only good things…unless it goes the way of the Planet of the Apes, right?

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