In one of my earlier posts, I discussed how social media is very unpredictable. However, I think there are certain types of social media that will persist as time moves forward; and the key is simplicity. Although I do not use Instagram, I do know that it serves one purpose; and that is to post pictures online. You can give them a title, but there is nothing too fancy about the process. Facebook had and still has so much going on, that users begin to get frustrated. Then the advertisements came. And when I thought twitter was better than that, we have seen a surge of advertisements with that too. So, sometimes simplicity is the answer. Who will come out with the next big “thing?”
I was talking to a friend of mine who is also an English major. We were talking about how technology may influence schools and the future, and we both agreed that it won’t be too much longer where we’ll be having digital options within the English major. After completing a few assignments for my writing and digital media class, I thought about how neat it would be to have this as its own category major.
For example: “English with an emphasis in Digital Media”
As technology continues to evolve, I believe this will be a highly likely result.
It’s crazy to look back just 10 years ago and see how much has changed from a technological perspective. In one of my classes, my professor was talking about HTML and CSS. He was saying that a decade ago, if you had this skill, there were high-paying jobs available to you right after college. Now, these same companies are looking for more. There are many students that now possess the skills of code, and this alone will not help them land the same job that they could have 10 years ago. Also, there are now jobs that weren’t even in existence in the early 2000s due to technological advancement. There are students in elementary school as we speak who will develop a certain skill for an occupation that is undiscovered at the moment. It really is a crazy thought.
I love music, and because technology has evolved so rapidly, the music industry has changed. We have seen the progression from records to tapes to CDs; but what now? CDs are basically becoming extinct as well. Now, we simply download a song from the Internet, and it goes right into our music library (whether we have paid for it or pirated it). So is this the future of music? Do we blame the Internet or do we blame ourselves?
My mom and I have a very close bond, but we have very different hobbies and interests. She loves gadgets, while I’d rather spend my money on some fresh clothes. However, there is one gadget that I cannot live without; that is my iPhone. I even cringe at the thought of myself having a “flip phone” or “something other than an iPhone.” It’s almost as if society won’t be as accepting if one does not possess the latest of technologies. It is almost a subconscious thought for me. At times, I feel guilty. I feel a bit “spoiled.” Whatever the reason may be, just please don’t take my iPhone away from me.
It’s funny how everything evolves. And this evolution can change a person’s perception of something in an instant. Let’s take Snapchat, for example. I first heard about Snapchat a little over a year ago. I thought to myself, “Oh, this is stupid and girly.” But without warning, it skyrocketed in popularity, and my initial perception of it was changed. I now thought, “Oh cool, I can send goofy pictures of myself to my friends as a joke and look like an idiot.” And after a few months, the video feature was added! I could really have some fun with this! Well now, after a year, I still use Snapchat. However, it is not as frequent. I compare it to a song that I am obsessed with at first. Then, after you listen to it 14,567 times, it’s not quite as good as it was with listen #1. Maybe in a year, I will be completely done with Snapchat. Or maybe it will experience another technological breakthrough that will keep me going. Don’t you just love technology?
It’s finals time again, and no I’m not talking about sports. I’m talking about the time where all students attempt to cram a semester’s work into their brains in about a week or so. Personally, I feel as though I have been managing my time well, but there have been some things that have irritated me about finals week. I remember a time (last semester…) when the Inn at Virginia Tech was my perfect study spot. I felt as though I had discovered a hidden gem. However, I watched as more students began stumble upon this secret palace. Now, it’s flooded with students! I couldn’t even find a spot at 10:00 AM on a sunday! Well, what can you do. I’m currently on the lookout for my next hidden finals hideout. Until then, we’ll have to make do.
Let’s talk about Artificial Intelligence (AI). The breakthroughs for this concept may come sooner than we think, but it’s hard to actually predict an accurate outcome. According to Isaac Asimov, there are three laws of robotics:
- A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction allow a human being to come to harm.
- A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings (except where such orders would conflict with the First Law)
- A robot must protect its own existence (as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law).
It is difficult to compare the future to the movie I, Robot. However, some of the ideas that the movie presents are not so inaccurate. As technology continues to evolve, and artificial intelligence becomes integrated into our culture, there is a possibility that this could endanger us. Only time will tell.
Many of us have a daily routine; we wake up, take a shower, make a cup of coffee, go to class/work, etc. etc. In the midst of this, we often concentrate solely on ourselves. In society today, you can hardly walk down the sidewalk (whether it be New York City or a college campus) without bumping into someone checking his/her phone. And many of us have been guilty of doing this, including myself. We are stuck in our own little technological world, where WE are the center of attention, and the world revolves around US. So why do I care so much about this topic, and why should we all care? Because I felt like I was becoming more self-centered, and I began to forget about the other people in the world. It’s amazing how different the environment is when you look up from your technological devices every now and then. You begin to appreciate the world in a way that you didn’t know existed. Colors and objects begin to expose themselves, and you really get an opportunity to observe others. Imagine if society was able to just take one day and give up cell phones and iPods or anything of the sort. While this is not the most challenging problem that the world faces, I do believe that we would obtain a new sense of self if we were able to put the devices down for a little. In a world where technology controls us, let’s step aside for just a bit and observe what we’ve been missing all along.
To go off the last post about my project, we should begin to respect the power of the Internet. Because the Internet is still relatively new, many of us fail to give it the respect that it needs. In fact, the Internet in many ways is controlling most of us, and we don’t even realize the phenomenon. But this is not the Internet’s fault; it is ours. Most Internet users still underestimate the power of the Internet. If we give it the respect that it deserves, we will understand how to use it properly. There are times when we need the Internet to solve certain problems; there are times when using the Internet to solve our problems are not ideal. The Internet and technology that surrounds it will never attain perfection. It will continue to evolve and become larger than we could ever imagine today. In the technological world in which we live in today, the power of the Internet must be recognized. This is the first step.