Questions – Week 4

This week’s questions!

  • How come if people are more receptive toward analog is the internet in digital?
  • How did the RAND expand outside of the government?
  • Do you think that in the near future (or now…), robots will be/are faster, more efficient and be able to process information faster than the human brain?
  • Do you agree or disagree that machines are only as valuable as the (a) the skill it takes to use the machine and (b) if everyone else has the machine? Please explain…
  • Do you think the man-machine relationship is positive or negative? Is it better or worse that people are more reliant on machines? Please explain…
  • When did we have a turning point, that all of a sudden communicating by machine became easier then face to face interaction?
  • What do you think will happen in the future to communication and interaction between people?
  • What does analog really mean?
  • Is there a website that contains long lost songs that people can scroll through? If so is it easy to access?
  • Who does decide what makes a blockbuster movie? Money or people?
  • Is the Long Tail something that Chris Anderson made up? Or is it a real concept?
  • Why have we created a world for ourselves that we do not fit in?
  • How is it that humans created a digital world that is so different from the way we function?
  • Why didn’t we just create a digital world that would have coexisted harmoniously with our natural way of life?
  • When did we as a society stop engaging primarily in face to face communication?
  • Has deep communication suffered from technological advances?
  • Is the Internet as network really as secure and indestructible as the article makes it sound?
  • Is there any possible way that a person could gain access to the Internet without have to pay an ISP like the reading suggests?
  • With the Internet advancing relatively fast, what will the next thing the Internet revolutionizes be?
  • With our ever growing dependence on computers and he internet should schooling change and emphasize a students ability to use the internet and the computer.
  • Out of all the services that you have on the Internet (email, chat rooms, blogs, myspace, facebook etc) what do you feel you have the “strongest relationship” to?
  • Why do you tink people want to be on the Internet and why do you think some people fear the Internet?
  • Has the Internet affected the way in which you form relationships with others.. Are you more personal with others or would you rather communicate over the net?
  • What internet features do you use the most? What did you do before you knew it existed?
  • What kind of machines do you think will be created in the future? What in the world will we come up with next?
  • Do you agree with the point of view that man and machine compliment each other, or do you think they are too different and can’t work in harmony?
  • It would be interesting to research the amount of money people spend on long distant calls now compared to when computers we not so popular. Does it vary?
  • I also was a little confused by Donald Norman’s article. What was the point he was trying to make? Was he comparing or contrasting the human brain and the computer?
  • If the computer and human brain are very similar I wonder if it really could surpass our brain?
  • The radio started from military stuff too…. what other forms of media did also??
  • As far as “owing the Internet” is this battle still going on? Are different corporations trying to buy the Internet?
  • What do you think should be done to computers to make them more “human-centered” or accessible?
  • Where is the line between humans conforming to computers and computers conforming to humans?
  • A bit off topic – but what are your thoughts on a “code of conduct” such as that which Tim O’Reilly started to draft for bloggers and blog comments?
  • How long will it take for technology to become smarter than the creator?
  • What could the potential next step to the Internet be?
  • Will the continual advancements in technology ever stop and will people be satisfied with it when it does?
  • With all of the new technological breakthroughs guaranteeing us that we would “save” time, are we really saving time, or is it just an illusion?
  • Has technology made us unrealiable to survive on our own? If there was some giant power outage and no technology work, how long would we survive?
  • Do you think the growth of the internet will ever slow?
  • Will we ever run out of “new” technology?
  • How have computers effected our intelligence? For the better or worse?
  • Did you ever think of yourself as being analog? Does this definition for a human only come about because of the information age?
  • Do humans suffer socially when interacting mostly with a computer?
  • Should schools continue to educate with computers in the classroom?
  • Do you agree with Bruce Sterling’s statement, “The Internet is especially popular among scientists, and is probably the most important scientific instrument of the late twentieth century.”? Why?
  • Can you think of any other technologies developed for military use that have become popular in the civilian world?
  • Do you agree with Nelson’s statement that humans are analog beings?
  • Why do humans have a tendency to “here what is intended, and not what is said?”
  • Will the following generations be more apt to here what is said because they will grow up more familiar with a computer setting?
  • Are we actually training ourselves to act more like a computer or are we building the computers to act more like humans?
  • Why wouldn’t we want to make devices more like humans, where they may be able to be in the wrong and have a chance to grow and learn vs. being outdated?
  • In the Don Norman’s article it was say that we have this strang misconception that all “digital” is somehow good, and “analog” bad.
  • How do you think we came up with this?
  • How do you feel the computer and Internet have affected your relationships? Do you feel they have enhanced or worsened them?
  • Do you feel that your computer compliments you, or do you feel a constant battle with it? How do you feel that this question’s answers vary between generations?
  • What do you think will happen in the next ten years for computers? How will they evolve and change, and how will your dependence on them evolve and change?
  • Norman’s article mentioned the misconception that “digital” is somehow good and “analog” bad. I would argue that this misconception came, at least in my generation, from cell phones. Analog service in many cell phones suggests higher rates, less clarity, and more dropped calls, whereas digital service suggests exactly the opposite. How can analog service in a cell phone be good when it compromises many of the very reasons we own cell phones?
  • Norman also said that “games work well when they do not use too much technology”. What does he mean by too much technology? There are games like Scene It! and DVD Trivial Pursuit that have integrated technology only to make them more popular, so how could this be true?
  • What do you think the reality and plausibility of cities like
    Seattle having free wifi service for its residents? Would such a thing be difficult to maintain and monitor
  • The Internet is becoming more commercialized, which seems opposed its original premise of equality. Is this necessarily a bad thing?
  • Does increasing information and computer literacy inevitably lead to an increase in dependence of technology?
  • Is it possible to reduce our dependence on technology and if so, how?
  • The complexity of human interaction Norman attributes to the evolution of the human brain and our ability to deceive. If machines were able to evolve in similar ways and gain the ability to deceive, what would be the consequences?
  • Many humans, I believe, associate free thinking machines with dangerous possibilities (iRobot with Will Smith.) Why do you think this is and does it have anything to do with Normans’ discussion about the human brain evolving out of the survival instinct?
  • When the internet was initially “started” Sterling suggest it was essentially free to the technological literate (or elite group.) In your opinion should the internet be provided at a no cost to users? And if so, what type of social barriers are built due to corporations controlling access to the internet?
  • Do you believe Sterling’s article is scholarly or credible since he does not state Al Gore as the inventor of the internet?
  • Are people who are familiar with the Internet and searches more or less advantaged than others? Would this be considered an inequity that exists in the United States currently?
  • What are the top three search engines or sources that you go to for credible information? What are the characteristics of these websites that would deem them as being credible?
  • According to Nelson, “One reason that resource discovery is difficult on the Internet is that many resources are not ‘advertised’ well or are difficult to access.” How have online resources attempted to advertise themselves in the past? Why haven’t these advertisings or marketing plans worked?
  • In the distant future, do you think we will be able to “download” information and data into our brains as we do computers?
  • In response to Don Norman’s comment, “It takes several decades to become a truly well-educated citizen,” will the amount of time it takes to become well-educated decrease over time with our increase use of computers?
  • The computer was named Man of the Year in times magazine in 1982. Are computers becoming more humanized just as humans are becoming more computerized?
  • Many criticize technology for removing the need for interpersonal interactions in our daily lives. How would you respond to someone who believes that the internet has made their interactions with other people more personal and intimate?
  • If you could change one thing to make your computer more intuitive and user friendly, what would it be? How long do you think it will take for this change to become a reality?
  • In your opinion, is Mac or PC technology more user friendly? What specific features contribute to this ease and convenience?

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