Week 4 – Questions

Here we go!

  1. Amy: no post
  2. Anna:
    1. How has the new technology changed your career or your overall life?

    2. How do you see our world with machines taking jobs away from the ordinary people?

    3. In what ways are we similar to machines?

  3. Arielle: no post
  4. Ashley:
    1. How would the Internet be affected if neutrality was eliminated and there became a central authority? Think television and radio.
    2. What would computers and the Internet be like if machines worked like the human mind?
    3. How do you see the progress of machines in the year 2020? Changed, the same, alternatives, etc.
  5. Carla:
    1. In what context, if any, do you seek out “digital” technology, over “analog”?

    2. Besides price, what is the biggest advantage of a “free” internet?

    3. In what ways should the internet have more, or less, control?

  6. Catherine:

    – Where were you in 1983 and how where you interfacing with computers?

    – If you could talk to Fredrick Taylor what would you ask him and how do you think he would feel about the computer age?

    – Healthy questioning of the “system” is good.  Have you ever questioned authority in the work place or otherwise and did it provide a way to improve the “system”?

  7. Christine:

    1) Where machines are precise, logical and orderly, humans are creative, resourceful and attentive to change. Will we ever strike the perfect balance between man and machine?

  8. Christopher:
    • In the event of a nuclear war, how could the internet survive if telephone lines were destroyed and power was lost for large areas? 
    • How are programers trying to bridge the gap of the illogical, yet adaptive human brain and the logical, yet rigid digital world?
    • What sort of jobs are good for people that want to develop more of their natural, problem solving  tendencies?
  9. Courtney:
    1) this past week of readings has made me see how we depend on technology and how it is such a necessity in our everyday lives, this makes me think back to the y2k scare and how i could remember how the whole world was frantic of what this would do to our current state of technology and how it would effect us all.Just because it is not the turn of the century, do we still have concerns of our technology breaking down and do we still have concerns about it today?2) when we think of developing nations that are not up to speed with the  expanding nations through technology. we essentially want everyone to be on the same page, but even when these peripheral countries get the knowledge, will they ever be seen as equal or will they always  be trying to catch up with the ever changing demands of the predominate nations?
  10. Dan:
    1. What do you do in your daily life that reminds you that you are not a machine?
    2. Is the fact that we have access to so much information a good thing, or does it, as Norman suggests, a hindrance? In what ways?
  11. Eugene: no questions
  12. Gene: Don Norman talks about how humans are quantitive and qualitative and machines are quantitive only, do you thing that machines will ever replace the humans quantitive thinking?
  13. Heather:
    1) What would be some negative effects of the human brain working like a machine? On the other hand, what would be some negative effects of a machine functioning like the human brain?

    2) If you were asked to design a machine that could reason and “make sense of things” like the human brain, what would this machine entail? What would be some of its components?

    3) To what extent would the Internet (or electronic communication) have caught on if it was controlled by some type of central authority? In other words, how important is the “free” or “uncensored” aspect of Internet to its popularity?

  14. JayDee:What are the ways, if any, that people can get information if they are living in countries where censorship takes place over content published on the Internet?

    Should high speed Internet be free to all households?  In what ways can those service providers make money without charging household customers for that service?

    How does Frederick Taylor’s theories of human labor and procedures apply to workers using today’s technologies?

  15. Jenn: no post
  16. Jess:
    1. Do you think that it is a good thing that humans are not like computers and computers not like humans?  Should we just appreciate these differences instead of trying to combine them?  2. Do you think that it would be more beneficial for humans to be like computers this way a machine’s intelligence does not surpass that of a human? Is this a bad thing that a computer knows more than a human?  

    3. Do you think countries worldwide should all be required to adopt the computer/ internet making it an automatic universal communication tool for everyone, especially leaders and govt. officials?

  17. John:1. Will machines (AI) take over the world like science fiction books?

    2. How will people adapt in the new economy when technology is replacing their jobs?

    3. Will there be a movement against technology in general from the masses one day? Will people come together and burn their laptops and go back into more of an agrarian lifestyle once again?

  18. Jonathan:
    1. How can search technology be improved to take into account the human condition (lack of information, improper spelling, case-sensitivity, for example?)

    2. This class itself is a specific response to the the new technology that has entered our lives in the past decade. We couldn’t have enrolled in this class in 1998. What other new institutions will arise in order to help bridge the gap between the analog brain and the digital world we are building?

    3. How is the internet, through rapidly-expanding software and ever-more-complex social algorithms, becoming more “organic” and thus more able to effectively interact with the human population? According to Sterling’s article, how is the internet itself analog?

  19. Josh:
    • If holograph technology progressed to the point of a common communication device, in what way(s) would it change the world?
    • How would your life change if the Internet had not been invented?
    • In what ways are we too reliant on technology?
  20. Kendahl:
    1. If humans are considered to be of a biological and analog nature, how is it we’ve created such advanced mechanical and digital technologies?

    2. As the readings stated it already takes a substantial amount of time to become an educated citizen. So how can we facilitate the ever growing need to keep educating the masses about technology? What ideas do you have for education, training, etc?

    3. Humans feel the need to control their surroundings, so how have we lost so much control when it comes to these “machines?” How does “information overload” play into this loss of control?

  21. Lee Ann:
    • What inventions could enhance the interaction between humans and machines?
    • What types of educational methods could be used to reduce anxiety when interacting with computers?
    • What interest groups might be allowed some sort of official claim to the internet of the future?

  22. Lisa:#1 Could the human brain become more and more “digital” in nature as it continues being exposed to a digital world? (Could the brain digitally evolve?)

    #2 How do we cope with and keep up with digital advances that are bound to continue being introduced into our lives?


  23. Liz:

    1. Have or will important parts of our culture fade away due to computers and “digitization”? (Music, reading, dance, story-telling, etc)?

    2. Do you think computers have contributed to or taken away from your intelligence?

    3. If you have children, do you let them spend time on the computer? If not, do you plan on letting your kids if/when you do have them? Do you think it is beneficial to their development?

  24. Maggie:

    1. In what ways have computers become more user friendly? How could they be better?

    2. If a machine that thinks is created, what would you want it to do?


  25. Mariani:
    1. Do the invention of machine decreases the process of human thinking.

    2.How human dependency on machine can make the function of the machine go beyond what it designed for?

    3. If we have to choose to live in the society where machine has taken care everything for us, how should we handle the influence of this machinery inour way of life?

  26. Marilyn: no post
  27. Matt:
    Are you afraid to let machines become more human? Do visions of HAL, the Matrix, or I-Robot haunt you?

    Will you tell your grandchildren that the machines of your youth were misanthropic?

    What’s the machine that we use today that is most anthropomorphic?

  28. Nick:
    1. Being that we are just scratching the surface of digital technology, how long will it be before analog technology we be popular.

    2. Do you thing over centuries  the  human  brain can begin to process digital technologies like a computer, being that humans are so adaptable.

    3. Will future analog devices be able to learn and adapt like humans.

  29. Sheila:
    1.  Why do people feel like they are slaves to their computers?  Do we take computers and the internet for granted?
    2.  Why do we shun the thought of being fallible?  Why don’t we view computers more as our counterparts and happily accept our humanness?
    3.  Are we really so afraid that one day computers will replace the human element in the workplace?  Why are some people still resistant to learning computer applications and expanding their knowledge base?
  30. Shelly:
    1. In what ways do computers detract from human interaction?

    2. With modern technology today, in what ways can we keep our shared values and cultural values in tact, as not to drastically change our society as we know it?

    3. What are some ways in which modern technology distracts from our daily efficiency?

  31. Steph: no post
  32. Sung:
    1. Where do you think, if ever, that machine will take over importance in the world?

    2. How do we spread the importance of “computer literacy” to the rest of the world?

    3. And if the machine movement is going to dominate, how can we regulate that, and should we?

  33. Tarja:
    What would the computer look like, had we been more focused on intuition and less on logic? What if artificial intelligence could sense human moods and would refuse to follow unethical orders, such as hurting or killing others?
  34. Tyler
    1. How do you cope with the chaotic and time consuming interaction between yourself and machines in order to stay productive and sane at the same time?
    2. What technological device would you consider to be most essential in your life and why?
    3. Does the “ever-increasing complexity of everyday life”bring greater opportunities or challenges? Why? 
  35. Yvonne:
    • How much education will one need a century from now, as a result of the move from analog technologies to digital technologies?
    • What sort of new issues do you foresee arising given our rapid globalization and digitization?
    • How can you define intelligence?

Posted on January 28, 2008, in Questions. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I’m here…not sure how to access the video though.

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