Week 4 – Questions

Here are your questions this week!

  • Ashika
    1) What do you believe is the next life changing technology that will further force us to rely on computers and the Internet?
    2) What do you believe will be the future down falls of the man-machine relationship?
    3) Aside from convenience and work, how does the Internet REALLY make your life better?
  • Bilkay
    1.       How has the information on the Internet molded human thought?
    2.       What will happen to the human mind and emotion if we continue to depend on machines to improve work, communication, manufacturing, building, and everything else under the sun?
    3.       What would a world without technology look like today?  Would we be the people we are today, or immensely different beings?
  • Candice – no post
  • Chad
    1.  Sterling describes how the Internet was first developed as a way to make the country more secure. How has this goal been realized, and how has it been compromised, as a result of the Internet?
    2.  Why does popular science fiction most often predict a pessimistic future, where technology has become more “machine-centered”?
    3.  What does Norman mean when he says that humans are analog?
  • Chadrose (ctdg)
    1.   What do think about creating a computer that can be programmed to think on it’s own?  How do you think the world would change should this be more prominent?
    2.  How would you suggest corporations that keep their firewalls up be more open to this new kind of conversation?
    3.  What will our future look like fifteen to twenty years from now?  Can machines do better jobs than humans?
  • Cindy
    – How would the Sterling article change if it was re-written two years from now?
    – Describe the relationship between management, procedures, and employees.
    – Will our brains ever work like computers? Explain your reasoning why or why not.
  • Corey
    1. Is there still hope for newsgroups? [CLOSED] What modern day applications could best utilize the newsgroup sector of the internet and why have they not done so yet?
    2. If a more human-centered approach to input devices was adopted,  would speech recognition systems be the only option? Are humans ready for machines to be integrated into their minds? If the technology were available, would humans be greatly improved by internal computers or is the human mind incompatible with this type of technology? [All CLOSED]
  • Glen (gcrotts)
    1) How do you see the advances in technology affecting humans in the workplace in 50 years?
    2) How do you feel about machines and computers replacing humans at companies in order to cut costs?
    3) How can we present a human-centered view effectively to a company thinking of downsizing in place of machines or computers?
  • Gulya
    1. The amount of information available now and the amount of education required to keep up with it is always growing, how long will it be, before we can no longer keep up with information regardless of education provided in this world of specialization?
    2. What in your opinion should be the first steps in accepting and conceptualizing the idea of machines being built to adapt to human/biological ways of functioning and processing information, vs. the other way around?
    3. What is a reasonable turn around time period (how long would do you think it would take to challenge) to re-structure the current way of us-humans adjusting to the ever changing, faster machines?
  • JR (lorcaj)
    –    With our need for computers like a drug make our dependence on it make it that we will not be able function without it? Can you see yourself without it? [CLOSED]
    –    Are there limits to what, where, and how we implement the use of machines? [CLOSED]
    –    What can we change we live our lives to limit the amount of control machines and computers have on our lives?
  • Jamie – no post
  • John
    Q1 – How will human’s insatiable desire for efficiency ever be quenched?
    Q2 – How can Norman’s ideas of analogue based technologies, better evolve human potential rather than precision based digital technology?
    Q3 – What are some possible future non-linear predictions of the future Internet, such as Sterling illustrated with the Rand Corporations’ post-nuclear war project transcended into today’s social network?
  • Katarina
    1) How has the creation of email and instant messaging affected the way that you talk to your friends and family? Does this technology help or hinder personal communication? [closed]
    2)What is the relationship between the user of a calculator and the calculator? How does that compare with the relationship between the Internet and its user?
    3) Considering Don Norman’s example of the rotating naval staff, how does this concept play a role in technology’s innovative qualities?
  • Madeline
    1. How have digital media impacted human evolution?
    2. What are the ramifications of creating technology that moves things “beyond the reach of human abilities.”
    3. What do you think of Sterling’s assertion that, “The Internet belongs to everyone and no one.”
  • Mandy
    1. What specific pieces of technology have closed the gap between human and machine? What pieces of technology still require more work to bring human and machine closer?
    2. Is an “I-Robot” world possible? Is the famous Hal from Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” a problem we could be facing in the future, with the way technology is advancing? [CLOSED]
    3. Considering the evolution of the primate throughout history, how have our brains developed differently than they would had we not experienced such advancement in technology? (we might need a scientist and a doctor to answer this one)
  • Mark (mogibson)
    – What regulations might be considered in further advancement of digital technology?
    – With digital technology growing so rapidly, how can we limit the influence it has on our lives?
    – With the differences between how humans and digital machines process information and the vast reliance we have placed upon these machines, how can we prevent our world from continuing in a machine-driven direction?
  • Megan
    – What does evolution mean in regard to technology?
    – How will humans every create anything “new” if all of our technology is only capable of completing tasks known to the human mind?
    – How will technology “evolve” to become simpler as it becomes accessible to more people?
  • Michael (laym)
    1). How has the computer changed your everyday life today compared to five years ago?
    2). What do you think is the best way, if any, to reduce the reliability we have in computers and machines?
    3). How will future generations, our kids, or our grandkids, be affected by the internet and computers?
  • Mike (mjcap)
    – Stated in Norman, children learn human language “without conscious effort.” Most children also seem to effortlessly learn how to use a computer. Why do children learn faster than adults?
    – How can we reduce multitasking in our daily lives, especially at work?
    – We discussed last week how search engines could better qualify the reliability of results. If this happens through some form of a filter, how would this affect the perception of a “free internet” as described by Sterling?
  • Quoc
    1. With almost everything digital or electrical and computer assisted, what is something in in your life that you use on a daily basis that is not?
    2. When think about electrical machines failing on us, do you personally think it’s the devices fault or human error?
    3. If you were an inventor and were ready to build the next greatest and latest electrical invention, what is it and what does it do to help the world?
  • Rob
    – What are the main advantages/disadvantages of having attained the level of technological sophistication we have in our everyday lives?
    – How much of what you do everyday at work or school would be possible without electronic technology?
    – What happens when the need for technology use in everyday life begins to blur the boundary between a tool and its user? What are the impacts on society? The individual?
  • Robert
    1.  Man or Machine? What approach towards technology do you see emerging over the next ten years and why?
    2.  What are some ways you might devise for computers–either the technology behind them or the hardware we use with them–to become more human-friendly?
    3. What is your idea of “artificial intelligence” and how do you see A.I. becoming a reality, given the articles we read explaining computers’ current shortcomings?
  • Rylan
    1) In what ways have you seen the educational system change in the last decade due to the prevalence of computers?
    2) How does the potential creation of more experts than generalists effect American society, and the fundamental belief that we can be anything we want to be?
    3) In what ways are you frustrated by technology? In those instances is there an “analog” process that you turn to instead?
  • Sarah (sew28)
    1. What other types of media do you use to maintain your sanity?
    2. How did we become a culture that relies so heavily on technology?
    3. They say opposites attract. We are humans, computers are a “man-machine”; what is our attraction?
  • Shane (suzukiuw)
    1. Throughout history, segments of the population have revolted against technology. Why is it, that with the obvious benefits of modern medicine and technology, that some people still have these deeply rooted natural inclinations?
    2. How does religion impact the progress of technology? Is there something inherent in Judaism and Christianity that allows for the ferment of and exploitation of machines?
    3. I know this is cheating, but it’s a good question: Suppose a time machine were built. Would it be harder for a person from 1709 to adapt to 2009, or a person from 2009 to adapt to 1709? Why?
  • Stephen (bocretio)
    1)     What ought to be the human pace?
    2)     In your life, what are some of the tasks that you find get relegated to people that should be done by machine and vice-versa?
    3)     What would be the hallmarks of an interface oriented primarily to humans?
  • Ted (langt2)
    Q1. How have you adopted to the necessity of your employer’s desire for machine like behaviour from you?
    Q2. Norman laments that “Alas, most of today’s machines, especially the computer, force people to use them on their terms, terms that are antithetical to the way people work and think”. What exactly would using a computer be like if the machine adapted itself to human requirments?
    Q3. What are your views on the anarchic nature of the internet and do you think it’s still possible that a government or organization will be able to reign in on the online freedom that it provides?
  • Tressa
    – What are the positive effects of human relationship with machines?
    – If we continue to live in a digital world where our lives are “rigid, fixed, [and] intolerant”, how will this kind of world change human relationships?
    – How will human nature be able to adapt to our societies dependences on computer technology?
  • Tyler
    1) What are some technological things that you feel like you’re a slave to?
    2) How have you noticed the way you interact with technology change over the last 5, 10, or 20 years? Has it gotten better or worse [and why]?
    3) Do you see a limit to the internet continually becoming “bigger and exponentially faster” (Sterling)?

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