-Network neutrality: everyone has access to information and can contribute.

-Hourglass model: Internet doesn’t rely on one thing; accomplishing the same task differently on each layer

-Procrastination Principle: figure things out as they come

-Reputation bankruptcy: gone so far beyond the bounds of what is considered not acceptable…can try and reclaim it and clean the slate

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Wikipedia was highly spoken of by Jonathan Zittrain saying that this website, which is very generative, should be modeled or closely watched. Zittrain states that this online collaborative resource allows for some monitoring and ethics conversations.

For example, everyone has the ability to go online and educate each other by offering their own knowledge on Wikipedia. However, if someone uses this in a inappropriate fashion, there are people that will remove it. These same people also have conversations about whether or not they should include certain details that may harm another person. This was shown with the Star Wars Kid incident, who does have his own page on Wikipedia but his name is never mentioned because they felt that pointing him out was not necessary even though the media has already.

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A lot of people have stated that my generation is losing a certain something in their relationships with others because they communicate through a technological medium; and in some cases that may be true. However, Stefana Broadbent recently gave a speech, which was present on TED, that contrasted these thoughts.

The Internet has connected many people world wide and not only enables intimacy, but has  become a norm in our society’s culture. This made me wonder. In the future, will technology be part of the glue that holds them together or strengthens the relationship?

Broadbent explains how she delved deeper into this topic by interviewing several people and the person they talked to the most. These relationships ranged anywhere from close friends and family members to significant others and spouses. These interviews revealed things like:

– A person may have hundreds of friends, but really only keeps in touch and are good friends with a small handful of them.

-Massive communication through texting, IMing, Facebooking, and other Internet and technological forms are being done at 11 am.

– Facebook communication is one of the most popular forms of media used to socialize with others.

–  Of all the contacts a person has in their phone, 80% of the calls they make are only to a group of four people.

– It is becoming more and more popular to Skype with family members to feel like they are in the room. Many people, who have relatives that are far away, Skype in the morning or at night to have breakfast or dinner with them.

– Texting acts as little reminders that tell the other person things like “have a good day”

– Today’s children are being taught to understand and utilize these methods of communication due to the growing need to use it in many professions and (when encouraging independence and taking them on trips away from home) helping them learn how to keep in touch while in different locations.

People are constantly using these forms in order to connect with others and the numbers are only growing. Knowing this, how big a part, do you think, will technology and the Internet play in our relationships in the future?

Lately we have been discussing the recent innovative ideas or inventions and their place in the future; and while all this is extraordinary, I can’t seem to get past the looming thought that their side affects may have an interesting impact on people’s health.

The HiCan (High Fidelity Canopy Bed) creation was presented today as the “Ferrari of all beds.” At first glance it seems like a normal bed that is styled on the contemporary side, but if you get a bit closer you will see something much different. The technology filled sleeping arrangement comes with all the bells and whistles including a light, headboard controller, projector, projection screen, entertainment center and all the hook ups for video games and PC friendly items. It is being sold and shipped for around $59,000. Seems like the dream come true huh (minus the price tag)?

It was incredible, I will admit. Anyone that could bring people’s ideal form of convenience into bedroom furniture was ok in my book, but then I started to think about how we would fulfill what everyone was so excited about.

“You never have to leave your bed!”

“Do anything and everything without moving an inch!”

“It’s so convenient.”

Although it seemed so perfect and so exciting, how would that impact people’s health? We are already struggling to overcome the overweight crisis in the United States. This just seemed like something that would be going against the push to get healthier and not sit around and eat conveniently delivered food or fast food.

I guess that this is food for thought.  How far will we go and how much will we pay for convenience? Or are some advancements in technology offering convenience that can influence our health?

Here is the site to check out the HiCan bed: http://gizmodo.com/358888/hi+can-high-fidelity-canopy-never-leave-your-bed-again

Memory Box

September 16, 2009

In an overwhelming technological age, the idea of a hand written note seems a little old fashioned. Instead people have opted for constant digital connections with others either through social media networks, gadgets, or phone elements such as texting. These are not only instant forms of communication, but the outlets utilized through the Internet seem to leave more of a lasting impression.

While sifting through an old memory box of mine, I found a myriad of cards that I had received for a variety of occasions, photographs, and other memorabilia which put me in a nostalgic mood.  Once the box was empty I realized that I had no physical form of memories after half way through my freshman year of college. Why would that have stopped? It’s not like the exciting or important milestones ended early. Then it dawned on me. This is around the time I joined social networks and online groups. The Internet became a much bigger aspect in my life because it served as not only a way to communication for me, but as a storage area for projects and a record of my thoughts. My memory box as of 2006 was the Internet.

Previously, it was questioned in class as to whether or not technology would be so all encompassing that, in the future, we would depend fully on robotic and technological creations.  That it would be a huge part of our life. Well, this is already happening. The Internet has replaced my memory box and showcases my experiences online permanently. It is a place that captures and saves my photographs, valued conversations through AIM or social networks and acts as a record for my academic works. It even holds my thoughts in digital spaces similar to this blog. My identity is partially online and open for almost everyone to view.

Although it contains the evidence of many events in my life, I feel that the Internet and technology may never fully replace the physical (since we are human and will always want to fulfill the sensory need to experience touch, feel, hold and see)…so I made a new memory box just in case.