LOOKING DOWN: HOW OUR DEVICES ARE CONTROLLING US

Human Hand Holding White Samsung Duos Android Smartphone

“We have to put in down at some point.”


too wired in

We are in a time period where we are consumed with our smart devices. You walk down any city street and all you see are people looking down at their phones. Even in your car you’ll see people driving holding their cell phones. So why have we become so wired into our technology? We don’t even converse anymore because I remember not long go seeing a young couple out for dinner where they were both on their cell phones. And what’s even more odd, they probably were conversing with each other. Shockingly enough, yes, people in a younger demographic talk through phones sitting right across from each other. So what are the long lasting implications of always being so tapped into a piece of technology?

miss those little tactile moments

At every stage of technological advancement, we miss out on something. And the things we miss out most are those little moments that we sink in and remember for a lifetime. It’s like dating in society where you have had to go through a series of moments in order to get to know someone. Now we just jump straight into a situation where we miss out on all those build up times. So when you look back and reflect, you can say to yourself I did this and that which brought me to you. Now, you don’t even connect because everything is rushed. So as time go on, how will you be able to appreciate the time you first met someone.

missed opportunities

As a photographer and indie filmmaker, for me to walk around society looking down would be a big problem. You get your best ideas taking notice to the things that the masses pass on. If your eyes are looking down, then you miss the beauty face up, or even in the sky. But outside of this, the biggest concern would have to be the job opportunities that you miss out on because there is no eye contact. If you notice talking to someone from a generation that is current they have a hard time maintaining this eye engagement because the communication is lost. Now, not all hope is fully lost because the technology can be used as a positive. Since we are so technologically connected we can use that as a means to better communicate.


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GODLESS: DOES TECHNOLOGY EFFECT OUR BELIEF IN A HIGHER POWER

Silhouette of Person Standing Beside Cross during Sunset

“Why is it being replaced?”


a new form of worship

For the past few thousand years man has worshiped a higher power. but what happens the more people become not only aware of self, but are deep into our gadgets. So much so that we begin to follow the practices not in alignment with our cultural backgrounds. We are ritualistic when it comes to our need to always be connected to our digital devices. We carry devices around like it’s our bible, and we can’t help but to look down even if it’s for something very mundane.

belief system in jeopardy

How could ones belief system be in jeopardy because they are into technology. Well, the things that beliefs have challenged for so long are being made possible today. So people are less interested in the intricacy of the idea and more about the burden of proof. And the more technology we have the more information is out here, the more people challenge what is it they believe in.

is it going away

Religion is going away, but is technology really an aspect of the decline? Or, are we just more aware? But that awareness comes as a result of having so much technology readily available.


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MICROMANAGE OFFSPRING: HOW SOCIETY FEELS ABOUT IMPLANTED CHIPS IN CHILDREN

Green Ram Card Collection

“We need to monitor them.”


track your child

As a parent, you want to monitor what your child is doing at all times. That means you have to constantly be on the up and up, especially in these ever changing times. So as time progress, the idea that we could possibly implant chips into our children could be something of the future. This way parents not only can track their child in case of an emergency,they can tell where they are at, at all times. Kids wouldn’t like being tracked, but they don’t understand the hurt a parent feels when that phone call is made that their child is missing. How do you go about this process?

government intervention

For this to be something that could get put into place, you’re talking years and years of fighting lawmakers. Because you have to take into consideration the health effects. But also the rights of the child being chipped. You are their parents, this is obvious, but they are also individuals themselves to a certain age. So if a parent chips their child, at a certain age that kid now has right to know what has been put into their bodies. And if they are not fine with that, it is to be removed. Why, well it’s because a human is not your property even if it is your child. They have the right to know. And also back to the health effects, what, if anything can attributed to the long term implant in your body?

what’s it really built for

Are these chips we’re embracing being used to only track where our children are going? Or will there be other data connected to the child that can be used. Meaning, Facebook has affiliates that advertise to the users when certain keywords are constantly used. Now you are wondering why so much about a certain model car is being marketed to you. It all has to do with what you are typing in that search box on the internet. Could this information also track not only kids movements but their frequented visiting spots for marketers looking to brand to children? This would be a perfect way to turn a profit.

benefits

What are the benefits to being able to chip your child? Well, the upside is that besides tracking their movements, maybe the chip has been connected to figuring out any health problems. Parents would love knowing what is wrong with their child before going to the doctor’s office so the doctor’s job is that much easier.


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CODING: THE IMPORTANCE OF LEARNING HOW TO

abstract, business, code

“The need is now.”


programming

The weird writing behind the computer screen is what so many are too intimidated to try to figure out. There is actually big business in learning to code. The problem is that so many people don’t know how to do so. It’s not as easy as just go out and learn. You have to have the tenacity to stick it out over time. And when I say over time, I mean can you sit down and learn and work it out for years; that’s right years. Coding is constantly changing and you have to change with it. If not, you will be working for years just to know the basics. You will defeat the purpose of learning all that time. So you have just wasted maybe 3-5, 5-7, or even more years.

what’s it all for

Some people learn for fun, but those are the people that are very few and far between. The majority of people learn coding for some economic gain. And if you are learning for the economics, then you need to understand that the word computer programming is a broad term. You have to familiarize yourself with the terminology. Because just saying coding will only make you more confused until you breakdown where you want to aim at understanding in coding. Now me myself, I am very unfamiliar with coding. I have tried and given up numerous times over. Hopefully I will try at it again some day.

benefits

Learning how to code opens the door for all types of career advancements. You can either work within an organization or you can work for yourself from home. You also can broaden your horizons in being able to troubleshoot for your computer as well. Imagine having software problems you don’t have to to pay for, for expert opinion. You can just flip the coding and find out if there are any errors you can fix for yourself. Saves you time and money that you may not have in life. Other benefits is that if you are a parent with a child, you can now educate them. It’s an early stage of learning and a way for you to bond with your child.


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DIGITAL LEARNING: WHAT WILL HAPPEN OF SCHOOLS IN THE FUTURE

Photo of Woman Teaching

“The next step in American learning.”


the classroom

The classroom has taken on many different faces over time in America. But the future could hold something different in this country as well. Especially with the fight that teachers already have with maintaining the attention of the class in such a digital era. Kids constantly are on their cell phones and other mobile devices, that the teachers now have to almost assimilate to the new way of grabbing their attention. So much so, now teachers are promoting learning tools that are more interactive outside the classroom. But what happens when the interactive experience removes the in school learning experience in all?

remote location

We are already starting to see teachers give lesson plans in colleges where you don’t have to physically show up to class. But what happens when this becomes the norm for grade levels in elementary through high school? Then you’re going to have push back from parents who want their small child in school. Because they need to know how to communicate with teachers and other students. This is going to be their first hand account in how to resolve conflicts and deal with other people. Once that is removed you now have more than just learning that is gone. You miss out on all the personal relationships you build. Students who would otherwise make friends in school are now missing out in getting to know their classmates. But is everything as bad as it seems?

opportunities

With the downs, there is life in the digital learning outside the class. It could force students to build communities with others not in their school as well. Why, well the internet gives you opportunity to experience dealing with people you otherwise wouldn’t meet. Imagine a digital learning environment for kids like playing a Call of Duty video game. You are connected to a kid in China from New York; or connecting to an Indian kid from Iowa. There is this global base that would bring people closer together with this new digital model.


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OUT OF THEIR HANDS: HOW THE GOVERNMENT LOST THE INTERNET

Blue Screen of Death in Silver Black Laptop

“How it got away.”


http://www.com

Long before the average American started to use the http, the www, the dot com, the government had the internet for its own personal uses. But then as a means of opening it up, the public became aware and started our own uses. Then the one lane highway turned into a 100 lane highway on both sides of the road, with only two or three patrol cars monitoring traffic. And you probably think to yourself, how in the world do you watch so much going on? And the answer to the question is they don’t watch everything. There is way two much going on to do that considering it is not uncommon to have multiple browsers open per person on the internet. How do you watch billions of people who may have anywhere from three to nearly ten open at once.

where is it going

Something so massive, one might often think where in the hell is this machine going. Because no one owns the internet. How do you say for certain where it is headed? The only thing you can do is sit back watch how everything plays itself out. But it will go further into depths that even the ones who have been using it for years will start to unwind. Because as time progress people get used to something and then they get stuck in a way. Now it’s hard for them to understand the new trend. And for the people in the future it will be the outer net.

dark net

The steps below the internet that have been in the news in recent years and that is the outer net and the dark net. The dark net, a very bottom part of the ocean that very few people access. It is a space known having items and other services that you won’t find on traditional internet websites. On the dark net, you can find a lot more illegal activity that is way too obvious on the internet. You can buy guns, drugs, even hired hitmen on the dark net. But the dark net has become a subject for debate because of not only narcotics, but child sex trafficking. This is a main reason why the dark net has been focused on by the government.


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RING RING: THE EVOLUTION OF THE TELEPHONE

“How will we talk in the future?”


hello, who is it

The telephone has taken on various forms throughout the history of America. And what’s interesting is that the more time passes, the more smaller and less converse the telephone becomes. We now don’t even talk on the phone, we text. But when we do talk we have capabilities in the form of video where we can now see the person. So what has become of the telephone is a more interactive experience. If you took children back 20 years, 30 years, or even 50 years, they would have no clue how to make use of the telephone. So what will happen over the years to come of the telephone?

look, no hands

Woman Wearing Earpiece Using White Laptop ComputerWe are seeing people more than ever utilize phones from not only wireless, but without the need to hold the phone. And because of that bluetooth headsets and earbuds have made the ability to perform task while talking a lot easier. Now, you just throw some ear phones on and continue going about your daily task without having to pick up the phone. You just press the telephone icon on your phone to answer and voilá, you can talk.

on screen

Ever since face time became popular, people have been looking for other means of trying to connect to each other via video. And now, there are means to connect with people from your television screen. What happens is, say you’re watching television, and you don’t want to interrupt your programming by stopping the TV. You can answer the phone with the person’s face in the corner of the screen and video chat. Let’s say you have someone overseas in battle in the military. This is a way to talk to them from a much larger screen in higher definition.

voice command

What happens when you get a call and then you say the word answer without having to look at your phone. Whomever is in your list of contacts then name will voice command to you who it is, and you can answer via your voice. That will be a great time. Or better yet a video pop out in front of you and you can talk without picking up the phone.


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