Thursday, April 12, 2012

Cool or Creepy?

Finally! We've made some progress in our reading of 1984.  It was slow going thanks to a research paper and spring break but now we're beyond the exposition from Winston and can move into the more interesting plot developments.  I'm having a tough time, though, convincing my students that things will pick up.  They're pretty bored right now.  But today's writing dealt with a Pennsylvania school district that was sued for remotely activing webcams on student-issued computers, unbeknownst to those students.  That sure sparked some discussion.  Tomorrow I'll share with them a local school district that is eliminating holiday celebrations. 

For now, as far as technology goes, this short video  is interesting in that it brings to light the "predictions" from writers about future gadgets.  What will they think of next!?

13 comments:

  1. This is so crazy! It is neat to see that the dreams that one had so long ago have now come to reality and are used on a daily basis. Without these inventions, most people wouldn’t know how to function now days.

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  2. In all honesty technology now a days in my perspective is more crazy, than creepy nor cool. It really blows my mind to set into deep thought on how things were even made or how they manage to function. For example a credit/debit card, how can something as small as a hand and as thin as a piece of paper able to hold all of your money to your name? You just have to enter numbers or swipe this thing and enter a pin and your money is with drawled faster than you can say “I am broke”. As years, months, weeks, days and hours pass by this world is becoming more and more advanced. Sooner or later we will all be flying around in cars and talking through our cellular devices wired into our bodies that are controlled by voice. You may think I sound ridiculous but hey the way technology is today anything could happen!

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  3. Tiffany LefeverMay 1, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    I believe that in the future years technology is going to take over. We won't have a say in anything and we will have to be watched at all the time. For example, theres a new car that has a built in personal adviser/planner. You ask it to do someting or call a place to make a reservation and it will. Technology is a fishy product. It's deffinitly scary.

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  4. Honestly i think many people overreact to the growing advancments in technology. yeah if you read a science fiction book such a 1984 then watch a skeptical video of vague 19th century predictions maybe you have something to worry about. I believe these advancments in technology wil be more help than harm. we are not in the stone age anymore people its time to start acting like it:)

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  5. In my opinion, I think that tehnology is both cool and creepy at the same time. I love using it, but at the same time have to wonder if one day technology will cause a world wide problem.

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  6. yeah if you read a science fiction book such a 1984 then watch a skeptical video of vague 19th century predictions maybe you have something to worry about.As years, months, weeks, days and hours pass by this world is becoming more and more advanced. Sooner or later we will all be flying around in cars and talking through our cellular devices wired into our bodies that are controlled by voice. i believe in the future, technology is going to take over.

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  7. This is no big deal everyone freaking out over just new technology that everyone will just end up using it anyway so there is no point making a big fuss about it we cant do anything to stop so just accept the new technology and use it

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  8. I feel like either way this is going to end up happening, but can you say Child Pornography? I sure can, what if some kid was having "alone time" and someone 'accidently' caught it on camera? That is a pretty creepy concept, but there is nothing we can do about technology growing the way it is.

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  9. I believe that technology will become so great that some of the man power used now will all be gone, computers will do everything and the use for humans to sit there and watch a screen will not be needed. Technology is always changing and sooner or later we will have to accpet it.

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  10. It's very strange how many of the 19th century authors and inventors made predictions about the technology that we use on a daily basis. It's a bit creepy! It makes you wonder what is coming in the future, and how it is going to affect society.

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  11. Technology will take over, it has already advanced so much and its only going to grow. With the new smart phones that are comming out, you can talk to it and it will answer you and it can type for you. I think technology is really cool, but knowing that someone can always be watching you is creepy.

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  12. This thing is pretty interesting and yet i was asleep for majority of the book. the days i tried paying attention to it after we had our talk and you read, i enjoyed some what of it. mainly because that guy was about to get destoryed from some satanic rats. but thats all i really remember from the book and the assighnments were doing right now is pretty intresting. so thankyou! later mrs. phillips. i hope i did this right ha

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  13. Technology will eventually overpower the human brain. All electronic devices are being replaced with new ones that are much more advanced every day.

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