Category Archives: Technology

iPad, a gimmick of education


A textbook on the desk, opened to a page, and a blank notebook on the side. Curled in a chair, he should be doing history homework, but instead, he is playing one of those colorful touch games that utilizes animals and cutting ropes and flinging pigs and such.

iPads are simply devices of entertainment. I heavily urge my school district to reconsider their decision of giving students divergent technologies. iPads are counterproductive, usurping valuable energy and motivation. Sure, they are fun, and sometimes even immensely useful, but nonetheless, they are only things, electronic gimmicks that not necessarily contribute educational success.

First, I would like to make one thing clear: I think technology is a necessary conductor of quicker and higher success. My friend uses an iPad as an ebook habitually. My laptop functions as a portable workplace, electronic sketchpad, music making studio, etc. Running with music not only compels me to run further but also faster. I type faster than I write longhand. Technology has made life more efficient and ‘cool’.

However, the demographic at my school given the iPads can care less about using it as an eBook, or a faster way to write. Based on common sense and observation, they naturally turn to the more fun functions of the iPad: games, music, art, etc because they can. When I surveyed a couple of iPad-wielding friends, here were some actual responses:

  • Now I can get on Facebook during school.
  • The star walk app is really useful–I can see where the stars/constellations are without having to be outside. I dont know if it’s more productive.
  • I’m so happy I got one, but iPads are definitely bad because they distract me from doing actual work.

So therefore, we are thankful, school district, but iPads, by nature, are too divergent.

Spending more on cooler things doesn’t necessarily translate into higher academic success. I strongly believe that blindly splurging on technology is quite deconstructive to the classroom atmosphere.

There are many other other alternatives of utilizing technology to promote learning; collaboration projects on google docs or college classes on coursera are both excellent. Let’s not focus on spending as a means of learning, but learning as a means of learning. I hope for the best.

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Why I am against texting


My argument was persuasive enough to sway myself. I would like to share with you why I am against texting.

A couple of years ago, when I was first introduced to texting, I immediately disclosed it as a scam; I deemed it as a paid form of email. However, as it became popular, the practice was legitimized. I accepted it because I acknowledged texting as a form of silent and versatile communication. It did not distract others and could be sent and viewed at any comfortable time.

Over time, however, I realized texting was neither silent nor versatile. (in general)

Texting quickly became the most distracting form of communication. Where people in the past would tactfully excuse themselves from a table to make a call, now people would obnoxiously text bluntly in your prescience.

However, the bigger problem was its lack of versatility.

Texts are so goddamn laconic that it outrightly eliminates any complexities of a spoken message. Sarcasm, emphasis, tone are all succinctly razed by the touch of the send button. The purpose of texts is to communicate, and yet, the art of communication is lost by the act of texting.

My friend said that texting avoids the awkwardness found in speech. This is true. However, I would like to point out that texts only avoids the problem of awkward speech, not solve it. In order to solve the problem we must not seek to talk less, but talk more!

Overall, texting is too apathetic, incomplete, artificial, costy, restrictive for my taste.

Do you agree or disagree? Perhaps post an argument in the comments?

Searching for real


I notice a pattern.

As we have all this complex technology, we try very hard to stimulate what is real: 3D effect, high res display, artificial cell, long distance chat, electronic book imitation tech., etc.

Our technology is getting us closer, now more realistic.
Or are we are getting further and further away from the real?

 

Artificial Intelligence


A few years ago, I didn’t know the difference between influence and affluence. And teachers told me to be wary of the contrast. Now that I understand the difference, I see no difference in the word choice in the following sentence:

The internet has _____.
a) influence      b) affluence

Indeed, the internet has both influence and affluence, popularity and opulence, to such a degree that it is almost a religion: [video].

If Facebook is a celebrity, then the internet is a god. If Twitter is a 200 pound bass fish, then the internet would be the torrential rivulet that carries it. The influence of internet is so ubiquitous that we sometimes cease to notice it. In the future, the internet browser will be as widespread as paper. In fact, that’s exactly what the chromebook is: [video].

Not only is the internet torrentially influential, it is also mighty affluent, rich like a limitless gold mine, educational resources at the touch, monetary  transactions at the click.

So what are we going to do with the internet?

Personally, I believe that’s the wrong question. The right question: What is the internet going to do with us? The web has grown so much that it is now a monster that we each have a part of. And if it dies (which is nearly impossible), the framework of society perishes.

So that’s the internet. Affluent. Influent.

A. I.

Do you have a popcorn brain?


I do, and it’s driving me nuts.

What is it? Your brain changes. And internet may be changing it for the worse. Nicholas Carr did an article on it. and CNN wrote about it recently.

The stimulation of multitasking in the electronic world is slowly generating an extremely ‘poppy’ brain. It’s not noxious or life threatening, but it’s very irritating. I often find my eyes dallying across the page, unfocused, while thinking about life and other completely unrelated things. When I write, my writing tends to be extremely multifaceted, sometimes even rubbish. When I speak, watch out.

I am reprehensible, getting an exorbitant amount of screen time, but I am trying; I don’t use the computer as often during the summer, and I’m definitely reading more. And I’m also exercising more, trying to enlarge technology hiatuses throughout my day.

The sad truth is, many people are inflicted with popcorn brain. Let me guess, you are extremely distracted, and you’re thinking about other things as you read this blog. The last time you touched your phone was within the hour. But even sadder is, popcorn brain may be inevitable. The internet is one of the most useful and ubiquitous tools. I can flip to page 29 of a dictionary and read up the definition of ‘abhor’, or I can much google it in one shot. Our society is digitalized, and we’re compelled to live it.

The internet is a very benevolent and impressive thing, connecting, entertaining, educating, edifying. However, we are natural hedonists so we are suckers for the crap that gives us immediate pleasure. Blech.

I completely abhor it; it makes me disgustingly divergent. And it’s driving me totally nuts.

NUTS? SQUIRREL!!!!

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On future thinking


How do we think in the future? I honestly do not know. This post is a speculative guess.

Moore’s law states that per every 18 months, the capacity in our technology will double. The cost of electronic chips will be on the constant decline, as it will become more intertwined with our lives. It will be as inexpensive as paper, and the internet will be ubiquitous. Our future, digitalized.

Now, how does that affect future thinking?

Imagine, a highly digitalized world with the internet imprinted into our lens, feeding us information so we don’t have to. Imagine a world where the first thing we do when we wake up is plug ourselves to the internet. Imagine a world where less what questions are answered and more how questions. This is all possible due to the devalue of chips and technology. According to More’s laws, our cell phones today has more capacity than all the computing power in the world during WW2. A sheet of computing chips tomorrow will be cheaper than paper.

We’d have little chips installed in our brains. We’d have little screens implanted onto our eyes. We would be encouraged to cheat, to utilize the web and derive information from the web. We would spark a new age of induction and exploration. Critical thinking would be encouraged and factual knowledge would be overrated.

As our ease to obtain information becomes infinite, our method of thinking will change. Right now, our educational system believes in tests and memorization. The more the adaption of information adapts into a part of us, the less we would have to focus on rote memory and standardized tests, and more on critical thinking.

With technology closer and closer to us. I predict that our world will undergo an educational revolution. But that’s just a hopeful, optimistic guess.

The most important skill in life is …


For the Pokemon Fans! :D

Adaptation.

As much as I want to believe I’m perfect, I’m not.

However, I like to believe I’m a piece of silly putty, and I can stretch myself to that desired shape. If a rectangular shape doesn’t work, I can mold myself to a circle. It’s important to alter yourself along the way so that you don’t get stuck in a whirlwind of changes.

 

If you cannot adapt, then you are screwed like a rusty nail. – A wise friend.

It is one of the most vital trait out there. Without adaptation, humans would never come to be. Without adaptation,Jobs would never create the second generation iPod. Without adaptation, we’d be dried clay, unable to fit in any crevice.

What is Adaptation?

It’s learning.

It’s absorbing.

It’s changing.

Adaptation is when you alter your belief or lifestyle or intake or outlet etc. because of your environment. We were once bacteria, and it is by morphing to accustom to the environment do we become complex and ‘better.’ Indeed, we adapt to become better, to become more agility suited as time progress, as the situation alters, as a difficulty arises.

From my point of view, there are two types of adaptations, passive and active.

Passive Adaptation

Passive adaptation is changing yourself in nonchalant conditions. Instead of going to the bookstore, you might switch it up a bit and go to the library. Instead of favoring the color red, you might enjoy the color orange. In other words, you aren’t forced to change, but you change anyways.

These changes are sometimes better than active adaptation.

Motivation is a form of passive adaptation. You might be motivated to win a competition; it is a change of belief. However, it can also be negative; giving up or being lazy.

Use passive adaptation to you advantage. Be aware of your lifestyle and find drive to change yourself for the better. Nobody can tell yourself what to do. And sometimes the most monumental life changes occur when you are alone. Give some thought to yourself. It might help.

Active Adaptation

Active Adaptation has its roots in evolution, forcing certain animals to take up mutations for survival purposes. It’s forced changes in your behavior.

We can see active adaptation today.

Look around you. Job losses. Divorces. Lifestyle changes. Growth. Decline. Diets. It’s how you change to suit these changes that’s going to matter because at the end, a divorce is a divorce. But you can choose to be sad or happy. At the end, an fail is a fail, but you can choose to become better.

As the entire world changes, so should you. Do not be stubborn. Ride the wave. Reap the positive affects of societal growth.

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Thus, you can be smart and you can be strong. You can be lucky, but adapting to the world is one of the most important traits you can possess. The future will be indubitably different, and you’ll have to reshape yourself to be successful.