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kegan shoemaker
Posted 9 months ago
Has Technology Changed Who We Are (Our Essence)? If so, how?
We have definitely been changed by technology. We often plan our day or run our lives through technology. The argument that technology hasn't changed us because we've always been this way is completely invalid. At what time in human history before the last 10 or 15 years had people been so dependent on a single material possession that was not necessary for survival. For example, as people are buried into their phones, they are lost without it. They cant function without it. That has never been true about anything before these technological advances that allowed individuals to carry around a handheld computer. For goodness sake, most teenagers text their friends to let them know they are at their house rather than just ring the doorbell. This ability to bury ourselves into a device and escape reality for a time has changed many peoples personalities in a negative way. These people care less and less about others and more and more about what comes up on a little screen. Also, impatience has arisen from this. The instant gratification provided by devices such as computers, phones, and other technologies has made us this way. The impatience then leads to frustration and frustration leads to arrogance. And this hasn't always happened. This trend will continue and I don't honestly think there is a way to stop it.
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kegan shoemaker
Posted 9 months ago
David Lang: My underwater robot
Reminds me of this TED Talk... John Delaney: Wiring an Interactive Ocean http://www.ted.com/talks/john_delaney_wiring_an_interactive_ocean.html Not only is the concept of open design extremely exciting, but the possibilities for sharing the information gathered from exploration with the world is too. With the ocean seeming to be the true final frontier and funding for everything being questioned, it is great timing for a system that is cheap and so valuable to the research community. Great Talk!
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kegan shoemaker
Posted 9 months ago
Do kids think differently to adults?
I think as a child you definitely think differently. Of course, from a biological standpoint your brain hasn't fully developed yet, but truly the situation and environment a child grows up leads to different ways of thinking. Ultimately, I think every child will one day grow from the thought process of fantasy and carelessness and into a thought process of rationality and anxiety, which is completely understandable. But since the environment affects the time of which it takes these kids to reach that stage in thinking, surely it is possible to be taught how to think. Just look at some of the amazing kids speaking at TED conferences. Some of them are still at middle school age and think more insightfully and abstractly than many adults, not to mention the kids in their age group. Many of them are naturally intelligent, but without a powerful learning environment stemming from information not from experiences, I bet very few of them would have made it on TED as early as they did. Therefore, teaching a way to think is definitely possible whether it is through a strict learning environment or through the "brainwashing" made infamous by mainstream media and propaganda.