Our generation is the generation of social networking. There could be both positive and negative usage of networked technologies. In Egypt’s case, it was a hassel for the government, but it got thousands to unite for a protest. It is interesting to see how much power networked technologies have these days which can even create and change history.
The New York Times published an article last week on which gadgets we can get rid of because they are becoming obsolete or being replaced by other technologies. It seems that mobile phones are replacing most older technological devices such as GPS, cameras, and MP3 players. Can mobile devices eventually replace all of the items on this list?
I stumbled across this article by Amara D. Angelica about the Internet and what it will be like in a million years from now. He talks about how the Earth has already input information into the universe through microwave towers and soon NASA will use the information in the Universe to locate asteroids and other matter floating around there. Angelica talks about communicating with civilizations on other planets and galaxies the next million years. It is really interesting to think that communication with other planets would be possible in some million years from now with technology that began less than 100 years ago.
Here is a fantastic interactive documentary dealing with culture, architecture, geography, and interactivity.
Out My Window
The topic of collaborative filtering was brought up in class today. This is great for businesses to try and connect with users and recommend items which they may like. Although, as a user I feel my information is being used without my consent. There are huge privacy concerns with collaborative filtering. Even when I come back to a site like amazon it remembers me and is storing information on me. I feel my privacy is being invaded and that my permission should be asked of in order to store information about what I like, buy, or am interested in. The internet and technologies which go along with it just seem to not be a safe in keeping ones identity/likes ect safe .
This topic brings me to the idea of Facebook. Facebook is being used a networking tool, but again has the same privacy concerns and can be detrimental to many. Those who post interesting pictures of partying should really question if they want that information to portrayed of them especially to potential employers. It seems if something is put on the internet about you it will be there forever.
CNN recently posted story questioning whether or not the U.S. could shut down the internet the way that Egypt did last week. Egypt’s government did so by oredering the five main internet providers to reroute IP addresses. The U.S. could technically do the same if legislation was in place, but the robust and rhizomatic nature of the system does not allow it to just simply be shut down. The article says that “certain links break and other links are opened”.
Many researchers are looking into the power that social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook are having on organizing the overthrowing of governments such as Tunisia and potentially Egypt. An NPR story Social Media gets Credit For Tunisian Overthrow reports a young tech-saavy popoulation staging the world’s first “cyber-net revolution”.