Here comes The Jetsons

The Jetsons

After commenting on a few blogs, I thought I would take my turn at contributing to the pools of thought.

I found one of my peers blog  ‘Smart Robots, Lazy Humans’ to be particularly intriguing as I took to the subject matter similarly. However, my connection was a little more juvenile and in my eyes a far superior creation of the big screen, The Jetsons.

Julian Bleecker, describes the Internet of things to eventually form to be“only but become enrolled as active, worldly participants by knit- ting together, facilitating and contributing to networks of social exchange and dis- course, and rearranging the rules of occupancy and patterns of mobility within the physical world”.

The possibilities of the Internet being endlessly inter-connected are unimaginable, especially considering the way we interact with technology currently. It is however alarming to think how far we would push the boundaries, considering every generation is becoming more and more reliable on the capabilities of technology.

Delving into such possibilities, the sci-fi films like iRobot & the television series The Jetsons come to mind. I mean, The Jetsons is an obvious lighthearted cartoon that has amazing robot service and a mechanical house, that is everyone’s dream. Yet the film iRobot, depicts a reality far from desired, divulging into the (dramatized) consequence of advancing technology.

Although I am admittedly a technology & Internet addict, I still remain to be a skeptic when it comes to the Internet of Things.

Google is the Puppet Master

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Lets start from the beginning, before Apple wished to drop from its tree.

Marketing and lots of $$$ may lead us to believe that Apple are the genius behind smart technology, yet we are sadly misinformed. It was in fact Motorola who were to initially patent the basic functionality of the tablet and smart tech but not design.

And so when the Tech war 2.0, driven by Apple was ensued to attack the Android market, and Samsung- Google stepped in.

It was simple for the top tier company to acquire Motorola, for the small sum of ‘$12.5 billion in cash’ (Johnston, C 2011) and basically deflect the legal battle, as they now owned a majority share of basic patents to the ‘Android’ technology.

You may ask why? Without research it seems kind of stupid for Google to spend an extreme amount of cash on a cellular company.

It basically, stems from the patents and the basic technology itself, as the Android systems is run through Google, which essentially makes them big dollars. Eric Schmidt, Google’s Executive Chairman, claimed to have “seen” ‘surveys indication that four Android devices sold for every Apple Device’. Reflecting his prediction that is ‘conceivable that there will be a billion devices running on Android’ (Newton C, 2012). Both figures draw a very big bank note figure for the silicone valley giant.

In my opinion, I wish they would all place nice so Apple can have better map technology & Samsung can go on selling their Galaxy’s.

So the big question now is, Will Apple sue Google?

Reference:

Johnston C, 2011, Google, needing patents, buys Motorola wireless for $12.5 billion, Ars Technica, accessed 21/10/2012, http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2011/08/google-to-buy-motorola-in-effort-to-defend-itself-from-patent-bullies/

Newton C, 2012, Eric Schmidt: Apple vs. Android is the defining fight in tech, C/Net, accessed 22/10/12, http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57530193-93/eric-schmidt-apple-vs-android-is-the-defining-fight-in-tech/

#Arab Spring

 

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Case: #mena #arabspring and the social network revolutions

The Arab Spring 2.0 revolution was exactly that, a revolution. Through utilizing the scope of social networks reach the power of the people was finally propelled. Having the same kind of ripple effect of any other meme or program, yet with a cause and suppressed voices finally being heard.

CBeing termed the 2.0 revolution, The Arab Spring, makes one think what exactly drove the initiative and what differentiates this with previous online cries for help. Its simple: these nations effectively utilized social media to communicate on a global scale their hardships and organize a calculated uprising. They successfully increased awareness of the states attempt at repression and complete Internet censorship.

This interactive timeline, “The Path to Protest”, created by Guardian Journalists Garry Blight, Sheila Pulham and Paul Torpey divulge into the Arab Spring in a sequential interactive timeline, that surpasses any explanation I could ever detail. You can basically allocate some time within the day to further educate yourself on the finer details of the revolution.

In many aspects of this 2.0 revolution one can perceive this initiative as a form of slacktivism, however it extends far beyond this, through the integration of physical people power, organised movement & the strategic utilisation of social media. Not only this, but there was a real cause to be supported.

What do you believe to be the driving force behind the success of the Arab Spring?

It’s a Tweet Life

To be honest, for all those industrial media outlets out there like Australia’s Channel 7, 9 or 10 there is going to be an abundance more of opinions online contrasting their vision, brand, opinions & content. In such online presence, citizen journalism is constructed, it may be deemed unprofessional or not a valid source, yet it is highly visible for the world to see. Through the concentration of industrial media, preference has been skewed and trust has depleted. I personally, find trust in many other sources before I flick on the television.

Johnson’s article “How Twitter will change the way we live” divulges into the concept of Twitter and how it is changing the constructs of deploying news and current affairs.  After a sceptical beginning Johnson now believes there is much depth to the thousands of 14o character messages that aggregate a much larger meaning, therefore assuming the positioning of ‘suspension bridge made of pebbles’.

In many ways I completely agree with Johnson, I mean through social media the news is spread at speed unimaginable 10 years ago. And we are continually exposed to messages and tweets that inform us of the most talked about stories of the day, through trending on twitter and the hash tag functionality. But then again, for most people who utilise the medium, they are simply constructing a false portrayal of themselves to sell to others. Most people tweet about their daily routines, food & eating patterns and other actions that are completely irrelevant to current affairs and the news. A vast majority of content and followers on Twitter is based around celebrity, who is the hottest and has the most fans.

In many ways Twitter can be considered those tiny pebbles, but it could also be considered the thorns, as most of the content circulating the site is useless & irrelevant to anyone but the people who tweet it!

Tell me, do you find Twitter to be the first source you would extract news from?

Alt + Ctrl + Del… NOT!!!

 

 

Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google, has predicted that by 2020, all those who are consumed and using social media will either seek or wish to change their name. Such radical manoeuvres will be a precaution to protect oneself from future repercussions of information proliferated across the Internet. To think that there is basically no limit to the multiplication of information across the Internet, therefore nothing ever gets deleted. This perspective reflects Kevin Kelly’s assumption that “Even a dog knows nothing gets deleted on the Internet”.

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There is an inundated amount of people who lose their employment or their prospective employment is effected as an outcome of their digital presence. Ones klout, being their online state of influence/existence, may be propelled by either a negative or positive presence.

BBC news covered such issues in a recent story, explaining the current process of accessing prospective employees digital footprints as a means of assessing their personality fit with the company’s brand and beliefs. As a protective method for companies in the current day & age, management implement strong social media policies. Where they encourage employees to sustain from posting work related comments, images or statuses on their social media sites, in many cases employees sign strict contracts that they must abide by.

An example of social media outbursts gone awry for an angry employee was in instance for an American Chilli’s waitress who posted a status about getting stiffed on a tip. Not only did she accrue a number of disgruntled comments, but she also lost her position with the company, her facebook account was deactivated and this was all documented through numerous online articles and blogs. Sucks to be her, I mean her slander has been slammed across the Internet with no prospect of being deleted; I bet she was quick to changed her name.

 

 

Convergence Media Mania

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I’m well aware that I will not be the only one whose first thought is Apple, when the term convergence media is mentioned. We’re essentially programmed this way, all a part of their technologically driven brand works.

Back on track, Apple, or more so the iPhone, a device as all of you are well aware of, has been designed and manipulated to do almost everything in one small ‘rectangular’ (as they have patent the shape) mobile phone. Before the iPhone, this mere concept did not exist; the term ‘smart-phone’ was still stored in a somewhat far-off idea in Steve Jobs head.

The iPhones capabilities are endless, to name a few:

–       3GS

–       Camera and video capabilities

–       Siri (ask her anything, in a language unknown to anyone, as she seems to falter)

–       Text and imessage (through email)

–       Endless applications

–       Social media

–       Calendar

–       GPS navigation

–       Phone calls obviously

–       Email

Although the list is never tiresome, we all seem to be engulfed by the revolution of technology, if you do not own an Apple product, you must own a Samsung or something connected to Microsoft.  Such a revolution of media convergence has simply formed through the notion of convenience and essentially society imploding on the concept of being time-poor.

Take one moment to consider this, if you took the notion of status and convenience out of owning an iPhone, would you swap it for something simpler? 

Copy right, Copy fight!

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To be honest, when I was looking at the course outline I was dreading week five.

Copyright? I’ve heard about it a thousand times and it’s always the same, people put a c on something and it’s by law theirs, simple, right?

Well no, completely misinformed!

The 21st century has transformed the simple concept of copyright and developing it so far that ‘information becomes a valuable commodity’. (Ted Mitew, 2012). This is basically ‘creating products out of the notion of ideas’ (Ted Mitew, 2012) and encouraging the new influx of IT start-ups.

An example of this would be Posse, a new IT start-up that was formed from a simple idea. Ceo and founder Rebekah Campbell, was the CEO of Scorpio music, managing some of Australia’s biggest names, from Matt Corby and Lisa Mitchell to Evermore. Posse was initially a concept Rebekah established as a result of having issues selling tickets to an Evermore show in Perth. It was in this one idea that Rebekah ran the risk of losing everything, took a leap of faith and left behind the music industry to propel her idea-baby, Posse.com.

Getting back to the topic of Copyright…

Let’s think about THE Company of the21st century, who transformed cellular technology and developed the laptop I am currently typing on, Apple. The iphone, was merely an idea that they formed, developed and marked a distinct copyright upon in order for it to be differentiated from the oh so crowded market it occupies. The mere concept of the iphone was brilliant and Apple was well aware that once they could fully advance beyond conceptualising and create a fully functioning product, they would make history. Ever since the iphone was released it has flooded the global market, competing with Samsung to maintain the top tier of ratings and sales.

Apple however has taken the simple concept of copyright to the next level, by legally patenting their products, in almost every aspect. This is costly but ensures the company will be free from imitation and will sustain their individuality.

Over the past few months there has been a very verbal dispute between the top two tech giants, with Apple taking legal action against the similarities between the iphone and Samsung galaxy series. It was decided that Samsung was in breach of several of Apple’s patents and were ordered to ‘pay $1.049 billion in damages’ (Fitzsimmons, M 2012).

What do you think when HUGE companies slap patents and copyright on simple colours, shapes and words?

Information NEVER sleeps

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In this week’s lecture two components stood out like a sore thumbs:

1.  A new (non)space beyond borders

           Free flow of information

AND

     2.  Free flow of capital & information = Liquid labour

Taking the first point into consideration, my employment history comes to mind.

Being the 21st century, an age of technology, many employers have completely flipped the restrictions within the work environment and changed the ways in which offices are managed. This conceptualised by the one and only Google, who encourage free flow creativity through open communication and ‘unconventional’ access to leisurely activities. Such environment is ‘beyond borders’ essentially enabling free flow of information. This completely captures my current situation, my work environment is free flowing, with no barriers or assigned desks perse, allowing collaborative thinking and enhancing productivity. And then if I was to contrast this environment with my previous workplace, which was driven by the archaic beliefs of “assembly line” production, activity-based working would obviously generate higher performance and employee satisfaction.

Yet this is also where the second point slides into the scenario. Where free flow of capital & information = liquid labour slides straight into the new age work environment. As all boundaries have been depleted, creating a real where work & leisure mesh to form one existence. Society is now driven by technology that allows a constant flow of information and connection to everyone and anyone. We are always available may it be via mobile phone, email, msn, facebook, twitter, skype, text message, BBM, or even the latest free form of communication Viber.

Through the development of iphone, our access to communication has multiplied through endless access to applications that encourage constant contact with friends, family, colleagues, acquaintances, fellow students or even strangers.

It really doesn’t surprise me that it is now news that a man’s digital life has been hacked, therefore leaving him in peril of hardship and sadness. I mean with such dependence upon every facet of daily life being linked to technology what is to be expected when all is taken away?

John Perry Barlow, Keep on dreamin’

Thanks to Matthew Peel

Out of all the articles we were designated to read this week, John Perry Barlow’s was by far the most unattainable reality for cyberspace. He discusses the freeness of cyberspace, being ruled by no one, and how it is “a world that all may enter without privilege or prejudice accorded by race, economic power, military force, or station of birth” John Perry Barlow

But in reality we must be realistic, prejudice still remains, and people continue to judge upon the above matters, through the use of cyberspace, as it further enables anonymity and even the use of online alias. Due to cyberspace being a platform that is neither governed nor ruled, it also enables such prejudices to continue and embark on a digitalised journey accessible to almost anyone. Barlow’s theory or concept simply relies on the nobility of humanity to partake in just activity, never faltering or swaying away from general common courtesy.

But really, how can we possibly believe that there is such (dys)utopian aspects of cyberspace, when a substantial amount of those who utitlise this medium continually use it to defy those around them, by hacking, stealing or sharing information and images that are far beyond anything legal.  It is in his reference “cyberspace does not lie within your borders” that we must question, when and where do a higher authority step in and try to reobtain some kind of democratic state, where information is shared freely to a just point.

 “We have no elected government, nor are we likely to have one, so I address you with no greater authority than that with which liberty itself always speaks”John Perry Barlow

Do you believe Barlow’s concept of cyberspace to be a utopian one or do you agree with me, and believe it to be that far off base?

Digital Meltdown

 

I totally need to vent somewhere, and this seemed to be a perfect solution.

I feel as though there is just way too many new social media sites to keep up with. I obviously use Facebook, as it honestly plays a vital role in the way I communicate with my friends and family, due to distance, time barriers and even languages.

On a daily basis I check, scan, post and reply to comments, likes and uploads on my Facebook, twitter, wordpress, Pinterest, etsy, hotmail, gmail, google+, and sols and soon delicious.

But then I have friends that question why I am not active on Instagram, following them and posting my ever movement. It is not enough that my life is almost completely digitalised personally and for educational purposes?

I mean I am currently writing a blog post on a medium I created for the soul purpose of University, and I would never consider taking out a pen and paper and writing this down. It seems that sometimes I am missing out on real life because I am too caught up on what is happening digitally.

I continually question what would happen if I just signed out and left it for a month? Would I miss out?

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