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Final Project: What's Next in Communication?

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How The Internet Has Changed the Way We Communicate By: Elizabeth Rueger

Look down at your phone.  Now look back at this article. Now back to your phone. Now bring your eyes back to this article.

This is a process we have become far too familiar with throughout our day. So how exactly has technology affected our communication?
Technology is everywhere, and it has changed every aspect of our lives. which is why smart devices and the Internet have become an integral part of our everyday lives. We now have the ability to stay connected and stay in touch with each other much easier. Technology seems to rule everything and most importantly how and why we communicate. With this in mind, let's take a look at what constitutes communication in today's modern age, and explore the ways that technology continues to alter how we speak to one another. 


For instance, emojis have been created to act as visual representations of emotions. A 2008 Pew Research report found that 38% of students have used…

Blog 18:

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This blog covers the last two chapters (5 & 6) of Neff and Nafus Self-Tracking (or pages 135 - 192).
In conclusion to this course, I thought this book had a nice way of leading us into our last discussions. As we look onward to the future of the Internet and technology or more specifically, in this case, wearable technologies, we must critically consider and reflect on how these things have changed our daily experiences. 
Neff and Nafus lead us into their conclusion by analyzing the tools and uses of self-tracking, particularly in the medical field. "For clinics, tracking is not new" (pg. 135). We have already discussed the benefits of self-tracking for personal health in things such as exercise or eating healthy, but the future or self-tracking devices points to one where individuals will have a much more personalized healthcare experience. This is explained in chapter 5 with Eric Topol from The Creative Destruction of Medicine  uses the phrase "the n of 1 to the n

Blog 17: Ch. 3 & 4

This blog covers Chapters 3 & 4 of Gina Neff and Dawn Nafus' book Self-Tracking (or pages 69-134).
So far I have enjoyed how easy of a read this book is as well as The Internet of Things which is in the same series. I like how each chapter begins by briefly mentioning what will be covered because it helps prepare you and allow you to reiterate the main points as you continue reading.
Anyways, in today's reading Neff and Nafus "describe some common practices, highlight the very real skills involved in going "off label" for self-tracking tools, and share some of the potential payoffs of doing so" (pg. 70). They then note that they will be dividing Chapter one up into 5 common styles or purposes for self-tracking:
1. Monitoring & Evaluating 2. Eliciting Sensations 3. Aesthetic Curiosity 4. Debugging A Problem 5. Cultivating A Habit
Something I thought was kind of funny was when they explained that "some users become so used to activity monitoring…

Blog 16: Self-Tracking

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Blog 16: Gina Neff and Dawn Nafus Self-Tracking Chapters 1 & 2 (or pages 1-67).

"Today, no one can lead an entirely untracked life. Neff and Nafus show us how to us data in a way that empowers and educates." -Kristen Barta & Gina Neff. (2015).
Neff and Nafus begin by thoroughly explaining self-tracking in many different means of doing so. Chapter one gets into the history of self-tracking as done by Franklin and Fuller. Their approaches are different but go somewhat hand-in-hand. There is a third approach that is then looked at "self-experimentation" such as when "Sir Isaac Newton nearly blinded himself staring into a reflection of the sun to try to understand the workings of the eye" (pg. 16). This element of experimentation has been done in many various settings. Next, they present some basic outlines of what people do when they self-track. For example, "studies found people predominantly tracked physical activity, food, and weight" (p…

Blog 15: IoT

Blog 15: Chapter 7 of Samuel Greengard’s The Internet of Things (pgs. 160-189)
Greengard begins his conclusion of the book by introducing the future of the IoT. He predicts that “the Internet of Things will revolutionize both developing and developed nations and introduce a tidal wave of commercial and consumer applications…It will change our perspective of the world and usher in automation and entirely new ways of interacting with the world around us” (pg. 172). He then goes on to suggest what this type of a future would look like and explains that “all of this will lead to enormous disruption – socially, politically, and across a wide swath of industries, education, and government” (pg. 173).
Similarly to as we discussed in class today about human interaction with the IoT, Greengard mentions that as the IoT continues to take over, “humans will be in a world in which decisions are being made by an active set of cooperating devices” (pg. 174). How much will this change about social set…

Blog 14: IoT

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Blog 14: Chapters 5 & 6 of Samuel Greengard’s The Internet of Things (pgs. 111-165)
The ever-growing number of intelligent objects that are being connected to the Internet is increasing at a rapid rate, and have become effortless to adopt into our everyday lives. As we move forward with our readings, Greengard gets into the topic of the challenges and risks that come about when we integrate these things into our lives. This was exemplified best when he states that “the maturation of any technology takes time, tweaking, adjusting, and fixing. Consider it no surprise, then, that home automation and connected devices have been around in one form or another for more than a quarter century. However installing systems that actually worked in a seamless and efficient way was, for most of this period, nothing short of daunting” (pgs. 144, 145).
These are forming the basis of current and future smart services. As we continue to embed these devices, the security risk posed by the IoT becomes…

Blog 13: IoT

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Blog 13: Samuel Greengard’s “The Internet of Things” Chapters 3 & 4 (pages 51 – 110)
Today’s reading begins by talking about all of the new data that is being recorded and analyzed, which has ultimately led to many new insights and opportunities. Whereas, before we never could measure or collect this data or as Greengard puts it “the information existed beyond the limits of our vision, senses, and instruments in much the same way that radio waves, ultraviolent light, and other signals seemingly don’t exist” (pg. 57).
He then goes on to explain how new advances in technology have allowed us to do things we once thought was impossible. The Industrial Internet of Things represents “an entirely new wave of opportunity” (pg. 59). In Chapter 3 Greengard then explains in depth some of the key components stemmed from the Industrial Internet which are found under the following subheadings: Location Awareness, Enhanced Situational Awareness, Sensor-Based Decision Analytics, Automation and …