Weekly Presentations…


The first presentation I will reflect on is “Social Media”, which has been a fast, expanding concept since it was established fairly recently. The term “Social Media” is confusing as lots of websites considered to be “Social Media” are not very social. By this I mean, Jodie gave the example of “Blackboard” being a social media site, even though many would not categorize this site as a way to connect with people. Examples of more social media would be Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Instagram, and the list goes on. The world today relies on social media as a main way to connect with their society, since the technology is so accessible to the world we live in today.


Week 2’s presentation discussed the idea of Mobility as moving from point A to point B. The mobility culture today is focused on communication being simple. Communication was not always simple, as before the invention of that technology it was that you would not communicate, or it would be difficult to. Mobility has seen rapid development in hardware and software, as well as increased memory storage and virtual speed. In my opinion, as much as the mobility culture helps bring people together, down the road i see only the idea of separation. By being able to virtually communicate, the aspect of physically engaging is removed, being left with a world simulating reality through a screen.


Week 3’s presentation by Wyndham talks about the concept of simulation  We know today’s simulation as video games, and the process of virtually interacting objects. Simulation is mimicking reality as it can be used as another dimension. Simulation is used in flying, medicine, architecture  vehicles and engineering. We learned that NASA used simulation to predict the return of Apollo 13. Simulation is a useful concept because it can prevent people from making mistake and will teach people, before their task that will be drawn out in their reality. If you are prepared by practicing through simulation, you will know what to do.


Joelle’s topic is open culture, that relates to network culture. Open Culture is knowledge being spread freely over the web. This does not limit to illegal action, there is not legal restrictions blocking information from flowing openly. (there is little or no copyright laws). An open source mean information can be enhanced or modified by any user, anywhere. Wikipedia is an example of an open source because information can be altered, as the website is peer-reviewed based. The uses for open culture is in computing, open design, open music and open cinema.


Andrew did Transmedia which defines as “many forms of media revolving around a common product or common content”. Web music television film print , games. Can all be considered transmedia if the medium is shifted but the message or content stays similar to the original content. Producers develop many different mediums at once to fill more than one criteria. An example of transmedia is the Lord of the Rings, the games take on different tasks as the movie with same characters and overall scenery.


Kirk did robotics, which is “the science of study of the technology associated with the design fabrication theory and application of robots”. Term came from 1950, Isaac Asimov, robots can do things, unable to be carried out by humans like toxic waste or defuse bomb. These robots are built to serve many purposes including military, personal or business reasons, and can use mobility in legs, wheels or wings.


Week 7 – Cyborgs

Justice did the cyborgs, which is a mix of human and technology mixing true biological parts with technological replacements. The first official cyborg, Kevin Warwick in 1998, he implanted a device into his arm that allowed him to remote devices around him as he walked into the room. The device is implanted the device right into the nervous system. “Cybornetic organism” means half man, half machine.