Week 6: Augmenting Reality & Smart Machines

Augmented reality « is a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data. » (Wikipedia)

Here is a video about 5-augmented realities App.

This shows how it is working just with a smartphone. It can be more and more impressive when it has a bigger scale. As we are always looking to make progress, everything is going to be improved. We saw the following video in class, which was really interesting but I need to admit that I am a bit scared with all these new technologies. It is good that we can project us in an « other world » but sometimes you need to remember that we are living in a real one. Technologies are going to surpass humans.

We also talk about Smart Machines. I just know one, which is Apple Siri. I like playing with it to know how it is going to react when we I am asking something. It can be really useful for people because when you do not have a lot of time to do researches for example, you can just ask Siri the definition f your word and it will do the research for you. In general, I am not using it at all. It is just to play but if you want to call someone faster you just need to ask Sir « Can you call the name of the person » and it will do it for you. Also, I think it still needs progress in it because sometimes it does not understand everything or just exchange with other things (which sometimes can be funny). But I am sure in few years it will be really different and usable.


Week 4: Digital Network & Society

I wrote an article last week but I do not know why now it disappears from this blog. That is why it is not in the good order.

Everything we do on the Internet is tracked. For example, if we are looking for a flight to come back in France for the holidays; after all the advertising on your webpages will talk about that (offers for travels with your destination) and companies such as Ryanair, Aer Lingus… That show everything you do is saved somewhere without your agreement. Also, I remember, four years ago I want to Iceland for a teenagers’ camp during February holidays. One day, I received a text message on my new smartphone from my father telling me exactly where I was at the moment. I was really surprised when I receive it because he knew that. In one hand it is good for my parents because they know exactly where I am, but I never programme something on my smartphone to allow this. I felt tracked. When I look more in all the parameters, I saw that one option, the geo-localisation one, was ticked since the beginning (when I buy it).

Moreover, as years are going, we download lots of app with Android store, Apple store, iTunes or with Internet. They are more and more directly connected to social media, and post information sometimes even if you do not ask for it.

This is the development of technologies. We are always looking for progress. An other example can be the fridge which is connected. Without opening it you can see what you have in it. Also, if you have a connected watch, when you are running it can be connected to internet and save automatically all your information (date, time, how many kilometres you did…). Everything is going to be ultra-connected.

But do we need to boycott these technologies ? As time is running everybody buy them. It is not because I do not buy them, that they will stop to sell it. As I said, we are always looking at progress. I think we just need to be careful when we buy new technologies with all the new existing functions, and we need to choose which one we want and/or need.

Week 5: Envisioning the Future

Today, we talk more about automation which is something quite interesting.
This is when bots replace human to do usual tasks and even really special one.

I remember few years ago, I went to Paris for a travel with my school. During this travel, one afternoon we visit a famous automobile assembly factory called Flins. During this time we can see all the process until having a real car. I was really surprised when I saw all these sort of robots doing everything and not really lot of humans doing it. This can be good because sometimes, people are doing their work but they use these robots to help them with it. For example, if some parts are too heavy they just push the robot and position it as they want to make what they want.


But we can think about the future. What are we going to do in few years? Do these robots will replace all the human? What about all these jobs?

It is true that this help a lot. We can solve problems, and do things faster with them. But as we are going I think they take a really huge place in the society, and some job are not going to exist anymore because of them. It can be contradictory because we need humans to create these robots. I think as for the use of Internet, we just need to be careful with what we are creating to keep jobs.

This is an interesting article.

Week 7: Social Media

This week, we talk about social media and especially how teenagers use them in their life.

As we all know, social media can be recognize as being part of people’s day. When they wake up, one of the first things they do is to check what happens during the night in their social media.
While time is running, new social media appear and now it is hard to not use one of them during one day. For example, is you want to listen some music, your first reflex is to go in Youtube. There, you can have your profile, create your playlist, like and comment other videos. Then, when you want to talk with a friend, you can text him or use Facebook, Snapchat…

These last social media are really use by young teenagers. They can have positive and negative points, depending how you use them. Teenagers can like, comment, post and share everything they want, without any controls. You can see in some profile teenagers who share every details of their life. They do not really realise that it can be bad for their future, and the consequences. Besides, most of the time they did not protect their profile, and everybody can see it.

If most of the social media existing are not really good, depending of how you use it; some of them can be good for you and your future. For example, LinkedIn or Viadeo (the same in France) are professional social media. In your profile, you can write your CV with your courses and experiences, and you can be in contact with other professional who might need you in their company. Thanks to them you can sometimes get a placement or a work because people saw you profile and found it interesting. Unfortunately, the majority does not use these social media.

Week 3: What Internet change for everybody?

Internet is an international network where people communicate together through their use of computer, smartphone, … It can be really good, but also bad, depending of people’s use. Thanks to it we can have everything we want just in few seconds thanks to Google. It is part of our life since we are young now.
Website like Wikipedia allows everybody to get one culture, and to learn about everything. This website is bring to up by people around the entire world, with their knowledge. People can just go there to pick what they want to know. The only thing is that is not really sure, because there is no control at all for this website.
The bad way of the Internet is, because we can find everything (content, music, film), this entail pirating. It ruins artists’ lives because they are not earning money they normally need.
The other bad thing of Internet and everything we use to be connected is that everything we did is trace. Now people can follow us everywhere even if we think we protect everything. We are always under surveillance. This can be frightening in some points. Like in the documentary, this guy explains us that if we take one piece of data, then we can link it to an other one and then we can know everything.

For example, where I live in France, Toulouse, is the third city in Europe which is the most spied. It is due to the big companies there like Airbus, Thales or Astrium.
Here is the French article about Citizenfour today in La Dépêche du midi newspaper.

Week 2: Plagiarism, Copyright & Remix

In the world, copyright is used to avoid plagiarism. In fact, when someone creates one content, this law protects him about other people who want to copy it. This law was “developed to stimulate creativity and promote learning”.

The development of new technologies makes everything easier. If you need content, you research it on Google and then you can easily copy it. People just take what they want without being careful with the copyrights. If we take some content from one website for example, we need to mention where it is from (referencing). If we use this content in a commercial way, we need to pay something to the authors, depending of the use.

In this class, we saw a video of someone taking just few seconds of songs existing, which have copyrights because they are “the intellectual property of the artist who created them”. Then he transforms them to make his own song. The question was: Is it plagiarism? Is it allowed to do that?
It is not that easy to answer these questions. If songs are transformed and then we cannot say where it is from, it is not considered as plagiarism. But for me I think it is not really fair to allow that because the person uses one existing content without saying where it is from because he remixes it… He just hides these parts of content changing the tone, the speed and other characteristics.
I think the only way to solve this issue is to define the limit of the copy allowed because we cannot stop people to do remix downloading music.

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Week 6 : ‘InRealLife’ Documentary

This week we watched the documentary called ‘InRealLife’, which show the life of young teenagers, spending all their time on internet.

For me I was really surprised and almost shocked at the beginning, when I saw these two guys openly talking about porn and their obsession about it. I knew that at their ages most of young men are looking at that but they was at the extreme point. When one of them says that he cannot have a girlfriend because it is not like in the porn videos he always watch, I think they are really living in an other world, in their dreams. They also make competitions about who is going to see one lady breasts via video chat. I found this just incredible… They never understand what they are doing, and what can happen after : consequences about their acts.

It is true that we live in a digital society. Everybody is connected to the Internet with his computer, or all the time with his smartphone. Sometimes people uses this too much that they become addict of these technologies. With the Internet, you can find everything really fast, and most of the time for free, like these porn videos they look. We can communicate with everybody in the entire world without seeing them, or just to keep in touch like the other example. I think this can be a good thing, because thanks to this, I can still communicate with Erasmus friend who came back to Brazil. But we need to be aware about the risks which exist, and we need to inform everybody about that, especially children. They cannot imagine online dangers if they do not learn it. As you are growing up, you start knowing it by the education. Even when you enter at university, I remember to had two classes just dedicated to Facebook and his use, to show us that even if we are really carefull, there is no 0 risk.

Seeing this documentary, I am a bit afraid about the future, and how people are going to be in 10 years if it starts like that, but I think if we inform a lot people, this can stay under control. I think this documentary show the real but it uses strong examples to insist and exaggerate everything. Everything is not as tragic as that the documentary showed but problems exist. This was a really interesting documentary that allow us to think more about something we use everyday !