Can humans and manifestations of artificial intelligence develop genuine, meaningful relationships? Why/why not?

I do not believe that humans and manifestations of artificial intelligence can develop genuine meaningful relationships. Artificial intelligences are computers and systems and programs and for a human to have a genuine meaningful relationship with a computer does not seem logical. There may be people out there that develop these feelings but, I personally do not believe that a human and a computer can have a relationship. I believe someone might be mentally unstable if they have feelings for a computer and the relationship would only be one sided because a computer can not generate feelings or emotions. Feelings and emotions come from the heart and a computer does not have a heart. I am not saying that a human and a computer can not have a relationship I just think that it would only be meaningful on one side due to the lack of emotions from the computer.

Is it necessary to unplug sometimes? How much/how often? What would be the benefits and what would be the drawbacks? If not, why not?

I believe that it is necessary to unplug sometimes. I believe a person should be on their phone for 15 minutes and then take a break for one hour per day. That may seem extreme but, usually no one needs to be on their phone more then 15 minutes unless there is an important conversation that is going on between you and someone else but, even then answer a text and put the phone down. I think that being on the phone for 15 minutes seems like a reasonable time because it gives you just enough time to look at any social media you have and answer any emails or text messages back and then take a break for a whole hour to do something and get something accomplished instead of wasting hours on your phone and not getting anything done.

The benefits about being away from your phone for an hour and only spending 15 minutes on it is that you can get a lot of things accomplished and spend time with the people around you and not be stuck in front of a bright screen that can cause migraines and straining your eyes. Some of the drawbacks about being away from the phone or computer is that you might miss out on some news or someone important trying to contact you and when you contact them back later then they might not answer and then you are playing phone tag.

Wearable devices like i-watches are now fitted with heart rate trackers, gyroscopes and accelerometers to help keep the user healthy and physically fit. Do you think more technologies will create a healthy and better society in the near future? Can you reconcile your response with the high level of obesity in American society?

I believe that technologies will try and create a healthy and better society in the near future but, it all depends on the person to do the activity themselves. There are fit bits that help you track your steps for the day and they make it fun by having an app that is connected to your phone and it allows people to connect with other people and have competitions with each other who can walk the longest in a day. They are trying to make it fun with other friends to get people motivated into working out more. These devices can help people who have high levels of obesity track their health by tracking their heart rate, sleeping patterns, and activity for the day. This might help obese people to walk more and get help when they notice that their health is not looking well. The only problem about these devices is that they need to become more accurate because it will track steps that a person has not taken and activity levels may also be inaccurate.

Do you think that relationships formed online can be superior to those formed offline in terms of closeness? Is there a point at which an online relationship would have to migrate offline, for you? Discuss.

I do not believe that relationships formed online can be superior to those formed offline in terms of closeness. A relationship formed online is not as personal as one offline. People communicate through a screen constantly and have no face to face contact unless they use a video chat. This can cause “Cat-fishing” or even predators online. You can hide your identity in an online relationship a lot easier then one face-to-face. People online tend to develop these relationships that are often “fantasies” escaping reality. Yes, an online relationship in my opinion should migrate offline. Some people would not care to know the other person on the other end, but I would have to know who I am forming a relationship with and meet them face-to-face. I usually like to move into a more serious relationship where I can develop a closer bond with my significant other. Some people prefer to just stay online dating and never get to know the person on the other side of the computer.

Are digital technologies an extension of ourselves? Why/why not?

Yes, digital technologies are an extension of ourselves because everything we post on social media websites are an extension of ourselves and what we think. We only post things that we are in to and have meaning to or we post things that we are against and may comment on it because it is constantly how we feel. In the book it says, “Digital technologies, and social media in particular, are frequently used to create personal expressions of all kinds and to edit and manage these expression as they are communicated to the wider world,” (Chayko, 2018). This is the reason that digital technologies are an extension of ourselves because what we post is everything to do about ourselves and how we feel.

Reference:

Chayko, Mary. (2018). “Super connected: The internet, Digital Media, and Techno-soical Life.” Sage. Pg. 113-132.

Some people think that the digital divide problem should be addressed on a global scale, while others believe it is better to deal with it nationally. Discuss both sides of this issue.

I can see how a digital divide problem should be addressed on a global scale because of outsourcing of jobs. this outsourcing of jobs is when a job starts in one country and then they relocate to another country making more cheap in this one country and leaving another country. In the book it reads, ” Some say that to keep jobs in the home country is the best way to keep the economy of that country strong,” (Chayko, 2018). Keeping it in the country helps the economy grow because if you take a good job out of the ecomony it could mean loss of jobs.

I can also see how a digital divide problem should be addressed on a national scale because of how the economy is in those areas. Some areas tend to be less fortunate in the sense that they do not have the money and they can not afford these luxury items like some places do. In the book it reads, ” Nations vary widely in their ability to leverage computerized technologies for increased global competitiveness and to enhance the well-being and prosperity of their citizens,” (Chayko, 2018). This means that the nations that have the ability to afford such luxuries are seen as better places then places that can not afford digital devices.

Resource: Chayko, Mary. (2018). “Super connected: the internet, digital media, and techno-social life.” Sage. Pgs. 95-112

How can you tell when information or websites on the internet are fake or credible? Explain and provide at least one example of each

It is ideally hard to tell whether information or websites on the internet are fake or not because a lot of the time people who think some news are fake just simply disagree with what they are stating so they consider it to be fake while others may believe it to be true. One way that you can tell if a website is legitimate is if you look up in the search bar on the left and see a lock which indicates that it is a true reliable site to be on. Where as a site that does not have a lock may provide false information. To consider news to be credible or fake you have to see who has written the material and if it shows that they are not a trained writer or reporter that is a way to tell if a news story is going to be fake or credible. The small details in the website can tell you if a website is credible because these fake websites make it look so real that a person has to pay attention to the little details.

Do you think the increase in digital spaces (social media platforms, websites, chat areas, discussion boards, online games, work spaces, classes, conferences, hangouts, email and text messages) has brought people closer together and/or encouraged isolation among people? Explain your position.

I believe it all depends on how a person looks at digital spaces. In some ways I believe that it brings people together by connecting with one another on these digital spaces bringing people closer because they have the same interests, (eg. online games). It also has brought people closer together because through Instagram sharing your personal experiences with each other letting these people into your life. I also believe that it encourages isolation because of texting and emailing one another. People use less of their communication skills because of texting and people forget how act in certain situations (eg. texting someone that they are here instead of going up to the door and ringing the doorbell or knocking. It all depends on how a person looks at the situation because it can be a good thing but also a bad thing.

In general, was communication clearer and more effective before the advent of social media? If so, in what ways? If not, why not?

Communication was definitely clearer and more effective before the advent of social media because people did not have digital devices in front of their faces distracting them from interacting with the people around them. People were forced back in the day to communicate with each other to avoid awkward silence but, now a days to avoid awkward silence people will have their heads down in their phones and they become to intrigued with what they are doing on the phones to pay attention to the surroundings around them. In the book, Superconnected, it states, ” In prehistoric times, before records of these processes could be kept, communication consisted primarily of gestures, grunts, body language,” (Chayko, 2018). This is how communication all started and it gradually got into speaking but, now it is starting to become less communication as devices become more parts of our lives.

Reference: Chayko, Mary. (2018). “Superconnected: The internet, digital media, and techno-social life”. Sage publications pg. 15.

Are Digital Devices Impacting Offline Communication? How?

Yes, I believe that digital devices are impacting offline communication because people fail to talk in person now a days and use their digital devices when they are out in public with other people. For example, many people who go out to eat tend to be on their phone more then talking to the people who are across from them. In the book, Superconnected, it talks about how, “those who live in environments saturated with technology can find that nearly every aspect of life is affected,” (Chayko, 2018). People use technology to even tell other that they have arrived at their house instead of going up to the door and knocking or ringing the doorbell. I believe that digital devices might even take over businesses and all people will have to do is just use a digital device to get food or other things.

Reference: Chayko, Mary. (2018). “Superconnected, the internet, digital media, and Techno-social life.” Sage Publication. Pg. 5.

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