DIGITAL AMERICA

Phase Two

// Posted by on 04/24/2012 (9:39 AM)

My personal blog: http://amstproject.wordpress.com/

The theoretical foundation to my project was JCR Licklider’s Man-Computer Symbiosis Theory. The focus lay in the technologies that seemed to embody Licklider’s theory and to assess how close American society is to achieving Symbiosis as Licklider imagined it and whether or not this would be a good think for American society.  Based on the analysis of the technology I chose: Sixth Sense, Project Glass, iLimb, and Proto 2, and their individual capabilities I concluded that we are close to achieving Symbiosis but that it would not be beneficial to society.  That conclusion was based on my reading of Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains, as he enumerates the effect the internet has already has on the brains of internet users. Internet is as ingrained in American culture as baseball and apple pie. And Symbiosis with computers at this stage would not doubt include a symbiosis with the internet. The hours America spends on the net now is doing damage to our capability to think deeply and focus for extended periods of time. If America were to be constantly connected to the internet deep thought, focus, and creativity would no doubt become archaic things of the past.

Anyway, enjoy the blog and start with the posts at the bottom or go by the list at the side. The order in which they should be read are as follows:

The Project

The Research

Feed by M.T. Turner

Narrowing the Project

Discoveries Thus Far

A Switch from Shirky to Carr

Analysis: How close are we?

Ultimately

CITATIONS:

Anderson, M.T. Feed. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Candlewick Press, 2004.

Carr, Nicholas. The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains. New York and London: W.W. Norton & Company, 2010.

Licklider, JCR. “Man-Computer Symbiosis.” IRE Transactions on Human Factors in Electronics, Volume HFE-1. March (1960): pages 4-11. Found online at <http://groups.csail.mit.edu/medg/people/psz/Licklider.html>

Mistry, Pranav. “About.” Sixth Sense: Integrating information with the real world. Accessed April 23, 2012. <http://www.pranavmistry.com/projects/sixthsense/>

“NPR Books” NPR. April 23, 2012. <http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=11280318>

The feedback from my classmates lacked citation but did provide some links as follows:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGwGTh3grco

http://www.touchbionics.com/products/active-prostheses/i-limb-ultra/

http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/health/breakthroughs/4224764

http://www.oandp.com/articles/2007-11_02.asp

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proto_2#cite_note-0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SdwVCUJ0QE

http://www.seoboy.com/product-review-google-goggles/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9c6W4CCU9M4#!

http://nvonews.com/2012/04/05/google-project-glass-or-google-goggles-expected-features/


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