Friday, March 27, 2020

Create Task Update #2

As school's start date has been pushed back and my classes have been setting up new schedules, I have realized I have been ignoring the completion of my create task but that is what I hope to get done today! I would say I am a 6 out of 10 right now as far as completion goes, and I really need to focus on the requirements for the writing portions we did not practice beforehand.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Create task update #1

Today I began working on my program and to my surprise I got the majority of it done! Having not looked at the website before, I now realize this is not what was expected of me, however I still have some debugging to do; there are no errors, but making the code look nice is still something I need to check off the to-do list. While I wrote my code I experienced few errors, but the ones that did pop up were some of the lengthiest error messages I have ever received! One in particular was simply because I typed 'y' instead of 'bold' for a cprint statement; a tiny mistake that caused at least six lines to error! Translating error messages has always been a struggle for me, but I took the time to check each line of code that was mentioned, and I am proud of myself for figuring it out. Since I have my program mostly finished, and I have a sense of motivation that is rare for me nowadays, I plan on completing my writing tonight as well, even though I am aware this is not required. I just figure that if I have the time now, I should use it wisely.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Big Data

Website Name: Moore's Law Wikipedia Article

What is this website potentially useful for? What kinds of problems could the provided information be used to solve?
Wikipedia itself is often used for information for last minute history projects, but this page regarding Moore's Law could be used to learn everything from the origin of the theory to the predicted future of it. The data shared could be used to determine the validity of Moore's Law moving forward as computers begin to have a stronger presence in our everyday lives.

Is the provided visualization useful? Does it provide insight into the data? How does it help you look at a lot of information at once? How could it improve?
The visuals are somewhat useful, however looking at charts with white backgrounds does not attract the eyes of the viewer. Other images include a graphene scan, a portable computer, and a picture of Gordon Moore himself. The graphs perfectly display the main points of the article, but once again they would be more effective if they were more visually appealing.

Where is the data coming from? Check for “About”, “Download”, or “API”. You may also need to do a web search. ● Is the data from one source or many? ● Is it static or live? ● Is the source reputable? Why or why not? ● Add a link to the raw data if you can find one.
Data on Wikipedia comes from users (multiple), whether they are knowledgeable in the subject or not. This typically means that the data on Wikipedia should not be trusted, however there are 211 references on the page, most of which are technology research companies.

Do you consider this “big” data? Explain your reasoning
I think the concept of Moore's Law could be considered big data because it originally tracked the pattern of transistor multiplication to declare a structure for the data. Furthermore, more data could be taken from Moore's Law because while he originally predicted the pattern to apply for a decade, his theory was reconstructed in 1975 to consider the unanticipated growth of computers. This is directly analyzing data to make more data.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Ring Doorbell

I think ultimately the vendors/manufacturers are responsible for this security concern because they are the ones putting out a product to increase safety and help people worry less about bad things happening at their home and instead customers risk increasing the chance of an invader because the product is unreliable. If a customer is purchasing an expensive device such as a Ring doorbell, they should be able to trust that their payment was worth the reward. While the owners should enable two-factor authentication and should be aware of the passwords they're using, not everyone can be trusted to do so and with groups such as the elderly, requiring such actions could be asking for a bit too much maintenance for such a necessity. To halt security problems like this from happening, I think the internet of things industry overall should put out more information to users about the possibilities and consequences that accompany products like a Ring doorbell. As for continuing the manufacturing of these products, there should be more identification required to access cameras or programming involved that helps to block foreign users.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Mercedes self driving car thoughts

When it comes to the numerous amount of crashes involving self-driving vehicles, I definitely believe there needs to be rules/laws set in place so that all autonomous vehicles follow the same protocol. Along with this, the cars should display that they are self driving so that if a pedestrian thinks it is okay to start crossing the road when they don't technically have the right away, they know what they are getting themselves into. This issue definitely deals with a lot of ethics but it will always come down to computer program vs. human thoughts in these situations and I think the car needs to be programmed to make the decision that a human would make. To me this issue seems so futuristic; I remember watching those movies as a kid that would joke about robots turning against humans and unfortunately this feels just like that... if a car is made to kill a human that is in the way of its course then the person that bought that car indirectly said they were okay with that killing.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Explore Update #8

Last night I was able to finalize my writing pieces not including the artifact information so that they all meet the word limit. With this done, today I hope to gather images and clips to make my artifact.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Explore Update #7

Over the weekend I was able to complete the writing portion of my explore task however my section 2d is over 500 words, so my main priority today is to reread and edit both 2c and 2d so that they are more efficiently worded and meet the expectations. I feel pretty good about my status right now and I feel confident that I will be able to complete my artifact within the next few days as well.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Explore Update #6

Having still not gotten a response from the Maya app customer service, I used yesterday to organize my sources: put them into MLA format and assigned them numbers so that when I began my writing I could input my citations as I went. However, I do feel confident enough with the information I have gathered so far that I plan on starting my writing today and hopefully finishing it this weekend.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Explore Update #5

Yesterday I spent most of my time trying to come up with a possible way to explain how the app works. I know that the data inputted by the user is compared to a database that was formed by doctors but I can't seem to find one source that clearly states that is what happens. I also do not know if the processing description needs to be more specific than that but I feel like it needs to include what software is used and I do not have that information. I am a little worried that I am far behind in the process so my goal for today is to start planning and constructing my writing so that I can wrap that up this weekend at home and begin composing my artifact soon.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Explore Update #4

Most of my work so far has been going smoothly except I am still really struggling to find how the app processes its data which is also a big factor of the function category. Yesterday I deeply explored the Maya website and searched the web for anything I could find about the science behind the app, but I was still left with nothing. I decided my best bet was to email the company and ask if they could direct me to a page explaining how the app works, and if they didn't if they could just explain it themselves. So far I have not received a response so I am going to keep digging and see if there is even the smallest bit of information I could use as a source. Yesterday I also downloaded the app myself so I could see for myself what data the app requests from a user and what information they feed back to the user. What I found was that Maya asks for sixty possible symptoms the user could be experiencing, and some of these symptoms become an output of the app because a handful are suggested to you based on where you are in your cycle. So while my inputs and outputs are fairly obvious, finding how that data is processed has become quite difficult.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Explore Update #3

I was able to accomplish finding several solid sources for cultural effects relating to beneficial effects of the Maya app, however I have not started to find any cultural/societal/economical for a harmful effect. While I tried to find good sources for the function of the app last class, I really struggled and I feel like I may have to really dig deep on the web to find what I am looking for. This class I hope to nearly finish my research so that I can begin writing soon.

Create Task Update #2

As school's start date has been pushed back and my classes have been setting up new schedules, I have realized I have been ignoring the ...