Friday, July 14, 2017

Building a Community

Virtual are ways that people can gather and communicate with each other basically on an online portal. Since the beginnings of time when the Internet was a cognitive estrangement in the past, this was a new way that people can communicate.

The main question is what does it take to build a community? To answer this:
1)    You would need to identify the purpose and goal for the community,
2)    You would need to know the target audience that you are aiming for,
3)    You need to have a way that the portal can be interactive with the public,
4)    Once you figure out how to make the portal interactive, how are you going to promote and attract people the online community,
5)    Finally, you must maintain and support the portal.

Once you have all of that planned, then you are ready to build an online community. In today’s age, the internet is a today that everyone is accustomed to and we (in a way) need the internet to survive in some sense for such as for job purposes. To contradict what I said about needing the internet to survive is right in my opinion but we could survive without the web, but life would be so much harder than it already is.

Other purposes of the internet relating to how it’s essential to building a community are because it’s a way to meet new people and work together. You can freely talk about anything on the internet but every advantage has a disadvantage, and that is people being too attached to the web.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Dot Com to Dot Bomb

Talking about the dot com to dot bomb topic was intriguing to learn about because I haven't heard about this before and I never knew this was an actual thing before in the past. Seeing how the internet was a significant phenomenon that took off in the early 90's was cool to see. During this timeframe, the internet was a cognitive estrangement that made people create and build better ways to improve everyday life. Many companies started at the beginning of 1993, and they began to grow better and better as time went on. By the year 1995, this was the beginning boom on how people started to publish information on the internet. The years 1997 to 1999 was insanity because many companies were going public and now there was a competition in the marketplace. But for a business to keep its self-going, the company needs some source of funding, and at this time, it was getting challenging since it was a competitive market and people were getting greedy. I remember in class that one way for a company to looks for funds is through family and friends, but this id not recommended because this creates a problem in the future with family members. By the year 2000, many companies had a fallout and had to shut down because the economy was bad at the time. Two years later,  companies had a slow crawl back to health because since the year 2000 it damaged everything including personal lives. The Startup.com film was an excellent example of the dot com to dot bomb movement.

The Three Laws of Robotics

The topic that I want to talk about in class is about the Three Laws of Robotics. Many films and novels always create stories where robot rebel in the society with humans and its constant theme throughout science fiction. An example of this is the I, Robot Film of how robots have taken control over the world. I, Robot is a neo-noir dystopian science fiction film, and the setting of the movie is in the year of 2035 in Chicago where humanoid robots serve the humanity and robots are protected from the robots by the three laws of robotics. The Three Laws of Robotics are according to Isaac Asimov is that:

1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
 2) A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3) A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

A robot named Sonny was built by Lanning, who wrote the Three Laws, with substantial armor protection and the robot can express emotions and have dreams. Sonny is the only robot who can show emotion and appears to be more human than the standard robots. The robot can also bypass the Three Laws that the robots are required to abide by. Sony made the other robots changed to fight against the humans. The world is eventually taken over by robots, and the government, military, police and the public do not understand what is happening and things spiral out of control. From this film, it can embody the theme of artificial intelligence take over in a dystopian world.


Startup.com

Watching the Startup.com movie was very exciting to watch. I liked how I saw the idea of two friends creating a business together. I don’t think I would want to build a business with my friend because you are bound into a few problems in the future, and I do not want to deal with that and lose a friend too. The fact that both Kaleil and Tom went through that journey together must have been a nightmare when Tom was terminated, but things got better as time went on but not for the business. I am kind of shook that the company lasted only two years; I was certain that it lasted longer than that. That is what I am afraid of when I start my clothing line in the future because I do not want that to happen.

I was wondering why they never solved who broke into Kaleil's office and who was the girl at the end of the movie. I have my suspicion that Kaliel wanted to stage a scene that someone broke into his office and stole vital information from his office space and I do believe that it was an inside job in a way. I was also curious if the dog a symbolic reference because Dora mentioned it earlier but Kaleil rejected the idea of having a child and having a dog, but as the business shut down. It seemed like Kaliel settled down with a woman who appears to be Dora (I think) and finally has a dog.

Word Definition

For this post, I chose to talk about the term "Disintermediation" and "Singularity." The term for Disintermediation according to Google means, “reduction in the use of intermediaries between producers and consumers, for example by investing directly in the securities market rather than through a bank.” What this means is that since technology is advancing more and more, it is replacing regular jobs for humans. An example of this would Uber, taxi drivers are being replaced by Uber, but essentially it’s the same thing, but instead of standing out on the corner of the sidewalk screaming for a taxi, you can order a ride from the palm of your hand. I love how technology is changing rapidly, and I wonder how much will continue to change in the future.

The term Singularity means according to the big think website, “a point or region of infinite mass density at which space and time are infinitely distorted by gravitational forces and which is held to be the final state of matter falling into a black hole.” This version of singularity comes from physics but as the term that many people are aware of is the technological singularity with Artificial Intelligence. The technological term of singularity is more of a mainstream topic to talk about because its popular nowadays in the science fiction realm such as the idea of Artificial Intelligent lifeforms real the world. There have been numerous tv shows and movies that implement this idea, but who knows, maybe this idea may happen or not.

Source:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/rogerkay/2015/05/18/the-long-term-corrosive-effect-of-digital-disintermediation/#71ed89817046

http://bigthink.com/dr-kakus-universe/the-technological-singularity-and-merging-with-machines

Monday, July 10, 2017

Guest Speaker


I am so glad that I got the opportunity to sit in and listen to an incredible guest speaker. Erik has given some useful insight of the business industry that I will cherish because I am also interested in the fashion business industry. I am intrigued on starting up my own business, but I don’t want it to fail, and that is what I am afraid will happen. What Erik has taught me is that failing is what makes you better and you can learn from your mistakes. My vision for my clothing line is a futuristic approach to menswear. I wanted to come up with a futuristic approach because I love the science fiction genre. Therefore, that counts me as a nerd. Even though I am a nerd of the science fiction realm, that’s why I want to make my dream turn into a reality.  Erik’s words have indeed moved me, and he said some valuable information that I will take with me on my journey into the fashion industry. Two things that Erik has mentioned in his presentation made me think hard about my decision; the first thing that Erik said was “to get to know the people before you get to the product” and the second point is that Erik said to “start with a narrow niche before you target a bigger audience.” I am glad that I heard these words because I didn’t think of this before. I will repeat it but thank you for having Erik come in and speak with the class because it will be beneficial in the future!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Two Things That You Find Uncomfortable Selling/Buying Online


One thing that I find uncomfortable buying online is purchasing shoes. I would rather go to an actual store and buy them there than buying it online because you can easily buy the wrong size. Also, if you purchased the shoes online then sometimes returning the shoes might be a hassle. There have been several times that I have bought shoes from online on either Ebay or Amazon, and I would get the wrong size but when I would try to return it, and I would run into problems with the seller because they were sketchy. On some rare occasions, I have bought a few pairs of shoes online, and I would get the right size, but that depends on what shoe I get if I’m familiar with the brand. Something else that I will never buy online is a pet (or specifically dogs). Like how I mentioned above on I would rather purchase something in person, I would most definitely adopt a dog in person rather than online because I physically need to see it. I have a dog right now, and his name is Bruno; he is a German Shephard lab mix, and I got him through my dad’s friend in the military. The key thing is that we got the dog in person and not online. When shopping online, there is a trust barrier that stops me from purchasing certain things. I don’t want to risk buying a dog online that I have not seen yet and the next thing I get in the mail is a stuff dog toy in a cage. It might just be me, but I don’t want to be scammed.