Blogging Synthesis

Looking back at the blog posts I’ve written this semester, I was particularly surprised to see how many posts comment on the dystopian future of technology and the effect it has on others. A computer science major, I am an avid user and developer of technology. From my school and work experience, I have seen how technology can improve people’s jobs and lives. Next year, I’m going to work at a data analytics firm that uses complex and sophisticated software to help companies grow – their motto is to “Enrich Life.”

Only one post has captured my interest in how certain technology works. I integrated different computer science topics I had been taught in classes, and I enjoyed learning other image file reduction techniques through further research.

The rest of my posts offer a more critical and humanitarian approach to technology. To my surprise, I refrained from trying to provide more transparency into the perceived “blackbox” of AI, machine learning, facial recognition, and the like, and instead analyzed how these topics can negatively affect people’s lives.

In my computer science classes, these subjects greatly interest me; I love learning about how they work, what all we’ve accomplished in the field, and what projects the industry is currently working on today. But this semester, thanks to the curriculum of DIG 101, I have chosen to analyze this technology through a different lens, which has opened my eyes to all their concerning implications that my CSC classes don’t acknowledge. For example, my last post explores how female virtual assistants can “normalize inappropriate behavior” and “reinforce gender stereotypes.”

My favorite blog post was my analysis of the future of technology, regarding how it affects education, language, and ADHD rates. I would love to revisit the questions I posed and provide a more in-depth response through a research paper or an independent study.

Here’s an example of a future world that emphasizes my new perspective. The technology would fascinate me as a computer science aficionado, but its implications would terrify me as a member of this society.

This class has uniquely prepared me for a future in technology by equipping me with the tools I need to consider the ethical implications of my work. 

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