Wearable Computers

Wearable computer accessories such as the Google Glass are an interesting idea that at first glance looks like a game changing idea for technology. However, I do not think it is going to change peoples day to day lives very much. Most of the applications and software that can be run on wearable technology can also be run on portable technology such as smart phones. On top of that, the Google Glass and other wearable computers are dependent upon smart phones to be close by in order to connect to the internet. The only noteable difference is that wearable technology can offer some activities, such as video recording, to be hands free. I think that this kind of technology could be extremely useful to people who have jobs that require fast computing along with fast physical reaction time (ie. a pilot. police officer, soldier), but for most people it will be at most a small convenience. 

 

These small conveniences would not come without a cost either. If the Google Glass becomes a popular thing, it will be hard to tell what people are doing on it at any given time. This means you could be recorded without your knowledge or consent (although this already happens quite often on a day to day bases). You could be having a conversation with someone who is watching a video or reading e-mail without even knowing. For this with the Google Glass, the level of surveillance by Google and/or the government is out of your control. All of these factors make the Google Glass a  bad idea for most people who don’t absolutely NEED the fast, hands free computing.

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Social media and my personal information

There are many pieces of information that I consider to be private. Some of these things include my financial status and anything related, certain issues I have in my life, and many other things. I share some of this information only with my close friends and family. The only exception to this is when it is absolutely necessary, for example, I had to fill out an entire application to receive financial aid for college. If any of my personal information was misused, all trust would be lost for whoever or whatever was responsible, and in some cases I may seek authorities to go further. 

 

With that being stated, there are still a lot of pieces of information that are public that I would not want to fall into the wrong hands. One example is my telephone number. I give my number to many people I meet in many different settings. However, it is expected that when I give somebody my number, they will not distribute it. A lot of information is commonly shared in social settings, and it is appropriate to keep it that way. This is why I believe that information posted on a social media site should be protected, and only visible to those that I allow to see it (ie. my friends on facebook). When the government or corporations take advantage of this information, I lose my trust for the social media site. This is a big reason why I chose not to use many social media sites, including facebook, instagram, and twitter. When my personal information is protected to the extent that most people expect of them, I would be more inclined to use them, but until that day comes I feel much safer without them.

My opinions on Illegal Downloading

Illegally downloading music, movies, software, and other forms of cyber media is a more common occurrence now than it has ever been. Unfortunately, media pirating is not a victim-less crime. Many people think that for multi-million dollar companies, losing a dollar on one song is not a big deal. While this may be true, this philosophy applied to a massive amount of people does put a large dent in profits. On top of this, media piracy is not always limited to million dollar corporations. The livelihoods of musicians, directors, actors, editors, programmers, and many more workers who generate any kind of online product. 

 

This being said, I do not think that piracy can be compared to stealing a physical product. The key difference between the two is possession of an item. Most products sold online can be copied. When someone steals a song, movie, or computer software, they are not removing the original from it’s rightful owner. If someone was to steal an actual item, such as a car, this removes it from the original owners possession, making it impossible for them to utilize it or sell it. It is also important to note that many people who pirate media would not pay for the product if there was not the pirating alternative. More than likely, there would not be a noticeable increase in sales profits if the ability to pirate was completely removed.

Defend your major (Computer Science)

As of right now I am currently undecided in my major, but I think I want to go into computer science. As computers and the internet become more prevalent in almost all aspects of society, having people who know how they work is becoming more and more important. Based off of this knowledge and some of my research before college, I know that the job market for computer science majors is in good condition, and will probably only get better as computers become more important in almost every field. Computer science is also a STEM job, which means that statistically I will earn more than people who have non-STEM jobs.

 

Not only are computers involved in my major, but my major revolves around them. As a computer scientist, my potential jobs can range from creating operating systems for computers to writing programs that are run on them. Computers are being used in more and more household devices every year, which means that my potential jobs are increasing as time goes on.

 

I predict that computers are going to continue to be used in a variety of fields, which means that computer science will continue to have work and new problems to solve.