#NeverWriteAgain?

The following writeup may look like the “musings of a mad man,” but it’s just me testing out the app Transcribe’s transcribing prowess. I didn’t have high expectations for this sort of technology, so I was pleasantly surprised to find a few coherent sentences in this mass of spaced out words and phrases. Looking at what transcribe did to my voice memo, I had the thought that it might better suit a spoken-word poet’s needs… just a thought. I hope you enjoy this Clockwork Orange-esque piece.

 

In our society nowadays writing skills and being able to.
communicate sentence is clearly and concisely are highly valued.
but writing out a coherent phrase is not easy for everybody some have to work at it and struggle for most of their life.
help possible way to help those people could be by using apps such as.
transcribe to transcribe voice memos into written paragraphs.
the app transcribe is free for the first 15 minutes.
but after that you pay about $5 an hour which if you do end up using.
this mode of writing.
a lot.
then that.
would end up.
bitbean lot of money.
show me I’d much rather sit down at a computer and just type away because I feel like I can have more fluency with my thoughts I don’t have to really think out every single word.
to the end.
speaking to this recording is interesting because I feel like I am I really am.
completing sentences in my head before saying them so when I listen to this afterwards I assume I’m going to be hearing a lot of blank spaces.
once I finish recording myself I’m going to save this.
voice memo on my iPhone app.
tidal it then.
submit it to the iPhone app transcribe me.
where hopefully if all goes well.
this whole.
oh well we’re hopefully if all goes well everything that I’m saying will.
be transcribed into a nice cohesive sentence and I’ll be able to post it directly to my block.
this method could also be very helpful to somebody wanting to improve their vocabulary.
I find myself right now thinking of much of the same words.
and if I were to riding out I could quickly look up a thesaurus and type in a word and just find a few other words to supplement that over that one overused word but.
when speaking I have to really think about it and that some that’s a very interesting so using voice memos as a way to write.
could save time maybe if you’re a commuter you could like in your own car you can just talk to your phone for the half hour that I would take you to work or two job to your job.
and.
as well as help improve your vocabulary as I said before.
I can also see myself maybe.
instead of writing out like a happy birthday post for to Facebook I could just maybe the safe.
save my happy birthday to the person.
over an app like this and then it would just quickly yum and plant it.
I think Facebook actually has an option.
in itself I wouldn’t have to go to another app but it would be helpful.
I think the person that this would benefit the most would be somebody who actually has really has trouble typing maybe they’re not able to type physically or somebody younger maybe who doesn’t know how to write out anything or maybe even a literate people that don’t haven’t had the opportunities that many of us have had this could get the voice.
in a.
way.
it would just be an issue of it would just be a question of how to bring the technology to them if they were indeed illiterate because that would.
Zachary difficult.

#Relations

Relations between the U.S and the Soviet Union/Russia have been strained for decades, beginning with the cold war, closely followed by the space race, when the deepened rift was subsequently (and more recently) strengthened by Russia’s military action in Georgia and Ukraine. Politicians were quick to take sides, and movements of hatred were instilled across society. Competition between these two powerful nations has been fierce, the main topic almost always technology and its many applications.

With the internet in a constant upswing, it could be hard for younger generations in the U.S. to imagine a world without all of the amenities that newer technology yields. Without knowing the years of hard work and struggle that went into building up the highly-complex system that is known as the internet today, the various conveniences that many have grown accustomed to can be taken for granted. Due to the innate sense of pride and pressured rivalry that the “typical American” feels entitled to, at least based off my experiences and observations from growing up in the U.S., the United States has long been in competition with other nations to procure better, stronger, faster products—particularly honing in on technology. A big source of vanity revolving around technology stems from the “common knowledge” that the internet first came into being in the United States in 1969 in the form of what was called ARPANET, Advanced Research Projects Agency Network, which infiltrated the rest of the world soon afterwards. This belief could be seen as a form of solace considering the outcome of the Space Race. Unfortunately for those nationalistic citizens, the truth of the matter is that Russia (or what was then known as the USSR) had produced a rudimentary but effective form of the internet we so know and love today, called OGAS. Had this Soviet internet succeeded, the online world could be much different today.

The story of the invention of OGAS begins in 1960 with the famed Soviet mathematician Victor Glushkov. The USSR had been pressured for several years to come up with a sort of computer network, and competition was intense. Victor Glushkov took matters into his own hands. Aided by his background as a mathematician and inspired by Anatoly Kitov’s work, which was rejected just a year before, Glushkov was able to design the Soviet Networking Project, finishing it in the early 1960’s. He continued to perfect his work tirelessly, and eventually proposed his design to the communist party leaders in 1970. General issues would have to be troubleshooted, he said, such as distributing functioning computers throughout the country, as the system they relied on at the moment was made up of only military networks, yet he felt that this would be possible, help improve citizen’s lives, as well as give them a leg-up in imminent wars. The communist party leaders debated long and hard, but in the end, Glushkov’s proposal fell through. A big-ticket player in this decision was the finance minister, Vasily Garbuzov, who argued that their country did not need to be rewired, that their lives were already run by technology, and that it wasn’t necessary. It has been surmised that the minister may have had some ulterior motives, most likely pertaining to his fear of becoming a less influential player in the government.

Glushkov continued his campaign for twelve years in favor of his beloved country receiving a computer network, yet the USSR had already lost the great race of internet connectivity, as the U.S. already made great leaps and bounds in that regard. Some smaller cities in Russia were eventually wired-up, but Glushkov will forever be known as the person who wasn’t able to bring the social networking project to fruition, ironic as it may be considering he had little say in the matter and devoted a significant portion of his life to achieving his goal.

Internet access was long regarded as a “privilege,” or not absolutely necessary. In the grand scheme of survival, being connected to the internet is not something that should be focused on, yet it is a reality that nowadays a good portion of our lives are played out online. Daily happenings, trials and tribulations are documented, necessities and non-essential items can be ordered, heating and cooling systems moderated… not to mention the constant communication in which many take part. Recent debate has brought up the question of whether internet accessibility could be looked at as a public utility, which brings up the topic of net neutrality and open access internet, privileges (in the eyes of some) that not many countries have made a reality. Referring back to the constant competition that the U.S. has subjected itself too, it could be said that in regards to net neutrality we’ve recently fallen behind. In a move that shocked the world, Russia set itself wholeheartedly behind net neutrality, so even though it’s citizens didn’t gain internet access until 1991, a good ten years after the Unites States, they still have a more approachable stance on internet regulation than the more “progressive” U.S.

Today, the U.S. media likes to portray Russia as a country of nefarious hackers and malware producers. This reputation wasn’t difficult to construct since cyberattacks and security breaches have been proven to have originated from Russian territory quite a few times over the past years (although the U.S is no stranger to orchestrating similar “breaches”). One of the more prolific attacks occurred when thirty-nine out of the United State’s fifty states were hacked by “trying to alter or delete voter data” during the 2016 U.S. presidential election season. These attacks did not help the slowly souring view that many have of Russia, which is a shame considering how much help we could provide to the rest of the world by working together, just under different circumstances.

As mentioned earlier, there are many reasons for the deep rift between the U.S. and Russia. Power-maneuvers and the ever-ambitious sense of pride that evidentially both countries have been blessed with do nothing to fix the seemingly worsening situation. During the last U.S election, rumors flew rampantly about Donald Trump, the current U.S president, and Vladimir Putin’s, the current “president” of Russia, “close relationship.” For many, the hope was that ties between these two countries would be strengthened, lowering the probability of a nuclear war. Recently Putin tried distancing himself from Trump, stating that they did not have a close relationship and had only ever met once. Current reasons for this ever-failing relationship stems from Russia’s military activity in Ukraine and certain problematic ties to North Korea, as well as Russia’s constant disregard of the wishes of many surrounding countries begging them to cease and desist. Rising tensions have only led to citizens of all countries beginning to feel even more antsy and unsure. Due to this delicate situation, it would take much debate and compromise to even consider slowly stitching this relationship back together. High-ranking delegates ought to spend time meeting and reviewing possible routes to take. Conflict has never been of aid to anybody and only leads to the quality of life of many civilians be severely degraded. Political issues end up causing stress on people that just want to survive, maybe even enjoy life while they can. This behavior ends up limiting the joys that humanity should have the capacity and right to experience. I issues that often end up being blown out of proportion or may have started out as trivial grievances do nothing to help this situation. Not to say that it would be possible to simply “let go” of these issues, many of which have built up over years of petty feuds mixed in with outright crimes against humanity. A helpful step could be to refocus, remember that we are all human beings needing to share this planet for centuries to come and that fighting each other does nothing to preserve the everlasting biological goal— preservation of life.

#Bioprinting

The high demand for readily-constructed goods led to the development of 3-D printing, a system where a machine builds up whatever the developer wants by reading a code. Commercialized 3-D printers have been on the market for some time, I myself recall seeing them sold at Barnes and Noble, as well as the sense of awe I felt at the slow, systematic process of the actual printing.

Because of the relative ease that 3-D printing allows, it didn’t take long for researchers to begin to weigh the options outside of printing with plastics alone, and for causes other than just pleasure or day-to-day household functionality. Soon, the concept of bioprinting came into being, a process analogous to 3-D printing with the material being the only differing factor. The tipping point of this process is estimated to be in 2024, also known as the expected date of a successful 3-D printed liver transplant. Other perhaps more attainable bio-printing products would be the ever-personalizable tooth-crowns, bones, prosthetics…and what every living-organism on the planet needs; food. Bioprinting also wields the power of being able to severely limit, even take away certain jobs on the market. Nowadays skilled professionals have built livelihoods upon crafting teeth, sculpting bones, and creating food. Most likely if food were to be bioprinted, it wouldn’t be for every day, or would take decades to reach “the norm;” although it could be great for fad-restaurants and producing food for those that need it. Other more negative impacts from bioprinting mostly result on the environment taking more hits, which many say it cannot afford at this point. If methane and carbon emissions were cut way back before bioprinting really took root, and if more sustainable methods of bioprinting came into being, it could be a cool, helpful, and exciting mode of creating objects that many are in desperate need of and wait years for today; going back to human organs and the like.

Bioprinting sounds like something out of a science-fiction movie and has excited many scientists and non-scientist across the globe. This process has the potential to alter thousands, even millions of lives for the better, and I for one cannot wait to see what the future holds.

 

 

https://www.sigmaaldrich.com/technical-documents/articles/material-matters/bioprinting-for-tissue-engineering.html

This source gives a highly-analytical view of the process of bioprinting, and includes charts depicting materials needed, and even accurate pricing.

https://www.science.org.au/curious/people-medicine/bioprinting

This source is more layman-friendly, providing an overview of 3-D printing in general and how bioprinting evolved from it.

#CopyrightWars

The list of topics that can and cannot be copyrighted is extensive, but not always clearcut. Oftentimes, questions and issues regarding the details of copyright law are brought to the courts to be deliberated over, and sometimes results can be controversial. Copyright issues have extended far beyond the “human realm.” A few years ago, a photographer by the name of David Slater was doing his job in Indonesia, when by chance a macaque monkey named Naruto deftly snapped what appeared to be a quick selfie with Slater’s camera. Naruto appeared to be overjoyed with the newfound device in his hand, his visage captured as innocent and unaware as his sleepy eyes and wide-mouthed grin welcome viewers to smile at the wonders of the animal kingdom. The picture seemed comical and lighthearted, but it brought about a very public battle that questioned animal rights and ownership. This occurred in the form of a copyright battle between PETA and David Slater, focusing on which entity owned the picture in question, Naruto the macaque who took it, or Slater, the human, whose camera it was. This trial brought up questions regarding the ways that U.S law protects animals as well as humans, and took quite a few years to settle. Since there weren’t any clauses at the time detailing a case this specific, PETA and Slater came to the conclusion that the ethical thing to do would be for Slater to treat the photograph as his own, yet donate a percentage of revenue made to different organizations that help macaque monkeys. Considering the pictures’ authenticity, it came as no surprise that Slater would capitalize on it, making it his own personal brand by selling merchandise. His name will always be associated with Naruto’s selfie, Google David Slater and a wealth of monkey pictures show up, mostly the original work in question as well as a sprinkling of mimics and copy-cats. Animals have always photographed well, the camera seems to be able to capture a “soulful quality” that some have a hard time seeing on their own. This case came about at a time where political correctness was just hitting the mainstream and brought up many great questions about how we view and treat the beings we cohabit this planet with.

 

 

https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/12/550417823/-animal-rights-advocates-photographer-compromise-over-ownership-of-monkey-selfie

#Copyright

Copyright. Some hold it above all, unparalleled by any law imaginable. Others assume a more high-horse air, preaching its importance as less than dirt. The rest either don’t care to think of it, or aren’t well informed of its nature. To better realize how copyright can be helpful, imagine you’ve come up with a prize-winning product idea, and would like to try your hand at marketing it. Now let us branch this scenario in two. One possible tract is you copyright your idea, market it, and slowly rise up in the business scene. The other possibility is you market it without the copyright, a richer and better-known company steals your idea, and you sink into oblivion. Based off of this scenario, it seems clear that copyrighting your “big idea” is the way to go. But the process of copyrighting can be long, ornery, and expensive (depending on the product.) It’s also necessary to hire a lawyer, which complicates the process even farther. These two articles detail what copyright is, and are definitely worth the read.

Does Copyright Matter?

This article explains how copyright works through generations, but at a time limit of seventy years after death. The author made sure to stress how odd it would be to have to pay a royalty to existing descendents just to quote a work by Shakespeare, written a mere four-hundred years ago. As one continues to read, interesting points about idea ownership, income inequality across the board, and contestments to copyright are made.

The Copyright Grab

This article details some changes that the Clinton administration made to the copyright law, called “The White Paper,” particularly honing in on the dangers of file sharing, and how making this act illegal would warrant that internet users loose more privacy since they would be “spyed on” by their service providers to insure they remain true to the law. This article is clearly against this amendment passing, but it’s interesting to look at different view points regarding copyright, mostly during the beginning of the age of technology since society was undergoing so many changes, and peeple were figuring out how to cope with this new way of living.

 

#WorthTheRead

When it comes to internet privacy, be very afraid, analyst suggests

This article describes how U.S citizens actually have fewer laws protecting their privacy than in other countries, and even gives away some tips on how to preserve said privacy in this day and age (although the mode’s of truly being invisible online are limited, controversial, and extremely difficult). Snowden and the events surrounding him were described, and the troubling statement written that even though he made the public aware of what was happening regarding their privacy, not many laws have actually changed to better protect the general public’s confidentiality. Considering the average person’s dependency on technology and the internet, it is no surprise that people have “grudgingly” let their privacy be encroached on by jaded terms of service and manipulative companies. Even though not everybody is aware of how much privacy they are giving up when they hand their lives over to technology, the companies heading this movement have done little to nothing to aid the transparency of their sanctions. This article was written in an interview format and is definitely worth the read.

 

http://money.cnn.com/2017/04/05/technology/internet-privacy-future/index.html

This article describes fear and outrage over Trump’s recent signing of the papers that annuled President Obama’s privacy policies. This fear has now been converted into trying to keep Net Neutrality afloat, however slim the chance of that happening may be. This article also detailed how it is common knowledge that certain companies such as Google and Facebook use their user’s personal data to sell adds, oftentimes making this process unclear to the actual user. As I was reading the article, I couldn’t help but notice the obviously targeted ad on the webpage… They were trying to shamelessly re-sell me something that I had recently purchased online! Certain companies, such as Comcast, have reiterated that their users have the option to opt out of personalized ads, But a first-hand account stated that the process was murky, and they weren’t able to do so because of the lack of transparency regarding the operation as a whole.

#BadGrammar?

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With all of these new technologies ‘literally’ at our fingertips, something as trivial as “bad grammar” just doesn’t fly anymore. In general, questions about almost anything can be solved through a quick google search. Entire languages can be learned online nowadays, so answers to questions on grammatical errors should be readily available, easy to find, and provide multiple explanations to make it comprehensible.

I was curious about the various modes grammar can be checked online. Wanting to prepare for college, I downloaded Grammarly (the free version) on my computer a few months ago, but since I write most of my papers on Pages, it wasn’t very useful. However, once I began contributing to this blog, I noticed that foreign, colorful bubbles would appear at the lower right-hand corner of my post… I quickly realized that it was my grammar-correcting application.

It’s helpful to have a “second pair of eyes” go over what I’ve written, but I rapidly came to the conclusion that nothing beats simply reading over my paragraphs multiple times, in my head as well as out loud. There are certain nuances that grammar/spell-checkers are not aware of, and therefore will not catch at all, or drastically change all-together.

To test my observations in a more scientific manner, I wrote a few horrendously incorrect sentences, and cringing, ran it through two grammar/spell checkers: Grammarly and the built-in Google Docs checker, LanguageTool. In order for Grammarly to work, I pasted my sentences into my blog as a draft, and let it take it from there.

Almost instantly, the bubble turned red and a three appeared, depicting the erros caught (which didn’t seem like a high enough number to me.) As expected, Grammarly didn’t catch all of the errors that I made, and even changed the meaning of the second to last sentence, not catching the double negatives. Then again, my expectations may have been too high for Grammarly, it was designed to catch simpler errors, not create the facade of a good writer. Another note, I didn’t pay for the full version, and I did receive a notification stating that my sentences contained one “advanced error.” I wonder what else was caught?

After Grammarly, I pasted my sentences into GoogleDocs, downloaded the application LanguageTool and let it “check” the document. I had higher expectations for LanguageTool, but it surprisingly ended up catching fewer errors than Grammarly. All in all, clicking “check document” does more good than harm, but for my purposes, I accomplish more checking my writing personally, or asking a friend.

#FutureOfNetNeutrality

Choice plays a crucial role in what forms humanity. Many have full control over their actions and are conscious of thoughts, feelings, dreams… wouldn’t it be devastating if that same right of “choice” was regulated, censored, even monitored? Except it is.

Laws hinder our choices every day, they were put into place for the good of society, but based on a self-centered world-view, they keep us from truly utilizing our powers of choice. There are more examples, but I am going to focus on what one could argue is the most relevant case: the internet. The internet has become an extension of ourselves. Many of us carry devices around in our pockets with which to access the internet whenever we please. We entrust our innermost secrets to the internet, cache our fears, hopes and dreams in its icy depths, withholding little to nothing from its all-knowing gaze. Due to the ever-growing number of people spending time online, regulations were put in place as seen fit. Certain behaviors aren’t tolerated and money must be shelled-out to access certain content. Recently, adumbral goings-on behind the scenes have come to light in the form of under the table dealings leading to faster connections only to select providers, certain companies promoted over others that might be more suitable, censored content… the list goes on. These issues bring up and fall under the umbrella of the topic “net neutrality.”

Net Neutrality is described as being a principle that enforces fair competition between all providers and companies, suggesting that all internet traffic be treated equally. Under President Obama, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler was able to pass the “Open Internet Order” in 2015, which made it difficult to impossible for large service providers and companies to team up and create a monopoly on the market, therefore forcing smaller startups and companies to fight for existence. Today under President Trump and the newly appointed FCC chairman Ajit Tai, It is very likely that the Open Internet Order will be reversed. This process would take about a year or so. It is the hope of many that new regulations will be put into place to keep the internet as unbiased as possible, but a likely outcome is that favorable relationships between content providers and internet services ensue, meaning partnerships will be created to ensure stronger connections and even cheaper prices, only with certain companies.

To a supporter of net neutrality, this news may be dismal. As of yet, it seems that the most effective way to fight back would be to spread the news, start an outcry and reach out to representatives. Because if you don’t, who will?

Articles worth reading:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/trumps-first-100-days-technology-privacy-and-intelligence/

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/net-neutrality-foe-to-head-the-fcc/

#PennyByPenny

Blog writing appears to some a simple, lucrative business opportunity. The reality is that it takes dedication, gumption, and the knowledge, and acceptance of said knowledge, that it “might not work out.” A very small fraction of bloggers make over $30,000 per year, most cash in about $2,000, if anything. The harsh reality is that although blogging has long been revered as a “great side job” for the stereotypical stay-at-home mom, down-in-the-dumps teen, and struggling college student, blogging has morphed into a cutthroat business, with high-stress levels and über-critical audiences to boot.

If writing a blog has always been your dream, this might be disheartening. But the accounts of the few people “at the top” are inspiring and up-lifting. You might ask “what do I need to do? How can I make this my reality?” The quick answer is: ads. Ads generate income per view. It’s a simple idea in theory, but getting a blog or website famous enough in order to “qualify” for adds takes time and a calculated approach. Nancy Collamer details ways to start blogging as a job in her article (on her blog) “How to Make Money as a Blogger.” Key points go over needing to write about topics of personal interest, whatever flows naturally and makes you happy is a good decision. Choose an underserved, but still profitable niche if possible, which would lead to more views and subscribers best case scenario. She also emphasized putting in the time to write quality content and making the blog visually pleasing. Most importantly, build a network of other bloggers, they could potentially help “pull you up” to the the top with them.

As I only recently began writing this blog, I am not under any illusions pertaining to my relative “fame.” But I do have faith that with time and effort, I could someday claim a smidge of blog-writing glory for myself. A large part of what determines success in the blogging-world is luck. The people that have reached their goals in regard to blogging were in the right place at the right time, chose underserved niches before anybody else got to them, and knew the right people. As more join the online-world, finding original topics to write about will become more difficult, and as competition steadily increases, so will the prices and competition for advertising spaces. I see a few versions of the future of blogging, the most up-beat being that blogs will continue to evolve and serve different aspects of society, and the worst-case scenario being that blogs will slowly melt away from view, and become a niche hobby,if even that. New technologies and modes of communication are brought to the public constantly, the next few years will determine if blogging is able to stand the test of time, or become the next MySpace/FaceBook situation.

 

This is an interesting article on making money by blogging-worth the read! https://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2015/08/11/how-to-make-money-as-a-blogger/#c6df5801ee9e