The Overuse of the Internet

Here is my problem, people over the age of 30 think that using the internet makes them the coolest person on their facebook page. I’m not meaning to be offensive, I don’t think that the internet was only made for teenagers to post pictures of each other to tell everyone else what a great time they are having, but there gets to be a point where I would like to yell enough. Like with my chemistry teacher, she is an insanely bright person, but she took a class over the summer on computers and now she cannot get enough. I have no problem using the internet to help out a class, in fact I think its an amazing way to use the computer, my real problem lies in the fact that the internet has become our entire class. We take online quizzes every weekend and watch youtube videos to learn new lessons or to demonstrate a lab. We make our own videos for other people to watch to learn about the scientists. Even though I am about as techie as a person can get I don’t think that things that used to happen in person should all of a sudden be moved to the computer. I like reading a book with pages and not a kindle and I like being taught things personally in class. People have begun to rely on the internet to do everything for them, but I don’t think it will ever be as good as what can be done in person.

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The Problem with Curiosity

Teachers always tell you curiosity is a good thing because it can lead to new discoveries, but here is the problem with my over curious nature. I cannot enjoy things for what they are without wondering how they work. Last month I went to Disney Land with my parents. While there we went on a ride that was Toy Story based. Disney always tries to entertain their visitors while waiting in line and this ride was no different. About half way through the line there was a large statue of Buzz Lightyear. This was no ordinary statue. For one thing, it was mechanical meaning that the arms and legs moved around to animate whatever the voice recording was saying. The second thing was far more complex involving a moving hologram inside of the helmet. There was an entire loop around this statue and I broke off any conversation I had been having with my parents to stare at it. People around me probably assumed I was in love with Buzz Lightyear, but really my brain was just trying to process what I was witnessing. Just days before I had been staring at my computer for hours on end trying to make circles flock together and Disney was making a moving hologram. I could not fathom how this was possible, but my head, ignoring my logic, was busy linking together if else statements trying to make sense of what was going on. I was unable to simply enjoy what I was seeing, as a little kid may have, because I was so busy trying to figure out what was going on behind the scenes. I do this with everything, from visual effects that I see on TV shows to my calculator in math class I cannot enjoy the technology because I am too busy hitting myself for not comprehending how it is possible. I know I am not alone on this. While taking my class at Stanford I visited the California Academy of Science Museum with the rest of the kids in my class. In one of the cases there was a skull, but when a dial was turn the skull, which had not been an image, disappeared and behind it there was a picture of a cave man. My 2 friends and I must have turned the dial 30 times before we guessed that what was causing it was similar to something seen in the movie Now You See Me, the rabbit box trick. It must be a computer science thing to be curious how daily objects work because computer science is really breaking down everyday activities into the tiniest steps possible. I need to learn I cannot understand how everything works, but I don’t think I will ever stop trying.

Lisp

Lisp is a language that is mostly used for AI. It works in lists with no semi colons.

 

(defun division (x y)

(/ x y))

(print (division 10 2))

 

(defun multiplication (x y)

(* x y))

(print (multiplication 10 2))

 

(defun addition (x y)

(+ x y))

(print (addition 10 2))

(defun subtraction (x y)

(- x y))

(print (subtraction 10 2))

(defun factorial(x)
(if (= x 1) 1
(* x (factorial(- x 1)))))

(print (factorial 5))

 

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Prejudice in Computer Science

Whenever I tell people what classes I normally take they laugh at me and say something like “Oh Mara you are such a nerd,” yet when a boy says the same thing it is considered normal, some people even envy their talent. And so here we are with millions of job openings in computer science because there is such a prejudice towards the type of person who should be interested in it. You don’t have to be a guy and you don’t have to be Asian to ┬ábe interested in or good at computer science. I think a lot of the reason these types of prejudices occur is because people aren’t exposed to computer science in high school. I’m lucky enough to have a class offered that goes to a math credit at my school, but when people don’t have that type of opportunity they often never know how good they can be. If my friends were good at computer science they would never know because they haven’t even programmed Hello World. The class isn’t a requirement and girls think they will be seen as weird if they take it. You can’t ever know how good you are at something if you never try it, some of the people in this world who may be computer science geniuses will never even know and enter a profession they hate. If computer science hopes to grow and have all types of people working in it the community needs to find a way to get new people involved so they can learn to love it just like I do.

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Ethical Issues in AI

The internet allows us to fool others into believing that people that never existed are real. It allows us to become somebody else and make other people love somebody that only exists online. In this way the internet can be dangerous and keeping this in mind people should remember that who you meet online may not be who they say they are.

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