The Future of Social Interaction

The internet has continued  to play a larger  role in all our lives over time.  On a regular basis people are “googling” the answer to any and all questions they might have. Every time we utilize different search engines like Google, Bing, Yahoo, Etc, we are giving out all sorts of information about ourselves to these companies. They are gaining semantic data off of us from the different search queries we do, where we are searching from, the different phrases we are repeatedly using. Not only are the gaining semantic data from our basic searches, but they are also gaining social data from all of our social networks. These companies know mass amount of things about what we like, where we want to go, where we buy things,etc. This is helping these companies to tailor our searches before we even finish our sentences. To ensure that the ads displayed on our screens are things they believe will be of interest to us. Like the guys in the podcast said its like having a personal assistant who is working on your search for you. I think as  technology continues to advance we are going to be relying on the internet and different apps, programs, etc. for more and more throughout time.

I could see how eventually  appliances will be able to communicate to each other. I think it would be awesome if your washer and dryer could communicate to each other. I would love to be able to have my washer and dryer let me know when they are done via text message. This could help to prevent forgotten laundry and to keep things on schedule, which would be super helpful! Having a smart refrigerator that could help you to know when things are gonna go bad or when things are going to run out, would be awesome!  It would be great to have a refrigerator that could keep data of what is running out and then you would already have a list of what is gone or even in the future be able to get it delivered. Internet connectivity with household appliances would be very useful in a variety of ways.  With things like Netflix that can restart your program exactly where you left it off the last time and recommend similar things based off your previous watched items. Even now when you take a picture on some smart phones the phone will highlight purchasable items like say a coke can and then if you click on it, it will direct you straight to a place to purchase it. Facebook has become a main means of communication for many people especially those without phones. Not to mention when someone loses their phone the first thing they do is post on Facebook t contact them through there.  I think in the future internet connectivity will the be essential in streamlining the daily experience for many different things.


L.A. jury awards $150 million to 13-year-old-girl whose family died in freeway crash.

On Nov. 22, 2009, the Asam’s were heading to see family for the holidays when her father collided with the back of a semi-truck in the early morning, which was illegally pulled over on the shoulder of the highway. Kylie who was then only 9-years-old and her 11-year-old brother were able to get out of the burning SUV, but watched their older brother and parents burn alive as they were trapped in the car.

The attorney for the Asam’s wrongful death suit claimed that the truck driver, Ortiz, had ignored signs and pulled over in an emergency area without leaving on a light or signal. While the defense alleged that he had stopped to take medication for a severe headache, which they felt constituted an emergency, Ortiz and his trucking company were  found jointly liable.  The father was also found to be negligent, but the jury felt his actions were not as significant as the Ortiz’s.

A jury has awarded upwards of $150 million  to a now 13-year-old Kylie Asam. Sadly, Blaine the youngest Asam brother committed suicide on his mothers birthday before the trial and the $8.75 million that would have gone to him will now be awarded to his sister.$150-million-to-13-year-old-girl-whose-family-died-in-freeway-crash/


And now for a tear jerker….

Summary of the lecture

Todays lecture was very interesting as well as very disturbing. I had no idea about the do’s and don’ts of passwords. My current passwords definitely need to be changed based upon those few basic rules. When it comes to private schools monitoring social media, I think that if you make your profile public you truly can’t have an expectation of privacy.I think that those with private accounts should be left alone and that it would be an invasion of privacy to require them to make their pages public or to possibly make them hand over their passwords. While I think that it could be useful to monitor these sites to help prevent suicides and stop cyber bullying, I have to think where does the schools power stop? Do they get to hand out punishment for things that are happening off school ground and after school hours? The line of where the school becomes a parent is grey.

The security camera through an app is a very cool concept. I first heard of this when my sister had her baby. She thought using the software for a baby monitor would be a cool idea because then family from all over could simply log in and see baby Giorgio, as well as maybe being a nanny cam. I think having the ability to use this software to protect your house and being able to access it from anywhere with a wi-fi connection is amazing and super convenient.

The Stuebenville rape case was my first introduction to Anonymous. I think Anonymous is awesome and I love how they are able to display all the real info that is being censored by traditional media outlets. The Stuebenville rape case just went to show how careless people can be with what they post online. These boys were posting pictures, videos and tweets all about the details to the rape. Like the Huffington Post video said they left behind a trail of evidence to convict themselves by thinking it would be cool to show everyone. This lesson has really nailed in the point of being aware of what you are posting online and on social media sites. You have to remember things you post are there forever, things that aren’t private anyone has access to and sometimes social media sites change their terms and you might just be giving away your pictures for free. Being aware of what you are doing and agreeing to is very important.


MegaUpload a site that is owned by Kim Dotcom allows users to upload and share files for download. To be honest I have gone on this site multiple times and watched various movies or TV shows. I had no idea that in 2012  the site was shut down but that is super interesting to me because I do recall trying to go to that site. Since people had freedom to upload and share whatever they wanted they were sharing things that were copyrighted and illegal to share in the U.S. unless you had the right to do so.  Kim claimed to not have knowledge of what people were uploaded but he was indicted by a grand jury on  January 5th, 2012, and charged with “engaging in a racketeering conspiracy, conspiring to commit copyright infringement, conspiring to commit money laundering and two substantive counts of criminal copyright infringement.” The Feds seized over $50 million is assets. The case in ongoing and has not completely been settled yet but in the mean time Kim has launched a new site with special encryption to maintain his innocence in not knowing what people are uploading.

Making a successful LinkedIn

I read some articles about important tips to help make your LinkedIn account successful. An important thing to remember is to completely tell the truth on your profile page. Employers have the ability to look up your real job history and will not hesitate to do so. One thing that I hadn’t thought to do just yet was to customize my profile URL. Doing this helps to enhance your personal brand. Another important thing is to make sure to have a professional picture on you LinkedIn profile and to streamline that picture across all your professional websites. It is also important to make sure to be active in LinkedIn groups. This helps to make connections and could help with getting a new job.