BCM 212: Week 8 Update On Project Progress

As I progress with my research I am coming across both very rewarding skills and at other times, with things that I struggle with. To start off on a positive note, I have developed my understanding of effective ways to communicate data.

The first challenge that I faced was becoming clear with whether I was going in a quantitative or a qualitative direction. I decided that this could best be determined by figuring out “who am I going to collect data from, how am I going to collect the data, and how I am going to analyse it once it is collected.

I decided that the best way to overcome this was to use both quantitative and qualitative elements in my research. For the qualitative aspect of the study, I will be using focus groups and interviews and for the quantitative aspect, I will be using survey results. Either way, the methodology is a process that involves planning and re-writing both interview and survey questions.

I am sure that I will continue to learn even more through this process, especially once I begin to gather my data and do further research based around the information that I have gathered.

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BCM 325: Live Tweet Curation. Part 2, Post 3

The following is a curation of live Tweets that I have accumulated over eight weeks of film screenings.

Week One: Ghost In The Shell (1995)

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This first Tweet is referring to the fact that I found it very strange that the main character “Motoko” in the 1995 film “Ghost In The Shell”,  was constantly naked. I questioned why this was the case and was then enlightened by fellow classmate, Emily. I came to an understanding that her nudity ties into the disassociation with her robotic body. Her body is merely a vessel for her technologically wired brain and  this presents the idea of dualism; the mind and body as different entities.

The second Tweet highlights the question:  what will remain as characteristically unique to humans if robotic lives can mimic us to such a great extent? As mentioned in the Tweet, the director Mamoru Oshii’s intention for the lack of blinking adds a  doll like element to Motoko, which again ties into the concept of duality. (Human appearance vs. robot wiring.)

 

Week Two: Westworld (1973)

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This week’s screening of Westworld is set in the then-future year, 1983. In my Tweets, I mention that this film was the first to use the term “computer virus“. We still use this term in the same way, however our computer virus has much less severe repercussions. The “computers” that we know of today are our desktop computers and laptops. This makes me question if we too will be referring to robots when we use the term “computer”. After all, they are essentially computers in a different format.

There was a scene where Daphne (a robot) refuses sexual contact with a human. She is sent to be repaired shortly after her objection to sex. It was very difficult for me to disassociate myself from Daphne and see her as ‘just a robot’. Although my second Tweet is sarcastic and light hearted, I was actually frustrated that her free-will was seen as an error since robots must obey humans at all cost. Even though I was angered by this human intervention, we would be in great danger if we allowed robots to act with their own will. Especially if the robots are being as destructive as they are in Westworld!

 

Week Three: Johnny Mnemonic (1995)

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The line “Coz we still have all this sh*t, and we can’t live without it.” is still relevant to us in 2018. Personally, I don’t know what I would do without my mobile phone.  It is my data package, my GPS, my method of contact, my everything. Johnny is literally carrying a data package inside his head. Despite how much Johnny despised the burden, I am open to the idea of having a mobile phone wired into my brain so that I can have it with me at all times!

 

Week Four: The Matrix (1999)

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The re-birth of Neo is one of my favourite scenes in “The Matrix” film. I love the idea of an entrance into the new-dimension that is so technologically wired, yet still involves the organic elements of a human birth. The conversation following my Tweet was very interesting and challenged me to re-think my answer. As seen above, there are two vital questions. My answer in this Tweet was that science is outside of nature, however after further contemplation I now believe that science is derived from the natural world, which is why it is so frequently imitating it.

My second Tweet discusses this constant fear of being replaced by machines. Although it will be a very long time until we need to worry about this, it is increasingly likely that humans will be made redundant by technology.

 

Week Five: Black Mirror – Be Right Back (Season 2, Episode 1)

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The idea that we could be able to use our own bodies as an extension to devices intrigues me. The scene in this Black Mirror episode mentioned in my first Tweet, shows a nurse using her palm as an ultrasound pad. Considering a cyborg is a person whose physical abilities are extended beyond normal human limitation, we can say that almost all humans are already cyborgs. Whether it be our reading glasses, our mobile phones we hold in our hands, our clothing, everything we use today has been created using science and technology to improve out lives beyond our limitations.

I doubt that we will see the day when robots are spitting images of humans and can interact with us in fully human ways. Despite the amazing similarities between the robot and deceased husband, the robot failed to recognise emotional and non-verbal cues. The problems and frustrations of trying to grieve a loved one with technology is really made apparent.

 

Week Six: Robot & Frank (2012)

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Is overusing a robot un-ethical? Is it okay to mis-treat a robot? I think we should treat robots and technology with the utmost of respect. They are projections of us and even though they cannot feel, they deserve ethical treatment. This weeks screening of Robot & Frank really made me re-think about ethical treatment of robotics.

My second Tweet on this film discusses that directors are constantly forming a friendship or a connection between human and robot even if  the characters are initially reluctant. The film I, robot is also a great example of a human initially rejecting and distrusting robots and later on forming an acceptance and respect for them.

 

Week Seven: Black Mirror – Hated In The Nation (Season 3, Episode 6)

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This Black Mirror episode takes online harassment to a whole new level. There is something unsettling about the way social media networks are constantly trying to rate users. I didn’t really enjoy this episode but the tweets made it worth the watch!

The use of bees in this episode ties into the element of an upcoming apocalyptic world. When bees go extinct it is said that almost all reproduction of flora will cease. Robotic bees both creating life through pollination and taking it away… the concept seems very dark and ironic.

 

Week Eight: Blade Runner (1982)

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During the last week of live tweeting, I really noticed how much I had enjoyed this overall experience. During the films there would be scenes that I didn’t notice and I could read about them in other people’s tweets. This week I particularly liked Cat’s Tweet above. She mentions the depiction of dystopian cities and I realised that all of the films we have watched have depicted this same kind of futuristic city. Dark, smokey and neon.

My Tweet referring to killing as “retiring” really makes the replicants objective apparent. They are workers and when they are no longer needed they will retire (be killed). But is it killing if they are not really human? This question is difficult for me to answer especially when I cannot justify the killing of the robots because of their similarities to man-kind.

BCM 325: UberDog – Part 2, Post 2. (Video)

Link to YouTube video: Here

I had an idea that I spoke about on my podcast to create my own app that my family and friends could use for when we would like to walk our dog. The YouTube video I have linked above discusses the process of my first time attempt in bringing this app into real life. When using many of these websites to create my app, I began to notice that my functions were really basic even though I had put in a lot of time to make them. I have to admit I was disappointed. Wallace Jackson’s book “Android Apps for Absolute Beginners”, mentions that anyone can make an app no matter what their level of experience. Although Jackson attempts to cut through the haze of jargon and cryptic Android application development, he still uses coding as a tool for creating apps. This was something that I really tried to avoid.

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An Investopedia article by Andrew Beattie, talks about how apps are changing the world. The impact in the media and entertainment industry is obvious as apps such as YouTube and Netflixallow people to not only cut the cord, but the TV as well. However media companies and advertisers have an endless content consumption cycle to make use of. Mobile advertising is growing as more people turn to small screen entertainment options. The article goes further to say that apps deliver a new level to demographic data because they commonly commute with the user and, with permission, can access locational information. Although apps started out as a single-function platform to run on the phone, with improvements in hardware and software apps are doing so much more. Beattie believes that apps are allowing users to replace several pieces of tech with a single device.

While researching app making, I came across an academic journal called “Smart mobile apps for supporting product design and decision-making in the era of mass customisation”. The journal presents a different use for apps and app making by creating a two mobile applications to involve customers in the designing of products. The apps support two fundamental business functions: The first app introduces the involvement of the customer in the design process of products, allowing them to view highly customised products in an augmented reality environment. Whereas the second app allows the design of the manufacturing network to handle the production and transportation of the customised product for customers. All in all the results of the study are conclusive in stating that apps are an essential tool for many domains. However, they also state that using apps with designing and manufacturing sectors can be difficult because of connectivity issues and because of the small screens of iphones.

I couldn’t agree more that apps have enabled us to simplify our experience and can be very convenient. Both the journal and the article reveal the importance and innovative uses for apps. Hopefully my project will be useful and a way for me to learn a new skill. I really think apps will continue to grow and exploring the process of how they are created is significant in terms of appreciating them.

 

References:

Beattie, A. (2018). How Apps Are Changing The World. [online] Investopedia. Available at: https://www.investopedia.com/articles/personal-finance/051815/how-apps-are-changing-world.asp [Accessed 16 Apr. 2018].

Cleveroad Inc. – Web & App development company. (2018). How much does it cost to develop an App like Uber Estimation Checklist. [online] Available at: https://www.cleveroad.com/blog/estimation-checklist-how-much-does-it-cost-to-develop-an-app-like-uber [Accessed 12 Apr. 2018].

D. Mourtzis, M. Doukas & C. Vandera (2016) Smart mobile apps for supporting product design and decision-making in the era of mass customisation, International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing, 30:7, 690-707, DOI: 10.1080/0951192X.2016.1187295

Imgur. (2018). Dear everyone who has a website and a mobile app:. [online] Available at: https://imgur.com/gallery/ycbxUri [Accessed 13 Apr. 2018].

Jackson, W. (2012). Android apps for absolute beginners. [Berkeley, Calif.]: Apress, pp.3-7.

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Rspcansw.org.au. (2018). Dog Walking Guidelines. [online] Available at: https://www.rspcansw.org.au/what-we-do/care-for-animals/dog-care/dog-walking-guidelines/ [Accessed 15 Apr. 2018].

Swiftic.com. (2018). Swiftic App Maker – Create Android and iPhone Mobile Apps. [online] Available at: https://www.swiftic.com [Accessed 8 Apr. 2018].

Uber.com. (2018). Making career moves? Sign up to be an Uber Driver or get a ride to the airport | Uber. [online] Available at: https://www.uber.com/en-AU/ [Accessed 14 Apr. 2018].

 

MEDA 301: Draft Proposal – Week 5

For my draft proposal, I would love to incorporate problematic themes such as racism alongside with cultural identity. Being someone who has lived through these things in my personal life, I think it is an issue that is still present today. My current inspiration is highlighting how different and mixed in terms of heritage we are as humans and how this is perfect proof for why racism is unnecessary. After completing a DNA test and learning about my geographical heritage, I was astounded at how diverse my results were. I mentioned in my previous blog that I would like to work with painting, however I have developed this idea into a mixed media project where I will be incorporating both paint and photography.

My preference would be to work in a group for this because of my lack in artistic skill, but I am also totally okay with the idea that I may end up choosing to work alone as I develop my ideas and get more and get comfortable with my chosen media. I hope that my cultural knowledge and ideas will contribute to the big picture and that we can create a piece of art that resonates with everyone. I would like to paint and dress people in cultural outfits that reflect their heritage. Photographing these people in their traditional clothing all in the same Australian landscape background will really show how we as Australians come from all across the globe. I think my ideas will change in terms of the medium I choose, and if I work with a group I would love to work with things I have never tried working with mediums such as lighting. As a group, we can merge all of our ideas and skills together to create a coherent and media-rich project. I am keen to develop my skills and learn about how to convey deeper meaning to content through the use of multiple media.

MEDA301: Week 4 – Research Working Processes

My field of International studies covers a very broad range of topics and one that has always interested me is history and culture. I have researched various artists who use these two themes, but there was one in particular who I found really intriguing. After going to the Art Gallery of NSW to view Rembrandt and the Dutch golden age, I could not believe how moved I was by his art. This was particularly strange for me since I don’t have any sort of background in art. But it just goes to show that you don’t need to have this sort of background to appreciate art.

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It was almost humorous when I walked through Rembrandts exhibition into the contemporary art space. After seeing immense detail and realism and art works that would have taken years to compose and to mix the correct colours to seeing blank canvases with solid colours, I was mortified. I think artists such as Rembrandt would be turning in their graves at the thought of these simplistic works being called “art”.  Rembrandt’s works depicted a very broad style and subject matter ranging from portraits and self-portraits to landscapes, historical scenes, biblical and mythological themes as well as animal studies. He was responsible for a period of great wealth and cultural achievement that is now called the Dutch Golden Age. The realism and thought that he put into his art is astounding. I love that Rembrandt uses historical, cultural and biblical influenced because these are the things that really catch my attention. His use of light and shadow are what really sets Rembrandt apart. Contemporary art in absolute torture for me for this reason because I can’t connect with the pieces. Painting is something that I have never worked with before but it is something that I may consider in my project proposal.

About me

Hi there! My name is Ceren, but ever since my brother mis-pronounced my name as a child and called me ‘Cecen’ it has become my nickname. I was born in and grew up in Wollongong, a small city about an hour away from the city of Sydney in Australia. Because of my foreign heritage, my interests include languages, history, international studies and culture. I have also recently taken up Volleyball as a sport, but don’t quote me on that! I am passionate about the environment and I LOVE animals and hope to adopt my own little puppa one day! That’s a little bit about me, hope you enjoy the blog!

Also, check-out my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCk0HbsIXJjyyvvobihgQpIA

Blog wallpaper reference: witrcovers.com. (2018). Budapest Citadel Twitter Cover & Twitter Background | TwitrCovers. [online] Available at: http://www.twitrcovers.com/twitter-covers/budapest-citadel/ [Accessed 14 Mar. 2018].

MEDA 302: Week 3 – Research Opportunities

Starting a degree in International Relations is one of the key ways I thought I could get a better perspective of the world and get an insight at what makes the world a better place. I thought that it would give me to learn about the opportunity to maintain positive diplomatic relations between countries, prevent international conflicts, and make sure things run smoothly between governments in our highly interconnected world. But as it turns out this isn’t exactly all that I wanted to do. While I was learning about these things and covering more serious topics, I also covered different topics that were more fun and sparked my interest. These were topics such as cultural communications and languages. Luckily, international relation specialists have a broad set of career options in addition to politics, and can get involved in fields like economics, social systems and the cultural life of communities. All this makes International Relation studies a very versatile subject offering plenty of opportunities.

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No matter what degree you do, its what you do with that degree that counts. In regards to international studies I think ultimately if someone really wants to pursue it further it would be either as a academic, government department. However my goals are more based around the corporate world in some sort of embassy where I can use my language skills. I’m also someone who likes to follow orders and procedure. Being given direction and instruction helps me as a don’t work well when Im given too much freedom and variety. I think a corporate job will give me the discipline that I need to work effectively with. This may sounds pretty boring  to some, but for now it’s something that I know I would love doing since I love talking to people and solving issues. So the kind of opportunity I could make for myself would be to further improve my knowledge and skills to find employment where I am given tasks that I am interested in such as human relations.

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BCM 212: Task 1 – Research Proposal “Sex Education for Australian Students”.

The question about the birds and the bees is one that many families try to avoid. Some families are more open about this subject than others, while a good portion relies on sex education classes that are given to students during high school. My family was one that remained silent about the topic, but then again I never asked. I assumed that babies just happened when a man and woman were married. It wasn’t until year 8 and 9 that I learnt about the whole scheme of things. I was mortified. I had no idea that this was what it took to create a human being. My mum and dad did that!? My high school had sex education from year 8 to year 9 and then it ended abruptly. “Well now what?” I thought to myself. That’s when most young people will turn to the internet or ask their friends (who are likely to give false accounts to impress) to find out more about the things they are curious about. This ought to have a different impact based on each individual’s experience.

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It is only recently that we as a society have become more open to the topic of sex and sexuality. I am curious about where university students have gotten their sex education from in the past and how this has changed their views on sex as adults/university students. Do university students think there are enough available facilities and services that cater to educating students about sex? How has their education shaped their initials ideals about sex and sexuality versus how they view it now as adults. I am aware that some families may not be comfortable with allowing their children to be exposed to sex education. I am curious to know if there are students who have experienced this and how they ended up learning about sex and sexual health. Not only would I like to ask students about the source of their sex education and their experiences with this, but also if the statements mentioned above are true: do students feel as though there is a lack in range of areas that are taught during their early education? Also, how has their exposure to sex education altered their personal life and experiences as young adults? Is there anything that they think universities can offer to supplement the things that they did not learn in high school?

There are many questions that I would like to focus on throughout this study. Emeritus Professor Bruce Johnson from the University of South Australia states that it’s not just the biological aspects of sex that students want to learn, but also social topics within the area of sex. “They (students) want to know about love, starting a relationship, gender diversity, breaking up, violence in relationships, sexual pleasure and a range of other topics,”.  Another source that indicates that this is an issue that needs to be explored, is an organization called “Sex Education Australia”. SEA argues that worldwide research indicates that young people need better sexual health and relationship education. They mention that “In Australia, some universities are realizing that this type of support needs to be offered to their student populations.” SEA works at the tertiary level with domestic and international students, delivering sessions to colleges as well as students to combat this issue that we find mutually important. As we can see from these two tertiary level organizations, lack of depth in sex education is clearly an issue that needs to be researched further.

References:

ABC News. (2018). Puberty is beginning at 8, but is our sex-ed keeping up?. [online] Available at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-01/puberty-now-begins-at-8-but-is-our-sex-ed-keeping-up/8762190 [Accessed 14 Mar. 2018].

Anon, (2018). [online] Available at: http://people.unisa.edu.au/bruce.johnson [Accessed 13 Mar. 2018].

Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations. (2018). Sexuality education in Australian Secondary Schools: averting a sexual health crisis among young people – Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations. [online] Available at: https://www.afao.org.au/article/sexuality-education-australian-secondary-schools-averting-sexual-health-crisis-among-young-people/ [Accessed 13 Mar. 2018].

Sexeducationaustralia.com.au. (2018). Sex Education Australia – For Universities. [online] Available at: http://www.sexeducationaustralia.com.au/university.html [Accessed 14 Mar. 2018].

The Conversation. (2018). Rational, modern sex education is a must for all Aussie kids. [online] Available at: http://theconversation.com/rational-modern-sex-education-is-a-must-for-all-aussie-kids-44226 [Accessed 14 Mar. 2018].

 

 

 

 

MEDA 301: Week 2 – Researching my field.

As a International Studies student, its always been difficult to pin point an exact job that fits into my degree the way a degree in accounting or engineering does. I can apply for jobs in government, journalism, law, non-governmental organizations, international business, and teaching and research. However none of these fields are “artistic” which worries me when it comes to this class… I’d hate to admit this but I have never been much of a creative thinker or a creative person in general! I’d much rather follow instruction and get the task done according to order. It bothers me that I don’t know what I am good at yet and I hope that I can find what this is as I try out different forms of employment throughout my life.

A practioner that I look upto in my field is Professor Judith Goldstein. Professor Goldstein works at Stanford University and she focuses on international political economy, and trade politics. Her practices really encompass the topics that I have studied during my course and I think she is immensly successful at what she does. She has also founded Humanity in Action, an international educational organization, in 1997 and serves as its executive director.

I have tried various artistic practices such as painting, drawing, photography, 3D printing, drone flying, sound and lighting work, and musical forms of art – none of which particularily interest me. I love to try new things and am always open to learning but in all honesty it’s just not a field that I will choose to pursue. As I mentioned earlier, I like to follow instruction and build on existing ideas. I guess this is why I like things like history, law, and culture. These things already exists and its upto you how you interpret these things and relate them to our world today.

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