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Short answer: No. I don’t believe technology can supplement human interaction. As it is right now, especially in the case of Sophia, AI robots seem to be clunky and ineffective at showing empathy without seeming fake. In past couple hundred years, technology has evolved tremendously and we are doing tasks at speeds which would have been unthinkable in previous generations. However, as Dickson says:

But what has remained constant throughout history is the human element. Though affected by those inventions, human thought has remained central to creativity.

Human thought has been essential to creativity. How can a robot be creative…

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Initially, the Digital Studies minor interested me because I thought it was primarily about content creation, photography, video-editing, and graphic design. Digital Studies encompasses all of these things, but more importantly, engages students in conversations about the impacts of technology on society, ethical design of digital environments, technological determinism vs social constructivism, data literacy, data visualization, and much more.

As I look back over the course of my minor, one of the most influential classes I have taken is DS 350: Social Media in Culture. During this class, we were required to pose a research question that involved social media…

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Digital Emulation, as defined by Oxford is “a software which mimics the behavior of another computer environment…it is used to access software and digital files which require obsolete technological environments to run”. Essentially, emulation refers to the ability of a computer program to imitate another program or device. Since the early 1990s, emulation technology was being developed by gaming enthusiasts — to allow gamers to continue to play games that were out of date/obsolete. In the early 2000s, it sparked debate and interest within the digital preservation community. …

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“Technology has grown from some devices and platforms we use to an entire environment in which we function”

I could quote this entire article…it’s that good. Douglas Rushkoff is a media theorist, writer, columnist, lecturer, and graphic novelist out of New York. He is the author of several books: Team Human, Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now, Program or Be Programmed and much more. In this article titled We’ve spent the decade letting our tech define us. …

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Meredith Broussard is a data journalism professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University. More recently, her career has been dedicated to exploring the role of artificial intelligence in Journalism. Her most recent book, released in 2017 titled Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World has received positive reviews from several news outlets and publishers, and this is the text which I am analyzing within this post.

“It’s time to stop rushing blindly into the digital future and start making better, more thoughtful decisions about when and why to use technology”


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