Technology usage in Engineering Education

The use of innovations systems approach functions,satellite and internet in engineering education is compared,by examining the experience of Indian Institute of Technology Bombay’s distance education network and the National programme on technology enhanced learning. Theiit Bombay network was unable to provide connectivity quickly enough for rapidly growing demand and nptel has been able to provide to huge demand for quality content.A policy intervention that aims to use technology for better delivery of services should keep in focus the capabilities of the actors involved,and strive for mechanisms based on the opportunities and incentives of these actors.

-Economic and Political Weekly (EPW)

 

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Social Media and Consumer Actings

Communication technologies are developing rapidly nowadays. This development raise more usage of internet and Web tools. One of the most important tools is social media. Social media is a new virtual media where users express themselves and stay connected with other users. Social media marketing, on the other hand, is a new marketing approach which is based on interactive participation in this new media. Contents created in social media tools form consumer behavior and social media marketing. Consumers are affected by contents created by users or companies in social media on the subject of purchasing. Therefore, how and and how much a product or service are being mentioned on social media become important for businesses. At this point, investigating the impact of social media on consumer behavior is significant. This study is comprised of theoretical and practical parts and intends to present the relationship of social media and consumer behavior. In theoretical section of the study; a literature rewiev was done about concepts of social media, social media marketing, consumer behavior in social media. In research section, an survey was prepared and applied, which is try to identify the impact of social media on consumer behavior. Data provided from answers of 845 social media users to the survey is analyzed with the help of SPSS software program. As a consequence, it is revealed that consumer are affected by social media tools during the purchasing process.

Not Football But Business

Football, a folk game, has changed in time and turned into a business organization called industrial football. The ties it has established with symbolic values has increased the significance of the game, in addition to its mythical, religious and class features,. Professionalizing process has transformed this sports activity from a game into a field that functions at economical level. Consequently, the values of the capitalist order have dominated the field of sports and started to shape it. Competition and the desire for success have averted all kind of sportive value. The most significant impact of professionalizing and commodification has been on the supporters and players. With a shift to the new understanding of industrialised football, not only the core of football but also its place in our lives has started to change. Beyond being a game, football functions as a ‘miniature’ model in social life through which some role and value transfers take place. Therefore, it is vital to speak out that the game being played is not football anymore after its designation as ‘industrial football’.

The Impact of Social Media on Children

Using social media Web sites is among the most common activity of today’s children and adolescents. Any Web site that allows social interaction is considered a social media site, including social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter; gaming sites and virtual worlds such as Club Penguin, Second Life, and the Sims; video sites such as YouTube; and blogs. Such sites offer today’s youth a portal for entertainment and communication and have grown exponentially in recent years. For this reason, it is important that parents become aware of the nature of social media sites, given that not all of them are healthy environments for children and adolescents. Pediatricians are in a unique position to help families understand these sites and to encourage healthy use and urge parents to monitor for potential problems with cyberbullying, “Facebook depression,” sexting, and exposure to inappropriate content.

Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg debate about “Artificial Intelligence”

There was a growing debate about the impact that artificial intelligence will have on the future, with two tech luminaries themselves–Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg–as figureheads representing glass-half-empty vs. half-full perspectives, respectively. They were having a spat about whether or not artificial intelligence is going to kill us all. Musk, the chief of Tesla and SpaceX who has longstanding worries about the potentially apocalyptic future of AI, recently returned to that soapbox, making an appeal for proactive regulations on AI. “I keep sounding the alarm bell,” he told attendees at a National Governors Association meeting. “But until people see robots going down the street killing people, they don’t know how to react.”


In a Facebook Live broadcast, Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, offered riposte. He called Musk a “naysayer” and accused his doomsday fears of unnecessary negativity. “In some ways I actually think it is pretty irresponsible,” Zuck scolded. 


Musk then retorted on Twitter: “I’ve talked to Mark about this. His understanding of the subject is limited.” (link: http://money.cnn.com/2017/07/25/technology/elon-musk-mark-zuckerberg-ai-artificial-intelligence/index.html)

The main problem here is commercial concerns. We know that Facebook has been working on artificial intelligence for a long time. However, Elon Musk’s companies are mostly in the “services” industry, such as rockets, tunnels and electric cars. Even though main focus of research is not artifical intelligence, Musk does not fully avoid it for sure. Recently, Facebook applied for a patent in which they will be allowed to observe their users’ reactions towards certain posts through their webcams and smartphone cameras. In short, the company aims to use technology to see your facial expressions when you come across different types of content on the site. That is the reason why Zuckerberg promotes artifical intelligence to the society and supports the researchs about the topic.

I personally agree with Elon Musk’s views towards artifical intelligence. I encourage you to have a look at “paperclip maximizer thought experiment” about an artificial intelligence.  (link: https://nickbostrom.com/ethics/ai.html)

Kids on technology

Smart class

The use of technology for educational purposes has risen rapidly over the years and it has caused a great impact in the teaching-learning system.Learners are now being taught in classes by the use of digital environment or rather smart classes from as early as primary school.This is good for train their brains to learn the use of computers from an early age and get familiar with it ,and it can make the learning much more efficient for teachers as they rarely use blackboards.One thing we should always keep in mind is how these kids may get accustomed with the use of computers to a point that they no longer play with other kids anymore or even worse,lock themselves in their rooms for the whole weekend instead of spending some time with the family.Parents should also make it a regularity that every weekend they take some time out as a family doing outdoor activities such as camping for example to ensure the bond in the family gets stronger or take them to their grandparents,just something to give them a rest from the computer screen.

Where are you from?

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I have been asked this question so many times. I can remember the first time I have been asked this question when I was 14 years old. I left my small village after many problems with my family and everyone in my family chose different way.  Moreover I was the youngest one between my family and didn’t know what I should do or where I have to go. After thinking so much I decided to move from my small village to the city for working because I needed money. Once I arrived the place where I was going to work, the first question the owner asked me was “where are you from”. It was surprise for me that he did not ask about my name first. I didn’t realize why he asked “where are you from” before asking about my name or anything else. I did not understand at that time but I understood it later. I have grown up and I started to move from city to city and the question was following me, everyone is asking the same question. I have grown up more and I started to move from country to other and again the question was following me.

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One day I started to think seriously about this question, why people are asking it, and where I am really from. Let me first answer the first part, why people are asking this question. Actually, I don’t know exactly but I will write what happened with me and what I am feeling. unfortunately, I discovered that the majority of people ask it in order to categorise you after that as a kind of discrimination. I do not mean that all the people like that but unfortunately this happened with me more than one time. Some people started to be friendly at the beginning and when they know that we are from X or Y country start to change. in addition to that, I applied to vise for some countries and I was refused because I am from X country. we should behave with others based on their personality not based on where they are from.

Second part is where I am from exactly, I was always giving the normal answer like everyone “I am from X country”. I should admit that I never been satisfied about this answer and I was always seeing that this answer is not the right one. And one day someone asked me again this question but this was the first time I have been silent, I think what I have to say. After thinking a few minutes I said “I am from this world but I was born in X country “.

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Yes we all from this world and we have the same rights and duties, we have the right to travel or live wherever we want and no one can ban us from that . we have the right to meet others from everywhere and talk together and love each other…..etc. unfortunately a lot of rights have been banned based on this kind of discrimination. Those people who are believing in borders are not human. I am dreaming one day that anyone can travel from east to west and north to south without visa, and all the people can share everything together without any borders. This day will be soon, and I can see it now from where I am writing this words.