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1. We will designate a period for collecting data in which students will observe the role of technology in their
own lives. This will require you to pay close attention to the technologies that you use throughout the day,
things that you tend not to notice because the use of that technology is so frequent and/or commonplace
that we no longer notice it.
a. This includes recent innovations like your cell phones and the apps that you’ve downloaded like
Uber, touch screen devices, video and music streaming services, most of the prescription medicines
you may take, computers and tablets that you use, digital assistants like “Hey Google” or “Hey Siri”
or “Alexa”, your credit cards that use tokenization for enhanced security (those chips they put in
them recently), any social media platform, online commerce, videoconferencing, smartwatches or
any wearable technology, GPS and navigators, earbuds or any Bluetooth device, texting and email,
digital video recordings and video on demand, your LCD or OLED televisions, Wi-Fi, or all the times
during the day that you Googled something (to the point where Google is now a verb), and so on.
b. It also includes “primitive” innovations like the use of fire, hand tools like an axe, hammer, or
screwdriver, used homeopathic products or ancient medicines like aspirin, or paper, mints, perfume,
a door lock, high-heeled shoes, central heating, chocolate, a battery, or ate a pancake.
2. During this data collection period, you will create a digital notebook outline what you used and where you
see possibilities for improvement.
a. These should be things that have not already been improved but that you
do not own or have access to. For example, if you still owned a CRT
monitor as pictured to the right, you might note that it could be
improved, but you are likely aware that it already has been improved
through the introduction of LCD and OLED devices, and therefore would
be excluded from this list.
b. In considering whether something can be improved, it does not yet have
to be technologically possible, but it should not be fantastical. For example, I may feel that my wallet
could be improved if it also served as a bitcoin miner producing one bitcoin per day. That would be
great. But it is also extremely unlikely and therefore should be excluded from the list.