Friday, July 14, 2017
On Thursday in class, we could watch how a company was able to develop online called Govworks.com by Kalil and Tom. Kalil and Tom had been friends throughout high school and were always dreaming of building a company together so they came up with paying tickets online such as parking tickets, speeding tickets, or any infraction on the road. They started the company as well another investor King who invested 17,000 dollars so there were three invested people total. The company started with 8 employees in May and by August the company grew by 30 people. At first, it was very difficult since they were in search of other companies to invest as well. Highland being one of the first ones was going to be a big break for them although they seemed to be controlling already even without signing the contract so Govworks passed on that. Four months passed and King decided to resign from the company since he had a career still intact plus his shares had grown from $17,000 to 1.2 million although he wanted cash. He took the offer of $700,000 and left the company. In October, the company grew to 70 employees and by January 120 people. By April the company had grown to a total of 200 employees and a month later a whopping 230 people. Everything was going very well for the company until there was a robbery in the office where they took Kalil's computer and important law files at approximately 3:21am where there were assumptions that someone in the company did it since they knew where the security cameras and files were now. As more time passed, Tom was starting to feel like a disturbance than a Co-Ceo so he decided to resign and get his share of the company which was 50%. Kalil gave him a termination notice and security escorted him out of the building. Six months later the company dropped down to 50 employees. Then the company went through financial bankruptcy then crashed to zero. Both Tom and Kalil remained friends even though they went through that tough time. At the end, it just shows how a company can be worth millions then back to zero at the end.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
For my presentation, I plan to look at how 3-D virtual worlds can help create a better sense of imagination for individuals to apply to the real world. Plus, how it can help for businesses, school, employment with using different applications. Also look at the development over the years of the virtual world development. Perhaps to specifically look how virtual world development can connect to urban studies and the GIS (geographic information system) program where digital technology is used for community planning. For what other majors is 3-D virtual technology is used for as well. Is this good or bad for our younger generations since it can disconnect people from the real world? Or is it a better ideology for people to create a world where they have control to perhaps doing it because they have the expertise to do so? Even video games influence people to imagine and create the worlds they want to fantasize in such as fairy tale or war scene settings? I do want to look at community planning in how 3-D virtual world applications can help create a community with all the parts that are needed to become a community. This project would benefit me very much since to get a sense of what GIS is like and how virtual world can be similar. To be honest, I am a little afraid of the GIS program because it will be an intense technology program although I am very grateful to represent women and women of color as well.
The 14.4 Modem- 1950's. Mainframe Computing- 1950's. Arpanet- 1969. The World Wide Web- January 1, 1983. Apple Macintosh- January 24, 1984. The Internet- 1990. Ebay- September 3, 1995. Google- September 4, 1998. Each of them are important to our new modern web because if it weren't for them we wouldn't have access to such amazing things around the world. The modem was first used to connect airbases, command and control centers, and radar sites. As for mainframe computing, it was used for difficult applications, huge data processing, transactions, consumer statistics, and company planning. Arpanet was introduced in 1969 where it was the jumpstart for computing and also helped with funding to help researchers create the protocols that is used today. Specifically for internet communications. The world wide was was invented by Tim Berners Lee where there was a high demand for information to be shared around the world specifically universities for scholarly work. Apple Macintosh came in the picture when Steve Jobs introduced the personal computer that was developed and designed by Jobs himself On January 24, 1984 it was introduced. Ebay was brought to the web where it became an e-commerce company buying and selling products for monetary exchange. Google being the last was brought to the web on September 4, 1998, google is a huge search engine that gives help with information and services. This is a very important timeline to our today’s modern world and during this timeline, anyone had the opportunity to become a millionaire or even a billionaire.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Tim Berners Lee invented the world wide web a British computer scientist in March 1989 where he created his outline called, "information management: a proposal" where it would be the world-wide web in 1990. Today, the foundations that remain today on the web are HTML (hypertext markup language), URI (uniform resource identifier), and HTTP (hypertext transfer protocol). All three are extremely important for the web where HTML is the format or language for the web, URI is the address to specifically identify the source on the web, and HTTP helps retrieve the links all over the web. Like Professor Fry was telling us a few classes ago, the web does not discriminate anyone there is equality. It does not discriminate our race, our gender, religion, we are free to do anything there such as buying, being a business owner, and much more. Decentralization has also been practiced where no permission is needed from an authority to access the web. Universality, where everyone is free to post or retrieve information on the web freely. https://www.w3.org/History.html As for the inventors of the TCP/IP protocol one of the most important core parts in the web there were two inventors Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn that was introduced to the world on January 1, 1983. During that time, Kahn was working on Arpanet until 1973 when he reunited with Cerf to work on the TCP/IP protocol. During the time, Kahn was working on the TCP/IP he was working for Arpanet and could connect 20 computers. All the work they invested help lay the blueprints for networking and enabling a computer regardless of the hardware or software of the system. http://www.fiercetelecom.com/special-report/vint-cerf-and-bob-kahn-co-inventors-tcp-ip-protocol
When we were discussing disintermediation in class it means to remove the middle man or third party from the business. I was able to find an article that discusses the growth of shares over time in many companies like google and amazon has grown tremendously, "the companies driving technological change today have the very best revenue growth and the very best earnings growth. Wall Street investors will pay almost any price for growth"(Forbes). It seems a good time to buy shares from these companies because further down the line technology will only get much more advanced. https://www.forbes.com/sites/randywarren/2017/06/05/nasdaq-10000-disruption-disintermediation-innovation-technology/#3f0b5a2a1455 Another word we were discussing in class was E-commerce which is a transaction conducted in the internet. I found an article, "5 Ways Technology is Changing E-Commerce" by AJ Agrawal. It is amazing how E-commerce has grown just like online shopping has increased a lot where people can shop from home to avoid busy stores, traffic, and wasting time. Not to mention the applications one can download on one's phone to be updated with all transactions that are being processed right now like banking apps. I know when I'm scrolling through my Facebook feed one thing is for sure are the consumer ads I see right away after looking a certain website to convince my brain to buy something quick. E-commerce is in our everyday lives and it is crucial to learn how to sustain from too much shopping to save money in the long run. Even though E-commerce is growing small businesses also have the chance to grow and expand their business in various ways as well. https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/288149
Monday, July 10, 2017
Today in our class, we had the pleasure of hearing Erick Hanberg to discuss his journey to where he is today. He is an adopter of a few websites a writer, and now running for Metro Parks Commissioner of the city of Tacoma. He made it very clear that taking risks is key to finding one's passions in life plus finding an economic balance as well. He was also informing us that it only takes a few hundred dollars to start an online business which I believe is true. I recently went to a MOBE (My Own Business Education) meeting to learn about marketing an online business with the right skills and much more. Well during half the meeting the speaker made it clear that there is a charge for these services an exact $500 for a three-day service. I'm just glad I did not pay that amount and left because most of the material can be self-taught like Erik said. I swear I was getting mesmerized to buying that service because the keynote speaker is amazing at his public speaking skills to convince anyone just by saying the person’s name in the audience to make it very personal. At the end of the discussion we were all given the chance to ask questions and one of mine that I asked, what kind of risks should we be taking as college students? He told us that creating emotional relationships and to connect with people on campus that will help pave our way to a successful future.
Watching the Machine is Using Us documentary on the first day of class was impacting on my perspective on technology. I use technology to an extent, but to always remind myself that I am human to enjoy life without technology sometimes. The documentary made some important points how we use technology vice-versa such as for school, work, family, friends, and other important aspects in our lives. I use technology to keep in touch with friends and family although sometimes there can be a disconnect because face-to-face is assumed to be better for physical touching like hugs or kisses although in social media one can conform to emojis with hugs and kisses. The article that I found online "Rise of the Machine: The Future Has Lots of Robots, Few Jobs for Human" by Martin Ford explaining how the machine is using us to reduce jobs for human beings like ourselves. How fast food and even customer service over the phone is robotic to also note that making robots may be expensive yet at the end are free for labor which is cheaper than paying a human being for years to go on. Reading the article became really overwhelming because with robots dominating the labor market because as a student going to college the labor market is already competitive with over-qualified applicants. I can't let a robot get in my way! This article was just a reminder for me to always step up my game in my education so I can pursue my career fighting the cause to reduce robots in the labor market because the population around the world is only growing and we have the chance to create more the world instead of letting the machine use us let's us it. https://www.wired.com/brandlab/2015/04/rise-machines-future-lots-robots-jobs-humans/