Explore Progress Three Dec 11

I finished my negative and positive effects notes today and plan to write the entirety of 2.c. tomorrow.

Explore Progress Two - Dec 10

I finished reading my resources today and added in notes on the benefits and negative effects of IBM's Watson. It has been taking me longer than I thought to understand how it impacts society. By tomorrow I plan to have full notes.

Ethical Data Collection

Ownership and authority is the most important ethical data issue because it is the core of most ethical data problems.

The article that I read is called "Maintaining High Research Integrity Standards at PLOS ONE." The article was posted by PLOS ONE themself and discusses the data concerns and standards for their platform.

Explore Progress One Dec 5

Last class, I worked on gathering articles for my explore task on IBM's Watson. I found about 5 and read them. Today I plan on taking full notes on them pertaining to section 2c.

Submarine Cables

1. Are sharks biting cables a problem?

While it is true that some cables have been bitten by sharks it is extremely rare. It didn't happen once between 2007 and 2014. It is usually anchors and fishing tools that mess up the wires.

2. What other things can cause the wires to break?

Abrasion, Component failure. Mostly fishing tools and anchorage.

3. Who uses submarine cables?

Google, Facebook, and most sites or search engines. And the people!

4. How thick is a cable?

As thick as a garden hose for the most part. The actual glass fibers that carry light are as thin as a human hair.

5. How does fiber-optic tech work with the cables?

Lasers fire at extreme speeds from one end of the fibers to the other's receptors.

6.  What do you find most interesting about cables?

I think the entire concept is very interesting. The fact that cables run along the bottom of the ocean, connecting us, through the internet, to the rest of the world with a click of a button.


Koan 2:

All data sent by the sender is perfect. The data itself is subject to human error but whatever is stored in bits and sent off will always be correct. It is not the same as when things were printed by hand and there would be mistakes in copies. The possibility of it being wrong is less than a meteor hitting the computer.
I love listening to music. The fact that code allows for perfect copies has aided people in making copies of music. It used to not be so much of a problem, the tape-recorded copies were never better than the originals. It's interesting how they can take from the artist but the artist doesn't actually lose anything physical (except maybe income).

Koan 3:

Bits allow for data to be accessible to most. If medical documents are written only on paper, then only a few people in one location have access to them. If a patient went to a different hospital and their records were somewhere else, they would be in big trouble.
This holds value for me because I use Go…