Sunday, January 10, 2010

Did you know?

In class we watched a video called: "Did you know?" and it told us some facts. Some of the facts that impacted me the most were: "China will soon become the number one english speaking country in the world.", "We are currently preparing students for jobs that don't yet exist... using technologies that haven't been invented... in order to solve problems we don't even know are problems yet.", "If Myspace were a country it would be the 5th largest in the world.", "It is estimated that a week's worth of the New York Times contains more information than a person was likely to come across in a lifetime in the 18th century." and "Predictions are that by 2049, a $1000 computer will exceed the computational capabilities of the entire human species."

Some of the information it told us kind of scared us, the fact about a computer being smarter than the whole human species is the fact that scared me the most. Imagine a computer, an electronic gadget being smarter than every human in the world! It also amazed us, like the fact about a week's worth of information from the New York times is more than a person would come across in a lifetime in the 18th century. So when someone is even a teenager if they read and learn the information from the New York Times they would know more information than say a 60 year old person in the 18th century.

This video was really interesting, some of these facts I could never imagine! It really opened my eyes to how the world has really changed and is going to continue changing. Compare the world in the 1800's to now. A lot has changed and in the 3000's or 4000's imagine what things will be like! Things in the world really change, especially in technology and health. There will be many more diseases, but also many more cures. In medicine there will always be something new. That's also true for technology, as you read this there are people making new technology, making computers smarter, making more programs to make our lives easier. It makes me wonder though, if computers will ever become too smart. Think, if they become smarter than us it will have many positives, but having some electronic gadget smarter than me and everyone I know kind of freaks me out.

So, this video really made me think of how the world has changed, and will keep changing. Some of the facts kind of scared me, but I think that it was really interesting and good to know. A lot of things that are being invented or changed will have a mainly positive impact in our future, but everything has it's down sides. For example, if we make cars and streets better maybe no one will walk or bike anymore. That is two down sides, people may not be as healthy or active and the pollution it would cause would be enormous! So this video just showed me how things will keep changing and made me think about the positives and negatives about that.

-Fiona XOX

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