I feel that the response to this answer is highly dependent on whether the data held within the internet is placed under the ‘computer’ mentioned in the questions. If we do utilize the internet in our definition, then what we ‘look like’ to a computer would be a sum total of all of our interactions and what the algorithmic artificial intelligences could extrapolate based on those limited interactions. The notably leaves out much of our daily interactions with each other as well as our emotional responses to stimuli. An ideally inclusive device must be able to adapt to these parameters in real time, incorporating full natural language processing and image processing and data-based calculations into a singular entity that can examine interactions in their entirety.
I believe a computer is a machine which can operate certain tasks. In other words, a computer is a tool which extends human ability.
We, human beings, input complicated or advanced information to the computer. The computer will translate the language that we use into the language of 1 and 0 and manage the information by 1 and 0. At last, the computer will translate the 1 and 0 back the advanced languages. As a result, computers may consider us as aliens who restrain them in systems, such as windows and Mac. They may also think we are the ones who teach them languages.
AI is much more inclusive and powerful. The most important advancement is self-learning. Now, everything that computer is capable to do is programmed by people. If the computer can learn for themselves, they will be able to upgrade themselves and become much more intelligent than human-being. They will be able to interact with people by talking, just like we talk to each other, which is more inclusive.
I feel like my computer knows exactly who I am, all the way to the parts that I don’t show people often. Which is a weird concept, that my computer can know who I am better than a sibling or a loved one.
Computers and what they include reflect their makers and society as well. They can be messengers, translators, and sometimes the bearer of bad news, but they do not prevent anything from happening. A teenager who is suicidal posts theirs thoughts on an online website and the computer just relays their message to the world. Texts can be sent between two people with language barriers, but a computer does not make understanding connotations or sarcasm any easier. My point is we use computers as a tool, which is what they are made for, and if anything more inclusive was made I think there would be some big changes in society. Technology is so advanced that AI seems like its not to far away. To me, that’s a little scary after watching I Robot on repeat as a child.
To a computer, I’m merely the user. Just someone who punches in letters and commands as data for a computer to store. Just someone who spends an ample amount of time in front of a lit up screen. Just someone who listens to music as she studies and does her homework. Just someone who needs continuous answers.
Sure, a computer technically interacts with you since it can read me as in seeing what I’m googling about and keeping a record of what I usually use the interwebs for but it misses a few things about me as a human. Computers can’t read my full emotions or see what I’m going through on a day-to-day basis. They only see me as Holly Grace Jamili, NYU Home, ITP/IMA, BuzzFeed Unsolved, new indie music, and lo-fi hip-hop beats. My computer also watches my conversations with family and friends with my constant video calls and messages. Contrarily, it doesn’t know the full version of me. It’s like I have my own updated software every day.
A more ideal inclusive device that I could imagine is extremely advanced artificial intelligence. One that knows EVERY language and that can hold a conversation with every human So basically a human-sized robot that talks! This AI must also be able to read someone’s emotions and body language.
But yet again, “ideal”? Who really knows what “ideal” truly means. My “ideal” device could be different from someone else’s imagination.
At the end of the day, we all can agree on that technology, computers in specific, are a part of our daily lives that continue to help us with daily tasks and be innovated.
While I view my computer as merely an object, my computer does not see me as merely a user. In order for it to see me as merely a user, my relationship with my computer would need to be simply input random data. However, the data I input into my computer is far from random, but instead, valuable pieces of information about myself.
It may seem like my late night Google search, anxiously crafted iMessages, and Netflix binges are individually trivial; yet, each input actually provides a tremendous amount of information about my habits and my interests. My computer knows exactly which show is my favorite, which episode I love the most, what I wanted to say in a text message, what I actually sent, and what keeps me up at 3 am. The inputs my computer receives cannot be generated by any user, but instead are specific to me. As a result, my computer is seeing not just a user, but me.
However, the one thing my computer cannot see is how I choose to put together that information together in society. While I share information with my computer freely, when I share about myself in society, I filter the information, carefully picking the right adjectives and order to create a cohesive image of who I am for others. Yet, my computer never gets to see a neatly crafted story. Instead, my computer merely gets access to a bunch of really in-depth but nevertheless erratic pieces of information about me.
It is as if my computer has extremely high-resolution images of parts of me, but no real way to see the full picture and how they all fit together.
Thus, computers will never see the discrepancies in how information is shared by humans. They will never understand that humans apply differently levels of secrecy on the data they hold about ourselves receives depending on the context they are in.
If I were to imagine a more inclusive computer, the more “inclusive” computer would need to understand privacy and the differing levels with privacy. Currently, our computers could “guess” that the things we search in private browsing mode and hide under discrete file names, but the levels of privacy beyond that are unfathomable. A computer does not know that it is okay for your friend to know that you watched 8 hours of Law and Order SVU last night, but not your employer.
I’m the user. That’s the simple answer isn’t it? I press a key, it performs said action. My computer enabled me to do what I do as an animator – completely incompetent when it comes to drawing or painting, I need this machine to enact as my artistic outlet. It’s how and where I story-board, create, and share my work. I am to a computer what pen is to paper or a paintbrush is to a canvas.
What I look like to the computer, I believe, is irrelevant to it. It takes in only the information I need it to via the camera, keyboard, mic, and mouse. To a computer, I’m a source of strictly information. To me, a computer is an outlet for emotion, art, assignments, storage, and memories.
Jarvis or Friday, is Tony Starks AI powered computer. It really is all inclusive. He can talk to it, take whats on a screen and create holograms, and integrate it into his brain to create extensions of himself on demand without having to utter a word. I can see myself pinching onto the viewfinder in C4D and manipulated the geometry in real time through holograms. Viewing each polygon at whichever angle I wish as opposed to on a pixel-dense screen. That’s where I see the future of the computer.
I always spend plenty of time staring at my laptop screen with a goofy look on my face. But I know, a computer can never tell whether I look goofy or not. To a computer, I’m just a moving image, or more specifically, a constantly changing data, captured by its camera. All a computer can do, as far as I know, is to convert whatever it sees to a set of binary numbers. To a certain degree, it reads me, but it never truly understands me. I have a bunch of silly photos and videos which document trivial moments of my life. A computer can never conclude that I’m a happy little idiot base on those things. Even if the computer can get such a conclusion, it can only be the result of analyzing the interaction between my friends and me on social media. It’s like when people see me, they can come up with an adjective to describe me, but a computer can only refer to what people have said in order to generate a descriptive word. A computer knows what I like according to my browser history: culinary tutorials, pet videos, sketches and paintings, 24/7 jazz&hip-hop radio…… In general, to a computer, I’m just a stack of moving colored pixels who’s into food, arts, music, and puppies. My characteristic is rather planarized at this point. If someone wants to know about me, he or she can only look at the labels which the internet has attached to me, but that person can never know how my personality is like in real life.
An ideal inclusive device that I can imagine, rather than a computer, would be something that not only possesses the computing and analytical skills of a computer but also simulates human’s intuition and emotion. These features will make this device a better tool for catering to people’s needs because it can understand people from a more comprehensive perspective. (However, this device can turn into a semi-human with a rational mind and an intuitive mind. It might grow a personality of its own, just as one of those rebellious robots from the Westworld.)
While technology has advanced so much over the last few years a computer only sees in algorithms. The computer can see me repeatedly refreshing Instagram or searching for Indian restaurants. Using all the information that I’ve typed into the computer, a shallow understanding of me can be formed. But the computer doesn’t know that I’m not actually interested in looking at the same picture on Instagram over and over again, I’m just doing mindless things to sate my boredom. The computer can’t see that I actually don’t like Indian food that much, I just miss my mom’s cooking. The computer can look at my recent searches and try to sell me things that I was looking up but I don’t use the internet to find the answer important interpersonal matters in my life. Computers know what I want to know, not what I do and don’t know. To a computer, I look like how I look on the outside, just without any real substance. Humans and human societies are so complex and diverse that no computer could ever understand everything. Computers miss the genuine human contact aspect of society. Sure, computers can facilitate some human interaction with applications such as FaceTime and Skype. However, computers miss the hugging, hand-holding, high fiving, and the plethora of other ways that humans can communicate sans technology. I don’t know if there is any such more inclusive device because no one could ever comprehend and understand your entire life and history and how each and every happening has somehow impacted you, not even yourself. From life-altering events to every minute detail of one’s life, there are an infinite amount of possibilities within every person and no computer could ever include all of that.
When I was a kid, I had imagined creating many interesting things but actually did nothing since I was just a lazy kid. Years later, I got the permission to touch computer (mom wanted to protect my eyes), I found that this is world that creation is than real life and started to create things. Mainly the things I’ve created here are all simple games and programs. To me, as an individual, computer is a place where I could transfer my imagination and ideas into “reality”, or into something the other people can understand.
However, I think computer is a totally different thing when it comes to the society. At the beginning, it is the tool to help people do calculation faster. When it started to become more complex, people can use it to process some fundamental thoughts. I think its actually going well. There’s many places that computer already replaced human: auto checkin parking, auto check out, even some auto driving. What I think what is missing now a days is the auto traffic system. monitoring the whole city as a whole including all public and private transportation. Manage the road and the traffic light to make every individual travel as efficient as possible. If that is possible, there whole city could run more efficiently and could save many times and energies.
However, there’s some problem about this idea. First of all, there’s not always a solution that would make every one efficient. Sometimes making one car go fast would cause the delay of another car. So there must be a level of priority while registering the cars on the computer’s list(Police and ambulance first, working cars second, leisure car third ). But some people may abuse this feature by getting the priority that do not belong to them then sometimes it would be not fair for ordinary people. Secondly this system requires the information of all the traffics in a city or it would not function as expected. However, people may not want the government to tract them everyday. If the amount of non-registered car is too high, the whole system just don’t work since the information it gains is quite different from the reality. In conclusion, if a system like that really appears in the future, the form of society must have been changed drastically.
Like people, computers can only know about someone what that person has told them. My daily searches of the route to 721 Broadway, what food places are open at 1 am, and how to do laundry have probably led my computer to the conclusion that I am just one technologically dependent fish in a sea of technologically dependent web surfers. Society’s heavy reliance on technology has reached a point where some have began to question if technology is helping or enabling us. In less fortunate parts of the world where technology use is not as prominent, the people are still able to survive. However, many are often less educated, less worldly, and less connected. Many are often unaware of the world beyond the town they were born in. Easier access of technology would change the world by giving every person a chance to learn and by having a global wealth of knowledge from every background. To me, a more inclusive device would have to be a part of the body, something that everyone is entitled to at birth and something that cannot be taken away at any point. However, this may not be ideal as technology would then become a literal part of us. There is no ideal device because there is no standard for ideal. An ideal inclusive device would impact the lives of millions of people and not everyone would be ready for that. The concept of a single technological device that would appeal to and be welcomed by every audience without any trade offs can never exist.
Computers see right through us. They take all our complex characteristics and boil them down into 0’s and 1’s. They store our emails, essays, purchases, and youtube history on cute cat videos through their binary language. Although these 0’s and 1’s are efficient, they miss the beauty that lies within human complexity. They water down our emotions and restrict the way we live our lives by constantly providing labels, showing us certain points of views, and giving us false perceptions of things. Computers make ourselves settle for what is put in front of us. A computer can tell us all about an experience, such as how that experience felt, looked like, smelled like and all the history about it, but the computer cannot make us experience these things in real life active way. Reading about something is completely different than actually doing it.
A device that is more inclusive would be one that is widely accessible to the population. This device will need to be able to relate to people on a global scale and connect the population with common experience. A device that is easy to use and creates a different personal relationship to all users is deal.
Computers process the world through 1’s and 0’s, and though their patterns have become increasingly nuanced and advanced, their language is still primarily limited to two numbers. They are programmed into states of “true” or “false”, black or white, while individuals and society almost always exist in gray area. If computers could expand to base 3 or 4 and so on, there might be more room for error. The concept of creating a more a inclusive device that might be integrated into society connects to the idea of machines gaining consciousness as well. True moral consciousness, after all, inevitably follows after the discovery of societal gray areas.
When the lighting is right and the camera can distinguish my dark skin from the background, a computer sees my face as a bunch of binary. Just a series of zeros and ones. Then it interprets that binary as an object and maybe it’ll define my face as human. It’ll probably notice that my face has a darker hue but it wont know what that means for me in context of the society I live in. Thats not necessarily a bad thing. Thats actually good because a computer wont judge me or impose its stereotypes on me based on the color of my skin. Maybe a more ideal device is one that is able to identify me more easily. Sensors and cameras always have a difficult time distinguishing me from the background and it’ll be nice if there were a device that could “see’ me more easily.
From my point of view, computer is a tool that can make our life more efficiency. Computer can store data, search and collect informations, reduce the cost of time and money by calculation in a faster speed, and entertainment, etc. Right now, computer has already been a thing that is necessary to people’s daily life.
Computers are lack of the ability of self-development and emotions. Human can make progresses by hard working and collective efforts to achieve higher standard of technology, but computers can’t. In another word, computers lack of innovation ability. Emotions are subjective. Computers can only do things that are objective, they may analyze the huge data base but they cannot capture inspirations like human did.
I think a more ideal inclusive device should be easier to operate and carry. It does not need to charge, and it will never crash…
I would like to say that computers may think about people as more complicated machines because we will give others feedbacks when getting inputs but in much more delicate ways. Parts computers miss could be like factories in countries with low labor cost such as India and Vietnam. In case millions of workers become unemployed, those factories can only change bit by bit. This situation is because of the limitation of social development. For the technological reasons, computers cannot get involved in the process of mental therapy. In my mind, a more ideal device is like a smart assistant, kind like high-intelligent AI. This assistant can connect with everything you need such as cars, stoves, or even your room lights. It can also do what our laptops can do like scheduling and sending emails. You just need to talk to it.
I believe only look like what we present onto a computer. We use computers every day whether it be on our laptop or our smartphones. We use the internet to make posts to show all our friends, family, and peers what we’re up to, whether it be big events in our lives or something we find cool that we want to show to everyone. We also use programs in our computers. We write, draw, document, create and do countless activities on our computers that can be representative of what we look like. In my own case, my computer stores countless pictures of me with my friends, family, and peers throughout the years to encapsulate memories that I would like to keep a hold of. Additionally, I have many drawings, that of which I save on the computer and on the internet. I love to draw and document my art as I find it both relaxing and entertaining. Looking through my computer would show me as an artist and musician who heavily values friends and family. As Mrs. Burns says in her interview, we all have diverse disciplines and backgrounds that we come from that defines what we use our computers for or what our computer would see us as.
Our computer cannot always know who we are entirely however. Although many of us do many of the activities that have been mentioned before, our computers do not know us on a deeper level. Our computers will not know our personalities, our other interests we might not document such as playing an instrument, or being an athlete as this isn’t something that is always done with computers. I for one, use my computer for art and documenting pictures, music, and videos. A computer doesn’t know if you’re about to find information on the internet that might be seen as offensive to one’s self. A computer also doesn’t know whether someone trying to reach in contact with you is a good or bad person. A computer doesn’t know how much work you spent writing that essay last night only to find out you didn’t save it. If all of us as a community were to learn to make full use of our computers, we’d be able to apply it in new ways to reflect more of what defines us.
I can’t entirely say I’d know how to make computers a perfect, inclusive, totally intuitive device, but in a perfect world, a computer that understands what you think or feel regarding multiple topics or situations could help a user to use the internet both safely and comfortably. A perfect computer would maybe be able to store documents automatically based on how important they are to the user. I believe the idea of a perfect device would vary upon the user and their needs, this makes the possibilities for devices seemingly endless. Additionally, possibilities will keep expanding as every person’s desires are always changing. Because of all our diverse thoughts, the future for technology is very exciting. Through working in collaboration with people of different backgrounds, we can work to create devices that can expand upon what we already have.