D.A – Contextual Essay

Artificial Intelligence in the home


‘The Future Of AI in the home’ is a three part YouTube series which explores where AI has been and where it may possibly go in the next 5 to 10 years. AI is an area of the future that will only continue to develop as technology grows at a forever rapid pace. My aim of this series was to look at the the past, current and future of AI as well as cover the BCM325 question, of where AI would be in the next 5, 10, 20 or 50 years. It was important for myself to be sure to cover all these area, so that I myself could understand AI as well as my audience.

For my DA I made the decision to try something new and make a video series. This video series was created on iMovie and posted onto YouTube. I found this decision challenging at first as I was in over my head. But by the last video it was all too easy! After the post of my first video came the peer feedback which was very supportive and uplifting. Suggestions here were to cover ‘current AI’ as well as post the transcript for each video post in the comments. After the creation of each post, I tweeted out a link to them on my University Twitter account along with the #BCM325 hashtag. My video series was originally intended to be uploaded every 2 weeks – as per my timeline posted in my DA pitch.

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Unfortunately I was unable to stick to this timeline and it ended up being a sprint to the finish line. Despite this, throughout the semester my project remained F.I.S.T.

Fast: By gathering research early I will be able to categorise into the information into groups. This will make putting the videos together easier.
Inexpensive: By using resources from the UOW Library as well  as online news articles the project will cost $0. YouTube is also a free platform to upload content to the world.
Simple: Picking a topic I am interested in makes the project less of a ‘chore’ and more something that I want to do. By breaking to topics down into 3 sections it allows for the work load to be spread out evenly over the semester.
Tiny: My project will only be completed by myself within the timeframe that I have allocated weekly. Again, by spreading out the workload it allows for the assignment to be less stressful and difficult if left to the last minute.

Background Research:
Over the semester my project relied heavily on background research to ensure all the information in my videos was accurate. This ensured that I took the time to research each video throughly. Each video used a combination of secondary sources about artificial intelligence as well as news articles, blog posts and YouTube videos. Using a combination of sources not only helped me gain a more in depth understanding of AI itself but also what language I needed to use to be able to accurately communicate my information to my audience.

Lecture content also played a major role – especially the week 11 content titled ‘AI: Predictions and Revolutions’ This week lecture dived into topics such as what the future of AI will look like based on where we are now. The articles linked also were used throughout my series. Not everything in this weeks lecture was used in my project but it was interesting to learn about how AI is being used in various other aspects of our daily lives, not just in the home.

My DA focus was to look further into the possibilities of where AI may go based on where it is now, predictions for the future as well as how AI is perceived in popular movies. By doing this my audience is able to me exposed to the types of technology we all may see in our houses within the next 5 to 10 years as well as become familiar with what is already being used now. Choosing a topic that I had some form of interest in also made artificial intelligence an interesting field to explore. 

Unfortunately the only feedback I received from my peers. Even though the link to each video series was posted onto Twitter, nothing occurred from this. Thankfully the feedback from my peers was extremely helpful and gave me ideas to better my project in ways I had not even thought of. Having an outsiders opinion definitely steered my project in the right direction.  My first video received the most interactions, with a total of 16 views.  

Personal reflection:

Screen Shot 2020-06-14 at 10.22.14 amAs a whole, this was an assignment that I both liked and disliked. I found it very hard this semester to find the motivation to do assessments. This is why I struggled with the time management part/ sticking to my original timeline. Hopefully next semester will be more efficient for me!

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