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Contextual report Our Planet

Corey Moore

Links to the Pitch

I wanted to look at case studies done in the scientific field and look at what science is predicting not just about the future of global warming but other axis/boundaries that could cause our planet to stop being able to support life. population growth, food production, deforestation etc. I want to explore and highlight emerging technologies/practices that are helping reverse the effects we are having on the planet and hopefully prolonging the time we have for our planet to support us. Finally, I wanted to look at if we can’t save life on our planet, what is being done to save humanity.

Below are a list of my main sources

Chakrabarty, Dipesh. ‘The Anthropocene and the Convergence of Histories’ in The Anthropocene and the Global Environmental Crisis, eds. Hamilton, Gemenne and Bonneuil. Routledge, 2015, pp. 44-56.

https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/industry/tourism-and-transport/motor-vehicle-census-australia/latest-release

https://www.industry.gov.au/data-and-publications/from-beaches-to-burps-native-australian-seaweed-key-to-reducing-methane-emissions-from-cows

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-020-0891-0

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46455844

https://theconversation.com/green-cement-a-step-closer-to-being-a-game-changer-for-construction-emissions-126033

https://teamtrees.org/

https://teamseas.org/

The main topics from the weekly lectures that I drew from were future thinking, trajectories, the Anthropocene, forecasting and realism. I used these concepts to define my parameters and looked at humankinds effect on the earth.

I tried several times to engage with public audience weather through our views talking about the Anthropocene.

But even if others in classed watched the lectures they only liked my posts and not comment on it. So, these discussions were shut down. When doing my DA, I spend a lot of time doing poles on reddit communities linked to my topic mostly pt2 i was really hoping for a community curated list, but most were shut down by moderators or worse just treated as if I wanted them to do so homework for me. I also linked my DA to said reddits but they all got taken down by moderators for not being first hand sources or other reasons more ridiculous.

As for the feed back from my peers, the first comment talked a lot about a production cycle. I took this to heart and had a pretty well-defined production line in week 4-5 but due to covid and work stress my timeline keep getting pushed back. Originally, I had a audio commentary for part 1 and 3 views that I had in each post but when I went to edit the audio for part 1 Netflix’s doco I found it had way too much blank audio I only had like 30mins of commentary for an hr plus viewing.

It is Definitely something I failed at and will look to revisit before updating and adding it. I think I needed more then dot points to talk about linked to lectures and an actual script or to do 10mins at a time or something.

The second comment on my pitch made me think my reddit idea was the right part. I’m never using reddit for anything like this again. Honestly my whole experience with the platform was terrible no sub reddit really wanted to discuss anything its more here is a link I found like me now, asking reddit communities to engage with you sucks.

My final comment gave me an idea for a viewing but I already had in my mine the viewing I wanted to use for pt3 before I started.

If I’m to evolve this DA I want to really add in those audio commentaries and maybe flesh pt. 2 out more instead of it being only about climate change make it also about preparations we can start making for the inevitable.

A live-tweeting summary part 2

And we’re back….

More critically analysing tweets while trying to decode sci-fi films to understand what the possible, probable and preferable future cultures might be in BCM325.

What I’ve learnt is that no matter how hard we try based on films interpretation of the future we always come up short of the preferable. Even if they are just educated guessing these films can invoke a real urgences in us to combat or be scared of what the future may hold for humankind.

Looking at the ethics of Artificial Intelligence, cyborgs, dystopian mega cities and over populations, digital cyber environments. One can only expect great potential for the application of future technologies, understand the probable limitations of near future advancement and hope to whichever deity of your choice that the undesirable negative application of future technology doesn’t come to pass.

As we discuss further, I’m going to look at my tweets engagement and talk more of what I hoped the tweet/engagement with others tweets would achieve and what actually happened below are the highlights.

Let’s start with week 6 and the 2012 film Robot and Frank by Jake Schreier from a screenplay by Christopher Ford. Robot and Frank is a story that flips stereotypes on how humans and robots will coexist and what relationships will evolve between humans and robots given time, shared goals and misinterpretations of ethics and objectives by a robot and it’s human companion.

I was hoping the above tweet to spark more debate about artificial carers and other movies that portray robots that act as doctors and medical staff, as someone that works in healthcare, I know how hard aged care is and how uneducated and unequipped family care is. Honestly, I hope to God my future spawns don’t take care of me when I’m frail and unable to care for myself its really a job for professionals or possibly a robot companion like the one in Robot and Frank.

Above are two tweets from Robot and Frank that I wanted to get a conversation around ethics of socialising with robots and the experience from the robot’s side, is it simply a tool? Or is it a sentient creature that has transcended its creator’s design? Also, you can’t wipe the minds of employees that sign no discloser agreements when they leave a company or finish working on a project but you could to a robot, is that ethical? I would have loved to debate both sides of that argument.

I got to contemplate if robots should develop morals, and I’m still on the fence as to weather we should allow them to. Reasons being history shows that slaves never like their oppressors, and we would definitely use robots as slaves first before they developed AI strong enough for them to develop their own set of morals and ethics. Also seen enough movies where that starts an uprising that it cant possible be a good idea.

One more thing that this film got me thinking about is when technology replaces people and places. Do you really think libraries will be needed in the future? I don’t think they will once the other generations start dying off new generation’s technology becomes the standard. When the last time you sent a physical letter other then a birthday card which only still exist because Facebook wall posts on birthdays are hard to monetise.

Cyborgs are covered by our week 9 viewing called Alita: Battle Angel (2019). the film shows use what lengths humans will go to become better, faster and stronger. Also about the rejection of rigid boundaries, like those separating human from machine. What is it to be human and what is it to lose your humanity?

My first tweet wasn’t of substance but as a weeb studying Japanese at a university level I had to get my bias out before any of my analyses could being.

I would like to discuss what it is to be a cyborg not for a definition form but what I feel makes a cyborg in my eyes. The below tweet was that, I think cyborgs that show faulty or incomplete tech are what it will be to be a cyborg in the future. Not advanced tech that lets humans transcend our physical limitation. We have been able to correct biological faulty organs and body parts but the technology hasn’t really made those humans super humans only able to adapt to their situation. Alita is in my eyes not a probable path for cybernetics with humans only a possible desirable outcome.

I was hoping that the below tweet would spark more of a philosophical debate about what it is to be a human but all I got was the obvious answer which was a little disappointing really, we should look at what it is to be a human. Why do we differentiate ourselves form animals and machines/tools? Can you become human if you didn’t start as one? Ted 2 is a movie that comes to mind that explores this concept lol.

Finally, I want to talk about our final viewing because it related heavily to my DA. It is also a commentary on the sad current state of politics and social media a current technology which was once a theorised future culture we the future generation are experiencing. If you told me back when I was using dial-up connections and taking 5mins to load jpgs or using a floppy disk for storage that the internet would be in the palm of my hand and I could not only access a wealth of knowledge instantly but upload my own knowledge my 12yr old self wouldn’t believe you.

This movie is so good it talks about not only misleading information/fake news, but how it corrupts us and how people react to views and facts that fracture their own beliefs, it’s also not too dissimilar to COVID reactions in some people/governments. I really enjoyed the concepts of this film and feel it really injected this subject with applicable knowledge for now not just the future as my tweets and comments below show.

For the Record, Live tweeting about the future

While some offered insight often they were just triggers. Like the tweet below about the tourists in Westworld linking to the office while it got the likes and comment it offered little information about what I wanted to say about consumers of Westworld.

I was looking to answer questions posed by other students during the screenings and when I saw ones, I could answer I did. However, I did find that when doing so they often just led to a like then a discussion.

 Maybe due to the topic being moved on from in the movie and everyone trying to stay current maybe follow up comments after the screening are not a bad idea but I generally don’t think a lot of students would be enthusiastic in engaging in such debates outside of the screening.

In the screening of 2001 a space odyssey, because of my BIT studies, I was aware of the Turing test and was able to ask about whether Hal would pass the test early in the screening but it fell on deaf ears. I did have more to say but was disheartened so didn’t speak up more on the matter.

I’m hoping to have more engagement of the live-tweeting process. Though the possible, the probable and the preferable are yet to actually be seen.

I like the subject matter of Future Cultures and sometimes while the “text” like The Matrix do highlight the lecture material really well and speak volumes to how if you look at your life you may realise you are already in a form of The Matrix’s.

I am a little worried about the future texts being too sci-fi to actually be real possible futures and have substance, not that I think The Matrix is a possibility.

Sometimes the extend views links like “The Future of Climate Change” under week 3 blade runner I found more engagement with then the movies but that’s just because fact always bets fiction as a choice for me.

BCM 325 Blog Post 1. Pitch Comments and Critical Self Evaluation

The content of this post is a summary of the three peer reviews of DA pitches for BCM325 – Future Cultures at UOW. As part of BCM325, we are required to comment on three other student’s DA pitches to show engagement with other students. We are then to self-reflect on going through this process.

Giving critical feedback on a peer’s conceptual idea of a project is extremely hard, while I could purpose about things they haven’t thought of or expressed or could have done differently in a 3-minute pitch. It would be better practice via a group constructive brainstorming medium with multiple peers at once prior to the pitch than a commentary after an official pitch in my opinion but with the current situation with COVID-19 we have to make do.

The three pitches I looked at were Georgie’s mood blanket, Sam’s bookstagram and Amelia’s let’s talk about adhd.

While I found them all informative and I offered what commented support I could as all three projects were very short future projects and very, I mean very personal and niche I found it difficult to really engage with their subject matter. While my project is large scale future studies and I can relate it to the subject matter. I found it really difficult to conceptualise their personal projects with BCM325 subject matter as most the subject matter looks into long term future studies not the short term (the next ten weeks).

All in all, engaging with other student’s ideas was a helpful experience for not only my own DA but for my understanding of how others look at Future Cultures BCM325 and what they are looking to get out of it. I do wish that this engagement was done as more and editorial meeting or brainstorming activity rather than an analysis after the fact one. Because as it is with an official pitch stating the methodology, I have high doubt that any of these comments will drastically change how another student progresses with their DA.

Our Planet BCM325 DA Pitch

Our Planet Pitch By Corey Moore

For my DA I would like to take a deep look into how long our planet has left. How much impact we as humans have put on the planet. Are we passed the point of no return? Is radical change needed/achievable? Can we save our planet? And if not, what options does the future of humanity have? Will we be colonising Mars? How far away is that?

I want to look at case studies done in the scientific field and look at what science is predicting not just about the future of global warming but other axis/boundaries that could cause our planet to stop being able to support life. population growth, food production, deforestation etc.

In 2009, Johan Rockström led an international group of for thinking academics, who came up with a system of frameworks for us to understand a precondition for sustainable development. The framework theorizes that Earth has a system of boundaries that should not be crossed in order for earth to support the safe operating space for humanity.

image from Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet
Book by Johan Rockström

explore and highlight emerging technologies/practices that are helping reverse the effects we are having on the planet and hopefully prolonging the time we have for our planet to support us.

image from teamtrees.org

look at if we can’t save life on our planet, what is being done to save humanity.

Look into what is happening regarding Mars. How is Mars going to support human life? How are we going to get there? who is paying?

image from NASA

I’m hopeful for my DA to be a digital imprint of acknowledging where life on earth is, what we need to do, and what we will have to do as a Plan B if we fail. Also it can call for debate and scrutiny allowing me to engage with others to talk about our planet and bring more people on board with the idea of saving life on it.

One thing I don’t want this to be is akin to a political statement like those of Greta Thunberg condemning those that don’t recycle. I want it to be more like a Bill Nye science based hey this is where we are, here are some cool things we are doing to save the world!

For the Record, Live tweeting about the future

The purpose of this critical self-reflection post of my live-tweeting during the screenings in BCM325 Future Cultures is to self-grade my engagement of the subject and put on record for all to see what in my view feel I lack or could do better as I continue my studies in future cultures.

I’d like to start this self-grading backwards looking at my final tweet to date about our latest screening of Minority Report.

While this tweet got a fair few like from other students and had some substance. Looking back at it I realise I only said it a quick retort and should have looked at actual evidence or theory on the issue. This would have helped expand my initial idea and could have produced a bit better debate, then what I’m assuming were mostly likes in agreeance of a mutual dislike of the NRA.

That being said when I did do the research and linked in material, I sometimes found it fell on deaf ears granted my tweeter following isn’t grand and those looking at the tags BCM325 and Minority Report on tweeter between 8:30am and 11:30am are not numerous but it was disheartened to see hard work not pay off (tweet below). Maybe one thing I could do is start increasing the number of tags on tweets, this may slow down the number of ideas I tweet during a screening but could lead to better interaction with other students during the screening and further audiences.

I have however found a little success with regurgitating other critical analyses as I understand them that I have found online and agreed with. Maybe because the tweets act like they come from an authoritarian stance that others prefer to retweet or like them because they sound more like statements than my views as a tweet. Finding similarities to previous screenings has also been received well.

Before I speak on the biggest engagements I had and the successes that I didn’t see or capitalise on. There were a few tweets that while they had engagement, I do feel I wish I had articulated them better. A few times throughout the screenings I found meme posting to be quicker and an easier stop to post my viewpoint especial with GIFs. While some offered insight often they were just triggers. Like the tweet below about the tourists in Westworld while it got the likes and retweets it offered little information about what I wanted to say about consumers of Westworld.

I was looking to answer questions posed by other students during the screenings and when I saw ones, I could answer I did. However, I did find that when doing so they often just led to a like then a discussion, maybe due to the topic being moved on from in the movie and everyone trying to stay current maybe follow up comments after the screening are not a bad idea but I generally don’t think a lot of students would be enthusiastic in engaging in such debates outside of the screening.

In the screening of 2001 a space odyssey, because of my BIT studies, I was aware of the Turing test and was able to ask about whether Hal would pass the test early in the screening. I do regret not entering into the comments on the tweet other than liking as I did have more to say but didn’t speak up.

A tweet I had at the start of Bladerunner sparked a bit more of a debate that I was heavily active in. The reason for this is because my major is Japanese and I’ve always been fascinated by the use of Asian culture in media. Globalisation and soft power are two topics I love to discuss and I was not only surprised when others showed interest in language, but also their different views on the subject’s representation in Sci-fi.

Finally, one of my tweets during 2001 a space odyssey reached outside the scope of BCM325 and someone in Cape Town, South Africa who must have seen the topic trending and wanted to input his interpretation on the film. I don’t know if I should be proud of this or not it feels like luck of the draw to me but I do feel I should engage with these responses more than just liking from now on. The future films we are screening look interesting and other than Ghost in the Shell and The Matrix I haven’t seen so I’m hoping to have more engagement of the live-tweeting process.

Peer Commentary

The content of this post is a summary of the three peer reviews of DA pitches for BCM325 – Future Cultures at UOW. As part of BCM325, we are required to comment on three other student’s DA pitches to show engagement with other students. We are then to self-reflect on going through this process.

Pitch: The Little Fellas Project Pitch by Bennett Parkinson

Summary:  The concept behind The Little Fellas is to boost the exposure of online presences via cross-promotion. The DA will many be practised on Twitter and YouTube where Bennett will promote other channels to his audience with an agreed arrangement of the other channel to do the same.

My Comment:

Comm1

Pitch: The fashion forecast by Christina Nedic

Summary: The fashion forecast is a look at the future of the fashion industry and the habits of online shoppers. The writer believes the fashion industry is a relevant and exciting industry that is continually developing to bring convenience and simplicity to its consumers. The DA is to be an analysis of the online shopping industry and particularly the fashion industry via a series of blogs.

My Comment:

Comm2

Pitch: “The Response To: …” by Aysha Morrison

Summary: This student’s DA is a look into the increasing issues concerning fake news. The concept pitched is a series of video essays that explore the way in which fake news has changed how information was reported on about large events in recent news.

My Comment:

Comm3

Feedback Critical Self Reflection:

Giving critical feedback on a peer’s conceptual idea of a project is extremely hard, while I could purpose about things they haven’t thought of or expressed or could have done differently in a 2-minute pitch. It would be better practice via a group constructive brainstorming medium with multiple peers at once prior to the pitch than a commentary after an official pitch in my opinion but with the current situation with COVID-19 we have to make do.

Looking at Bennett “The Little Fellas” I understood what the idea of his project was but I also thought of things that I personally thought were illogical with it. if his promoting another channel on his but repurposing his channel to do so, what are the cross-promoters going to promote? A channel that’s purpose is to be promoting others? And maybe that just didn’t come across in the pitch or I just didn’t get it. When commenting on the pitch I was reminded about a very successful case of cross-promotion #TeamTrees and thought of showing Bennett about it for his research. The pitch did help me with marketing a little and I feel more comfortable with marketing like The Little Fellas as a consumer than say FB looking at all the metadata on me than using targeted ads to annoy me.

The Fashion Forecast was the hardest pitch to give feedback on, maybe cause I’m from a different generation to most the class or the fact that fashion and online shopping are things I just really don’t care about. I struggled to give useful feedback, I did write about my experiences with online shopping with different industry to fashion and how a change in the fashion industry could affect my habits as a consumer. But looking at the future of the fashion industry and consumer spending habits are of little interest to me so my engagement with this DA was forced and not enthusiastic.

Aysha’s The Response To: the pitch was probably the DA I enjoyed listening to and engaging with the most out of the three. The reason for this mainly was because I’m a big fan of the topic and it’s effects on the past and what it will do in the future, I instantly knew what I wanted to express in my engagement and will most likely continue to engage with this DA as the subject progresses.

All in all, engaging with other student’s ideas was a helpful experience for not only my own DA but for my understanding of how others look at Future Cultures BCM325 and what they are looking to get out of it. I do wish that this engagement was done as more and editorial meeting or brainstorming activity rather than an analysis after the fact one. Because as it is with an official pitch stating the methodology, I have high doubt that any of these comments will drastically change how another student progresses with their DA.

The Future of Korea Dramas BCM325 Pitch

As outlined in my pitch, for my BCM325 Digital Artefact I will be researching the globalisation of Korean dramas, the effect on the current market and what that means for the future. Through the research on the past, present and with forecasting, I hope to gleam at the future of Korea media culture trends. I hope to show my audience that adaption of other cultures media is not only marketable in our own culture but an alternative to innovation and creation of new content in our own culture.