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Hello and welcome to my blog! I am currently a 4th year student studying at The University Of Wollongong The degree I am undertaking is a Bachelor Of Communications and Media, majoring in Marketing and Advertising

D.A – Contextual Essay

Artificial Intelligence in the home

 

Concept:
‘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.

Methodology:
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.

Utility:
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. 

Trajectory:
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!

Live Tweeting Curation 2

Learning the skill of live-tweeting has actually been quite interesting. During my first blog post the ‘live tweeting curation 1‘ I talked about how I was struggling with finding content to post during the weekly screenings – especially since I hadn’t seen the movies before. To overcome this I started to research the screenings early before the class started. This definitely helped and I found myself being able to understand the viewings better. The movies from week 6-12 were very hit of miss for me.

Week 6: Ghost in the Shell (1995)
I’ll be honest, Anime isn’t the genre for me. I had no idea what was going on throughout this film. I struggled to understand the characters, the storyline and the message of the film. For my tweets this week I focused on more content based tweets, with the aim to help myself (and others who were just as confused) attempt to understand what was going on.

I tried to engage in conversation with my peers and even one of my posts created a conversation! Exciting. I found it interesting to see my peers attempt to understand this film and share their thoughts/opinions on what was going on.

Week 7: The Matrix (1999) 
This film made me think and question everything about the world we are living in now. Due to this I found it simple to tweet/share my thoughts and engage with my peers. I have heard from others that this is a must see movie – and I agree! I will be recommending this film to others. This is a film that required the attention of the viewer.

My tweet that gained the most interaction from my peers this week was a comparison of Charles Boyle from Brooklyn Nine Nine to the characters seen throughout The Matrix. – Personally I found it really funny.
Other tweets that gained traction this week were in regards to where abouts in Sydney The Matrix was filmed, this information I found really interesting! How cool is it that a popular movie was filmed here.

Week 8: Robot and Frank (2012)
This was such a beautiful movie that I really really enjoyed. It explored a great story between an older man and his new robot companion; designed to help him with daily tasks.
This week I used polls and peer interactions to explore the themes explored in this film. This has been the most successful week for tweeting that I have had so far!

Yet another movie that I found so easy to tweet about because I was genuinely interested in it. Due to this, I was able to connect better with my peers. I was interesting to research the future potential use of robots in aged care. I was able to use a combination of polls and chatting to my peers to future engage with the weekly viewings.

Week 9: Blade Runner 2049 (2017)
This movie started off holding my attention but went for farrrrr tooo longgg and I ended up zoning out.
Overall this was a pretty cool movie, especially visually. Was very great that we were able to watch both movies in the Blade Runner franchise, although no.1 was better in my opinion.

My tweets this week were mainly content based, but also were able to spark conversation with my peers, mainly just Ben. Really did enjoy the interactions that I had with him. My peers tweets this week were also very helpful in understanding what was going on within the film.

Week 10: Ready Player One (2018)
This movie was amazing. I absolutely loved it. The nostalgia, visual imagery, storyline and characters all combined for a movie that held my attention from start to finish. I do agree with my peers that the ending seemed lame and kinda rushed.

This week I used polls and engaging in conversation with my peers to gain a further understanding about what was happening in the film. I also tweeted about themes and the movies predictions for the future.
I found myself not tweeting as much- as the film had me completely consumed and I didn’t want to stop watching.

Week 11: Alita Battle Angel (2019)
Yet again, another movie I did not connect with. It failed to hold my attention and the story line didn’t have any substance for me. On the other hand the film was visually impressive, especially the use of CGI in regards to Alita.
This week I mainly tweeted about film content and retweeting the work of my peers. I found it hard to tweet about the film itself, as I wasn’t interested in what was happening.

Again, Ben and I were vibing. This wasn’t a movie that either of us enjoyed. We connected yet again through our dislike for a film.

Week 12: 2040 (2019)
For our final week we ended it with a documentary, where the director was concerned about what the future would look like for his daughter. This was such a refreshing note to end on for this semester. This viewing was full of  data, facts and ways to change for the future.

I really was unsure what to do about tweeting this week. I was just focused on what was happening on screen, especially since it was real life.
I did connect with Aliah on the future of self driving cars where I was able to provide her with an article on Dominos in the US, already trying this technology.

Overall this was such an interesting skill to learn. One thing I found fascinating was how using the #BCM325 would get us trending on Twitter each week.
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This would often result in those outside of the BCM325 community engaging in our conversations and adding their opinions. Learning the skill of live tweeting has been one that took a few weeks to get the hang of. But being able to analyse ideas, communicate with my peers in real time and be able to multitask are all important skills to have. Since this semester was moved online, being able to communicate with my peers each week was so important in my opinion.
Thank you everyone for a great semester!!

D.A Beta Peer Feedback

Following the original round of feedback from the D.A pitches, I have found this part of the BCM325 assessment process very helpful. Not only have i really enjoyed being able to see what my peers are doing and be able to help them. But to also myself receive feedback on my project that I never would have thought about originally.

My first comment was for Nicole who was covering how VR and AR are being used/can be used in the fashion industry. It was clear that she had received some feedback on her original video and had used this to her advantage. The video was clearly presented and she spoke with a clear interest on the topic.
My comment mainly just went off the feedback that she had already received as it was great. I agreed with the importance of needing to upload they key concepts that are being covered.
The link I provided was how VR and AR are currently being used within the COVID-19 pandemic in regards to the fashion industry. Thought this might be an interesting topic to touch on since its so current and relevant.

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My second comment was for Emma and her podcast on the topic of sex/women empowerment. I originally commented on her original pitch video, so it was great to see how far the podcast had progressed. Emma made it clear that there were a few hiccups that she encountered along the way, but was able to fix it for her next podcast.
Emma mentioned that her podcast was being listened too and receiving some constructive feedback from its listeners. The feedback I gave her was to perhaps incorporate a transcript for the listeners to be able to follow along with.
The link I shared was how the current pandemic has increased the amount of podcast listeners and how this is great for her medium. Might help her reach a greater audience during this uncertain time.

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My last comment was for Jess, and her D.A idea I found very interesting, the future of storytelling. From her Beta video, it was obvious that she had taken on board any feedback that she had received from her first video, which enabled her to change her idea. I didn’t provide much feedback as it was clear her DA was taking a new direction and she was already working through the previous feedback that she had received. Her topic wasn’t something that I was familiar with, therefore I watched the linked video as a way to understand her topic. I shared it with her to showcase what other people were creating/ exploring in regards to the topic.

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Again, I really enjoyed the opportunity of being able to provide my peers with feedback in such a positive form. I have found that everyone is so encouraging yet understanding that this pandemic has everyone a little lost.

D.A Beta Presentation

As stated in my Beta Presentation, I am exploring the world of artificial intelligence. This broad topic will be broken down into 3 sub-topics being:

  1. The history of artificial intelligence 
  2. The predictions for the future of A.I in the home
  3. How A.I is perceived in popular movies

Part 1 has been uploaded to Youtube but I am struggling to find a way to build engagement on my first post. My videos aren’t overly complex therefore my audience could be anyone who is interested in entry-level knowledge into this topic, like myself.
Even though I tweeted out the link under the BCM325 hashtag, no other engagement aside from my own has occurred. This is definitely something I’ll need to think about when I upload part 2. Perhaps incorporating Reddit into the feedback aspect would be helpful, as I know they are brutally honest over there.

 

Here is the link to PART1 of my D.A- The history of Artificial Intelligence 

Live Tweeting Curation 1

Live tweeting is a skill I am yet to master, but one that I will hopefully get the hang of as the weeks go on. The whole atmosphere of this skill has changed from week 1 to where we are now due to social isolation and this subject being moved online. Being able to connect with my peers through the #BCM325 hashtag and watching this continuously trend each week on Twitter is such a cool thing to watch. Not only are students engaging but other people are able to as well.

WEEK 1: METROPOLIS (Lang, 1927)

Being week 1, I had no idea what I was in for. So far, this has been the most challenging week for me live tweeting. Not only had I never live tweeted but I had also never seen Metropolis. For this week I tried to tweet as much as I could. My tweet with the most engagement that week really didn’t have much to do with the film itself, but I thought it was funny non the less.Screen Shot 2020-04-15 at 6.38.12 pm

Other tweets/interactions this week included:

Being in class surrounded by other people who honestly, had no idea what was going on (just like me) made the first experience that much more fun.  My tweets this week were kind of all over the place.

WEEK 2: A SPACE ODYSSEY (Kubrick,1968)

Yet again another movie that I had not seen and I found quite weird.. but cool all at the same time. I found this film hard to watch and honestly I had no interest in it. Is it too harsh to say it was painful to fit through. This was reflected in my tweet density.

I certainly didn’t do 10 tweets during this movie as every time I stopped to look up information or tweet, I missed something and then had no idea what was going on. Which then took me a while to catch up. Being week 2 I was still trying to find my rhythm between looking up facts/ information and paying attention to a movie that I had never seen before. Most of my tweets this week were in the form of favouriting other peers tweets and trying to understand the film through their point of view.

WEEK 3: WESTWORLD (1978)

Why do we keep watching films I haven’t seen, am I uncultured or something?

This film was interesting. The whole concept of human like robots at a exclusive theme park. I did previously attempt to watch the tv show years ago, I didn’t last too long.

Again I found this movie hard to follow at times. I think this is because science fiction has never been a genre that I’ve chosen to watch, more of a comedy girl.
My tweets this week were more content based and gained some interaction,(especially compared to last week). Again, since I found this movie hard to follow in points I did reply heavily on my peers to help me gain an understanding of what was going on.

WEEK 4: BLADE RUNNER (1982)

This was the first movie we all had to watch individually due to social isolation. Was quite odd to be sitting at home in my pjays watching a movie for Uni!! Besides this everyone was there live tweeting as per usual. Only hiccup I had was after the movie, going onto Discord (on safari). The sound wasn’t working, I kept getting every occasional word. So I reset my laptop, still nothing, reset the browser, nothing. Eventually gave up so hopefully this week it’ll all work!

This movie was not too bad and therefore found myself engaging with it more. Definitely hit the tweet limit this week. It was a movie that I have heard people talk about, but just like the others have never seen it myself.

I found that by posting my thoughts on aspects happening throughout the film encouraged my peers to interact with my tweets more.

WEEK 5: MINORITY REPORT (2002)

This weeks movie was meant to be Johnny Mnemonic but instead we ended up watching Minority Report. This has been the best one we have had to watch so far. There was just something so interesting about it. I found tweeting this week good because I was genuinely interested in the film. My tweets this week were more content based, which I found my peers connected with more. This week I also decided to put up a poll regarding one of the key themes seen throughout Minority Report. This might be a new approach that I take each week as I enjoyed learning about my peers opinions.

I also mentioned that last week I had some issues with Discord working with safari, this week I used Google Chrome and everything worked perfectly.

LECTURE CONTENT:

Each week we are provided with online lectures that encourage us to think deeper about the concepts/ themes and imagery that we are seeing each week in these films. Upon looking back at the subject outline, this is an aspect that my tweets are missing and will need to be intergratged from now on.

PERSONAL REFLECTION: 

Overall I am struggling with looking up things happening in the movie, during these movies (and I’ll say it again, I have not seen one of these movies before). I have found that I get most of my tweets in at the beginning of the films, as usually the endings require attention! From now on I will need to come to class with some background research already done, therefore I will be one step ahead. This method will definitely help me further identity key themes and concepts and be able to draw ideas from lectures as well. Hopefully my next tweet curation will reflect this! I am throughly enjoying learning a new skill even if it is taking me a while to get use to it, as they say practice makes perfect!

DA Peer Feedback

Everyones D.A ideas are so vastly different both in topic but also in presentation. Being able to comment on my peers work gave me a new understanding of where they see the future being in 5, 10 or even 20 years time.

My first comment was for Emma who was planning to cohost a podcast to empower women regarding the conversation of sex, and move society forward to a future where this topic can be openly talked about. The feedback I provided her was mainly on what the topics of the podcasts were going to be, since this was directly clarified. I linked an example of what I think about when people mention women talking about sex. Here I mentioned how the topics are almost scripted and don’t cover what people actually want to know. The format she’s chosen will allow for conversations to begin organically. Lastly, I mentioned posting the podcast on a site like Reddit, where the audience will be very honest.

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My second comment was for Thomas and his topic was covering Video Assistant Refereeing (VAR) in soccer. There are many points to cover surround this topic that Thomas mentioned that would be great avenues to explore. The feedback I provided him was mainly on how he was going to present his findings, since he was going to be posting  topics of conversation on Reddit, and encouraging people to talk about their thoughts. Since I knew nothing of this topic I provided him with an article that I read, to help me gain a further understanding to what he was trying to articulate. Lastly in Toms video, he mentioned that he thought the VAR technology would be ‘here to stay’ in the world of soccer, I commented that once he gained a new level of understanding from Reddit would his option still be the same?

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My third comment was for Isaac who’s D.A was adding a podcast to the work he already does within the local scene. Here, the podcast would tackle the important topic of mental health. The feedback I provided Isaac was more about the podcast itself as it wasn’t really specified what exactly he was doing. I asked about the duration and scheduling of the podcast and if he would be able to get artists from the local music scene to participate. Since our society is in social isolation, the conversation around mental health is extremely important now. This podcast will provide people with a platform to talk about mental health openly. I provided Isaac with an article on how to talk about mental health correctly.

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Being able to reflect on my peers work was a great way to offer an outsiders option on their work. Constructive criticism is way of offering a helping hand to those around you. The feedback I tried to provide was to help the individual move further with their project effectively. I also learnt just how broad the topic of Future Cultures is and how these 3 individuals interpreted the assignment to fit their interests.

DA BCM325 Pitch

 

For my D.A I will be looking into artificial intelligence in the home. This concept is fairly interesting as A.I’s such a Google Homes are now a commonly used device by many individuals. But do we really understand them? I will answer this question throughout the 3 video essays that I  will be uploading. Diving deeper into concepts such as where A.I will take us in the future and how society will depend on it.

My DA fits the F.I.S.T framework as it is:

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.