I enjoyed all of the discussions we had in class today about technology in the news. The most upsetting was the article about a family that was so engrossed in playing video games that their children were starving. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/07/15/ncomputers115.xml It is just so hard for me to imagine how a person could get so involved with on line gaming that their children were allowed to stave. I heard a report on NPR that said addicts sometimes strengthen their addiction when there is an endorphin release. Maybe these parents were having and emotional connection made to the game. I still wonder how a connection to a game could be stronger than the connection to the welfare of their own children.
After talking about distance learning I checked the SUNY NP catalog for online courses taking place in the fall. I was surprised that there were none listed at the graduate level.
The emerging technology presentations have been very interesting. I didn't know anything about open and closed source programs. I wonder what kinds of programs will be created in the future that would be open source if there is no financial benefit for the creators. I want to do more reading about electronic voting as a result of what Vincent was saying. Here are some links: