Emily Hase-Raney - Manifesto

Technology should never be used as a means of producing a deceptive “fake” or false self.

I’m not saying the internet shouldn’t be used as a means of slightly altering yourself in order to start a meaningful relationship; I am saying that if the intention is deceitful, you are using technology inappropriately, as well as completely wrong. I know we are fully aware of what the word deceit means, but here it is again – concealment or distortion of the truth in order to be misleading. Yes, we have our online predators such as those featured on To Catch a Predator, which fall into the “that’s a given” category, but in this era, a new kind of predator lurks behind our screens. Snooping girlfriends create fake profiles to catch their man in the act, even though they dangle the bait in front of them; police officers make up names online in hopes of busting the party that everyone’s talking about; and people make up profiles in order to get the details on someone’s relationship, sexual orientation, or weekend plans. That last group uses the information they find in order to better their lives, while destroying others. A friend of mine kept his Facebook profile extremely private, keeping a close eye on his activity and who his online friends became; however, you can only be but so careful. Long story short, the person created an elaborate profile to make my friend think that they were actually friends (he used photos from various online databases to conduct this intrusion), eventually becoming friends online which gave this intruder full access to my friends profile. It was only a few days later that my friend realized the intruders true motives; he/she located information regarding my friends very secret sexual orientation, then proceeded to call up his (unknowing) parents and brief them on their sons relationships. This cannot happen, it actually ruins lives. If we all 100% adopt this principle, online relationships will not even be a second question.
REFERENCE: Group 3 Presentation Discussion, Alone Together

The many forms of technology should never take full precedence over a good ol-fashioned board game or playground.

With all of these various forms of technology (IPods, IPads, Wii’s, computer games, etc.) it can be hard for children to see the sunlight. Playing in the woods, going swimming, and getting dirty is a simple way of describing my childhood, as well as the majority of my peers’ childhoods. Children (as well as adults!) need to run around, jump in puddles, and build derby cars. Sitting in your living room, pushing buttons to rev up your electronic derby car on your flat screen is not the same as actually sitting in the driver’s seat, drifting your own vehicle down a windy, crowded hill. As a waitress I come into contact with ranges of people who all come from all different social circles, ethnicities, backgrounds, and finances; each family is different from the next but over 90% of the children I see cannot sit still without some form of distraction. Unfortunately, it seems like children have a game boy (are those still around?) or mom and dad’s cell phone attached to their little hands, playing whatever new game app they currently have, their eyes never looking up from the screen. Initially I assumed that the children were to blame for their electronic overload, but after research, consideration and my own personal experience, I have concluded that it’s the parents that are to blame. They are so accustomed to having their electronic devices within an arm’s reach, so they assume that it’s a quick fix for an anxious child. Once you turn off the television, shut down your laptop, and put your phone on silent, take a trip outside…take a walk, throw a football or just lay out and read a book. I guarantee you, you will feel like a million bucks. Due to our ever increasing technological environment, we have become accustomed to being connected at all times, What if there is an emergency? What about work? But what if the outside world as we know it disappeared now? No grass, trees, flowers, just technology. This break from the tech overload is essential in life.
REFERENCE: Screen Time Higher Than Ever for Children, Children Not Outside Playing? Don’t Blame Technology, Our Kids’ Glorious New Age of Distraction

The good of humanity should be the primary reason for improving technology.

Before engineers begin on a technological project, they should ask themselves this question, In building this ***, will I be improving the human race? If the answer is no, then they should stop right there. Human beings should be at the top of the list regarding all funding, designing, and building of technology. I know that nowadays the majority of the technology that is created furthers our knowledge on the subject, not matter how minute the technology. We learn from even the smallest projects. If scientists and engineers can prioritize technological projects to those primarily improving the lives of humans, I believe that every human will approve. The most detailed and broad example of this would be for wounded veterans. Creating a technology that looks, feels, and moves almost exactly like a human arm is incredible (Researchers Create Mind-Controlled Super Limb). This technology could give back to the soldiers what they lost while fighting for their country, and I for one would give anything to see this gift given to those men and women. After that, I can only image that so-and-so down the street could have a limb that works exactly like the one he lost in a car accident. Not just the veterans, but the general public too. This example is brought up the most, but another example may be the smartphone. Even though I find smartphones to be annoying, they do improve (arguably, only slightly) the lives of some people. My friend feels as though her life is “genuinely” improved because of the GPS, apps, and constant knowledge of everything.
REFERENCE: Researchers Create Mind-Controlled Super Limb; Sanglin Lee’s Considered Replies 1 Post

We should teach an old professor new techs.

A bit of a switcheroo on the saying, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks”. As Marc Prensky describes in Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants, we, the students, are the “new students of today” or the Digital Natives and our teachers are known as Digital Immigrants. Our generation learns in a totally different way than our professors learned as well as totally different than they were taught to teach us. Or in Prensky’s more concise words, “Today’s students are no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach”. Our professors are not equipped to teach the technologies that they are provided for their classes, and in turn we cannot learn something that isn’t taught to us. I struggled immensely with the technology that we were required to use the past 2 years due to my own whatever and I think also that my teachers didn’t know exactly how to use the technology. If professors were required to take crash courses on certain technologies provided on campus, their lectures would make more sense to their students. Experience Needed I suppose. I can’t think of one person that wouldn’t benefit from this principle.
REFERENCE: Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants; Kaitlin Tech-ucation (clever) Considered Replies 2 Post

We should never let technology dehumanize us.

We keep trying to define humanity and how it applies to robots…how can we humanize robots? But the more that I think about it, I realize that the more we surrender to this overwhelming wave of technology we lose certain aspects of being human. The excessive use of electronic devices and need to always stay connected is dehumanizing us. We are different people online then we are in person; we text something to our mom that is completely different then the same thing that we text to our best friend. People prefer to chit chat via texting versus actually speaking words over a phone call. I can honestly say that I am one of those people; I cannot help it but I also cannot help but to think that there is something dehumanizing about not wanting to hear the voice of another human. In class, we’ve talked about how someone’s eye contact can change and their real life personality traits differ from their online personality traits. Personally, I don’t want to lose the qualities about me that make me human. Do you?
REFERENCE: RSA Humanity 2.0