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Not sure about the research (pic is now down), but even the links you sent I would consider to be a violation of privacy. Thanks for your research.

Re: Misinformation by akernsakerns, 28 Apr 2011 01:54

Thank you for the compliments on our efforts. Biking is a favorite past time of mine as well. Many days were spent roaming around the neighborhoods as a kid via bike for recreational purposes. The recreational aspects have never faded, but now I see biking as an important entity from an economic perspective as well as environmental. Poor planning is the main problem as to why there is so little biking. Since the automobile is the predominate form of transportation, other modes tend to take a backseat unfortunately. Regional planning expands on local road network and joins areas by highways as they are cheaper to construct and require less thoughtful planning. In the end we have a decent road system and all the problems of automobile congestion, health problems related to exercise, and pollution that will continue to alter our climate and our way of life.

Re: Your Wiki Article by Erik SchmittErik Schmitt, 27 Apr 2011 17:32

I would agree. It is all about money. The farmers who raise cattle for milk or beef are not just interested in the business for its aesthetic value. They want to make a profit, you can easily see how a farmer (whose profit margins are not know for being exorbitant) would want to be able to make as much money for their effort as possible. Growth hormones provide this ability. It's a smart business choice as hormones are perfectly legal, so why not use them?

Re: Response by christopher_meleciochristopher_melecio, 27 Apr 2011 03:09

I agree. When I was reading the article that picture from the AIT scan seemed to be the smoking gun in the whole advanced imaging article. A scanner that could view parts of the body with such detail and clarity I think would definitely be an invasion of privacy. While I also don't have a problem with full body scanners, as they are effective, they should not be that detailed.

Re: Misinformation by christopher_meleciochristopher_melecio, 27 Apr 2011 02:54

I enjoyed this article. I liked reading about the range and scope of possibilities that is made available through the use of augmented reality. The article made it seem like Augmented Reality is not only possible to achieve but that it is coming. It is not a technology that is far off on the horizon but a real possibility in the coming decades. This is exciting news. I enjoyed reading about the Augmented Reality that is already being developed for vehicles. I don't know much about cars but being able to work on one with the assistance of AR would definitely make me more confident to perform or diagnose problems with the car that I already own. Also the use of AR that would provide the driver with a better view of the road in dangerous conditions has the potential to save thousands of lives annually.

The use of the YouTube videos definitely helped me understand that article as a whole. I feel that since Augmented Reality is an entirely visual experience, it helps to see the technology in action. Pictures are good to understand the concepts but the videos provided me with a greater understanding about how AR would be implemented. I also feel like the article was organized very well, even though the topic is rather advanced, it was easy to follow.

Rachel, your post reminds me of Alicia Silverstone's forum at UCF in February. She emphasized focusing on the 'little things' in order to improve our world, even something as simple as reusing a plastic bottle or bag. She also noted that solar power was the 'latest craze' in terms of generating energy for homes and businesses.

I also think riding a bicycle is a great idea. I have started riding mine to the store if we need something simple. It benefits us physically and also in terms of emissions reduction. More people should have the desire to help our planet. With articles like this, we are well on our way to education and ultimately, change.

Re: Your Wiki Article by akernsakerns, 27 Apr 2011 02:23

I really enjoyed reading your post. As a native and lifelong Floridian, I have witnessed countless shuttle launches. Each time, they never cease to amaze me. I honestly did not know that the Space Shuttle was considered a 'program' until Bush announced it would end in 2011. I sincerely thought it would last forever.

At the beginning of last year my Aunt lost her job. She was one of the 'private contractors' that suffered from the end of the program. Her company was based out of North Carolina, not entirely local, but it does make me think about how the end of this program affects our nation's employment. It truly does.

I vividly recall the explosion of Challenger. I simply cannot believe that this past January marked 25 years since that day. I was in third grade, walking to lunch. I remember looking up in amazement as usual upon takeoff, and then realizing several seconds in that something was very wrong. I recall the sadness that our nation experienced that day, my teacher especially. Through her tears however, she talked about how each astronaut that was aboard, believed in what they set off to do. I remember it being very motivational for me, and never dreamed that the program would one day end.

Although the program was terminated due to safety issues, I feel that it was very successful in terms of vehicle loss. Out of 180 flights, only 2 were destroyed. Although the hazards of human space travel are certainly high, I feel that the benefits you mentioned in your article far outweigh any risks involved. Instead of cutting jobs, we should have allowed the previous employees to work on design and safety solutions. I must admit I do not feel comfortable having private companies engaged in this endeavor.

I am sad for Florida, I am sad that I will no longer have the pleasure of walking out my door and seeing the bright orange flames of the shuttle's rocket boosters. I am sad that I will no longer join my neighbors in admiring its beautiful vapor trails. I sincerely hope that instead of worrying about how much money we spend on space travel, we will at minimum, continue to join other nations in the quest for invention and ingenuity in the spirit of new discoveries in space.

Sadness by akernsakerns, 27 Apr 2011 02:06

I found that your article has some very interesting facts in it. For instances, when the Anasazi would build their houses facing the south for winter sun. The first solar collector was in the 18th century, for food. I'm assuming they wern't cooking hot dogs. I wasn't aware of the fact that solar power plants took up so much space, which can be a huge disadvantage. Florida is the perfect place for solar energy, as stated that the amount of sun we get in a day or two could power our state for a whole year.

Solar Energy is defintley in our future, as gasoline seems to be on the out (or at least thats what people hope.) The only thing I wonder is how does solar energy compare to nuclear energy. From what I know nuclear energy, though can be dangerous, can produce alot of energy and not require nearly as much space as a solar plant. This article did show me that solar energy could be prefected a little more, but the idea of Solar Power is in the right direction.

by marcus1995marcus1995, 27 Apr 2011 01:56

Great points. I do agree that a lot of it is the user's responsibility, but I can't say 100%. You can't blame a user when a company sells your information, or when some hacker cracks the database.

Yes, you can argue that I didn't have to register to the site in the first place, but I could also stuff cash in my mattress so that I don't have to worry about my credit card being stolen (or "skimming" whenever I use an ATM). Using the internet and registering to web sites is part of life these days, we can't exactly hide from it.

They put those systems into some small applications and software now. I have google voice and it translates every voicemail into text. Then it emails it to my cell phone. Also when people call from a number not reconized by google voice, it ask for their name, and then in its own voice calls my phone and tells me whos calling. Although alot of the times when translated voicemails come in to my email, the words are often not the correct ones used by the person leaving the message. I guess the technology still needs some work.

by marcus1995marcus1995, 27 Apr 2011 01:52

Thanks Rachelle, everyone was sure to add a visual or two to their portion of the Wiki. As in this article and the other ones, everyone breifly states all the facts which keeps it interesting and short. I did not know much about this subject ethier untill i started studying it. This whole project was a learning experience.

by marcus1995marcus1995, 27 Apr 2011 01:46

I strongly agree with you that private information is ultimately the user’s responsibility. People are extremely careless when it comes to their private information on the Internet. Most people don’t question why a site is asking for their real name or address when they should be. It’s one thing if you’re registering to some trusted company’s website where you may be ordering products from, but I’ve seen simple forum sites ask for your address which is ridiculous. People need to understand that they’re setting themselves up for problems if they don’t verify who they are sending their information to and why. There is no reason for a lot of sites to know your real name, phone number, or address. Think about what they’re using it for before you press submit.

I also agree with everything you have said regarding carelessness on Facebook. My profile is as private as it can be because I know there are people out there who snoop around on other people’s profiles. If you think your boss hasn’t looked you up on Facebook, you’re crazy. It’s probably best if they don’t see pictures of you doing keg stands or playing beer pong, so do yourself a favor and make your profile private! That is, if you haven’t already after reading this article… Good job on your wiki page, I really enjoyed reading it.

by Daniel MoorhouseDaniel Moorhouse, 27 Apr 2011 01:45

I was completely in the dark as well that net neutrality was an issue in our current society. Large corporations should not be allowed to manipulate the population into paying them large amounts of money for small amounts of data. I also think that censorship on the internet would completely violate the American's freedoms.

by Mariah ManleyMariah Manley, 27 Apr 2011 01:27

Conserving energy is such an important thing to consider in our time with the increasing population and dwindling resources. I enjoyed reading this article and learning about solar energy. I agree that solar energy seems like it is the most efficient and safe alternative energy source. However, it's disappointing and solar panels are so expensive and not affordable for the common working class family especially if they are something that need to be replaced.

I'm a huge gamer myself, so I can see so many awesome games coming from this if the technology ever fully develops, but I'm not sure I see it becoming the future of gaming any time soon. Maybe for casual gaming like the Wii.

Very, very cool technology regardless. The article was very informative and well written. I like that it provided several examples to demonstrate the power of augmented reality. I've always wanted to see stuff like this make it to the real world, and by the looks of it, I just may!

I was impressed with this article because it was well researched and presented. Also I happen to agree with the cause, which I suppose helps. One thing that you do not hear much of is the history of solar power. I like the simple example of ancient tribes building their houses and towns to maximize the solar power heating the people, this is something that often gets overlooked in a discussion like this. I was also unaware of how long it took for us to be able to harness solar power as electrical power. The basic mechanisms about this process have been know for at least a century and the observation of this phenomena had been seen as early as 1839 (see Photoelectric Effect), and yet solar power has only been available for about half a century. This fact surprised me.

I like how this article focused on solar power as an alternative to fossil fuels. Many people write about the negatives of fossil fuels and how we should stop relying on them, but this article takes the opposite approach, you talk about the advantages of solar power and then segway into how this could be used to fight against fossil fuel use. Another good key point is the point about cost. Here in Florida much more electricity is used to cool things down for the summer. We are the Sunshine State, so why not use the power of the sun to cool us off from the heat from the sun!

Wiki Review by wwcalebwwcaleb, 27 Apr 2011 01:18

Also, one bit of misinformation about popcode I noticed was there is indeed a "bar code" that must be read. A popcode logo is just a different type of barcode.

by antolovichantolovich, 27 Apr 2011 01:16

Yeah, sadly none of us want to think of a world completely dependent on technology, assuming that we would all become anti-social and unhealthy. Dependence on mobile technology in general is almost guaranteed to increase in the future. Human beings love simplicity and leisure, and technology provides just that. I would love to say I could live without technology or my iPhone…but truthfully, that is not the case. I wouldn't be able to e-mail papers, do webcourses, call / text friends, listen to music…the list goes on and on. Thought-provoking article for sure though, makes me want to do a little research myself on Augmented Reality.

Over the years, I have been on over thirty flights both international and within the United States. I never had put very much thought into the controversy surrounding security because I am terrified of flying and really only thought about my fear of heights while inside the airport. After reading this article, I was disturbed that the security measures in airports are so violating both mentally and physically. I never knew that the x-ray machines viewed by complete strangers displayed private parts of individuals. In my opinion this is security gone much too far especially if weapons and other dangerous articles are still somehow making it through these checks.

Although I am shocked and appalled at the methods of security, I do recognize that heightened security is vital in American Airports. I cannot decide if people's personal privacy is worth the risks that are taken by not having some type of x-rays or searches. I think that there should be further research into alternative forms of security that do not involve violating people's bodies and privacy.

Undecided by Mariah ManleyMariah Manley, 27 Apr 2011 01:12

I love when technology meshes with the real world, which is pretty much the definition of AR. I've been disappointed for a few years now though, since most of the various types of AR are nothing new, only new to being mainstream. I remember reading a Wired magazine article about 12 years ago in which they were showcasing a real bionic eye, along with a more advanced "bionic" contact lens than the news clip was discussing. With mobile computing and portability being the #1 trend in technology for the current decade (according to IEEE), I can only see augmented reality becoming as common as cell phone usage today. I have played a few ARGs (Augmented Reality Game) in the past, but most of them have been marketing schemes by game developers to get everyone hyped about a new game. One of the first ARGs I remember was Majestic, from late 90's/early 2000's. It was cool to be playing a game whose game board was the real world. Unfortunately, the game was shut down after 9/11. I forgot the name of the ARG I played after that one, but it was scary. You would sign a release of liability, provide a little bit of information, and then that was it. A couple weeks later a death threat was taped to my door, and it only got scarier the closer you got to figuring out the mystery, as people would actually come up to you in real life pretending to be a character in the game.

Already companies are using AR advertisements and stuff. You can download apps off the android market that when you visit participating stores, you can get special discounts and coupons through the AR application. Once smartphones become as commonplace as regular cell phones, I can definitely see AR becoming a standard for marketing. It provides much more flexibility than current conventional methods. For example, if you are walking through the mall, companies could automatically tailor advertisements and such, based on your chosen preferences in the phone. This could potential draw in a lot more customers. If I was walking by gamestop, they could customize the advertisements I saw based on the type of video games I said I liked. I don't like sports games, but I do like RPGs, so the advertisements tailored to me would show RPG games and not sports games. This is just one example of how I see our future to be with AR. This is not just limited to marketing campaigns. Sports events could have enhanced information displayed through an AR device. A library application could assist you in finding specific books. The possibilities are literally limitless as to what can be down with AR.

There is no spoon.

AR is amazing by antolovichantolovich, 27 Apr 2011 01:11
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