science 6 - Enabling Transactionologies (Concluding Questions and…
science 6 - Enabling Transactionologies
Can the same technology that enables one group disable another?
It is our duty as humans to ensure that no matter what pitfalls technology brings to those who cannot gain access to it, we as physical beings support these beings in their efforts to connect with the rest of the world
Concluding Questions and Additional Areas of Inquiry
technologies that enable learning—from the archaic abacus and slide rule to newer devices that some schools are phasing out while others struggle to obtain them at all, such as overhead projectors and whiteboards.
How do automated response systems (“clickers”) work, and how can they be used in non-competitive classroom settings? Of course, the earliest “automated answers” were in paper form, through scannable sheets popularized by companies such as Scantron beginning in the 1970s. Discuss with your team: in what ways are tests that are easier to score good for students and teachers? Do such systems have any downsides for teachers or students—and in what ways are they vulnerable to exploitation?
internationalization (referred to as i18n) and localization in software development.
should all websites and online services be required to exist in multiple languages and with modifications to account for different cultural norms in different societies?
What kinds of factors do they need to take into account? What are some other ways developers can take to ensure their tools are accessible by a wider range of people?
screenwriting software to ensure they follow the right template and approach.
typewriters and then evolution of WORD
foresee their impact in the future—will every artist use a drawing pad, or will computers take over the creation of art altogether?
have technologies allowed us to be more creative?
enabling technologies first introduced in works of fiction, such as medical tricorders, Babel fish, robot servants, and the hoverboard. Is any explanation given for they work?
television show Revolution posited a world in which electricity stopped working.
Is Google Maps making us less able to get around on our own? Discuss
Is easy access to Google making us worse at remembering things?
how much would this dramatic development change your life?
lack of access to the technologies of the modern financial system are one obstacle to people finding their way out of poor communities??
Should all cash be made “smart” so that it knows who owns it—reducing the value of theft in hopes of reducing street crime in struggling communities?
should the government provide every vendor with a credit card reader?
EFTPOS | QR codes | chip and pin | magstripe | contactless payments
near field communication | payment terminals | captchas
Consider technologies that “smooth out” financial transactions. How contactless credit cards work—or Apple Pay?
traditional credit cards not really contactless, still have to key in pin etc. --these cards have a chip inside them that transmits radio waves whenever a payment terminal picks up the signal (there’s also an antenna embedded in the plastic to ensure a connection is made). Also known as an RFID (radio frequency identification) system, the incoming radio waves are intercepted by the payment terminal and the transaction is (usually) successfully carried out.
Where is this practice most common, and why?
people even pay for things with QR codes.
new technologies for buying things— and for merchants to keep track of what they are selling.
when does the application of technology become dependence on technology—and is dependence necessarily bad?