Ubiquitous Journalism

Friday, April 8, 2016 - 17:00
Mon, 04/04/2016 to Mon, 04/11/2016

Using the phone in my pocket, no matter where I am on the Earth, I can change the thermostat setting in my house, look at whether I left my garage door open (and close it if I did), and determine whether my sump pump is running. On Amazon, I can purchase a smart lock that allows me to give a key to guests that only works between 9am and 10am every other Thursday. Telsa (the car company) automatically updated all of their cars "over the air", giving them longer battery life. Current research involves figuring out how to get cars to talk to each other on the Interstate (to avoid accidents), smart grid technologies that adjust thermostat and A/C settings for a whole city to optimize power usage, and wearable medical devices that monitor vital signs and talk to each other to detect medical issues.

Increasingly, we are seeing many everyday technologies being embedded with computing and Internet technologies. This enables these everyday devices, such as windows, doors, cameras, glasses, cars, washing machines, and fridges, to both communicate with anyone over the Internet and with each other, and to assist humans and automatically react to various events in the world. Historically, this was called "ubiquitous computing" but is increasingly now called the "Internet of Things", and many observers believe that it will be the next revolution in the technology world.

This week, I pose a challenge to you. The Internet of Things is just starting to become real. Think toward the future; how might the Internet of Things change journalism? Think about how this technology trend may play out into the future, and then think about how it may impact the way that journalists and/or the news industry operates. If my camera is permanently connected to the Internet, what can I do? (It is) If my windows, my TV, or my car are connected, what can be done? If we start embedding cameras in everything (most TVs have one now), how will that change things? Be creative, and think about ways that having computing and Internet embedded in everyday objects might change the way we use them. But also be practical: what you propose should be reasonably and realistically doable given current technologies.

Your essay must be entered into the system by Friday (4/8) at 5pm. It should be in the neighborhood of 300-500 words, and include a relevant image at the top of the article.

Over the weekend or on Monday, be sure to log into the class system. Try to read all of the stories from your fellow students, and (optionally) leave comments to the author about the essay. You will be assigned as a "Discussant" for one of the essays. Read that essay carefully; you will be asked to present that essay on Monday to the rest of the class. You will also "discuss" it by describing whether you agree with the argument in the essay or not, and why you think this example is interesting to think about (or not). Try to include both praise and criticism in your discussion.


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Karen Hopper

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