Do you find Licklider’s article prophetic of the reality we live in today? Where are his predictions correct and where are they wrong? Specifically, what do you think of his discussion of the cost of computing and its effects on how we interact socially? What would Sherry Turkle have to say about the points made by Licklider? Reflect on and compare the TED Talk and article.
Licklider, J. C. R., & R. W. Taylor. (1968). “The Computer as a Communication Device,” Science and TechnologyTurner, Fred (2005) “Where the counterculture met the new economy: the WELL and the origins of the virtual community” Technology and Culture 46 (3): 485-512“Connected, but alone?“. Sherry Turkle. https://www.ted.com/talks/sherry_turkle_alone_together?language=enFord, Paul. “What is Code?” http://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2015-paul-ford-what-is-code/
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I do believe that Licklider’s article is a prophetic of the reality we live in today. To an extent. While communication is easier, but not to the extent that he puts it in. For the common man to afford to buy, however. He was correct with privilege, for that still exists, he estimated the availability of consuls. Also, the poor at times do not have the funds to afford any smartphones, maybe a flip phone. They might have access at school, like the ones that require a school specific password. Still, it is limited access to the internet as compared someone who has a smartphone, who has 24/7 access to all types of tools of communication. He gave a very positive spin on impacts on society and business. Whereas Turkle focused on how well everything is for communications, it hinders or harms our emotional side/development. I do not think they really technically disagreed with each other. They both think that technology is making communication effortless and effective. He focuses on societal effects and she focuses on how we hinder our emotions. I do agree with her with how we are being socialized to be never alone. The instant gratification of just putting in a password with all the world and all the people in the world to communicate with. I can be guilty of this, because in times where I am feeling the most alone is when I just play on my phone, for hours sometimes. Like, i feel connected but in the pit of my stomach I know its fake and it makes me uncomfortable. So I think she hits the nail on the head on the emotional tolls technology has caused, while the societal benefits are also hit on the head by Licklider’s.