Computing has transformed our lives in so many ways. And mobile computing, where we are constantly connected to others and to the world via our mobile devices, is challenging us right now to come with new norms about privacy, security, the ownership or openness of data and information, and other issues.
Like any technology, mobile computing has both positive and negative impacts. We need to reflect on these impacts in general and we also think about the impacts we will create as we build our own mobile apps.
Chapter One: The Digital Explosion
Why Is It Happening and What Is At Stake?
Chapter One of Blown to Bits makes the point that today everything is digital -- that is, everything is represented by binary digits or bits. And it provides some provocative examples of the societal implications of this digital explosion.
Read Chapter One to learn more about how digital our world has become.
If you need help to understand the reading, copy and paste the words, sentences, or paragraphs you do not understand into the following Website.
Homework: For Your Portfolio
Create a page called Blown to Bits Chapter 1 under the Homework category of your Portfolio and post brief answers using complete sentences to the following questions on that page.
What is a bit and what does it mean to say that "it's all just bits"? (Koan 1) Give examples of the things today that are stored in bits?
Describe, in your own words, Moore's Law.
Someone offers you a summer job and offers you two pay rates: (1) $10 per hour for 40 hours per week for 30 days or (2) One cent on day 1, two cents and day two, four cents on day three and on (doubling each day) for 30 days. If you were trying to make as much money as possible in 30 days, which pay rate would you choose? What does this illustrate?
Give an example of how the digital explosion is "neither good nor bad" but has both positive and negative implications.