HW9

Information, Computing, and the Future
    HW 9, due Tuesday Oct. 24, 2017

1) Find videos on youtube or elsewhere about each of the various spoil sports. On your blog, give (a) the web addresses of the videos, (b) your commentary on them, and (c) how good they are. Seven videos (or more).

2) Discuss how each of the "spoil sports of prediction" applies or does not apply to your project topic.

3) Take a favorite topic (your project topic is a good one). Discuss where it may be in 5 years, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 1,000, 10,000, and millions of years.

4) Read Asimov's "The Last Question" (textvideo) and/or Vernor Vinge's  "Technological Singularity." Critique and comment. What do you think of the singularity concept? What do you think of Ray Kurzweil's views on the singularity? What do you think of Ray Kurzweil the person?

5)  b. Write up 249 words or more of your final report (if a paper), or do the equivalent amount of work and explain specifically what you did it is not a paper.
      c. Prepare an outline for your paper (if you are doing a paper). You can use this outline later to help organize your report or other product, presentation, etc. If not doing a report, do something of equivalent effort instead and describe.

6) Provide an outline for your presentation. Presentations will be on the last day of class (or I will be glad to schedule you for an earlier class if you wish). You can base it on the outline for your report if that seems workable. Flesh out the outline so that it is at least 20 lines long. If you are using powerpoints, for example, you could give the titles of the power points (20 is more than enough for many types of slides, if you give time for questions, have a (short) video from youtube or something, etc.)
     If you are doing some other type of presentation, make an equivalent amount of progress and describe.

7) Grad students only: continue with the book you obtained. Read the next 20 pages. State the book title, author, and page numbers you have read. Discuss the pages, explaining what you agree with, disagree with, and how your views compare with those of other reviewers on Amazon or elsewhere.