Past Lectures

 

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Favourite Lectures So Far

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all our lectures so far in ITC501 however there have been a few that stood out over the others. Some lectures I have enjoyed for the knowledge I gained from them and some I have enjoyed for the content that was spoken about.

The three lectures I enjoyed the most would have to be The Treaty of Waitangi, Ethics and The Internet of Things. These three lectures I have enjoyed for different reasons. Ill explain the reason below.

The Treaty of Waitangi

The Treaty of Waitangi lecture I found very interesting for a bunch of reasons. The main reason I enjoyed it is because I learned a lot about New Zealand’s history regarding the Maori wars. I’m a huge war fanatic, I’ve always enjoyed learning about the history of different wars, reading war biographies and watching documentaries. However, as my main interest in the many different wars around the world has been from world war two onwards, I knew little history regarding the New Zealand wars.

The content was delivered well and I learned a lot. It certainly opened my eyes about New Zealand’s history and I know from this point onwards I will have a more open mind when Waitangi day comes around.

Ethics

I enjoyed the Ethics lecture a lot, in particular the lecturer. Simon Gutshclag was a fantastic lecturer and works in the IT industry for a company named New Zealand King Salmon. NZ King Salmon is a business that I have a lot of respect for and in the past I’ve built and repaired many of their salmon nets at my family’s business Motueka Nets, which is the main reason I enjoyed the lecture.

Simon delivered his lecture like he was a teacher and had the whole classes attention the whole time, he also gave us all valuable insight in what it is like to work in the IT level at a very high level.

The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things lecture was an interesting one. I certainly learned a lot about the ever evolving technology the world is developing and to be honest, the Internet of Things I found was both mind blowing and quite scary.

If you’ve never heard of the Internet of Things, I highly recommend you look it up or even read my blog about it, I guarantee it will blow your mind. The main reason I enjoyed the internet of Things lecture is purely because of the content, very interesting indeed.

The content was delivered well and the lecturer had the whole classes eyes glued to the front and he gave us great content that we all gained a lot from.

 

Going Forward

The Information technology sector is going to continually evolve and change, it always has and always will. Like my tutor Craig Nichol mentioned, it’s not a career you can take a break from and come back too easily.

Once I graduate, I plan to keep informed with up to date forums, TED expos, and keep in touch with students that I graduated with and any other means I learn about during my IT journey. I certainly don’t plan on having a long break from my career in the future, maybe a trip or two to the tropics with my wife to get away from our kids when they’re older to drink cocktails on the beach but definitely not for long periods of time.

I’m excited to what the future may bring in my IT career, that’s for sure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Internet Of Things

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What is the Internet Of Things?

The Internet of Things (IOT) is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals or people that are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. 

A thing, in the Internet of Things, can be a person with a heart monitor implant, a farm animal with a biochip transponder, an automobile that has built-in sensors to alert the driver when tire pressure is low — or any other natural or man-made object that can be assigned an IP address and provided with the ability to transfer data over a network. 

Retrieved from http://internetofthingsagenda.techtarget.com/definition/Internet-of-Things-IOT

Characteristics

Intelligence

Together algorithms and compute (i.e. software & hardware) provide the “intelligent spark” that makes a product experience smart, for example smart phones and televisions.

Connectivity

In the Internet of things, connectivity is much more than putting on a WiFi module and calling it a day. It is a very complex process that I still don’t understand how its accomplished.

Sensing

Our senses play a huge role in our everyday lives as we all know, it helps us all understand the physical world and the people around us. Replicating those sensing processes is once again a very complex task but it is one of the characteristics of IOT devices.

Expressing

Expressing enables interactivity with people and the physical world. Whether it is a smart home or a farm with smart agriculture technology, expressing provides us with a means to create products that interact intelligently with the real world.

Energy

A very important characteristic we all must consider when designing IOT devices is the energy they run on and with all the concerns globally regarding energy consumption this must be a fore most factor.

Safety

Safety in my opinion is the most important characteristic a IOT device must contain, The devices we create must not only be secure regarding networks and personal data but they must put ones personal well being first before anything else.

Connection

Do they need to be connected to the Cloud?

At this stage they do, however I believe in the not so distant future that will not be the case with all IOT devices. I believe it will be a optional choice depending on the device and purpose.

Are they always related to Big Data?

Once again, yes at this stage they do and like I said in the above question I believe that in the future it wont be the case. Some devices may operate better and have better features when relating to Big Data and some devices wont, it all depends on the device.

 

Summary

Considering over 90% of the world has mobile coverage, the Internet of Things is going to be huge, it has already started and I’m not too sure how I feel about it to be honest.

I can see some really great opportunities with this technology, for example the health industry, police, fire department, safety industry and so forth however I fear the consequences it may have on society may be dire too, in particular laziness. Society is already battling obesity, so having curtains that open themselves rather than someone getting up and doing it manually, is that a good thing?

I too worry about how this technology will affect my children, reading an article about a school that offer IPad classes to pre schoolers concerns me. Kids wont know how to write one day or do simple maths because in a world where technology does everything for us, why would they need to? Hmmm food for thought.

 

 

Ethics

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What are Ethics?

Ethics are a system of moral principles and a branch of philosophy which defines what is good for individuals and society.

According to http://www.dictionary.com/, Ethics are defined as

1. (used with a singular or plural verb) a system of moral principles:

the ethics of a culture.
2. (used with a plural verb) the rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular class of human actions or a particular group, culture, etc.:

medical ethics; Christian ethics.
3. (used with a plural verb) moral principles, as of an individual:

His ethics forbade betrayal of a confidence.
4. (used with a singular verb) that branch of philosophy dealing with values relating to human conduct, with respect to the rightness and wrongness of certain actions and to the goodness and badness of the motives and ends of such actions.

A personal Story

We have been tasked with sharing a personal story regarding any awakenings/realisations or challenges we have faced that informed or forced us to choose a specific action or left us wondering what was the ethical thing to do, so here goes.

About eight years ago I was employed as a local security guard in the Nelson region. Along with the task of dealing with alarms and checking clients property, we were also tasked with dealing with the region’s noise complaints at night time (Noiseys we called them in the business).

Now late one Saturday night, around midnight, when doing my routine property checks I heard the all too familiar sound of a noisey job come through on the pager. Grrrrr I hated doing noise control in this job, 15 bucks an hour to go rock up to a house full of drunk party goers to tell them to turn down their music or even threaten to take the sound system with me…..not fun at all.

Anyways, so I get the job on the pager and I call base to get any more information about the job. It is right at this point that I’m informed that its a possible gang members property and not only that, but they have also had numerous warnings about excessive noise complaints and are now in a position where if anymore noise complaints come through, security guards are to take their sound system.

Oh great, imagine how enthusiastic I was to rock up to a gang members house and take their stereo! Well, I guess this is where I made an ethical decision. When I got to the house I was greeted by an not too happy islander that I’m guessing, could squash me like a bug. I had already at this point decided not to follow the law and take this mans stereo and upset a house full of gang members, so I politely asked the man to turn down the music and informed him that I was actually required by law to take the stereo, and asked if he would please save me the hassle of coming back and taking it by simply keeping the noise down a bit. Well, the man was very polite and thanked me for not taking his sound system and I never got another noisey from this house again.

I experienced a situation that required me by law to take another mans property, not only did I feel like a bit of a douche for doing this I actually felt pretty uneasy in my stomach at having to do this to a possible gang member.  I thought by making the decision to give the man a warning would be just enough to resolve the situation keeping all parties happy and it sure payed off. I learned that sometimes, it pays to think about the situation and come up with alternative solutions rather than doing what’s is legally required straight away. Of course I realise that this lesson totally depends on the situation that has presented itself.

IITP’s 8 Ethical Tenets

The IITP (Institute of Information technology Professionals) has eight ethical tenets, a code of conduct as you may call it. They are listed as follows and not in any order of importance:

Good Faith

Integrity

Community Focus

Skills

Continuous Development

Informed Consent

Managed Conflicts of Interest

Competence

My story, in my opinion relates most to the community focus tenet. You may ask why? The community had complained about the noise coming from a property and I was required by law to ‘take’ the noise away completely. I guess at the time I saw more problems occurring taking the stereo rather than asking politely for those responsible of it to simply turn the music down with the threat of returning again and taking the stereo. I also though of the possible consequence taking this gang members stereo may have on his neighbours, the man wasn’t stupid and he would have know a neighbour had complained and that’s why his stereo was taken.

The Three Most Important Tenets

We have been asked to identify what we believe to be the three most important tenets of IITP’s ethical list. Well this is a very difficult question, as I personally believe that they are all of equal importance and have their specific reason for being included in this list.

The reason they are all so important is because the serve a purpose as a whole rather than individual tenets. But in the context to my task of identify three that I believe to be the most important, I’m going to say Good Faith, Integrity and Continuous Development for the sole reason that they are all very important to me and always have been, in particular the Good Faith tenet. I believe what goes around comes around and treat others how you want to be treated in return.

NMIT’s Relationship with IITP

NMIT and the IITP share a very common interest, to increase the education, professionalism and expertise of those working in the ICT sector.

This attitude benefits everyone involved in the IT industry and is the reason why New Zealand is gaining such a great reputation around the world of producing top quality IT professionals.

 

 

Copyleft

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What is Copyleft?

Copyleft (a play on the word copyright) is the practice of offering people the right to freely distribute copies and modified versions of a work with the stipulation that the same rights be preserved in derivative works down the line.

Copyleft is a form of licensing, and can be used to maintain copyright conditions for works ranging from computer software, to documents, to art. In general, copyright law is used by an author to prohibit recipients from reproducing, adapting, or distributing copies of their work. In contrast, under copyleft, an author may give every person who receives a copy of the work permission to reproduce, adapt, or distribute it, with the accompanying requirement that any resulting copies or adaptations are also bound by the same licensing agreement.

The above information was taken from Wikipedia on 9/5/2016.

Is Copying Always Theft?

In my opinion no, I don’t believe that copying is always theft. I believe that there’s a fine line between the two arguments and it can get quite murky trying to argue which is right and which is wrong. To argue my point, lets first take a look at the definition of theft, I googled theft and I found this definition from http://www.dictionary.com/browse/theft

Theft

noun

1. The act of stealing; the wrongful taking and carrying away of the personal goods or property of another; larceny.

2. An instance of this.

3. Archaic. something stolen.
Nowhere does it say anything about ‘copying’ is stealing, however, it is one of those invisible questions that is there and is strongly argued around the world.
Answer this for me please, if I come across an unlocked car, jump in and take the owner’s brand new Dirty Dog sunglasses, is that theft? That sure is, and there’s no arguing it. But how about this instead, if I came across an unlocked car, jumped in and scanned a copy of the owner’s brand new glasses with a 3D scanner and printed myself a copy of those glasses, is that still theft? Pretty hard to call but in my opinion the answer is no, the reason being is that the owner still has their glasses and even the dictionary I used as an example above will agree with me!

Who is Larry Lessig and what part has he played in the copyright/copyleft debate?

Larry Lessig was the legal brains behind Creative Commons, along with the well-known individual Aaron Swartz who was the mastermind behind all the coding. Creative Commons is a non-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative works available for others to build upon legally and to share. More can be found about Creative Commons at their website http://creativecommons.org.nz/.

These two people helped change the way most creative industries and people, act when making and releasing their work to the public. Because of them, and ultimately Creative Commons, we are able to share are stuff freely and have anyone use it at their will, within reason.

Conclusion

Like I said above, it’s a really fine line between copying and stealing another’s work. However, like people such as Larry Lessig, Aaron Swartz and even Michael Moore, I believe in sharing as long as the person who copies your work or ideas isn’t making money from it. It’s a great way to get your name, product or ideas out to the people in the world.