Monday, August 24, 2009

Homework #1

IFSC 4399/5399 ST: Computing, Information, and the Future

HW 1, due Wednesday Aug. 26 (next class)

1. Instead of handing in printed assignments (the old-fashioned way), we will do it digitally when appropriate. Email can work but is also a bit old-fashioned compared to at least one more modern possibility: a blog. Start a new blog for this course and its assigments (or you can use an existing blog if you want to and have one). You may use your real name or a pseudonym as you wish, but email me the URL so I can access it. Any blog service will do, such as

2. On the course syllabus, notice the heading "A few resources:". Under that heading, find the bullet that says "The following entries in this list are outdated and will be replaced with timely links...". The outdated entries that follow that bullet are ancient: 11 years old! The Web was only a few years old back then. Most if not all the outdated entries are no longer of interest if they even exist (most don't actually even exist any more). However, many of the topics of those entries are timeless and still interesting. Pick one, and based on the brief bullet itself, find a modern and timely place on the Web that deals with the future of the same or a similar topic.

Alternative: pick a topic you are interested in the future of, and find a Web page about that instead.

On your blog, give the link you found, and explain what it is and why it is interesting (e.g., why should someone check it out?).

3. Repeat question 2

4. Repeat question 2 again.


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