Category: NTNM Assignments

Field Test – Rickert

Intro

I wanted to know what the user experience would be when watching 360° videos at different angles in Google Cardboard. I decided to record static 360 videos at four different heights and then record moving 360 videos at two different heights. I then watched the videos in a Google Cardboard set and recorded my experience watching each video.

 

Equipment

Giroptic 360cam ($499.00)

Monopod ($39.00)

 

Hypothesis

I will feel most like I am in the space/in the video when the recording is shot at adult eye level.

 

Results

Side note: When this camera records, it captures the sky (records above), but there is an empty space below where it cant capture. This is actually convenient because the recording won’t show the person or tripod that is holding the camera as long as it is placed directly below the camera. Unfortunately, I only had a monopod, not a tripod, so I am holding the camera on a monopod and trying to stay directly below the camera to stay out of the shot. It would have been much easier with a tripod.

Static Ground: This video actually turned out better than I expected. I thought there would be interference from the surface the camera was placed on, but there wasn’t. Though I didn’t feel like I was necessarily in the video, I think this angle would make for some really cool b-roll if anyone ever made a full-length video or film.

Static Child Eye Level: This video was taken from about 2-3 feet off the ground. I thought this video produced the most normal standing perspective. As a 5’4” girl, the car looked to be a normal height to me, and the man walking by looked a little tall, but that is normal for girls to be shorter than men.

Static Adult Eye Level: This video was shot from directly above my head, so approximately 5’7” off the ground. When I first watched this video I thought I had accidentally clicked the high shot and was watching that because I felt like I was at a bit of a bird’s eye view in this camera. This was not what I expected.

Static High: This angle was the worst for me. I actually started to feel dizzy when watching this video at this height. People walking by looked way too small and distorted. I don’t recommend using this perspective.

Moving High: Similarly to the static high shot, this video felt too out of perspective, too high, and I began to feel dizzy and sick within 10 seconds of watching the video.

Moving Adult Eye Level: Any movement in general while watching a 360 video when wearing a virtual reality head set is a little unsettling. I felt dizzy again when watching this video, but much less so than when watching the high perspective. This height made more sense to be moving with and it felt as if I was actually walking on the sidewalk myself.

 

Final Thoughts

My hypothesis was wrong; I expected the adult eye level shot to produce the best standing-in-the-video perspective, but in reality the child eye level shot did that for me.

I loved using the Giroptic 360cam. It is small, light and easily portable. It produced quality content and I didn’t have to do any stitching manually. I didn’t record any video especially close to objects, but still there was no ghosting. My favorite part was using the connected 360cam app on my phone with the camera. I was able to see what the camera was recording in real time on my phone screen and it was especially cool being able to press record from my phone. I used this for the on-the-ground angle so that I wasn’t next to the camera when it started recording. Lastly, it was really nice being able to simply connect the camera to my app through WiFi to instantly watch the video that I just recorded to know if it was good enough or if I needed to re-shoot. Overall, I really enjoyed using this camera and would even think about buying one when the price (hopefully) drops in a few months/years.

Thanks for this semester! I really enjoyed getting to learn about the different storytelling technologies that exist.

PHOTO mode

PHOTO mode

Vision Paper: American Robots – Veronica Ortiz

The year is 2216 and robots have been integrated into our lives. Most repetitive and manual labor has been taken over by non-autonomous robots. With unemployment at its highest ever, anti-robotic sentiments are on the rise.

                                                                   

The crowd:

“Fuck the robots!”

 “Go back to China!”

 

Ada Mahajan had never seen such a big group of people packed into Main Street. Many of them there were angry; they waved big signs in red ink over the mob and sported clothing all branded with the American flag. Most of them, however, were simply curious onlookers, drawn in by the noise and the latest hot-button issue that had everyone taking sides: robots. Two years ago, a bill was passed that allowed an unprecedented entry of robots into the workforce. While these robots weren’t highly intelligent or very autonomous, they were able to easily take over most repetitive and manual jobs.

They quickly embedded themselves into our everyday live; they checked our food out at the supermarkets, they helped us cash our checks at the bank, they even prepared our meals at some restaurants (this last one had been quite an infuriating discovery). With this massive influx of robots, most of them mass-manufactured and imported from China, many humans were left unemployed and out on the street. While governments rushed to find solutions, aide did not come quickly enough to help the thousands that had been affected by this technology. People were angry, and they were angry at the robots.

Ada had been pushing through the mob for a while, unable to see the edge in any direction. She had just gotten out of class and this was her usual route home; unfortunate. Beside her walked Isaac, helping push people out of the way and making a path for Ada to go through. His face was hidden behind a baseball cap and a hoodie; he ducked his head as he gently pushed on the crowd. Ada looked at Isaac’s behavior with disgust, but before she could raise her voice in objection, she bumped into a large figure in front of her.

The large man turned around on the spot, ready to face the source of this intrusion. “What gives?” exclaimed the man and, as he turned around, he noticed a ray of sunlight shine off of a sliver of Isaac’s metal face under his hood: a robot. “Hey…” the man had started to react to his robotic presence, but before he could rally attention to Isaac, Isaac had delivered a brisk chop to the throat, leaving him incapable of speech.

Isaac quickly took Ada’s hand and started barreling through the crowd, pushing people out of the way. As they cut their way through, faces in the crowd turned towards them, starting to react to the robotic presence among them. Before the crowd could fully retaliate, Isaac and Ada had sped down an alleyway and disappeared.

Far away from the crowd now, Isaac and Ada pushed into an almost empty bookstore to lay low for a while. They stepped in, and Ada waited at the doorway as Isaac scoured through each aisle of the small rustic bookstore.

“It is empty,” Isaac finally announced, triumphantly.

In response, Ada shoved Isaac—hard, and stomped over to the other side of the store. He followed her, inquisitive.

“You are upset,” Isaac discovered.

You are upset,” mocking him, “No shit, Sherlock.” she quipped.

“My name is Isaac.”

“I know that.”

“You know a lot of things, master Ada.”

“Don’t call me that.”

“Yes. I apologize.”

“What you did wasn’t okay. You can’t do that. That’s why– that’s why they… Ugh. You’re so frustrating.”

Ada said this last bit as she walked around the bookstore, pushing books to the ground as she strutted past them. Isaac looked on helplessly before finally deciding to walk behind her, picking up the books as she dropped them. With a loud sigh, Ada stopped him from continuing what he was doing, grabbing on to his unfinished metal skeleton.

“I don’t want you to protect me. I don’t want this. See what you’re doing? This is why they hate us– you. They hate y—” Ada stopped dead in her tacks as an old man suddenly appeared in the store, stepping in through a beaded curtain that separated the main store from the back room. He carried a large box full of books, which he gently laid down as he eyed down what was happening in front of him: a teenage school girl accompanied by a tall robot, dressed in civilian clothing and with an unfinished metallic exoskeleton.

Ada Mahajan knew that, in the middle of this anti-robotic movement, there wasn’t anyone out there who was just indifferent to the robots. This strange man could only be friend or foe, but Ada couldn’t tell which one was he. Still, the man did not know the most damning thing of all, Isaac wasn’t a regular working robot — this was an autonomous sentient robot capable of decision making and rational thought, the only one of its kind for all that Ada knew, and its only purpose was to protect her.

                                                                  

The crowd:

“Robot-loving fucks!”

 “American Robots, feed our families!”

 

Dev looked over the crowd through the glass walls of his tenth-floor office. A bearded pensive looking fellow, he observed the crowd intently while a group of business clad men sat on a table with one empty chair, fumbling with their thumbs and squirming impatiently. They all stared intently at the door and, as it suddenly opened, everyone stood up immediately. Dev, noticing the sudden movement in the room, turned around to see Sandra, his assistant, mince into the room holding a thin transparent tablet. They all sat back down; this is obviously not who they were expecting.

“Sorry, I- they haven’t heard anything yet,” Sandra apologized. Dev looked off into space, wondering what his next move might—“Mr. Mahajan?” she interrupted, “A word? Privately?” Dev stood up and motioned for the other people in the room to stay put. Sandra was a nervous looking girl, but her brilliance was something that Dev never took for granted; he knew to always follow her advice.

Following Sandra outside the room, they stopped in the middle of an empty overpass the connected two sides of the building. What the building lacked in size it made up in gorgeous design: it was sleek and functional with towers of light beaming from every direction and walls that also served as computers. Each wall had a different function, from projecting information to regulating the building’s environment. Documents could be passed from room to room just by swiping across the wall and the surfaces could change transparency with the push of a button.

This was American Robots, one of the largest designers and manufacturers of robotics in the country, and Dev Mahajan was the CEO. They had been the first to design a generation of robots that would not be used for the military, but would rather embed themselves into our everyday lives. Their technology was cutting edge, not very expensive and easy to reproduce. When American Robots’ mainframes were cyber attacked not long after the release of their robots, a Chinese version of these models started to appear; they were even cheaper than the original models, but they lacked some of the computing power of the originals. Now their company was in damage control, trying to salvage their revenue by turning to military work while at the same time trying to smooth out the international tension that had now been created between the U.S. and China.

Sandra turned around and, looking down at the information on her tablet, started barraging Dev with an influx on information. She nervously spoke over herself, and Dev couldn’t understand what she was saying. A small spherical robot, FINN, hovered over Dev and tried to get in closer to Sandra in order to better pick up what was coming out of her mouth, but, still, all Dev could read were jumbled words.

Dev was deaf and, while in the past this could’ve been an impediment to his success, his ASL translator worked wonderfully in communicating with hearing people.  FINN was designed to pick up spoken words and translate them into text that Dev could read on his smart glasses.

Sandra continued frantically: “Okay, so the last sighting of Zhou was down 56th street when she stopped to get some “authentic” food. Now, various witnesses on the scene claim that they saw—”

“Sandra… Sandra. Sandra.” Dev signed her name over and over again, and the name “Sandra” came out through the speakers on FINN. It was not a monotone metallic voice; the voice that was translated from the signs picked up by Dev’s ASL translating gloves sounded like the human voice a forty year old man would produce, complete with emotional gravity and intonation.  Dev finally grabbed her arm to get her attention and she looked up in return, stopping her verbiage.

“FINN can’t pick up what you’re saying so fast,” he signed.

“Oh, sorry. Sorry. It’s just–I’m worried, sir,” she apologized.

“Just Dev, please.”

“Dev. What if something happened to Ms. Zhou? What if the mob got to her before she could arrive? If this gets out they might think that—”

“It won’t. We’re gonna find her. I’m sure it’s something silly; stuck in traffic or… Did we check the tunnels?”

“No.”

“Send the drones– my drones, quietly. Tell the rest to keep scouring the streets. If anyone asks, she’s already at the meeting with us. I’ll keep talking to the investors, keep them comfortable,” he signed.

“Yes, sir- Dev,” said Sandra, already starting to move out.

“And Sandra?”

“Yes?”

“Thank you.” Dev meant it; for everything.

“Of course,” she replied, almost blushing, and scurried away.

 

                                                                  

The crowd:

“I can’t keep living like this…”

Field Test: Using the HoloLens in Social Settings – Veronica Ortiz

As a filmmaker, I try to understand how the experience of consuming content affects us and how different it is for every individual. I’ve observed that society is moving more and more into solitary ways of consumption: we stream movies and series alone in our rooms – forgoing the communal experience. Water cooler conversations are becoming infrequent as the threat of spoilers looms ever present. Still, we are social creatures and we still gather in some ways to comment and share things together; even if it’s on a message board. This is why Game of Thrones viewing parties still exist.

Regarding the HoloLens, it seems to me like a better alternative to the completely solitary experience of virtual reality. Still, I wondered how effective it would be to carry on with outside conversations and outside stimuli while at the same time wearing the HoloLens. While everyone was very excited about the HoloLens coming into class, I had one burning comment on the back of my mind when someone was pinching the air during class: “That’s awkward.”

Would it be difficult to try to follow the outside world and what’s happening in the HoloLens? Is it uncomfortable for the person wearing the HoloLens, for the people around them or for everyone? I hypothesized that it would be almost impossible to carry out a simple task with other people while wearing the HoloLens.

To test this out, I had one person wearing the HoloLens and playing the “HoloTour” app while at the same time trying to finish a game of UNO with two other people. To my surprise, the person wearing the HoloLens actually won the game and she was forming part of our conversation while at the same time commenting things like “There’s a huge globe in front of your face right now.”

 

I had everyone who did the test fill out a simple survey that explained how they felt throughout the test and was surprised by the results. Even though I didn’t gather any discomfort in the conversation by observation, the comments on the survey indicated that they both felt very awkward maintaining a conversation with the HoloLens.

Survey Answers:

HoloLens – Google Forms

HoloLens2 – Google Forms

This is obviously a very amateurish experiment, but it would be interesting to have this tested out with larger groups and to gather more data on the issue. It seems, to me, a waste to funnel so much money into a technology that people might shun away from because of its awkward and isolated design.

 

Field Test: The Future of the Fashion industry in virtual reality {Maxine WIlliams}

Introduction: It took me forever to come up with an idea for a field test. I knew I wanted to do something that people could imagine using in the future. One night when I was thinking of field test topics, I thought about the movie Clueless in the scene where Cher was choosing her outfits from her computer. I remember that feature being really cool to me when I first saw it. That’s  when I came up with the idea of 3D scanning yourself to make a virtual closet.

The Issue: Is it possible to make your own virtual closet through 3D scanning, and will this be of good use for the future?

Equipment:

iSense 3D Scanner for Apple iPad Air  $399/499

The Hypothesis:

I can create my own personal virtual closet by scanning myself in my favorite outfits.

Results:

Jamaya 3D scans

The results turned out pretty well! I got a friend, Jamaya Powell, to help me scan myself, but she was having trouble understanding how to make a successful full body scan because she was a little technologically challenged, so I ended up using her as my model. In the collage you’ll see 6 screenshots of the scans I made. The scans are also on the Journavation Sketchfab account if you’d like to see them in full 3D action.

If you click that link, it will take you to my favorite scan of the six. It’s my favorite because we were trying to play with poses to see how the scanner would react and it turned out pretty well!

The scans turned out pretty well considering it was all done on an iPad! The only drawbacks to this becoming an actual thing that people do is that it’s very time consuming. For me to create 6 seemingly clear scans of my friend, it took me about an 1 hr and 1/2 since I had to start over several times.It would’ve been way too time consuming to scan Jamaya’s entire wardrobe so I just had her pull out her favorite dresses.

In the future I think this could be a really cool tool to use for fashion enthusiasts who are indecisive on what clothes to wear. I imagine this technology as a “smart closet” where you only have to scan yourself once in your under clothes. From that point, I envision clothes to have a feature where you can download the pieces to your closet, and dress your 3D model. [I wrote about this in more detail in my vision post!]

 

Vision Paper; Maxine Williams

Maxine Williams

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Vision Paper

5/10/2016

 

200 years from now, the world as we know it will be almost unrecognizable. With technology constantly changing how we consume and share media, the future will be extremely different from what we know now. I will now describe an average day for a college student in year 2216.

Waking up on time for an 8 AM class is not a problem in 2216. There are smart beds by Samsung, Sony, Apple, and other electronic companies that wake you up based on your daily schedule. Similar to the technology used in sleep apps like Sleep Genius and Sleep Cycle, these new beds are equipped to wake you up during the most sensible time of your sleep cycle. These beds became popular in 2201, and were tested on college campuses in hopes to improve the quality of sleep for college students in America.

Choosing an outfit can be done in the comfort of your own bed, due to smart closets that have images of you in each of your clothing pieces. Similar to Cher’s closet in the movie Clueless, with your smart closest you can scroll through all the pieces of your wardrobe and put them together based on what you see that looks best on you. The smart closet can also make recommendations based on trends of outfit pairings that you wore in the past, and also based on the weather. This is all possible due to technology in your clothes to be virtually downloaded into your closet. From that point, your closet will 3D scan you in your under clothes, and you will be able to play dress up without ever actually trying things on.

Now you must pack your bag for class. Laptops have not been a necessity for college students since the Microsoft and Google collaborated to create smart vision, in which users wear contacts or glasses to interact with their learning environments. Smart vision is used mainly for educational purposes, though there are design companies that uses it as well.

After getting yourself ready for your day, you must visit the dining hall for breakfast. The menus are displayed from interactive hologram projectors that allow you to see how the food looks, the health facts for each entrée, and the wait time for fresh food. This is helpful for students who don’t want to waste a meal swipe on entrées that you don’t want to eat.  Americans are more health conscious now because there has been research that found fast food as one of the main causes for a group of deadly diseases. As a result, fast food was outlawed in America, though you can still find unhealthy foods on the black market.

To get to class from you building you decide to take your Samsung smart bike for some exercise. This bike is synced with your daily calendar, and is able to recommend the best route to class based on how much time you have. This bike can also be powered by solar energy, which helps you power up hills with ease if you’re not up for an intense workout. On your way to class you see student flying by with their hover boards that actually hover off the ground.

In class, it’s very important to stay engaged in class because the teaching styles at universities are more hands-on, no need for taking notes and memorization because you’re taught to understand the material and think about it in a new way for the learning process. During your 45-minute lunch break, you head to the digital cluster, a large work room space for smart vision users to have a blank space to browse web pages, do research, or communicate with friends. You decide to engage in online shopping, where you decide to order some new slippers. After leaving your next class. Your slippers are delivered to you through Amazon Prime drone delivery. Drones are used for every type of delivery, so most packages can get to you within hours instead of days.

When you get home you meet up with your friends to discuss your travel plans for spring break vacation. Your mode of travel will be teleportation, a faster way to travel across the country, with drone traffic congesting the airways in the sky. However, teleporting is usually only used for short trips because bags are really expensive to teleport. After you all solidify the logistics, you all decide to head to the campus VR theater. Each of you and your friends choose a front row seat, and when the lights come back on, you’re taken to the Beyoncé concert experience. You’re in the Houston NRG stadium and you can feel the bass of the concert speakers booming through your body as you sing along to Beyoncé’s hit song, “Crazy in Love”. After the concert the campus alien invaders game competition will commence. Everyone checkouts a smart shirt so each opponent will be able to see each other in the game. As you kill an alien you feel the guts splatter on your face and clothes. As you try to wipe off all the gunk, you fall into a snake pit. Just as you feel the python snake inching around your neck, your shirt gives you a slight vibration, and you’re shocked out of the game from being killed. After that near death VR experience, you decide to go to home.

When you get to your room you get ready for a shower. Before going into the bathroom you toss your clothes in your smart closet where the clothes are sorted to the dirty clothes. The dirty clothes are displayed as unavailable in the interactive closer so you won’t accidentally create an outfit that isn’t clean. After your clothes are sorted you head to your bathroom to shower. Though there are models of smart showers, equipped with a self-cleaning feature, the dorm showers are just regular. After the shower you sit at your desk and look at your homework assignments through the smart vision. After completing your assignments, you decide to watch your favorite 3D book, where each page is acted out by 3D-scanned actors for the characters. This is all projected through the exterior of a book binding, similar to the old school pop up books.

After watching your last chapter, you receive a hologram Skype call from your tablet that’s connected to your smart vision. You simply nod your head to accept that call, and within the next moment your mom and dad can see your whole dorm room. Your mom comments about how you shouldn’t be watching books this late, but your dad remarks that it’s what they did when they were your age. After your conversation with your parents, you fall asleep.

Now we will go over the problems with society in reaction to the new technologies since the 21st century. The biggest threat in the year 2316 is hackers. We’ve known about these individuals since the internet and computers were invented, but in the year 2316, this problem is tenfold with everyone’s lives literally being online. The most dangerous hacking event happened last year when a group of middle aged hackers attempted to hack into the Amazon Prime shipping drones, attempting to aim the drones at people. Luckily, the government was able to intercept these attacks, but it was definitely an eye opener for the country and the world on taking safety precautions when around drones. When drones were first being sold in the early 2000s, every precaution was taken for the safety of living things; animals, humans, etc. But since the technology has become more important to consumers, they’ve unknowingly waived their rights to safety in the outdoors. Other common items that have been hacked are smart vision, smart beds, and basically anything with an internet connection. There have been many laws and acts enacted in an effort to stop hackers but the problem persists because truly professional hackers can remain anonymous.

200 years from now, life will be more exciting and technology based than the world we are familiar with today. It’s hard to imagine the new technologies as they are developed, especially in speculation on what will be the next ‘iPhone’ phenomenon. New technological advancements are always fun to hear about so I will remain an avid tech enthusiast, always open to trying new things to change my life for the better through technology.

 

Field Test – Jason Mussman

The Issue:

How can people experience the daily life of others in a complete environment like they are actually that person.

Equipment:

Giroptic 360cam.  $499

“Three eyes and three ears to capture everything around you and make your 360 degree photos and videos as immersive as reality itself: Up. Down. All-Around.

The 360cam is a beautiful, yet highly technical, device that is busting open creative and recording possibilities for a wide variety of usages.”

http://us.360.tv/en/camera/8-360cam-3760135820009.html

 

The Hypothesis:

If I take the 360 cam with me for a day and photograph everywhere and everything I do for that day it will allow others to experience my life.  Viewers will get to have a 360° view of my surroundings and actually feel like they are in my shoes.

 

Results:

All the people I showed the video to said they felt like they were me or with me.  The hypothesis was proven and as you can see for yourself using the power of 360° video users can experience life from other peoples perspectives.

 

 

Sensors and Journalism

I found this sensor on the spark fun website. I thought it would be interesting to make use of this kind of flex sensor to measure erosion levels in a small community. Many communities in my country are suffering from very serious erosion problems, I think by making use of this tool, journalists can gather the data they need to tell the story well. Screen Shot 2016-05-11 at 2.25.50 AM

Also in the city I come from, there have been several cases of houses collapsing. I think this tool can be useful in measuring how deflected a house has become over time, thereby predicting and possibly preventing greater accidents. It would also be very useful information for the journalist. Screen Shot 2016-05-11 at 2.42.07 AM

The range sensor is another interesting sensor. a community that has problems with safety can use these range sensors to know how many people have their property trespassed within a certain number of times. gathering the different information from this sensor can be useful in telling a good investigative journalism story. Also in protected properties like museums, sensors like this can also be very useful.

Drones and Broadcast Journalism

My future career is broadcast journalism. I believe that drones will affect my field in many different ways. By making use of drones, journalists will be able to capture videos of events that they may not be able to physically go to. For instance, in reporting something like a fire outbreak, journalists are usually not allowed to cross a certain limit because of the risks involved and the seriousness of the case. but with a drone, journalists will be able to take video from angles that would have been otherwise impossible. Also, since drones are in different sizes, small drones can be used to take video of places that a normal human being may not be able to go to.

Vision Paper- Flourish Chukwurah

According to the American Press Institute, journalism is the activity of gathering, assessing, creating and presenting news and information. In the past, “seasoned professionals” who have been trained in institutions did practiced journalism. They gathered the news, assessed it, created it and presented the information in either print or broadcast formats.

However, with the introduction of the Internet, the practice of journalism has changed and is changing significantly. At first, the Internet was an added tool for the journalist to gather and disseminate information quickly. It also broke the barriers of time and space, thereby making the world a “global village.” This looked good for the professional journalists until recent times when social media has become extremely popular.

Current situation for journalism

It’s no longer a tool for journalists, but now a platform for everybody, trained or not, to practice gathering, assessing, creating and presenting news. This has obviously changed the definition of who a journalist is. In fact, many people have predicted that in the future the broadcast news will die like newspapers.

There would be no jobs for broadcast journalists because people do not need to wait for the 9pm news anymore and they can get whatever information they want ant whatever time. Everybody that has a smartphone and Internet connection can now function as a citizen journalist.

Citizen Journalism and the Internet

I believe that there are a lot of good things about citizen journalism as a whole but there are also some negatives. A recent case is the case of the Boston bombing suspect and the Reddit user. Reddit is a social news networking service that allows community members to submit news stories.

On April 15, 2013 two bombs exploded during the Boston marathon and in less than 24 hours the picture of Sunil Tripathi had spread all over Reddit as one of the suspected bombers. Investigations later revealed that Sunil Tripathi was a 22- year- old Brown University student who had been missing for over eight weeks. On April 23rd, his body was found.

This story, amongst others, has revealed the weaknesses of putting the duty of journalism in the hands of citizens.With more and more cases like this surfacing, a level of trust people have in getting news from the Internet is beginning to decline.

 

Prediction

My prediction is that in the nearest future, newsrooms are going to collaborate more with citizen journalists and people are going to eventually go back to watching the news on television or at least receiving news from official news organizations.

For example citizen journalists have access to the news on the spot. They are able to report the news from a place of really experiencing the situation and also expertise in whatever field they are reporting on. While local reporters/ trained journalists have the skill of vetting and verifying the information that they are given and also identifying what information will benefit the public more.

Merging both citizen journalism and traditional reporting on the same platform will make news available to the public quicker and faster and it will also make it possible for professional journalists to verify the news before it is sent out.

Collaborations like this, are already happening. Fox news and Fresco just recently signed an agreement with a company called Fresco. Fresco is a citizen journalism platform that allows people to take pictures and videos of breaking news events. The new agreement between Fresco and Fox allows people to get paid for the pictures and videos that they post and also to ensure that they are valid, the picture is only acceptable if they are taken within the radius of the event. Journalists at Fox then verify the sources of these materials before they are sent out.

CNN created the “CNN iReport” platform in 2006. It is a platform that allows people from across the world to send in their photos and videos from breaking news events, or news of any kind. Last year there were IReport stories of youths in Nepal rebuilding their country after an earthquake.

Broadcasting this on a global platform like CNN could open opportunities for the country. According to CNN, in 2012 they received 10,789 posts from across the world and out of that, 10,789 were approved to be broadcasted on CNN TV and featured on the website. CNN also divides up the stories into six categories: breaking news, original reporting, compelling imagery, personal story, commentary and in- depth story telling.

This platform makes it possible for the local newsroom to perform a supervisory role over the kind of information that circulates around the society thereby sufficing for the “public good” consciousness that citizen journalists may not have.

In summary, my vision for the broadcast journalism field is that the world of social media newsgathering and dissemination and professional journalism is going to become one. Because of the importance of fact-checking and verification, which is one of the greatest weaknesses of getting news on the internet, people are going to always need the job of a professionally trained journalist.

People may not need to sit in front of their television sets to get the news because they would be able to experience it themselves at the comfort of their homes with the help of a journalist. Journalism is definitely going to adapt the new emerging tools like virtual reality and 360 videos to make the stories more immersive.

Vision Paper – Jason Mussman

What does the future look like?  Its difficult to tell but just seeing what we’ve accomplished now and seeing everything that’s been done and imagining is pretty incredible.  I’m going to break this paper up into roughly 6 parts, I apologize in advance for jumping around, I got excited and kept thinking of new ideas as I was writing:  Military, Health, Transportation, Entertainment, Business, Homes.

To start off the streets of the city will be completely different.  Only very basic travel will take place on ground.  Shuttles are going to be extremely popular in cities of the future. Like current subway systems but these will be state of the art and above ground.  These shuttles will stop every couple of blocks and will be the primary method from city travel.  Every individual owning a car in the city is pointless.  If someone cannot walk from the shuttle stop to their location a ground vehicle will be available but the number of ground vehicles will be very low.

What do you think the military of the future looks like? Well, ground soldiers and ground invasions are a thing of the past.  Same with large aircraft carriers.  The new aircraft carrier is a flying aircraft carrier.  This aircraft carrier will look something like this.   Military intelligence will be at an all time high.  The military will have satellites everywhere in space and will be able to get real time information on any location desired.  Planes aren’t going to change that much other than they are going to be able to hover more and travel at faster speeds.  The weapons systems in the planes are going to change.  Projectile weapons are a thing of the past.  No longer does a plane need to fire a rocket and then watch as that rockets hit its target.  Planes will now have lasers (Seriously).  These lasers will be able to target specific aircraft the same as rockets can its just they are so much faster.

Also long military conflicts are a thing of the past.  Defense spending has gone down because all countries of the world have such powerful technology, kind of like Mutually Assured Destruction.  Still conflicts exist between countries but they aren’t solved militaristically, they are solved more through negotiations.  If needed military ground forces are going to be led through human fighters in exoskeletons.  These exoskeletons will provide the soldiers increased skills such as increased stamina, focus, strength and speed.  These suits will also be able to withstand form whatever ground weapons of the future are being thrown at them.  The suits will also present camouflage ability to help the wearer appear invisible if need be in the environment.  However, soldiers can still be detected by IR and Heat maps.  No more will weapons fire be accidental also.  Weapons will be able to lock onto targets and execute with precious accuracy.  Military weapons will still have the ability to kill targets if necessary however most weapons will be lasers that are set to stun which makes the victim go unconscious for 1 hour.  This will be the same technology that police of the future have.  Police will cary stun guns that work the same as current projectile weapons but only stun the victim for an hour.  The Air Force is going to be the largest branch of the armed services.  Military command will actually be in outer space.  Yes, the Pentagon will be moved to an orbit around the Earth.  This will be to protect the building and those in it.  Also traveling from this base will be extremely easy, vehicles will be able to reach the base in minutes.  Most militaries are going to be smaller in size in physical soldiers but large in terms of what technology can do.

Now let’s talk about health.  Diseases are virtually all cured.  Cancer is a thing of the past and simple diseases do not occur because of medical advancements.  Emergency rooms are still around for your everyday emergency but longterm diseases and recovery are no more.  If any diseases were to occur the patient would go to the hospital and be scanned.  The machine would identify the type of disease and issue the appropriate treatment.  First aid has also advanced exponentially.  Simple lacerations can be healed within seconds because of new creams available.  Also medical emergency transportation will all be done by aerial ambulances (will discuss more in transportation).  Most first aid problems can be solved with simple over the counter treatments however if something more serious happens hospitals will have the technology to fix in most cases around an hour.

One of the biggest improvements in the future will be transportation.  As discussed earlier in large cities shuttle networks will exist kind of like a futuristic subway.  Ground vehicles will have the ability to hover instead of physical wheels on the ground.  All the roads will be smart roads and they will be connected to the cars.  No one needs to drive anymore cars now completely drive themselves.  They also travel at extremely high speeds about 150mph+.  Transportation between cities, states and even intercontinental will also be completely redone.  Thanks to Elon Musk and the Hyperloop transportation between NY and LA now only takes about 30 minutes.  The same amount of time it would have taken past me to travel from my home in Long Island to my job in NYC.  Transportation in cities will also be extremely fast but because of the crowdedness in the city it can still take a bit.  Emergency transportation will also be hovering shuttles.  These shuttles will be connected with the roads and can get emergency responders to their location ASAP.  Information will also be sent to other cars on the road and the other cars will know to take an alternate path and provide access to Emergency Services.  These vehicles will not operate on the same roads as regular vehicles instead will be elevated to move faster.

Let’s talk about package delivery and shopping.  All packages bought on whatever the new Amazon will be are going to be able to be delivered within minutes how?  Drones, Drones, Drones.  Drones are going to operate on a different level of airspace than emergency services and planes.  These drones will not be human piloted but will have their own highway networks and will be able to find out where the package is going to be delivered and get the package there within 30 minutes of time ordered.  Drones will also be used to deliver pizzas, sandwich’s and anything else anyone orders.  The drones will operate completely on their own network.

Picking out clothes is now extremely easy online.  Thanks to virtual imaging and scanning you can try on any clothes and visualize yourself in them thanks to your virtual mirror.  You can swipe through as many outfit configurations as you want and then order it and they will be delivered via drone in minutes.  Payment is also extremely easy.  Cash will be virtual, like bitcoin but payment will be as easy as waving your wrist.  Your wallet, phone and keys are all going to be part of a system that every American has.  This system is connected to your wrist and also monitors your health data.  If the program sense that you are about to have a heart attack it will notify emergency services and they will automatically be dispatched to you.  Whenever you are at a store and see something you like you grab it and the store scans it as you are leaving the store.  This is the future of payment.  NO longer will you have to wait on line at a cashier but every item will have an RFID tag and when you leave the store the scanner will know what you bought and will charge you for it.

Lets talk about entertainment.  To start off all feature films, TV shows and other videos are shot using 360° video and are played in VR.  HUD and VR are the new TV, along with holograms.  Holograms and VR will differ in forms of entertainment but both will be available mainstream.  Entertainment systems will be similar to what’s available now such as the HTC vive.  Users will be able to put a headset on and enter a virtual world.  In this virtual world you are an avatar and control the game play.  When you put on this headset you feel like you are actually the player.  If you get shot you feel as you got shot (Obviously no real damage is done).  But these systems make you feel like you are apart of the game.  These virtual gaming networks will be very popular and everyone will be able to use them (Kind of picture the movie Spy Kids 3d Game Over).  Television and Film are all shot and viewed in VR.  This provides an amazing entertainment experience.

The last two things I want to talk about are the home of the future and the jobs of the future.  The home of the future will be completely smart and will talk to the user.  You can choose a name and a voice for your home and ask it anything.  Kind of like a giant advanced Siri all over your home.  The home will be able to nicely wake you in the morning, open the blinds, cook you the meal you selected the night before.  Your home will also be able to have a virtual holographic assistant who can help you with simple tasks such as putting away the groceries.  To conclude I briefly want to talk about my job in the future.  I’m an advertising programmer, so all holographic advertisements you see in the street are mine.  I’ve created programs that can actually recognize a specific program and target them with relevant ads as they are walking down the street.  The smart boards will be able to “read” a person and tell if they are let’s say hungry, if hungry they will recommend a good restaurant close by.  If they are sick the ad will show them medicine that they should take etc.  The future is going to hold crazy technological advancements and I can probably write a 200 page essay on it, but for now this is all.