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  • Taavi 12:30 on November 3, 2011 Permalink |
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    Why make future vision videos? 

    Almost every tech company out there decides to publish future vision videos. It seems like a waste of time to spend time on making videos of ideas rather than trying to enliven them. So why do they still waste endless amounts of time on making the visual representations?

    How do you explain an idea totally to other individuals? The easiest answer would most probably be by giving a visual image. It is usually done by describing the idea which would create an image in the target’s head. It is a great way to explain an idea to a handful of people but moving from a small group to a larger one would cause issues. One of them would be that all individuals are different and understand the idea differently. Thus to give a single representation which cannot be interpreted differently a video is made. Video gives a lot of flexibility but is still almost identically interpreted.

    A real life example could also be brought out by showing a video. People usually do not get the idea of a real life example without seeing it in live action. Saying that the new iPhone 4S can be told assignments like “What is the nearest Asian restaurant?” does not really create this “wow” moment. However seeing the Siri promotional video where a man is driving a car and tells the phone to remind him to call his wife when he gets home, and the phone actually completes the task is really surprising and makes the audience believe in the idea. This is known as “seeing is believing”. The same is true for the future visions as after seeing the future vision videos people can see that the idea is useful and can actually be made possible. Therefore future vision videos are made to turn people into believers.

    Visionaries often do not gather too many people around themselves. However showing visionary videos to large audiences makes it possible to find workforce. Usually future vision videos are made to show ideas that cannot be completed with the technology present. Therefore the visionaries need people with skill set and equipment who can turn the idea into reality. The easiest way as seen from the last paragraph is to make a video. This would make competitors start working on similar ideas and keep them occupied, bring new workers to the company and win support by the buyers. Also these videos will inspire the scholars to start working towards a better future.

    Precious time is spent on videos in order to share ideas, make them believable and find people to work on it. So future vision videos provide everything that is required to start from an idea and end up in reality.

  • Paavo Viilup 06:04 on May 2, 2011 Permalink |
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    May 02 (@home with daughter) 

    As promised, Mondays will be dedicated to writing small essay-ish texts. The length of these should be approximately 300-400 words and the topics will obviously vary. Today, we’ll focus on the social aspect of the ITGS triangle. You have three topics to choose from:

    1) Did tweeting force the White House to make an announcement on Osama bin Laden’s death earlier than planned and what does this imply? (see http://techme.me/BV0P, hover your mouse over the discussion section to see a + sign which will show a list of articles discussing the topic) ((when referencing, reference)
    2) Do you think worrying over Apple’s collection of location data is a valid concern? (http://techme.me/BTVE)
    3) topic of choice (i.e. make your own and post it as a comment)

    EDIT: please use the tag mondaytask1 when posting.

  • Paavo Viilup 10:06 on April 25, 2011 Permalink |
    Tags: classactivity   

    April 25 


    read this: [redacted]

    Do you understand the text and what is being described? What else would you like to know about the proposed solution? Is anything especially unclear? Do comment.

    Secondly, research filesystems. One group (of three) – FAT32 and NTFS, second group – ext2, HFS. Presentations tomorrow. Use Prezi or something, not boring old PP/GDocs.

    • Erik-Silver Toomere 10:17 on April 25, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Duchebag, Sepp, Viin – SLIM32 and FPS
      Alex, Taavi, Juden – ext2, HFS

    • Paavo Viilup 12:13 on April 25, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The comments on the text. Make it so.

      • Silver 17:30 on April 25, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Personally I wouldn’t use something like this because lets face it… Who needs more supervision? Don’t we have enough already? Why would I want to keep track of what I do? (perhaps if I was suffering from severe anterograde amnesia…)… but what ever floats ones boat 😀
        But as when one is already hoocked, it could prove to be a good advertising/money-making application.
        and yes, games=fun=win….
        Lots of Yoda speech Paavo is using, yes.

    • Erik-Silver Toomere 14:56 on April 25, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The name will remind those who are most likely interested in this solution the game Bioshock, was that intended or just accidental?
      Also, this is another fine example of the ‘gamified world’ that we live in, on which there is an interesting video here: http://youtu.be/_JXlf_z_px4

    • Sander 18:52 on April 25, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This is a good idea. However you’re playing on the edge of awesome and big brother-ness. Of course, getting cheevos for daily activities is a great idea, and would surely motivate me to do some form of “preferable” social activity. You could sell the idea to foursquare as an extension of their site 😛 . However, I think that it would be better if it actually was an app for smartphones. People would feel more comfortable if they had more control and certainly an “OFF” button they could hit at any time. If the telecom providers get in on the fun, it may result in crazy hippies going wild and setting fire to your servers. Whereas having it be an app would still stay on the safe side, somewhat. In addition, users should have more control about what’s monitored. Just to, you know, be safe, and, uhm, things.

      • Joel L 05:50 on April 26, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yes, valid points.

        Though most of it is all about perception. That is, your cell service provider knows everything you do and where you are anyway.

        Having a user-facing system to show you that info changes nothing about the true big-brotherness of today’s technology.

    • Paavo Viilup 06:39 on April 26, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks for the comments!

  • Paavo Viilup 07:39 on April 12, 2011 Permalink |
    Tags: classactivity   

    Interface design 

    Today’s link: http://www.slideshare.net/hanspoldoja/user-interface-prototyping-techniques?from=share_email

  • Paavo Viilup 05:43 on March 14, 2011 Permalink |
    Tags: classactivity   


    At home with child before one, at a seminar afterwards. Thus, last Tuesday’s task applies (there should also be more info on this now): “lease write a semi-formal essay on Estonia e-election of 2011 focusing on the ITGS triangle. The structure of this piece of writing can, FOR EXAMPLE, be: intro, aspect 1 (pick one topic), aspect 2 (pick one topic), aspect 3 (pick one topic), conclusion. The aspects are the sides of the triangle.”

    On Tuesday, PHP etc with Joel, on Thursday, your chosen projects.

  • Paavo Viilup 09:56 on March 8, 2011 Permalink |
    Tags: classactivity   


    Known as “stomach flu” in Estonian, I am now in the grip of this horrid disease. Things just do not work out as they are supposed to, lately.

    Anyway, I was planning on having a discussion on the whole e-election circus (both the electronic voting and the database problems), but apparently you’ll have to resort to the good-ol’ finger and keyboard combo.

    Thus, please write a semi-formal essay on Estonia e-election of 2011 focusing on the ITGS triangle. The structure of this piece of writing can, FOR EXAMPLE, be: intro, aspect 1 (pick one topic), aspect 2 (pick one topic), aspect 3 (pick one topic), conclusion. The aspects are the sides of the triangle.

    • Sander 10:55 on March 8, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      There is no information available on this, and most of us did not follow the elections, so writing an essay on this will prove somewhat difficult. Please give us another topic, or an extra task concerning our HTML or PHP assignment.

    • Paavo Viilup 12:32 on March 8, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Sorry, I was asleep (feeling really ill here). I think the least you can do is write on the whole idea of electronic voting. Also, I’m pretty certain following the elections is hidden somewhere in the IB student profile as a given. Thus, make brains explode.

  • Paavo Viilup 09:22 on February 15, 2011 Permalink |
    Tags: classactivity, education,   

    Khan Academy (class of Feb 15) 

    Read this: http://singularityhub.com/2011/02/13/yes-the-khan-academy-is-the-future-of-education-video/

    In a blog post, summarise three key ideas presented in the article.

    Then, we’ll watch the video posted in the article.

    Evaluate Khan Academy’s usefulness from a personal perspective. Write approx. 150-200 words.

    The ITGS triangle and Khan Academy:

    IT systems: analyse the the hardware and software necessary to implement Khan Academy as a learning tool in an average Estonian school (approx. 300 words).

    Area of impact: education: Evaluate the possibilities of Khan Academy changing something permanently in education (approx. 300 words).

    Social and ethical concerns: Identify and evaluate at least two social/ethical concerns related to implementing Khan Academy in Estonian schools (approx. 300 words).

    Further instructions to follow during class.

  • Paavo Viilup 17:28 on January 26, 2011 Permalink |
    Tags: classactivity, skype   

    January 27 

    Please either log on to the teacher’s computer and start Skype (add paavov) or take the webcam, attach it to somebody’s laptop and log on to Skype.

  • Paavo Viilup 08:28 on January 17, 2011 Permalink |
    Tags: classactivity, , , , socialmedia   

    Week 03 

    Hand was fixed on Friday morning, but as my daughter caught pneumonia, I’m the obvious choice to remain home with her with my CAST-FREE yet wooden (not literally, obv, although I do have a T-shaped titanium plate in my finger now, T as in Terminator) hand. Thus, here are the tasks for this week, I will be back on January 24 and we’ll dedicate next week to starting the ITGS project.

  • Paavo Viilup 06:57 on January 10, 2011 Permalink |
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    Hopefully having my hand operated on tod… 

    Hopefully having my hand operated on today. Will be away at least this week, will see about the next.

    Here are the tasks for the week:

    • convert your previous post back into ASCII (unless you’re Erik)
    • Monday: prepare a talk in which you explain the following article to regular people (http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2011/01/windows-8-to-come-in-arm-soc-flavors.ars)
    • Tuesday: continue with the talk. Also add key terms from chapters 5 & 6 to the wiki. Each key term should have two explanations in case you find two rather different ones (thus, look for two/three, then decide). Read chapters 5 & 6.
    • Thursday: form three groups, pick a topic, prepare a presentation for Monday. The topics are: 1) HTML/HTML5; 2) CSS; 3) PHP (and databases)

    In case I’ll return next Monday, we’ll listen to the talks and enjoy the presentations. Also, your key term wiki efforts will be evaluated.

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