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Answer the following discussion questions.

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  1. Chapter 1:
  2. What is a bit and what does it mean to say that “it’s all just bits”? (Koan 1) Give examples of the things today that are stored in bits?

A bit is a binary digit, the smallest increment of data on a computer. What is meant by “it’s all just bits” is that every image, every video, every text, email, anything you can imagine is stored as bits on your computer. It’s all just bits, lots of them, patterned in ways you cannot see.

  1. Describe, in your own words, Moore’s Law.


iii. Someone offers you a summer job and offers you two pay rates: (1) $10 per hour for 40 hours per week for 30 days or (2) One cent on day 1, two cents and day two, four cents on day three and on (doubling each day) for 30 days. If you were trying to make as much money as possible in 30 days, which pay rate would you choose? What does this illustrate?

  1. Give an example of how the digital explosion is “neither good nor bad” but has both positive and negative implications.
  2. Chapter 2:
  3. What is an RFID tag and what does it do?
  4. What is an EDR and what does it do?

iii. Is it possible to identify someone, perhaps a patient, knowing just his or her gender, birth date, and zip code? Explain.

  1. What is the difference between “big brotherism” and “little brotherism”?

Free Response:

  1. How do you feel about “Big Brother” watching you? Do you think having security cameras everywhere is good or bad?
  2. Is the Privacy Act effective? Explain.

vii. “The digital explosion has scattered the bits of our lives everywhere: records of the clothes we wear, the soaps we wash with, the streets we walk, and the cars we drive and where we drive them.” (pg 20) Marketing companies use these data to build models of our preferences and use these models to recommend products to us.. In 1 or 2 paragraphs, address the question ‘Am I willing to trade some of my privacy for the convenience of having a computer or a company recommend products to me? Why or Why not?’


  1. Chapter 4:
  2. Should a researcher place absolute trust in a search engine? Why or why not?
  3. “The architecture of human knowledge has changed as a result of search.” What does this claim mean?

iii. When you type a word or phrase into the Google search engine, what is the search algorithm that is being used? Does Google’s search engine search the web? Explain

  1. Think of a number between 1 and 100. If you tell me “too high” or “too low”, I can guess the number in 7 guesses. How come? What algorithm makes this possible?
  2. What is a captcha and why are captchas important?

Free Response:

  1. “The architecture of human knowledge has changed as a result of search.” Do you agree?

vii. “Google emerged — from this dilemma at least — with its pocketbooks overflowing and its principles intact.” Do you agree?

viii. What do you think about the differences between Figure 4.10 and Figure 4.11?

  1. Would you retain your search history or delete it? Why?


  1. Chapter 6:
  2. Why should all Internet users be aware of copyrighted material?
  3. What is the NET Act and what is its significance in the history of copyright?

iii. What is a peer-to-peer architecture? Provide an example of at least one well-known peer-to-peer network.

  1. What are Open Access and Creative Commons? How have they impacted the sharing of digital information?


Free Response:

  1. Before reading this chapter, were you aware of copyright infringement? Has the reading raised your awareness of how you use content found on the Internet?
  2. In your opinion, are YouTube users violating copyright terms when they make lyric videos? Why or why not? vii. In your opinion, are computers that use DRAM violating copyright terms? Why or why not?

viii. Select one of the technical innovations described in the chapter and write an explanation of the technical details of this innovation. Try to use terms that someone unfamiliar with the innovation would understand.


  1. Practice Python 3 from:


4.Top 30 innovations of the last 30 years.  Click on link

Or here are some examples

  • 3D Printing. …
  • Social Media. …
  • Public Data. …
  • Search Trends. …
  • Global Positioning Systems (GPS). …
  • Sensors and Sensor Networks. …
  • Smart Things (Grid, Houses, Transportation). …
  • The Internet of Things.


  1. Choose one of the computing innovations from the list.
  2. Search some of these Tech from YouTube channels for at least 1 or more videos about it
  • TechQuickie
  • Wired
  • Mashable
  • TED-Education

iii. Search online for an article about it.

  • Go to PBS Media or Science News
  • Enter your search option
  • Find and read 2 online articles about your topic
  • Write 3-2-1about your computing innovation
  • General: A description of the specific innovation and how it works
  • Describe 3 things you learned. Do not just list the topics!
  • Explain three things you learned from your research that you didn’t know before
  • Formulate 2 questions inspired your research
  • Tell me 1 new feature that you think should be added to your innovation.
  • Create a powrpoint presentation
  • Presentation should contain all items from your 3-2-1
  • Works cited page that lists links to videos and articles from your research.

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