My Reflection on Class

I feel that throughout the semester, I had learned a great deal from this course. I had learned a great deal of the history of the digital age, and the period of technological development going back centuries before it. The contributions of figures such as Ava Lovelace helped increase my understanding of the role that women had in technological development and of the history of information. I have a much more well rounded view of not only the history of the information age since WWII, but also the advancement of technology and of communication methods/ technology going back to early humanity. Whether it be cave paintings or the rise of AI, the human experience was in large part defined by the transformations we covered in the course. The role of various aspects of the history we covered was fascinating as well, such as the importance of the telegram for instance, or propaganda. The role of propaganda in particular was fun and very interesting within the context of the class, as the propaganda project our group worked on was very fun and engaging. I learned a great deal from my peers on how to create the ideal propaganda campaign, as well as simply having fun creating the page on the environmental issues that were relevant to creating propaganda opposing the practices of the “Deebler Elves”. The role of propaganda also came up once more in my meme assignment, wherein I created a meme which alluded to the Allie’s misinformation campaigns used to deceive the Germans as where to the Allied landings in Europe would take place. Overall, I would say my understanding and respect for the power of propaganda has increased greatly due to the assignments and lessons of the class. I had been wary due to my technological skills being questionable at times, as I was never particularly tech savvy. However, I was able to sharply improve my ability to utilize technology in the course of the class, as I am far more able to use the UMW site builders and posts, than I was prior. This had also helped me use similar sites and blog posts in two other classes this semester, which would have certainly been more of a burden to understand were it not for how much we used it in this course. The class was also simply put, very fun! I always enjoyed the discussions we had as a class, and within our respective groups. As the times I struggled to understand a particular concept of historical moment, it was alleviated by listening to others who understood. The importance of discussions is something I have always felt was vital to history courses such as this one, as many students who may struggle with a particular topic, would then have the opportunity to understand in a less formal setting. Overall, I quite enjoyed the class and learned a great deal about the history of technology, its uses, how to I feel that throughout the semester, I had learned a great deal from this course. I had learned a great deal of the history of the digital age, and the period of technological development going back centuries before it. The contributions of figures such as Ava Lovelace helped increase my understanding of the role that women had in technological development and of the history of information. I have a much more well rounded view of not only the history of the information age since WWII, but also the advancement of technology and of communication methods/ technology going back to early humanity. Whether it be cave paintings or the rise of AI, the human experience was in large part defined by the transformations we covered in the course. The role of various aspects of the history we covered was fascinating as well, such as the importance of the telegram for instance, or propaganda. The role of propaganda in particular was fun and very interesting within the context of the class, as the propaganda project our group worked on was very fun and engaging. I learned a great deal from my peers on how to create the ideal propaganda campaign, as well as simply having fun creating the page on the environmental issues that were relevant to creating propaganda opposing the practices of the “Deebler Elves”. The role of propaganda also came up once more in my meme assignment, wherein I created a meme which alluded to the Allie’s misinformation campaigns used to deceive the Germans as where to the Allied landings in Europe would take place. Overall, I would say my understanding and respect for the power of propaganda has increased greatly due to the assignments and lessons of the class. I had been wary due to my technological skills being questionable at times, as I was never particularly tech savvy. However, I was able to sharply improve my ability to utilize technology in the course of the class, as I am far more able to use the UMW site builders and posts, than I was prior. This had also helped me use similar sites and blog posts in two other classes this semester, which would have certainly been more of a burden to understand were it not for how much we used it in this course. The class was also simply put, very fun! I always enjoyed the discussions we had as a class, and within our respective groups. As the times I struggled to understand a particular concept of historical moment, it was alleviated by listening to others who understood. The importance of discussions is something I have always felt was vital to history courses such as this one, as many students who may struggle with a particular topic, would then have the opportunity to understand in a less formal setting. how to personally use it, and I had fun as well.

Artificial Intelligence Assignment- Rasputin

https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vR6i4xEvU7MAUAX9m0w3fbxEp9_hdFhyDsZW7skULpPTdGm1XOKb5TUEp_Qmdmuff7IHtxVNbicmfAK/pub?embedded=true

Using AI to research Rasputin and create a generated image of him resulted in some interesting results. The sheer level of detail in the essay itself was markedly interesting to observe, as one can see how such AI tools could be utilized for improper use in educational settings. The essay was rather in depth and contained seemingly accurate information on the historical figure. Whilst I did not include it in the document, the AI was also able to come up with sources and some “citations” (formatted very oddly) which were existing relevant sources. The image created by the AI was also interesting, in so far that the image it had come up with on multiple occasions (and two different sites) were clearly based upon existing black and white photos of Rasputin. This would suggest that the AI is less so being “creative”, but rather using pre existing photos and data on Rasputin to create the image. The entire process of creating the image and essay using AI had shown AI almost certainly will be a valuable piece of technology in the future for those doing research, seeking art, and the public alike.