Can the Internet of Things Help Depression?




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Basically for this final week of BCM206, I draw upon what I’ve learnt throughout the session to discuss how the Internet of Things is kinda insidious. But also how it could potentially be used to help with mental and physical health.

The Toaster Example

Mood-Aware Wearables


The Future is Dark

Is the future of the internet a dark place where illegally bought ‘sock puppets’ will rule public opinion?

So from the week 11 lecture in BCM206, Ted seemed to foretell a rather depressing state of affairs for our beloved internet.

It may overrun by sock puppets; computer generated personas that have almost entirely foolproof internet lives, which are used to sway an argument online, with each bot providing the same opinion.

(As happened in China)

So theoretically it could be used to influence even government elections.

Dark indeed.

Hackers: Then and Now

What I found most interesting in week 10’s lecture on hackers and hacktivism was how much has changed from the origin of hackers to now.

It seems to me that the hackers of the 80s were seen as a serious threat to the general public’s safety.

The first global IBM-compatible virus epidemic was detected. Brain, which infected the boot sector, was able to spread practically worldwide within a few months. The almost total lack of awareness in the computing community of how to protect machines against viruses ensured Brain’s success. In fact, the appearance of numerous science fiction works on the topic only strengthened the panic, instead of teaching people about security.”

But today’s hackers are seen as a joke…

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By Tayla Bosley

…or sometimes simply ‘whistle blowers’ such as Julian Assange.

I guess I’m just interested in how this change has occurred, and what is means for the future of hacking.


In this video remediation of BCM206 Week 9’s topic of social media revolutions, I go further into the cultural, technological, and generational factors that can lead to #revolution.

I found it interesting that it is the new generations of oppressed peoples, the one who have grown up with social media, that are the one shirking their cultural traits of acceptance and patience.

Instead they seem to choose the now, and the active.


Attia, A., Aziz, N., Friedman, B. and Elhusseiny, M. (2011). Commentary: The impact of social networking tools on political change in Egypt’s “Revolution 2.0”. Electronic Commerce Research and Applications, 10(4), pp.369-374.

**Apologies for the awful audio**

An Apple a day keeps innovators away

By Tayla Bosley

So Apple is a walled garden.

Google/Android is a free platform.

Why does that matter?

What I felt throughout the BCM206 week 7 lecture was that, if Apple is a walled garden, tended to by only a few gardeners (read: coders), how can it compete with the forest that is Google, which is tended by volunteers that each create their own piece of paradise within the wilds?

Well according to World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Apple simply can’t be as widespread, or as innovative as Google and its Android operating system.

Without letting people into the garden to do as they wish, Apple may never reach the creativity and freedom of Google.

But perhaps people don’t want that.

Perhaps they’re happy to give up control for safety.

Which, if true, sets a dangerous precedent for the future of technology.


Zhu Li Can’t Do the Thing

By Tayla Bosley

The distributed network gave power to the users of the internet in the 50s. With its eventual popularity, the internet became the ultimate creative, free-play space for people to interact with, create, and enjoy content.

But as we learnt in week 6’s BCM206 lecture, we have quickly become afraid of the unlimited space of the internet, and so created big, strong walls to protect ourselves… from ourselves?

We have given up the power to tell technology exactly what we want to do.

This is because, just like in 2001: A Space Odyssey, those in charge (gatekeepers), have decided that we cannot be trusted with the power to choose, not in their space at least.

So I guess now we have to choose to accept our limited existence…

or evolve…