I really enjoyed this project. I was able to create a physical thing which I have never done in any of my cs classes and it gave a different kind of feeling on completion compared to a normal cs project. It was also nice to work in a group of students who were not all cs students and had their face in their computer the whole time.


This class was one of the only classes I enjoyed this semester. Seeing everyone else’s interesting projects come to fruition was really entertaining. The weekly deliverable was the best part of the class, it was able to keep us on track, which is something I personally struggle with. I wish we could have learned a little more about how to give a user a good experience, but creating the project was very fun.


Second Readings

In response to these articles on Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning I will start by delving into this on a personal note. I play way too much of the video game Fifa 18, which is created by EA sports. There is a huge community around this game, and recently there has been mention and an uproar about how EA might be editing you gaming experience based off of data they collect from you. You can find the post here. Now there is a lot of skepticism on whether this is actually a well informed former employee of EA, or just a frustrated keyboard warrior.

The article basically states that EA collects data on how you game, when you game, how often you game, the last time you played the game and if you are on a winning streak or not. Recently there was an opportunity for players to connect their twitch (live streaming app/website) accounts to their EA accounts. And the article goes into a more tinfoil hat type argument that EA could be gaining information on you from Amazon. Amazon owns twitch so theoretically they could be selling your shopping habits and other bits of data to EA through twitch. What the post concludes is that based off of all the data that EA collects on you they can alter your drop rates in the packs (lootboxes) that you open.  This is one of those cautionary tales of how machine learning using big data can be dangerous and unethical.

The European Union passed a law called General Data Protection Regulation in 2016, which will go into effect on the 25th of May. Companies will be forced to disclose what information they have on you when you request it and you can also request that it be deleted. This will be a very interesting day for machine learning since it learns from big data.

Term Project Idea’s

Sensing Infrastructure

  • A blanket that senses the temperature of your skin while you sleep and then automatically turns off if you get too hot and vice versa.
  • Smart toaster that senses when your bread is starting to burn
  • Microwave that turns off at a certain temperature

Retail 2.0

  • An AmazonGo type of store revolution for all sotres (using Greg and Alan’s future wallet)
  • A way to online shop for clothes/shoes and to ensure that they will fit well without of course having the ability to try on what you’re directly buying
  • Next Generation valet parking
  • waiting time for restaurants in your area based off people eating at restaurants


  • Sensors around the house for elderly who need to get up in the middle of the night
  • Removing social stigmas from what it’s like to be “old” or “disabled” and make it something more fun/cool/enjoyable/etc. (physically disabled)

Sharing Transaction’s

  • Mobile I.D’s. Like apple pay, but for your I.D.
  • dating like cooking app
  • a kayak like AI that sees what u want to buy and compares it for similar products on the stores competition

List curated By Greg Borbon, Jacob Heuman, Alan Liu, Jake Tessier

Response to Week 1 Readings

As I was reading the 4th section in Sengers article I became more and more curious as to what date this was written. He mentions Virtual Reality in a source from 2001 and says there was a Virtual Reality machine in Ars Electronica 1999. I had no idea we had that kind of technology nearly 20 years ago, I wonder what the “CAVE” was like. Something that I personally reacted to in the blythe article is the conclusion where he states that the experience we have with something is not all about what is provided to us, but also the mentality we bring. I feel this is an important aspect of our daily life. If we do not arrive at an experience with the right mindset we wont have the experience we want or anticipate.

To answer my earlier question, this is what CAVE looked likeCave