Great while it Lasted

It has been a bittersweet ride this semester. As happy as I am about classes finally being almost over, I can’t help but to feel sad that this is the last time I am going to feel this way about classes being over. I have learned so much throughout my four years here at Boston College, and I can’t wait to see what the world has in store for me. That being said, I never imagined myself being in a class where all of the assignments were Tweeting and blogging. But it was a pleasant surprise.

I joined the class a week late and missed the first class where Prof. Kane explained to everyone what the assignments and everything was, and so I was super overwhelmed. Sign up for Twitter. Sign up for WordPress. Tweet. Blog. I thought there was no way I would be able to keep up and get through this class. And I thought that no way was there going to be anything super relevant in a class about social media. I was wrong again.

I have become so much more aware of the world and the direction in which industry is heading in this class than any other that I have taken. Whereas most classes look backwards and try to apply old methodology to new situations, this was the first class I have taken that actually looks ahead. It took an awesome look at technology and everything that is happening now, and used that to take a look at the future. And with that being said it set the stage for much more creative thinking and discussion.

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Although I’m still afraid of AI taking over the world Matrix or iRobot style, I have begun to open my eyes to the real possibilities that are afforded because of  this new tech. Yes, new technology is going to take jobs away from people that have them. But I now actually realize that this has happened in the past. This is not a new phenomenon. And we are going to come out of this even more advanced that we were. And the jobs that are created from these technological advances are jobs that we never knew existed.

And before I sign off for good, I just wanted to say one last thank you to everyone in the class who has made this semester one to remember. Thank you for all of the discussion and all of the time and effort put in to make this class the best it could be.

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7 comments

  1. tylercook95 · ·

    Love the meme at the end of this blog. I agree this class was a pleasant surprise! I really liked how refreshing this class was, compared to all the other CSOM classes. I liked your reflection on the AI side of things, I think it was really good to be more informed on that, so I don’t walk around planning for the robots taking over. Thanks for the great blogs!

  2. mmerckbc · ·

    I really like your comment on how this class “looks ahead.” It’s so true. I can’t think of one discussion we had that doesn’t have real-world applications. I was nervous at first when I realized how discussion-based this class was, but it turned out to be the best part. Having the opportunity to hear not only from Professor Kane, but also all of our classmates made the course that more impactful.

  3. JohnWalshFilms · ·

    I agree, this class sets the stage for creative thinking and discussion, and also gives us the tools and frameworks to understand things that will inevitably continue to change in the future. I also appreciated your thoughts on AI – as you said, you and I both will most likely be working in jobs that once did not exist, and this class helped me to be excited and less intimidated by that reality.

  4. Lucy Wilson · ·

    Totally agree with @mmerckbc‘s comment about how this class looks ahead. That observation reminded me of the different times I’ve tried to explain this class to my friends or family members. My description of the course is almost always met with a surprised and unsure response!! Aside from how uniquely and specially this course integrated technology, something else I found particularly unique and beneficial was it’s very open structure. More tangibly, with the way assignments were structured, we as a class decided what was most important or most interesting to talk about. Rarely have I had that experience in my undergraduate career prior to this!!

  5. kkim312 · ·

    Nice closing post! Much like you, coming into the class I was scared of Alexa becoming smarter than me. I always think about the Disney movie Smart House and find similarities between that and the Amazon Echo. The AI lecture was one of my favorites and it really reflected the truth of AI. I think it is really important to think about the future and how AI can disrupt many jobs. At the same time, it is nice to be optimistic and think about all the jobs that might emerge because of it. This class really has been forward thinking and I agree with everything you’ve said!

  6. Jobabes121 · ·

    Great sum up post, Oliver! I cannot agree more with the class design creating “a stage for much more creative thinking and discussion,” and as much as tweeting or blogging are far away from traditional problem sets, there was more room for interesting discussions. And you bring up a good point where technology has already replaced many jobs so far. As we speak about future of work, specifically AI taking over our jobs, it’s just an extension of what has already been happening so far, but at a much larger scale and speed. I’m glad that we learned to seek our next career destination as a place that prepares us for 3-5 years ahead!

  7. phanauer1 · ·

    Great post – I think it sums things up really well and is very relatable to how I and a lot of others in the class felt at the beginning. I also agree with @mmerckbc and @wilsonlucia18 that this class does a great job of looking ahead. It gives a great impression of what to come and how things will or could change as a result. For me, these things, especially with the AI that you said scares you, is not something to necessarily be scared of, but something to be wary of. There are so many possibilities that we can’t even fathom right now that will come of these technologies, and though some of them may eliminate jobs now, they’ll also create new ones we can’t imagine yet. The possibilities are endless and I’m excited to see how it all plays out!

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