Lecture 7 – Hard and Soft Technology

This week the turn out and focus levels in the lecture were pretty lax! Since straight after the lecture, the first seminar group was presenting their Prototypes – myself included, people were either too busy working on the assignment to come to the lecture, or busy thinking about the assignment and not fully paying attention to the lecture.

However, this isn’t a major problem, as the lecture basically served as an introduction to the topics for the next two weeks and prompted us to think about certain elements of technology individually before the next two lectures. So over the next few weeks we shall be discussing first hardware and then software. First though, we must think about how we define hardware and software. Does Cloud technology work as software, even though it’s based on hardware? The items we save to Cloud servers is physically saved to a hard drive somewhere, we just can’t see it.

We also discussed Halt and Catch Fire, (Season 1 trailer above!) a series that began airing on AMC in 2014 and is now available on Amazon Video. Our lecturer highly recommends that we watch this series, which follows the rise in popularity of personal computers in the 1980’s and the invention of the internet in the 1990’s. After checking out the trailer, it’s definitely on my to-do list to have a butchers at this interesting looking series! In the meantime I’l be doing some research into the contrast between hardware and software and getting the reading done ready for the next two lectures!


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