Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Autonomous Car Programming

     When programming self-driving cars, ethical reasoning is required to program the vehicles to make good "decisions." If an autonomous car has to decide in a split second whether to hit an SUV or a Mini Cooper, one would probably want to program the car to minimize harm. Considering the fact that the accident victim in the larger vehicle is usually safer, the robo-car will have to either try for the safety of it's passengers or the other car's. I really cannot choose. All I would want is for the car to minimize harm, and protect its passengers. I have the same opinion with the motorcycle situation. Minimize harm.
     As far as decision making by random number generator, I think it's a really, not good idea. There should be logic involved, and reasonable decision making. No one wants outcomes from sheer randomness, even if it does work that way in human nature. The point with autonomous cars is to eliminate human error, not mimic it. Just as well, if a car makes its own decisions its "driver" should not be held responsible for any outcomes. The driver can only be held accountable if the driver manually controlled the car or made their own decision. Personally, I think we have a long way to go, a lot of problems to overcome, and a lot of big political, economocal, and ethical decisions to make as a society.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Passion Project Update #3

     I think we're about halfway through our working span for Passion Projects. And I have almost all f my ideas in place. I'd like to add a few more things to lengthen the project. So far, it's about 10 slides long, and will run rather quickly if I don't expand some more. But I'm not worried, because I could yap on and on for hours about my topic. I feel that the project so far is quite informative and will be lots of fun to present. Come to think on it, I'm coming up with some ideas right now! I'd better get to work before I forget!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Passion Project Update #2

     With my first Passion Project for this year, I'm now on track with a good, solid idea. I'm going to focus on informing others about hobbiests' efforts to preserve antique machines, tools, and equipment. I haven't done many projects on such a topic, because I've felt that I've been a bit repetitive with these topics in the past. But my classmates support my ideas, and this is what I really love to do, so I'm sticking with it. I haven't gotten much done yet though, as I'm developing my ideas as I go. And I want to keep in mind that I should be conveying the ideas, not my presentaion. In the meantime, happy typing guys!

Passion Project Update #1

I've recently begun my first Passion Project of the year, and I have lots of ideas, but I'm not sure which ones I want to use. There's a lot of brainstorming to be done first, so I'm just going to keep developing topics and choose which ones I ike best. I'm planning to do a project on a topic I love the most, but haven't done any projects on recently. Old machines! And I'm tinking I would like to do more talking than reading this year... In the past, I haven't included as much audience interaction and visuals as I should, so I'm going to focus on that a lot this year. Wish me luck!

Thursday, November 14, 2013


The purpose of grades in the academic system here in the U.S. is simple, to show progress of students, and they reflect how both a/the student and teacher is doing. But I feel that the current 1-100 percent grading system is becoming obsolete, and that a standards-based grading system is more suited to our goal-achieving prospect. I say this because the standards-based system better reflects how the student is doing by pointing out what specific skill or skills the student is slacking in. Then the student can focus more on improving those skills or that skill. We need to start implementing these grading techniques so we can improve our academic system.

Passion Projects - Midway in The Making

My passion project is, more like has come along nicely! I have MANY slides and I believe I am just about done. My plan is to keep researching more, and maybe add a slide or two more. Other than that, I'm going to keep reading it over and over until my eyes fall out because it's so awesome!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

How's 8th grade so far?

I am having a great time so far into the journey that is 8th grade! I can't wait to meet new friends and explore new topics! I like all of my teachers, I don't get a lot of homework if any, and I don't have to take Composition or Geometry because I'm in ROGATE, again!  I live on a farm here in Columbus and enjoy the outdoors. And I got t take a Friday off last month for a tractor show. I exhibited 2 tractors, and learned to plow on a 1932 Farmall F20! I AM HAPPY!