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How The Internet Has Changed Us

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Hi I’m William I an artist/designer that has been a participator in the coming of the digital age, and the networked environment. I have a strong passion for observing and studying how advancing technology affects the culture of art and of daily life. 

It is no small exaggeration to say that the internet is now more than ever an integral part of contemporary life, culture, and communication. The internet has changed how we experience many aspects of everyday life. With the coming of the internet there were revolutions in the ways we do things that had already been possible (e.g. new platforms for news to reach masses at greater speeds, or new forms of instant long-distance interpersonal conversation). In other cases, the internet has completely created new forms of experience and interaction (e.g. Constantly changing public information databases, Massive Multiplayer Online Role-playing Games, and Social Medias).

One of the most exciting elements of this great infrastructure is now how it is leaving the confines of our personal computers and is entering the physical world that we interact with. The internet is becoming more than a network for static information, it is now utilized more for constant data collection. We can easily record where we move and at which pace, monitor our caloric intake and heart rate- all while simultaneously backing up and cross referencing this data against our past selves and communities of other people. These implications mean many things for the internet going forward, as we now have more personalized experiences with the internet, but also interactions that are much more public. For example: live streaming our whole day’s activities for others to see is now extremely easy. The internet of things is a burgeoning concept that will soon be even more common place and more apparent in the improvement of daily life.

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