Apple. That one word epitomises the golden age of technology. It is the one company that every tech business wants to become, one company that everyone wants to work for, one company that has been at the forefront of the field. But how did they get there?
Although the majority of us are probably avid users of Apple devices, many of us probably aren’t familiar with the history of the company. Even fewer have found pauses in our busy lifestyles to read any books on Apple and Steve Jobs, despite the variety and availability. However, since you are reading this now, you must have found a moment of time to learn the turning points in the company’s history. Let’s begin.
‘Wild: From Lost To Found’. This is the book that I have focused on during my Graphic Design GCSE final project. For it, I have redesigned the book cover and have created a variety of promotional items for the book.
Minecraft has come along way since its inception in 2009. Many of us know it as the block-by-block sandbox game where users can create anything they want. But up to now we only have seen it in a recreational way. Announced in July, Minecraft has now ventured out into he world of education.
“Minecraft in education is a way to teach, learn and inspire. It’s students visiting ancient civilizations to create and play out their own stories. It’s exploring mathematical concepts like perimeter, area, and volume by breaking and placing Minecraft blocks. It’s practising collaboration, problem solving, digital citizenship, and leadership skills through creative thinking and innovative design. Minecraft in education is teachers and students inspiring each other to change the way we learn.”
‘The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race’, this was the warning given to the media by Stephen Hawking last December.
Conscious machines turning on their creators has featured in numerous works of science fiction, from Terminator, to the Matrix, to HAL 9000. The idea that machines will one day destroy, enslave or assimilate us is the first thing that most people think of when they hear the words ’Artificial Intelligence’ or ‘AI’. Many people envision the dark future known to most as the ‘singularity’ – the point in which AI surpasses humans in general intelligence. This idea along with numerous ‘warnings’ from influential scientists such as Hawking has led to mass hysteria around the development of AI. With many now calling for it to end.
You may be asking who am I? Well… I’m directing the question right back at you. Who are you? Maybe a friend of mine, or a teacher or even a future employer, but you are more likely to be a stranger. A stranger sitting by a computer or on your sofa with a tablet or even on your mobile phone whilst waiting for a bus. I don’t know. In fact we are both people who may never have met in real life due to many different circumstances. Our geographical location is a major one. While I’m here on a computer typing this, you could be a person who is walking through the proverbial Sahara (do they have signal there? Maybe). But despite the possible (physical) distance between us, we can still interact. All thanks to the beautiful invention of the Internet. With this in mind I hope that we get to know each other soon enough.
No matter who you are I want to welcome you to my website! Let’s get over the formalities. I’ll start first; my name is Alvin Lee. I’m a student who is about to enter 6th Form and to start my A Levels. In the future I hope to study Computer Science at university. I therefore have a strong appreciation for both visual design and technology.
In the 21st century world that we live in, we can’t live without either of them. Visual design is important to relay information/messages in an appealing way whilst adding colour to the world around us. On this website I will be posting designs that I have been inspired to create as well as other little titbits of design. I also dabble in photography and will showcase particularly interesting photos that I have collected on my travels.
Technology is fundamental to all of our lives. Seeing that most of us can’t spend a day without our phones, the future of tech is equally important and interesting. The world is continually advancing at such a chaotic pace, yet continually helps mankind to develop. There are so many projects out there all striving to achieve important goals. On here, I will be showcasing a few projects and giving my thoughts on certain controversial pieces of news.
That brings me to the end of my first introductory post. The first of many more to come and I hope to see this website grow. Just as my school motto describes, “a minimis incipe,” from smallest beginnings.