City Tech, Fall 2016

Author: Joselin Campoverde (Page 1 of 3)

Gynoids And The Objectification of Women. Final Profect, Final Draft

Abstract:

Many of the science fiction literature, films and movies depict artificial intelligence that resembles a female figure. But, why do the majority of robotic creations resemble the females figure? Where does this idea come from? Over the past decades, these women-appearing robots have gained popularity in the sci-fi genre as it has been shown through old films such as Metropolis, in which its robotic creation depicts a sensual female form, to earliest films such as Ex-Machina, in which the robotic entity portrays to a young, beautiful, and vulnerable woman. But these female robots not only form part of the science fiction genre, they also have become reality as many of today’s robots possess female attributes and a resemblance to the woman body. But the idea of developing female-like humanoids comes from the science fiction term genre known as gynoid. A gynoid also known as fembot is a concept that appears in the science fiction genre to refer to a humanoid robot that possess female attributes. The term has gained popularity in the science fiction genre over the past years since many of the robots that are shown in films and movies depict beautiful and sexy female features. In the actuality, the term gynoid has brought to reality as many of the robotic designs that have been developed, clearly portrays a female appearance rather than just simply robotic machine. The concept of gynoids has sparked new areas of debate and controversy in today’s society as a surprisingly amount of the robotic artificial brains depict female bodies and personalities. While some people argue these robotic gynoids can be used for caretaking, teaching, and as an incentive to get women interesting in robotic careers, the clear majority oppose this argument by stating that the development of these female robots bring problems that significantly affect the female gender. Although this essay shows the positive points female robots can create to society, by analyzing how gynoids appear in the science fiction genre and how they have translated into reality, the essay’s main focus is to explore how these robotic gynoids contribute with the objectification of women, creating these false stereotypes that affects the female group.

 

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Gynoids and the Moral and Ethical Issues Behind Them

Why do the majority of robotic creations resemble the females figure? Where does this idea come from? This question and some other encountered along the way resume in only one term known as gynoids. A gynoid also known as fembot is a concept that appears in the science fiction genre to refer to a humanoid robot that possess female attributes. The term has gained popularity in the science fiction genre over the past years since many of the robots that are shown in films and movies depict beautiful and sexy female features. In modern science fiction, gynoids are depicted as domestic servants and sexual objects to attract their audience, in particular the male gender. In the actuality, the term gynoid has brought to reality as many of the robotic designs that have been developed, clearly portrays a female appearance rather than just simply robotic machine. The apparition of these female robotic machines in the real world has brought a reason of debate and controversy especially regarding to the female gender. According to some feminist groups, these machines are an example of how society perceives women which causes the objectification of women as well. For this reason, this essay discuss how this science fiction term translates into reality, and how these female-robotic designs contribute with the objectification of women as well, affecting the society we live in.

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Project Progress #2 Gynoids: Female Robots and Their Impact in Today’s Society.

 

Useful Sources

Wosk, Julie. My Fair Ladies: Female Robots, Androids, and Other Artificial Eves. Rutgers University Press, 2015.

The book talks about that ideology of men in their attempt to construct the perfect woman. Yet as technology has advanced over the past century, the figure of the lifelike manmade woman has become nearly ubiquitous, popping up in everything from Bride of Frankenstein, Weird Science to The Stepford Wives to Blade Runner. Julie Wosk takes the readers to a fascinating tour through the land of artificial women, revealing the array of cultural fantasies and fears they embody.  My Fair Ladies considers how female automatons have been represented as objects of desire in fiction and how “living dolls” have been manufactured as real-world fetish objects. But it also examines the many works in which the “perfect” woman turns out to be artificial and becomes a source of uncanny horror and destruction.

Melzer, Patricia. Alien Constructions: Science Fiction and Feminist Thought. University of Texas Press. p. 204.

Daratto, Laura. “Bot Looks Like a Lady. Should Robots Have a Gender”. http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2015/02/robot_gender_is_it_bad_for_human_women.html

The article focuses in the debate of whether the robotic technologies used in today’s reality should have a gender. Many researchers suggest that what society needs is strong female role models in the robotic variety. And the people certainly agree as they said that female-appearing robots are more helpful in tasks such as caring for the elderly and teaching children-both fields mostly assigned to women. It also explains how these humanoid robots can be used as an incentive for other women to become more engaged in technological fields.

Conrad, Dean. “Women in Science Fiction Film: A Viewer”. http://www.deanconrad.com/writing/sfflists/wisff_viewer.htm. Web.

The article presents a list of films that help with an overview of the genre itself and indicate women’s roles within it. The films are taken from the areas of female representation, and it gives a fair indication of how the female has been presented throughout the history of science fiction film. They tell the readers something about the state of play, the behind the film debate and historical context documents.

Gee, Tabi Jackson. “Female robots: Why this ‘Scarlett Johansson’ bot is more dangerous than you think”. The Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/female-robots-why-this-scarlett-johansson-bot-is-more-dangerous/ . Web

This article describes how female robots have been brought from science fiction to real life as it presents the robotic creation which resembles to the famous actress Scarlett Johansson. It discusses the issues of creating female robots in real life, as well as how this types of robots show stereotypes that contribute with the objectification of women.

Steve, Rose. “Ex Machina and sci-fi’s obsession with sexy female robots” https://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/jan/15/ex-machina-sexy-female-robots-scifi-film-obsession

The article discusses how sci-fi films have become fascinated with showing the female robot/android/cyborg in the form of a sensual woman. It explores the themes of the objectification of women and how the opposite gender sees these machines a relationship companions and sexual devices, rather than helpful female robots.

Zuin Lidia. “A brief history of men who build female robots”. https://versions.killscreen.com/a-brief-history-of-men-who-build-female-robots/

Weiss, Suzannah. “We talked to an expert about the pros and cons of sex robots” http://www.complex.com/life/2016/03/sex-robots.

Lin, Patrick. “Relationships with Robots: Good or Bad for Humans”. Forbes. http://www.forbes.com/sites/patricklin/2016/02/01/relationships-with-robots-good-or-bad-for-humans/#6acefe3f291e.html.

Klein, BJ. College Weekend…a Strange, True Story. Darkerotichorror.

Melzer, Patricia. Alien Constructions: Science Fiction and Feminist Thought. University of Texas Press. p. 204.

Simple Complexities. “Feminism and the Figure of the Fembot”. https://writingwithrobin.com/tag/fembot/htm. Web.

Reflection

The meeting with Professor Belli to revise the draft of my proposal was definitely productive and helpful. It did not only help me but it gave me more ideas in the different ways to tackle my project in order to make it more concise and understandable. Some of the feedback I obtained from the meeting was to gather more background information about the science fiction term “gynoid” also known as “fembot”. While doing some research on how the term has been introduced in the science fiction genre, I discovered that before the term gynoid was popularized in the genre, the oldest female specific term utilized to refer the female robotic form was known as Robotess and it was first introduced in 1921. The connections of the term with the science fiction term “gynoid” were shown as in many of the famous films and books, the authors wanted to used woman-appearing machine and this is shown in early films such as Metropolis, the Stepford Wives, The Perfect Woman, Blade Runner, and others. I also answered the questions if these female-appearing robots can bring a positive or negative impact to society. Additionally I also found out that they can also be beneficial to society as it can be used as an incentive tool for other women and make them become more engaged in the technological fields.

A Small World Of The Science Fiction Genre at City Tech

Thursday 12/1, we had the tremendous gratification to attend the City Tech Science Fiction Archive Collection and let me tell you something: this was an INCREDIBLE experience. That’s why I am taking some of this post to thank Prof. Belli for being the first class who attend the collection. I felt so honored!!!!

It is amazing the job it took to settle the entire collection at the City Tech library and how it first started. Without doubt this collection required a lot of work and dedication for some professors who put their time and passion in organizing and preparing the library to receive this anonymous science fiction collection. The donation which consisted of books, sequels, magazines, journals, among others, were brought from California to New York City and furthermore to our college. According to Prof. Ellis who was the main participant in packing and transferring this collection to the school, there were a total of 103 boxes that were transported to the college. He showed us some of the magazines that are now really preserved in the library and let us take a look to the covers and asked us to pay close attention to the details inside them. There was a lot of advertising, as well as several articles and editorials written by some science fiction authors. What it really caught the attention of some of my classmates and myself is that surprisingly during that time these magazines cost 15 cents!!!! I wish it could have stayed like that. I would have bought an entire bookstore.

issac-asimovBut the most incredible part of this whole visit is that we had the honor to go inside the room where the collection is organized. To me it felt like I was entering another world. Seeing that incredible amount of books and the work they put to keep them the way they are, definitely made me appreciate more and increase my passion towards literature but specially it made grown my interest towards the science fiction genre. I am really thankful that our college New York City College of Technology is trying to make their alumni to become more engaged in the genre and I look forward to have the opportunity to visit it anytime soon.

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Project Progress

One topic that I would like to direct my Archive Proposal to, is about a science fiction term called “fembot”. A fembot, also recently named as “gynoid”, is a concept that appears in the science fiction genre to refer to a humanoid robot that possess female attributes. The term gynoid was originated by Gwyneth Jones in her 1985 novel Divine Endurance to refer to a robot slave woman, in futuristic China, who was judged by her beauty. Before the term gynoid became popular, the term fembot was utilized in the television series The Bionic Woman to describe a robot who resembles the female human form. The term has gained popularity in the science fiction genre over the past years since many of the robots that are shown in films and movies depict beautiful and sexy female features. In modern science fiction, gynoids are depicted as domestic servants and sexual objects to attract their audience, in particular the male gender. In the actuality, the term gynoid has brought to reality as many of the robotic designs that have been developed, clearly portrays a female appearance rather than just simply robotic machine. For this reason, I would like to discuss how this science fiction term translates into reality, and how this idea has affected the society we live in. Based on some research I found out that the creation of female-appearing robots has in fact generated a topic of debate and controversy as gender plays a major role when designing these robotic technologies. While some people affirm that female robots can be utilized as helpful tools for tasks that require some form of woman care such as taking care of children or the elderly, others believe that this idea has raise some ethical and moral issues, as it can negatively affect in their interaction with individuals.

When explaining how the term gynoid was originated and how it has taken place in real life, I want to explain the ethical and moral issues people raise when creating these female-appearing robotic technologies. Many people dislike the idea of developing humanoid female robots as they is considered as an offense and insult towards woman. In particular, the female gender is the group who have expressed their discontent when creating these female-appearing machines. They believe that these machines provide a reflection on how society views women, which contributes with the objectification of women as well. According to Tabi Jackson in her article “Female robots: Why this ‘Scarlett Johansson’ bot is more dangerous than you think”, the female robotic design of the famous actress only has the capability to respond to questions like ‘you are very beautiful’ and ‘you are so cute’ with “little more than a coquettish smiles and a wink”. This example reflects the devastating stereotype that society have towards women as it is portrayed as a flirting and sensual type of machine. Additionally, humanoid female robots would not only affect the female gender, but also individuals in general as these creations can lead a human to lose his/her interaction with other humans. Researchers believe that in a long term, individuals could get sentimentally attached with these robots, causing them to become detached with each other and have difficulties when interacting with other people. According to Tufts University computer scientist Matthias Scheutz, “that could lead to unidirectional emotional bonds with machines that the machines cannot reciprocate and could affect the ways people interact with other people.”

Additional questions I would like to answer in my proposal is why are female robots created using woman characteristics. Do their creators try to build the perfect woman? Do they try to replace in the future to the female gender?  Does it provide benefits to individuals? Will it affect in a long term their interaction with humans? What would be the impact in the society as a whole? Since the term gynoid appear in science fiction to refer to a sensual and exotic female robot, it raises the discussion of whether these robotic technologies would be utilized as companionship partners, avoiding any interactions with the female gender. Additionally I would like to analyze if the creation of female robots has any potential benefit to individuals in society. According to some research, gender plays an important role in human interaction, therefore it is easier to use female robots as a way to interact with people. They can also be utilized as a way to incentive real women to get more interest in robotics and the technology field.

Summary of the research and Reflection

While doing some research I found interesting facts about the science fiction term gynoid. There is some background history of how the term was originated as well as how the concept has been brought to real life as the number of female robots created has increased in the past few years. There is also some debate of how these robotic gynoids affect people in a negative way, but also there is some counter-argument of how these machines can be beneficial to the society.

Looking through my previous drafts on the topic I want to discuss in my archive project, I feel like I have made a lot of progress compare to when I start developing the project. While the idea of my previous proposal was great, it was still lacking of connection with the science fiction genre. It also was difficult for me to find any sources that will support the idea that I was trying to develop. However, at this time I surely have enough details and sources that would help me develop my final project in a more focused way. The next steps that I am planning to take is to use all the sources I have found so far to back up my main idea and develop it throughout my final write-up. I am attempting to use these sources to develop a more interesting and focused project since I feel this idea has not been talked about that much in class and it is without doubt a topic of great interest and attention.

Research Sources

Zuin Lidia. “A brief history of men who build female robots”. https://versions.killscreen.com/a-brief-history-of-men-who-build-female-robots/

Weiss, Suzannah. “We talked to an expert about the pros and cons of sex robots” http://www.complex.com/life/2016/03/sex-robots.

Steve, Rose. “Ex Machina and sci-fi’s obsession with sexy female robots” https://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/jan/15/ex-machina-sexy-female-robots-scifi-film-obsession

Daratto, Laura. “Bot Looks Like a Lady. Should Robots Have a Gender”. http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2015/02/robot_gender_is_it_bad_for_human_women.html

Lin, Patrick. “Relationships with Robots: Good or Bad for Humans”. Forbes. http://www.forbes.com/sites/patricklin/2016/02/01/relationships-with-robots-good-or-bad-for-humans/#6acefe3f291e.html.

Gee, Tabi Jackson. “Female robots: Why this ‘Scarlett Johansson’ bot is more dangerous than you think”. The Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/female-robots-why-this-scarlett-johansson-bot-is-more-dangerous/ . Web

Conrad, Dean. “Women in Science Fiction Film: A Viewer”. http://www.deanconrad.com/writing/sfflists/wisff_viewer.htm. Web.

Klein, BJ. College Weekend…a Strange, True Story. Darkerotichorror.

Melzer, Patricia. Alien Constructions: Science Fiction and Feminist Thought. University of Texas Press. p. 204.

Simple Complexities. “Feminism and the Figure of the Fembot”. https://writingwithrobin.com/tag/fembot/htm. Web.

Class Notes 11/22. Important!

Hello Everyone!

Before starting the second peer review for our archive project, professor Belli started with some important announcements that are and will take place in the few remaining weeks of the class semester. First of all, the Citytech email had been going  through some modifications which has caused several changes for both faculty and alumni email accounts. Therefore, if you have sent an email to Professor Belli and have not received any response yet, it is because of these new changes that are taking place in the Citytech mail account. So you can either send another email to her, and she would be happy to answer all your questions and concerns you have. Also, and this very but very important for the entire class, today we received our Midterm test back and since the grades were not great enough, our professor gave us, as a Thanksgiving gift, 10 points extra which is equivalent to 1 questions from part 2 of the test, which prevent some people from failing the test.

However, to help us boost our grades and since the professor has seen the effort we are putting into the class, she proposed and it was unanimously accepted by the class that the 30% of the grade left for the entire course was divided into the following:

Final Project  25%

Final Reflection  5%

For the Final Project, there will be a 5 minute presentation in  class where each student will learn and have the opportunity to get feedback for the Final Project. The next class we will be given a rubric of how the presentation will be graded. Additionally there is also part of the final project that will count as a part of the grade such as the Project Progress Blog which is due by Monday 11:59 and it will be an overview to check how your project is going along. For more information about the presentation and the steps towards the final project, there is a post made in the Archive Project under the Assignment Tab in the City Tech OpenLab. PLEASE READ THE ASSIGNMENT CAREFULLY! and if you have any questions about it or there is something that does not seem clear to you email her before thanksgiving. Do not wait until the last minute or you will have problems with the project.

Further announcements is that we will have a symposium Tuesday, 29th in which there will be several panelists talking about the science fiction genre. We will not meet as a class that day but there will be a chance to get an extra credit by attending the symposium and writing in the blog in the City Tech OpenLab. Also if you still want to form part of the symposium, you are more than welcome to do so, it will count as an extra credit as well.

Next week, Professor Belli will meet individually with each one of us in order to discuss the final project, get approval(if it has not happened yet), how is the project getting along or if there is more questions or concerns that you are not clear. These meeting will take place through several days the professor assigned and it will be approximately 20 minutes long. Please bring some sources and more information that you need to work on. Do not come unprepared to the meeting otherwise you will be sent home and it will count as an absence. Also arrive a few minutes early before the time you will have your meeting. Please read the assignment for the Archive Project and email to the professor if you have any questions.

Other than that I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, eat tons of food and have a memorable time with your loved ones.

 

Revised Proposal Wants Approval!

While finding some sources for the topic of how robots and other technologies created by women are beneficial to society, I came across several developments in robotics technology and, to my surprise, I found out that many of the humanoid robots that have been developed these past years have been created using female attributes. This has become a topic of serious debate and controversy since gender is of great importance when creating these robotic technologies. Many people think that robots that have been given woman characteristics have a negative impact in society and the technological world as they are seeing as sexual objects. Researchers believe that in a long term, individuals could get sentimentally attached with these robots, causing them to become isolate from each another and have difficulties when interacting with other people. According to Tufts University computer scientist Matthias Scheutz, “that could lead to unidirectional emotional bonds with machines that the machines cannot reciprocate and could affect the ways people interact with other people.”

But where does the idea of creating female humanoid robots come from? As it is observed, several of the films and novels that belong to the science fiction genre objectify woman as the authors use androids with woman-like features. Films such as Ex-Machina, Metropolis, and Blade Runner depicts robots with female features to attract the audience specifically the male audience. Additionally and according to Patricia Melzer in her book Alien Constructions: Science Fiction and Feminist Thought, “long tradition exists in fiction of men attempting to create the stereotypical “perfect woman”. Female cyborgs have been similarly used in fiction, in which natural bodies are modified to become objects of fantasy. Women have been objectified in the science fiction genre as authors and writers have shown artificial intelligence that resemble female features.

But not always these woman-like humanoid robots can be subject of negative connotations as they can utilize as a way to incentive real women to get more interest in robotics and the technology field. Since gender plays an important role in human behavior, studies reveal that female robots can bring a positive impact in the social environment. According to Laura Dattaro in her article “Bot Looks Like a Lady: Should robots have gender?”, she states that in the future, robots will have an active role in human society as they will work along with humans to accomplish a particular task just as some of them are doing in the present time. As Dattaro explains, “Already, robots are helping with tasks like caring for the elderly and teaching both fields traditionally associated with women”. For this reason, she thinks that female robots will be more helpful to interact with people while being treated just like humans. In addition, according to Nicolaus Radford a former NASA roboticist and creator of the NASA robot Valkyrie, giving a robot a female role might be a great opportunity to reach out to women and girls who might one day built their own robots. As proof, he points to one person he knows who particularly appreciated Valkyrie: his 7-year-old-daughter. “She absolutely was in love with this robot. It was a major source of inspiration for her. She talked about it all the time. She drew pictures of Valkyrie” meaning that female robots can also incentive women of young ages to participate more in robotics technology.

 

Reflection:

At first my main topic for the proposal draft was how robotic technology created by woman is beneficial for society. However, I encountered several conflicts when developing this topic. When I did the peer review my classmates were interested in the topic of woman’s development in the technological field, but they did not find it clear whether this topic was  related to  science fiction. As I explained that my idea was related to science fiction in the fact that according to the science fiction genre, men create robots and technologies that in the future might probably replace humans, woman creations in the other hand will not replace human task but these technologies will benefit them, they understood and the topic became a bit clear to them. Then while trying to find the sources to show my topic, I found difficulties to get the sources to prove my point. however, I found a topic that is theme of debate and controversy and this is the objectification of women in robotics technology as well as in the science fiction genre as these real life creations come from films and shows of the sci-fi genre. I found plenty of sources to prove my points and how these topic is  subject of great controversy. For this reason I would like to explore more about this topic since I feel is more related to the science fiction genre and close to my previous topic.

 

Sources:

Zuin Lidia. “A brief history of men who build female robots”. https://versions.killscreen.com/a-brief-history-of-men-who-build-female-robots/

Weiss, Suzannah. “We talked to an expert about the pros and cons of sex robots” http://www.complex.com/life/2016/03/sex-robots.

Steve, Rose. “Ex Machina and sci-fi’s obsession with sexy female robots” https://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/jan/15/ex-machina-sexy-female-robots-scifi-film-obsession

Daratto, Laura. “Bot Looks Like a Lady. Should Robots Have a Gender”. http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2015/02/robot_gender_is_it_bad_for_human_women.html

Melzer, Patricia Alien Constructions: Science Fiction and Feminist Thought, p. 202 University of Texas Press, 2006.

Women’s Involvement in Robotic Technology

The idea I would like to propose for my archive project is about the women involvement in robotic technologies and their impact in society.

The reason why I became interested in this subject is because of the alarming decline of women students in the computer/programming fields. While talking with one of my professor from my major, he told me that the quantity of female students have significantly decreased from 20% to almost 8% in less than two years. As a major in computer engineering technology I became extremely concerned for this decline as I attempt to understand the circumstances involving such decrement. Being in a field that requires a lot of thinking, logic, numbers, etc., it can sometimes be overwhelming and challenging, however the feeling of satisfaction after obtaining the final product working or a program running has no price.

From that small amount of women who still continue in the computer field, the majority of them are oriented in robotic design and devices that can be beneficial to future generations. A week ago I had the gratifying opportunity to attend one of the IEEE conferences at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and observe the various projects created from graduate and undergraduate students. I also had the opportunity to present the project that we have been working on which is a robotic mannequin. To my surprise I observe that a good amount of the speakers and presenters from various well-known institutes were successful women who have been working in the technology field for several years. It is really amazing the contributions these woman have made to field and frankly this lit in me such a great motivation to continue to what I love to do.

While my teammates, professor and I were discussing about the involvement of women in robotics, we related our topic the science fiction genre. Since most of the majority of science fiction stories, novels and movies state that robots have been created to replace human work, we mention that women are doing totally the opposite. In the actuality, women have create robotic devices that do not replace human work yet they work side by side with humans to produce a more successful task. For this reason I would like to investigate how women can positively impact society with their robotic advances.

Going For A Moment To The Past!

Never give up despite the obstacles you might encounter in your path towards success. That is my personal motto. It has helped to continue my career and achieve my goals. Although I have faced many challenges, I have learned throughout the years to never quit. On the contrary, I have courageously pushed myself to overcome those obstacles and accomplish my dreams. One of these challenges was to learn to write and read in another language. But, my appreciation for literature and infinite love for books has helped to see this challenge as a fun game with one possible outcome: win it. All this have led me to take this Science Fiction intensive writing course. At first, the main objective I was looking to acquire from this course was to improve my writing skills as well as increase my knowledge of the science fiction genre. Little did I know that this course would help me develop into a better writer, thinker, and reader while increasing my interest towards the Science Fiction genre.

At a young age, I discovered the world of Fiction and since then, I became a passionate reader of this genre. However, I never thought there are more subgenres of Fiction, and particularly the Science fiction genre. When I was introduced to this class, a new world opened to my eyes and started growing fond of the subject. Then I was faced to the inevitable: our homework assignments consisted on sharing our ideas to the rest of our fellow classmates by writing in blog through the OpenLab website. At first the thought of writing blogs about science fiction stories seemed frightening and difficult to me. Not only because of the fact that everyone in the class would read my ideas and personal thoughts, but also I was mostly afraid that I would not be able to properly write a well-developed blog without having a significant amount of grammatical errors. Nevertheless, with the help of the professor, classmates and above all my strong determination I decide to face my challenge and work to succeed them. I can only agree that my knowledge of thinking about the Science Fiction genre has significantly increased throughout the course of the semester. As the class progresses, I have become more participative in the class and group discussions, compared to when I started the course. The close readings, annotations, and analysis of each of the science fiction novels and stories have been helpful since I have been able to apply these knowledge to the rest of my courses. Surely, I have become a better critical reader and thinker as I can now easily find and analyze textual evidence from a book to support a claim or main theme. It has also helped me enrich my vocabulary as I have learned new key words and definitions that I did not utilize before in writing or speaking. By doing the blog assignments I have learn to place my ideas and thoughts in an organized way so they would sound coherently to the readers. I have improved so much since I started this journey and this has been reflected through my grade. Who would have thought that from being a pessimistic girl who thought that would always get a grade of 3 in her blogs, she would improve and become a more confident winner girl who would get 4’s and 5’s and what is most impressive, some of them being choose by the professor as featuring posts due to the good quality of my work. This has only motivate to continue to get even better and accomplish what I dream and want.

I should point out that the knowledge and skills I have obtained throughout this course has been of increasable value in other courses. I have utilized the skills and knowledge acquired from this class in other areas of study such as Philosophy, English, Math, and courses related to my Computer Engineering major. Especially my philosophy class since the majority of the time our main work is based on some close reading and analyzing of the book in order to understand the ideas the philosopher tries to convey to his readers.

Sure enough I have learned so many concepts through the course of the semester, yet I still a long way to go. I hope to learn more about the sci-fi film and some more background history behind it. I also look forward to read more stories of this genre. I want to learn all the necessary tools that would make me improve my writing skills. I might not be the greatest reader/thinker but with my strong determination and power of will help me become the best version of me.

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