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like spiders in a dataweb

Despite my paralyzing arachnophobia, I believe that we are consistently moving toward a future of becoming spiders within datawebs of our very own creation. I use this metaphor as often we are unaware of our own web we leave behind, data dropping becoming second nature in a world that relies heavily on human insight to power consumerism and government policy. “A “digital trail” is a trace you leave behind you” describes Dr. Elisa Orelgia with this unprecedented future leaving insight into what the data trails look like now and what they may look like in the future (2016).

If we break down how our data is collected daily, both on purpose and not, we can observe how much of an impact data has on our lives right now. Pod Academy’s episode on “Digital Breadcrumbs” encompasses this idea as they tell the story of Amanda, a modern woman who gives away bits of information from the moment she wakes up and checks the weather to buying her coffee with contactless payment (2016). All of this data amounts to more than “44 zetabytes” every day as of 2020 and is growing every day (Desjardins 2019). Such an influx in information is fueling consumer culture but also services that may not come to mind immediately like healthcare and travel. There are arguments for the benefits and dangers of such extensive webs but it can be concluded that there certainly has “never in human history been such an information explosion” with that ‘explosion’ only growing by the day (Saha 2020).

The future also includes a growing movement toward combining the nostalgia of past establishments with data acquirance of the modern world. SFU’s Publishing Department wished to explore this unique juxtaposition in the example of Amazon’s physical bookstore where he attempted to  “purchase a book without leaving any data,” a task proving more difficult than he had thought with all sorts of sign ins required (2016). This is a growing phenomena with artificial intelligence technologies using neural networks through (LLM) large language models to analyze databases and provide ‘advice’ based on analytics. Such regularly inputted data is a two way street with location data improving safety while simultaneously compromising user locations on a range of applications. This said, strategies are being put in place to mitigate such an influx in misuse of data with tech policy growing as fast as the amounts of data we provide.

From clear use of data within AI to the terms and conditions we often refuse to read, data is being taken and given at the fastest rate ever seen and it truly has become the propulsion of our world. It seems, for better or worse, we have become the spiders in a dataweb, but it is up to us to decide whether we are the one weaving them.


Works Cited

Desjardins, J. (2019, April 17). How much data is generated each day? World Economic Forum. Retrieved March 28, 2023, from https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2019/04/how-much-data-is-generated-each-day-cf4bddf29f/

Pod Academy. (2016, May 3). Digital Breadcrumbs: The data trail we leave behind us. Pod Academy. Retrieved March 28, 2023, from http://podacademy.org/podcasts/digital-breadcrumbs-our-data-trail/

Saha, D. (2021, July 16). Google cloud brandvoice: How the world became data-driven, and what’s next. Forbes. Retrieved March 28, 2023, from https://www.forbes.com/sites/googlecloud/2020/05/20/how-the-world-became-data-driven-and-whats-next/?sh=386bdb8457fc

SFU Publishing. (2016, March 7). Trying not to drop breadcrumbs in Amazon’s store. Publishing | Graduate and Undergraduate Studies – Simon Fraser University. Retrieved March 28, 2023, from https://www.sfu.ca/publishing/news/editorials/trying-not-to-drop-breadcrumbs-in-amazon-s-store.html


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tomorrow’s tech- today

Technology is often beneficial but lately with many new programs launching within the artificial intelligence sector, its been borderline magical. As Uncle Ben from the Amazing Spiderman so famously says, “with great power, comes great responsibility” and it is up to us now to understand that while we may have what we saw as tomorrow’s tech, we need to ensure it helps, not harms, today.

Visual media has always had a great influence on pop culture and through it, movements in the world. From the famous Rosie the Riveter image to, “arm(ies) of right-wing memelords who created a thriving culture of Obama hatred” during his presidency (Madrigal 2018). These images form the basis of our immediate reactions to people and events going so far as to seep into our stereotypes of groups or political affiliations. Meme-based comedy is often harmless as a December 2020 study shows with memes actually reduce participants’ anxiety related to the pandemic (Dolan 2022). This said other “studies suggest that neither the quality of its content, nor its proximity to the truth, has much of an impact on a meme’s popularity” which translates to a range of content that might spread misinformation, disinformation, or even misinformation on a massive scale and with expedited transmission (Staff 2023).

Launched in September 2022, Dall-E is an artificial intelligence program that creates an image by juxtaposing from the online digital database it accesses to generate a prompt-based visual. This is a whole new ballgame for the world of memes with artistic and creative freedom no longer becoming limited to one’s artistic ability but rather an idea that could now become reality through sheer creativity.  OpenAI’s website speaks to how Dall-E has sprouted from the, “same type of neural network” as the now popular Chat-GPT and “can also be used to generate images with high fidelity” when provided with a prompt (Wang 2021). The site also offers an option for one to upload their own image to edit which further extends the possiblities. From politicians forced to eat strange hotdogs to nonsensical abstracts that rival Monet– or copy his style, Dall-E is breaking barriers in the prospects of artsy AI.

I decided to go out on my own and try the AI myself, being especially intrigued by the limit of images- only 50 that I was able to create. I went in with an air of caution tinged with some fun hope knowing that, “most of the pictures that DALL·E mini creates are pretty abstract and nonsensical. But every once in a while, it’ll strike gold and find exactly what you’re looking for” (Antonelli 2022). After navigating the simplistic webpage that has a very sleek, tech-like feel, I typed in my severely intellectual query,

small frog centered in the light in a forest

‘large mystical forest with a small frog in the center crying tears of joy’.

I was honestly quite pleased with what the program gave me and the image overall is something that I could definitely not have created on my own.

After seeing what Dall-E came up with and the small, almost imperceptible Dall-E logo at the corner of my generated image I began to wonder as to the copyright details and complexities that are involved with AI generators, both textual and visual. Does Dall-E own this image because the program technically ‘remixed’ it despite generally human-made remixes credit original creators of images? The code is open-source, does anyone own all of the internet’s images to the point where access and use of them layered can be controlled? These questions will take some further research however this program and its code could follow a similar line as cookbooks as they cannot be copyrighted unless specific criteria is met (Henein 2015).

After trying the tech out for myself and seeing on social media how much of an impact it can make I can safely agree that the tech has surpassed our expectations. From new visuals that could create stories like this, tech can only help if we learn and evolve to mitigate its use and strategically implement it in our lives and workplaces.



Works Cited

Antonelli, William. “How to Use Dall·e Mini, the Viral AI Tool That Can Turn Any Prompt into a Series of Pictures.” Business Insider, Business Insider, 14 June 2022, https://www.businessinsider.com/guides/tech/dall-e-mini.

Dolan, Eric W. “Memes Can Help People Psychologically Cope with the COVID-19 Pandemic.” PsyPost, 29 Oct. 2021, https://www.psypost.org/2021/10/memes-can-help-people-psychologically-cope-with-the-covid-19-pandemic-62031.

Henein, Peter. “You Say Tomaydo , I Say No Copyright Infringement: Recipe Book Not an Original Compilation – Copyright – Canada.” You Say Tomaydo , I Say No Copyright Infringement: Recipe Book Not An Original Compilation – Copyright – Canada, Cassels, 29 Oct. 2015, https://www.mondaq.com/canada/copyright/439012/you-say-tomaydo-i-say-no-copyright-infringement-recipe-book-not-an-original-compilation.

Madrigal, Alexis C. “What Sorry to Bother You Gets Right about Memes.” The Atlantic, Atlantic Media Company, 24 July 2018, https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/07/what-sorry-to-bother-you-gets-right-about-the-power-of-memes/565835/.

Psychology Today Staff. “Memes.” Psychology Today, Sussex Publishers, https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/memes.

Wang, Justin Jay. “Dall·E: Creating Images from Text.” DALL·E: Creating Images from Text, OpenAI, 5 Jan. 2021, https://openai.com/research/dall-e.


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Peer Review #3 – A Blog for Life Livers

I love this blog!

A Blog for Life Livers is written by Hope Stewart, an adventurer and life liver, sharing her stories of childhood joy and new experiences. Hope writes beautifully about enjoying the life around you and being present in every moment. She uses pictures and poems to portray her feelings and emotions from each adventure, with occasional videos showing small moments that she wants to remember.

This is blog that leaves you feeling refreshed, optimistic, and in wonder. Check out a Blog for Life Livers here.


Hope’s homepage is set with pictures and bold fonts that capture the viewer on first glance. As you scroll through, you’ll see some images that capture the vibe of this website and set the tone for all of her blog posts. There is also a welcome message at the bottom of the page that invites you to consider your own life and how you might create new adventures.

So come in and stay awhile, as each page has been placed here for you: to draw inspiration for your next adventure, to help you conquer fear, to help you seize each day, and to learn to fully immerse yourself in moments both wild and calm.

The top menu is well organized and gives the viewer easy access to the media they are looking for. The media gallery highlights Hope’s videos and photos and immerse the viewer into an adventure of their own. Browsing through Hope’s media makes me feel as though I get to experience a little bit of her adventure as well!


This blog presents many beautiful original images that capture the vision of Hope’s website. Creating prints or postcards of these images could be a great way to allow your audience to participate in the stories while supporting your writing! Post cards would be an especially unique product you could sell that represent the slow-ness of handwriting a letter and enjoying every moment.

Check out Hope’s media gallery here.

Another way to market your website could be to partner with tourism companies in encouraging more travelers to come visit their area. Your video of Hornby island captures moments that feel whimsical and magical and could definitely inspire more people to visit those places! One suggestion would be contacting small island communities like Bowen Island, Gibsons, or Lund and offering to make them a video showcasing the best part of their city! This could be a great way to travel, gain more content for your website and generate revenue.

This website is beautifully simple and refreshingly organized, so I would hesitate to incorporate ads that may hinder the viewer experience given that this blog is very experience driven. One possibility for ad revenue could be to partner with related companies to promote products that relate to your blog postings.

An example of this could be with the Mushroom Hunting Blog post. You could reach out to companies that offer classes or books on how to identify mushrooms and then collect revenue based on how may clicks from your blog lead to theirs.

A similar example could be with your Mindfulness and Yoga post. This post links to Yoga Youtubers and workout routines, which could potentially be business partners and generate revenue for your website!

Overall, this is a beautiful website that creates freshness and relief in a busy and confused world. Check out a Blog for Life Livers to enjoy nature, mindfulness, and stealing moments as presented by Hope Stewart.

Stealing moments helps you realize that you are the master of your own time and that you have more control over your own happiness than it may feel. It helps you look for little silver linings in the smallest of things and encourages gratitude and mindfulness.”