Help Stop Hunger in Washington State

Over the last few years the Washington State government has been decreasing the funding to services and the safety net for the state's most vulnerable populations. The rural poor, like my mother, are getting the worst of it. In the midst of cuts that directly hit the pockets of people who rely on Social Security, Food Stamps and Medicare, the quality of the food provided through the commodities program and other nutrition programs has deteriorated. In Whitman county, local growers and grocery store chains have stepped in to try to correct these wrongs, but they can't do it alone.

Week 1: video resources question

Whenever I think of a dystopian story about technology, my mind goes right to the movie Minority Report which is about a future in which violent crime has been eliminated by the use of psychics (called "pre-cogs") who predict crimes and a special police force that arrests the perpetrators before they have the chance to commit their crimes. While there are many examples of dystopian technology films, this one affects me in a special way in part because so many of the technologies that were predicted in the 2002 movie have become real. The gesture interfaces in that movie exist today in a few slightly different forms. The biometric identification systems in the movie are also functional technologies now. Self-driving electric cars exist, though they aren't yet on the market and we certainly haven't gone so far with the vehicle design and smart road building. Ignoring the central "technology" of the movie, ie the three pre-cogs who predict future crimes, let's look specifically at how the biometric identification systems feed into the overall dystopian view of this movie and how this relates to the real world in 2013.


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