Assignment 2 Conversations

"Conversations With Robots" Questions

What is the difference between structured content and semantic HTML?

In structured content, the information is visually organized into "content chunks" that are made of data that each have a explicitly defined relationship and have a meaningful connection to the other data in the same content chunk. With semantic HTML, the HTML tags themselves work together to communicate relationships between elements instead of using links and ids within the elements themselves to organize and define data relationships like structured content does.

How do they work together?

Semantic HTML give elements a structural meaning that can be parsed through by AI or voice-controlled assistants while structured content gives each piece of data a relationship meaning and connects them to one another through links so that AI and other assistant systems can aggregate accurate information to repeat back to its user.

Why is it important to have structured content and semantic HTML in your web pages?

As mobile devices and assistant systems continue to rise in popularity and even dominate the technology market nowadays, websites have become the less common starting point for most people when looking for information. By structuring a website semantically and using structured content techniques, businesses can streamline their site and business traffic by making websites easier for "robots" to read as well as people to read too.

3 Websites That Are Similar to my Semester Project Idea

*note about this site: This is closer to my vision for media display on my website: showing actual picutres of the sunset! Except in a more visual format, not a blog type wesbite.

"Banishing Your Inner Critic" and "Procrastination" Questions

Denise Jacobs argues that we all have a troll-like inner critic. Of the methods she identifies to banish this troll, which would be most successful for you? Why?

I think that "being deceptively non-committal" will be the most successful for me as I often lack the initial motivation to start. However, once I get into the rhythm of building, designing, coding (like right now), etc., I usually find myself immersed in my work and only come up for air when my body gives me cues like "move, you've been sitting here for 2 hours!" or "I'm hungry, please eat!". Pretending to start by setting up the files, typing up the basic structure of a webpage, and preparing elements are all things that can motivate me to acutally beginning the work of filling in information and building my website.

In David McRaney's article, what is "hyperbolic discounting"? List one method McRaney identifies to counteract hyperbolic discounting. Which would work best for you?

According to McRaney, hyperbolic discounting is "taking the sure thing in the present over the caliginous prospect some day far away." McRaney mentions that by adopting the mindset that the "future you" is untrustworthy and will become like the "now you" except at a later time is a unique perspective on nipping procrastination at the bud. By using the power of the present to ensure cooperation in the future, using techniques like setting evenly spaced hard deadlines to space out the procrastination would work the best for me, because I am a very structured and deadline-centric person. I even already practice this by creating an assignment tracker for every possible assignment I will complete in a semester and pre-assigning deadlines to a day earlier so that my future self sees it and thinks "oh, I need to do this today!" when in reality it is due the next day.