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Category: 07. 4/4 Research Proposal (Page 1 of 2)


Title: Entrepreneurship in the Automated World

Thesis: Producers of creative content will increasingly become a driver of the economy as traditional jobs become increasingly automated.

Critical Question: can modern automation coexist with the free market that fostered its development.

Description: Entrepreneurship in America is at it’s highest rate in decades. Creative thinking would have to be the one thing that computers can never replace, and if one were to think of mental capacity on the basis of supply and demand it would seem that innovative thinking will only be increasing in value over the coming years. That said the course of technology at the moment allows for many of the most creative thinkers to find ways to either digitally or physically automate different industries and markets at massive gains to them. However all predictions point that the majority of industries will be entirely automated in the not too far future. Therefore if people are going to keep making their own money, rather than a government income, creative pursuits are going to be a staple of the future economy.


  • Reference Wall-E or other scifi depiction of automation
  • Note constant screen use
  • Establish that with more leisure time there is more creative content consumption
  • Cite increase in media historically as we have more leisure time
  • Establish the relationship between independent content and large amounts of consumption “wanting for difference”
  • Show opposing view, AI will be able to make creative products
  • oppose, show why its not able to make progressive content




Research Proposal

Title: Lost Tribes, Found: Unbalance Caused by Modern Civilization Encroaching on Uncontacted Peoples

There are an estimated 100 tribes spread across the world that have managed to live and thrive in isolation. These tribes have remained untouched by modern civilization and still practice traditions long left behind by the rest of the world. Modern technologies and ways of life are not present in their cultures. Continue reading

The Impact of Mechanizing Low-Skilled Labor

Title: The Impact of Mechanizing Low-Skilled Labor

Thesis: The automation of low-skilled labor will benefit businesses by increasing efficiency and profits, however it will trigger an immediate spike in unemployment and ultimately lead to a transformation of the US workforce.

Critical Question: What societal and economic ramifications could result from mechanizing low-skilled labor jobs? OR As technology increases, will humans become crowded out of the labor market?

Description: For my research topic I intend to look at potential effects of automating or mechanizing low-skilled labor positions. I am going to examine the effects that this shift would have on our nations economy as well as our society. Massive layoffs in industries like agriculture and restaurants could lead to the advent of entirely new positions and trades that we have not yet seen. This large percentage of the US labor force will inevitably land somewhere else and I am interested to learn where that will be. Advancements in technology and mechanization go hand in hand. I will study the history of mechanization and how it affected the economy in the past and use that knowledge to gauge what the future holds in store. This will allow me to determine the likely plans of recourse for the laborers recently crowded out of the market.


  • Introduction: Introduce the issue of mechanization, describe what that actually means
  • BP 1: History of mechanization and it’s effects on the workplace
    • Assembly line + cars
    • Factories + machines
    • Robots
  • BP 2: Discuss the current threat of mechanization (industries expected to evolve)
    • arguments for it/reasons why it’s being discussed
  • BP 3: Arguments against
    • economic/societal consequences
    • how many people will lose jobs
  • BP 4: How will the workforce readapt
    • where will laborers work
    • what will they do for work
  • BP 5: Analysis –> Is this a good thing? Bad thing? Natural Process?
  • Conclusion: Summarize findings/impact include analysis

Bibliography: I will draw from sources such as the New York Times, studies conducted by UPENN Wharton, and other scholarly publications

  • http://budgetmodel.wharton.upenn.edu/issues/2017/8/8/the-raise-act-effect-on-economic-growth-and-jobs
  • http://www.nber.org/chapters/c5249.pdf
  • http://horttech.ashspublications.org/content/22/3/388.full

City Parks: A Concrete Placebo

City Parks: A Concrete Placebo

Have you ever been to a major city? One with many massive skyscrapers that channel the wind and many roads and sidewalks that cover the earth with a layer of asphalt or concrete. At it’s essence, a city is an entirely new ecosystem on planet Earth created by humans. Within the towering skyscrapers and miles of concrete humans have chosen to create oases of nature within the seemingly unnatural walls of major cities. These oases are designed to imitate a natural setting filled with trees, grass, flowers, and sometimes smaller animals that one would find in nature. In reality, city parks are not a good reproduction of what really occurs in nature. Does the symmetry of the threes in the allée please you? Does the perfectly circular duck pond make you calm? Do the perfectly spaced flowers make you feel happy? Well while all of these may be true, all of them are in fact part of a bigger false representation of what being in the countryside is like. In reality all of these things are covering human designed architecture. In the following I will uproot the truth of city parks and how unnatural they truly are.

Purpose and Connection to Science, Technology, and Society
As more and more major cities emerge across the globe and existing cities magnify, the need for open and seemingly natural spaces within these concrete juggles is important in the layout of a city. In the past, landscape architects like Fredrik Law Olmsted designed city parks with the intent to break up the stale air between buildings and as a destination for people that wanted to breath a bit of seemingly fresh air while surrounded by plants and formations associated with natural environments. This ties directly into Science, Technology, and Society because it is a real-life example of how society uses the outcome of architectural and scientific plans that dictated a very ordered and mathematical variant of what we call natural.


City Parks: A Concrete Placebo

Get a picture of a city park above ground and below and put on left of title page
Get a picture of a forest/nature above ground and below and put on right of title page

Introduction I
Start broad
Give overall idea of what a city park is and does without giving away thesis
Make it enticing and add in the idea that nature is not formulated
Introduction II and Thesis
Hone in on core ideas and value that city parks give to the community
Directly and briefly say that these values do not demonstrate what nature does

Body Paragraph I
Start by stating first core value of city parks (Gives people fresh air)
State why this does not prove to be true
Stale air from city funnels into park
Give example of Central Park in the Summer
Give example from source

Body Paragraph II Part I
Start by stating second core value of city parks (Makes people feel like they are in nature)
State why nature does not have formulation for human dictated athletics
All these things don’t occur in nature (maybe get pictures for each? Ask about this)
Allée example
Flower garden example
“Perfect” dirt example
Replacing natural dirt with artificial
Using fertilizer alot
Single species of grass/trees/bushes (monoculture example)
Elaborate a lot on this because it is very important
Again, state that these things don’t occur in nature
The idea of being in nature is not reflected in many current city parks

Body Paragraph II Part II
New part of previous but same core ideas as stated by last sentence
Center in on the idea of being in nature is not reflected in many current city parks
Refer/almost identical to thesis

Body Paragraph III
Use the core ideas from previous paragraphs to hint at something new/future
Provide example of how these core ideas don’t follow laws of nature
Example is that when beehive near popular place, they take it down
This eliminates pollinators
Tie back to thesis

Body Paragraph IV
Use core ideas from previous paragraphs to hint at the dynamically unnatural city parks
Use example of how there is concrete beneath most city parks
Use example of structure beneath central park
This all prevents groundwater movement
Prevents natural watering of plants
Tie back to thesis

Body Paragraph V
Use core ideas from previous paragraphs to hint at the dynamically unnatural city parks
This paragraph is about artificial ponds
Most ponds in city parks were artificially made
The ones that were not have been altered a lot
(Look into the duck pond in Boston and the big pond in the public garden)
In some cases, the ponds are lined with material that prevents the water from draining
Some have pumps that aerate the water because of the large fish population
The fish were put there for decoration
Park pond fish are species that are not native to the area, region, or even continent
Koi,… find more

Body Paragraph VI and Conclusion
Make this the conclusion to the body section
Make this the so what section
Refer to the future of city parks and in the many ways we can improve on them

Potential Sources






Natural Parks Define American Cities

Texts Sending Their Own Messages


How different technologies have influenced relationships.   


Critical Questions:

How is the use of technology affecting the relationships in people’s lives and what aspects of the relationships are being affected?

How are different generations being affected?



Today, more than one-third of relationships are credited to have been started online. With technology as abundant in everyday life as it is today, disconnecting has become difficult. Use of items like phones, social media, and online dating sites are leaving a lasting impact on our relationships.

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Big Data is Everywhere


How big data has changed the way we live our everyday lives


Critical Questions:


Who are the people taking in and analyzing this data? And what are they doing with it?


Is the collecting of big data from big industries a breach on our privacy?


How have companies utilized big data from their customers to format the overall production of their products?


Is government surveillance of our data against our privacy rights? Continue reading

Female Participation in the Labor Force

What is the correlation between the increase in production in the U.S. and the changing role of women in society?

Thesis Statement: (Still Drafting)

The change from a domestic housewife to a CEO has dramatically improved technology, production, and innovation.

Brief Description:

With my research, my intention is to track the changes in production in the U.S. as well as the change in the role of women in the economy. My intention is to find a correlation between the two and to find out to what extent these two are related.

I think this research is important to contribute to the conversation about the importance of female labor participation. Output and production are not the only benefits to the increase of women in the workforce (population control, female education, innovation, family structures, etc…)

Tentative Outline:

For the first part of my research and analysis, I plan on defining what Gross Domestic Product is, why it is calculated, why it is relevant, and most importantly how has it changed over the past decades. I plan on analyzing each decade since the 1930’s and highlighting certain events within the decades. For example, I will focus on WWII during the 40’s and how that effected GDP. I plan on viewing the calculation of GDP as a reflection of an overall state of the economy AND a measure of the increase in efficient technology in the U.S.


The next part of my analysis addresses the role of women in the economy. I am going to track the changes in women participating in the workforce during specific eras. The first era would be when GDP was first calculated, this would be my base year. The next era would be how the role changed during WWII and what the effects were after the war was over. To measure the role of women I have decided to utilize a database that is dedicated to the archives of women’s magazines. I also will be utilizing graphs and many statistics to determine what exactly is the change and what are the factors that have contributed to the change. One thing I have to keep in mind is that I need to stay focused on is the quality of the work these women are doing and how that has mostly effected production.


If I need to write more/research more, I also wish to talk about how childcare effects the statistics that I am basing my research off of.


Bibliography: *Have to correctly format links*


Fishback, Margaret. “THE WORKING GIRL IS HERE TO STAY.” Woman’s Day 06 1939: 5,5, 38, 50. ProQuest. Web. 2 Apr. 2018.





Technology in the Classroom

With technology becoming an inescapable force upon society it begs the questions as to what are some downfalls of technology. Technology is used for many reasons by various people, from mindlessly scrolling through social media to conducting research; many rely on technology. Over the past few years’ technology has begun to infiltrate the classroom. Technology has become a learning aid for many students in the classroom and has provided helpful support for teachers. However, there are drawbacks to the presence of technology in the classroom. Studies have been conducted to prove such drawbacks. As more and more students are exposed to technology in the classroom researchers have discovered that the amount of students who have learning disabilities has increased.

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