Assignment 4 Biotechnology

Interviews- Discussion Question #5 p. 49

1. Briefly explain what Biotechnology means
2. Are you in favor of further Industrial research in this field?
3. Provide at least one reason for your stance on this issue
4. What is your academic major?

Jake, Age 21

Northern VA Community College

1. “I’m not sure but I think it is the use of our knowledge of biology/science in everyday products”.

2. Yes.

3. ” Yes because Biotechnology has resulted in major medical advances in the last decade and will continue to result in medical advances in the coming years”

4. Undecided

Joe, Age 57 (My dad)

Western Kentucky University ’82

1. “The application of engineering principles in finding solutions to problems in the fields of medecine and biology. It is used in the advancements of quality,longevity, and sustainability of life- on this planet and in outer space”.

2. Yes

3. ” We need to research further because, in regards to food, our population is going to cause a demand in food supply; for the poor and undeveloped nations, it could be a tremendous benefit”.

4. Civil Engineering


Freshman girl (not mentioning name for confidentiality purposes)

Age 19, Old Dominion University

1. “I’m not exactly sure what biotechnology really is or can I think of any examples, I always believe technology was only mechanical stuff.”

2. “Sure”

3. “I would like to become a little more aware of what technology really is all about, considering I don’t have a clue about biotechnology. I now believe it’s equally important for everyone to get involved with how technology is growing today.”

4. Communications Major



It appears that with age comes knowledge. Our youngest interviewee appeared to have no knowledge on biotechnology in the least, while our oldest member appeared to be up to date with technology and our society overall. The majors seemed to play a role as well, as the civil engineer was all for continued research in the fields of science and health. Overall as people get older and have more hands on (or academic) experiences with various technology, their opinions and attitudes about the subject shifts as well. In the end, with technology impacting our life in one way or the other, people far and wide seem to agree on the idea of continued research.

Jerry’s Individual solution

Sorry this is so late. I believe having an undo button for smartphones would be the best solution. I think it should part of the option section in smartphones. That way you can choose if you want your phone to do it or not. This is helpful because if you do txt too quickly and send a txt you didn’t mean to send or something was misspelled (or autocorrected) you can get back the txt within whatever time period you set it for. Apparently you can already download this into your cellphone which I had no clue you could do



Eli’s individual solution

I apologize for being late, but here it is:

SMS Undo is a feature that apparently “undos” a text once it has been sent. I wasn’t aware of this feature myself because nobody ever talked about it before. I believe we should enable having an “undo” feature in the phone from the start, rather than having to search for an app. As Rose puts it, why not simply take most of the old features from older phones and install them in the smart phones? Apparently some old phones already had this feature.


Individual Problem Analysis Statement and Research

What our group is trying to do is make the smart phone “smarter”. Some of our ideas include fixing auto correct errors. I investigated cell phone use in academic matters and came across this article. Essentially, I believe there could be a way to enhance the smart phone to increase learning capabilities. The results this experiment reported that they improved their speech when using cell phone videos. I’m interested in making a cell phone a viable tool for learning, and perhaps schools can allow students to use their phones in class (appropriately).

Saudi Arabian universities have been using what is called “mobile learning”. By using cell phones, students are able to learn course material through a text message given from a professor’s PC, a system called Short Message Service (SMS). If something like this exists, I believe we can sure upgrade our smart phones to provide a connection to Blackboard as well. What students can’t receive in class will be able to obtain through their phones. Again, just an addition to making our smart phones “smarter”, by enhancing learning capabilities.

Rose’s Interviews Summary

After interviewing my friends Nick and Alex, I realized that not many students are aware that ODU has a social policy. Neither of them had ideas about what they wanted in a social policy and lack any sort of opinion on social media policies all together. Trends in the interviews included being respectful and responsible when using social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Alex had a policy with a group he belongs to at ODU (ODU ghost hunting) that included not posting results of investigations. Nick, however, said that his job (employed by ODU) did not have a social media policy. These interviews were insightful, but overall I did not really get any ideas for our own social media policy.

Mason Inc. Social Media Policy

I choose the Mason Inc. Social Media Policy because it’s short, simple, and to the point. It seems like the main ideas had to do with the fact that your responsible about what you do on the social media site your on. For example you can’t cite or reference clients or associates without they’re approval. Also if you do publish anything on a personal blog or website that’s work related you have to put “The postings on this site are my own and do not represent my employer’s positions, strategies or opinions.” They also want you to be aware of your association with Mason, so you should think about the pictures you put up, and the statements make in your posts.

Something I found pretty interesting was one the statements: “Don’t pick fights, and accept and correct any mistakes you have made.” That was pretty interesting because I’ve never seen that in kind of policy before.


Coca Cola Social Media Policy

Every company out there has their own social media policy, due to the fact our society is becoming largely involved with mainstream media. The policy stated here basically sums up what all companies should regulate in regards to what their employees can tweet about, ect. Interestingly enough, one rule explains how people should hesitate to post information about crisis situations. Surely sending a mass-forward text to your friends and family that Tacobell caught on fire would suffice.

This policy statement explains everything in detail on how one should distribute information and debate topics. Respect and honesty are key issues in relation to how people post and tweet things on the internet.

Employees also seem to largely misunderstand that the concept of Freedom of Speech is rather restricted when it comes to discussing business matters. In addition, many people do not realize that when a company’s image is threatened (because someone decided to joke about finding chicken heads in the fryer), “holding you responsible” translates to “termination”. They could be a little more clear on consequences, but that’s just my opinion.

Lastly, the average Joe may not realize that posting videos or uploading images may pose as an issue. This is something that needs to be addressed in the guidelines.

Best Buy Social Media Policy

Best Buy Social Media Policy

This social media policy is very standard, in my opinion, and contains basic values that employees should follow both on the job and in their lives. It emphasized that if one is to talk about Best Buy, then that person should identify their affiliation and state that it is THEIR opinion. Employees should be respectful and responsible when using social media by not disclosing financial info, personal info, anything that belongs to others, or confidential information. They should “Be smart. Be respectful. Be human” and follow Best Buy’s philosophy so that they do not risk being fired and/or injuring Best Buy’s reputation.

In my opinion, this policy was very straightforward and logical; Employees should have no problem understanding this and should carry over these values to their lives outside of work. It is most important that people think before they act on the social media and just be ethical and responsible, use common sense.