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PART
1: Your Interest          

Golf
is a sport that has been around for centuries, and a sport that has changed a
lot due to technology but has stayed true to its core. There are many
explanations to what golf is, and the simplest is hitting a small white ball
into a small circular hole eighteen times. A further explanation is that golf
is a sport where you have eighteen different holes where they each have a
different yardage to a hole on a green. The player starts at the first hole and
proceeds to hit a white circular ball with a club designed to hit that ball far
or short yardages. Each hole has a similar or different par, where par is the
average number of strokes a player should take to get the ball in the hole. At
the end of the eighteen holes the player tallies up the number of strokes it
took him or her to get it in all eighteen holes and that would be the final
score. If the player shoots below par, then they are great, if they shoot par,
they are good, if they shoot above par, the amount above par constitutes what
kind of player they are, the higher above the worse they are. Golf has been
around my entire life, and it is a sport that I have enjoyed playing. I started
playing it competitively in high school and became a great player who played on
the varsity team and won a regional championship there. I now play on the club
golf team here at IU where I compete on the weekends. I usually play golf recreationally
with friends to calm me down and be with nature.

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            Technology as I said before has changed the way golf is
played but kept the true meaning of golf alive. The biggest technology in golf
is the club’s players use to hit the ball. From the beginning the game used
hickory wood shafts which were light and easy to use but this made them fragile
and they would break easily (The Score). The problem with these clubs that no
one knew about back then was that wooden clubs although fragile did not hit the
golf ball nearly as far as it does today. In the 1920’s the policies changed,
and club makers could use steel and graphite shafts which changed a lot of
things (The Score). Another visible difference was the growing size of the club
heads that were attached to the shafts. Which allowed for easier contact with
the ball because the club head had more area. With the changing head sizes on
clubs the club heads also changed from wood to titanium and other metals which made
the ball the go farther when hit. There are a ton of new technologies being
discovered day by day from center of gravity on clubs to speed slots in clubs.

            The technology of golf has changed the game and how I
play the game. My first set of clubs I got were a beginner’s set bought in a
package with everything from a putter to a driver. They were cheap clubs and probably
a good thing because I didn’t use them for long. The next set of clubs were my
dad’s old ones which were from the 1990’s so they were steel shaft clubs with
metal heads. They were hard to use because they were heavy and long and all my other
friends had newer clubs and I was jealous. The technology of nice looking clubs
made it very appealing to me and I wanted all the new clubs. I felt I would be
better and cooler with new clubs, so I wouldn’t play with my dad’s old one until
I got new clubs. I finally got new clubs my sophomore year of high school which
were amazing. I still have them to this day because they are perfect for me. It
is amazing what technology can do in golf clubs and for your swing. The clubs
were lighter and helped me hit the ball farther and straighter. The technology
has made it easier for me to play golf and it keeps me coming back because I
have so much fun playing golf. Even though I love my clubs and golf the
technology is changing everyday and new clubs come out every year and I am
always attracted to them because of the supposed new technology and the look. Also,
the worst part is clubs keep getting more expensive and one club can cost up to
$1000 which is absurd and why I’m sticking to my clubs because they are perfectly
fine.

            I believe the technology and this sport is going to
evolve more but feel the core of the game is going to stay the same. The time
that I spend with this game right now is recreational and somewhat competitive
and I feel that will stay the same for the rest of my life. I know that when I get
older I’m going to want to buy my own clubs and will be intrigued by some new
technology because my technology in my clubs will be outdated. I will love this
game for the remainder of my life and technology will not change that love.

 

PART 2: Into the Media

 

            The TV show that I have been watching that has given me a
whole new perspective on technology is Black Mirror, which is a Netflix show.
The episode that I recently watched is in season 4, episode 1, and is called
“USS Callister.” This show was created in 2011 and the plot is explaining the possible
consequences of technologies that could be created in the future. It also
explores serious dilemmas that also could take place. All the episodes are separate,
but all have a common idea of consequences from technology. This episode is one
of my favorites from the show because it could possibly happen in the future. This
episode is about tech company, who have created a virtual reality game world in
which players are the captain of a spaceship kind of like Star Trek. The
mastermind behind this game is a man named Robert Daly, who has his own version
of the game at home and plays it every night. The thing about his game is he
uses the DNA of his employees to clone them into his game and basically trap
them. A new employee becomes cloned and trapped in the game a comes up with a
plan to get out and this plan traps Mr. Daly trapped in his own game forever.

            The major technology I am choosing from this episode is
virtual reality. Virtual reality has been on the rise the last few years and is
becoming a pretty big thing. Virtual reality is becoming available increasingly
every day because they are finding cheaper ways to make it. Right now, the availability
is open to those who have around $79-$600. The market has so many different
types of virtual reality headsets that range different prices. The cheapest is
the Samsung Gear VR which is $79, which is a great price, but you must have the
Samsung Galaxy phone to use it which is another $400 (PCMAG). The one that I am
drawn to is the Sony PlayStation VR which allows gamers to play games through
the VR headset and its price is around $400 (PCMAG). There are many other types
of more enhanced VR which are being developed and will come available soon.
Golf has been included in the VR world in the last few years and it is also
still growing. The possibility of playing a round of golf in your own home has
become a reality. VR golf is not played from a headset but rather a bay in
which there are four screens that surround the player and you hit the ball in
that bay and the screens display where you hit the ball on the course and give
you a 360 tour of the golf course. This also allows players to practice from
home when it is too cold outside to play, which gives them an advantage over
other players who don’t have it. Virtual reality gives people some advantages
but also has some disadvantages.

            This technology might seem to be used as an entertainment
for people, but it is in fact being used to help people make memories and help dementia
patients (Forbes). This technology is helping old people make memories with
their families through the videoing of family trips in VR. Old people who can’t
move are able to experience vacations with families by just sitting in a chair
and watching a VR video through a video headset. This is possible because the
families who go on the trips can use a special video recorder to capture parts
of the trip in VR which allows other people to also have that same experience on
their couch at home. This technology also helps old people reconnect with the
outside world. It brings them a sense of living again and new value of life
that they haven’t felt before (Forbes). Some problems that it is creating is
bringing the TV screen right in front of the face of people which is creating
eye problems. There are specific types of light waves in those screens that it
emits which causes damage to the human eye. Also, it is causing people to be lazier
because it brings historical parts of the world to people, so they don’t have
to travel, or they just sit around on a couch and play games all day. To
reiterate in the show, Mr. Daly goes to work in the morning and after work he
comes homes and plays the virtual reality game until he goes to bed.

            The technology was affecting the character in the shows
in a bad way because the main character, Mr. Daly cloned his employees and put
them into the game and they were treated as slaves basically and were stuck in
the game forever. The way it affects people in real life is that it could make
people become less social and only rely on virtual reality for entertainment and
fun. I believe this technology is ethical because it is helping elderly people
connect with their families and helping people with dementia and many other
things. I do believe there is ways that this could be used unethically and one
of the possibilities is using it for torture. This technology is rising day by
day and becoming available worldwide and more people are using it. I don’t
think this technology will ever diminish from the world. This technology has
the potential to take over the world and a new movie called Ready Player One
shows the possibility of a VR world. Virtual reality is such a cool concept and
I have yet to try it, but I feel I will one day and so will everybody else. 

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