Past, Present, and Future Technology: Interview Ideas: Kaleb Parrish

In the book Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything by Kelly and Zach Weinersmith, section 6 was titled Robotic Construction and discussed how in the future technology should develop robots that help work construction. This section builds off of the previous section that emphasizes use of software and robots. Specifically, it talks about how we should be moving forward and towards robots working construction jobs to help build homes. This relates to the oral history because the author talks about history of building homes and connecting them by how things were done in the past to how they are done in the present, and then hoping the future. The chapter talks about how in the past they argue how things were done much faster. In 1917, Thomas Edison had an idea of making homes and that was instead of making a new home every time (demand), you would just get the mold of one and pour concrete into it. However, a man by the name of Ernist Neufert thought with his ideas to build homes on the back of a train and collecting raw materials as a train would go on its journey. Unfortunately, none of these ideas caught on but it brought the mindset to now in which advances in robots making houses can be a future thing. This relates to oral history because it helps society keep a record of past events and ideas.


When thinking about choosing an individual for this oral history project, the first person I think of is my best friend who I relate to the most, and that would be my dad. The theme of my interview will be health and specifically, the advancement in surgery. My father and I, as well as the rest of our family are huge football fans. We both played in high school and college, and due to the intensive play of the game, both ended up having the same surgery on the same shoulder (left). What I want to focus on in my interview is the difference in surgeries because back in his time when he had it, they had to cut his shoulder open, thus he has one huge scar till this day. For my surgery a few years ago, it was orthoscopic and I have 4 tiny cuts that have almost gone away so to talk about the difference interests me and hopefully you as well.

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