Sunday, November 8, 2015

Two Sides To A Coin That Changes The World

Hope and Innocence are two sides to one coin that is thrown into an endless well known as our world.

Hope and innocence are two very hard concepts to define. We know it when we see it but putting words together to define it is hard. As usual when we, humans, find something hard to define we like to compare it and give enough examples until the examples becomes it's definition.
Recently in class we talked about Lord of The Flies and if all innocence must be lost if we have to survive. 
My opinion: No. 

(now at this point you either don't have an opinion so you keep on reading, or you agree or disagree so you continue to read or you are not really interest so you stop, but I suggest you keep reading)

Innocence for me is when you have not been exposed to the world or matured enough to see the bad things in this world. I have been traveling since I was three months old so I have seen many different cultures but up until the age of eleven everything was great. Then suddenly I started noticing people differentiating each other for being unique. Whether thats the persons gender, race or religion.
My innocent view on the world changed.
I still consider myself innocent since I see the better in people and give everyone a chance.
I still believe that we can change this world for the better.

let me ask you something. what do you think drives you to do something? what makes you believe? what makes you want to wake up in the morning or sleep in?


Hope is what makes us take action because every action you take you do it for a reason. whether it is a bad result or good. But for that person it is because of hope.

Innocent and hope are strongly related.
Why do we want to save our Earth or stand up for what is right. It is because we do not want to see the next generation to loose that innocence. We don't want them to grow up with the challenges we have. A parent makes sure to shelter the child as long as possible because they need a reminder that not everyone has an evil side to them. We all do this hoping to make things better.
The world is filled with horrible things and we being part of this global community need to accept it and make sure that we do our part.
It is like voting in a way. We should practice our human right to stand up for each other and for what is right.
Make this world a better place everyday. Whether that is smiling at someone and making their day better or standing up for a cause you believe in.

Innocence may lessen as children grow up because this world is very dangerous.We need to accept the truth even if it hurts. People cannot just blind themselves of the bad things just because it may not be right outside their door. Humans from the beginning of time have made changes to their society because they believed that it was wrong and no one else should face the same difficulties. They did this because they hoped that their actions would make a difference.
As long as people have innocence  people will have hope and where there is hope there is a future. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Future of Cars... Still a Future?

Cars. What is it?

Car: /kär/ a road vehicle, typically with four wheels, powered by an internal combustion engine and able to carry a small number of people. (According to Google of course)

That's the definition of a car. From the invention of the car in 1886 till today, 2015, a lot has changed in both the car industry and the world in general. I don't know about you but car expectations for my generation has definitely gone up in many aspects that did not even exist back then.

 You might wonder why you should care about a 13 year olds expectations... well here is your answer: We are the future of this world (whether you like it or not). Whether it is technology or politics or culture. What ever the older generations have done we are the ones to carry on or change the world. 

I have been to a lot of my parents meetings and conferences and i have noticed a term that suddenly faded into the background. M2M. A lot of people over think this concept. The acronym stands for Machine to Machine. That's all it really is. When I call someone my phone, a machine, connect with another phone, also a machine. Simple right?

So I started thinking. All these advances has happened in so many different areas in technology and all this time cars have been left alone. Now some companies are trying to make over the air updates which is as simple as software updates on my iPhone. This shouldn't be a big deal. I have been updating my technology for years and never noticed how cars need that too. For example the navigation. New roads are added to our world every day. Just few days ago I was driving past a new apartment complex and on the vehicle's navigation it did not even show the street. 
Since Software updates are already in use in many other technologies I know it should not take too long for cars to catch up. 

I started thinking about what other possibilities that might open up in terms of safety which is a huge concern as the world becomes more and more hyper connected.  Currently we only have the honk to warn other cars. 
I used to imagine that you could type something on the screen in the car and this huge sign would pop up to warn the car.

Once I was driving in La Honda and a car in front of us dropped something and we could not honk at them because they would think they did something wrong. Or warning people behind you on the highway that they have to slow down instead of having them break suddenly. This could save major accidents and even save lives. This communication is just like texting between cars. Of course options can be created so there will be no need to take your eyes of the road. Or location sharing. If a car is looking for a specific place that car's technology could look through other cars destinations and see if there is a match. Someone could be looking for a Target shop. They send that information out and without the other cars having to worry about privacy, the car could send information that already exists. This creates a car community just like social media has their own community. 

As I said before safety is also an issue in the cyber world. Just this summer Chrysler and GM got hacked. This can cause the public to reject car advancement in technology. However, instead of fearing it we should understand and then take advantage of the technology. Like in a movie every car should have a shut down button. It can even be as cliché as a big red button. It will stop the car no mater what because in the end technology can never be perfect. 

These are just a few opportunities that I have realized. Imagine how many ideas and how advanced this world could get by listening to the younger generations. All I want you to think about is how far we have come. Now think this is just the beginning, and if refrigerators are part of IoT then why on earth are cars still stuck in the 90s. 

Imagine how many more ideas we will get once we unlock the full potential of the car industry.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Final Master Piece... "The Legacy"

"The Legacy"

This is a drawing I drew just recently during my music history class.  We spent the class watching a video on the roots of American music like Jazz, Blues and Country. They mentioned legacy. This does not happen often for me, but sometimes a certain words stays in my head and I cannot help it. This is one of them. 

"The Legacy" by Sneha Prasad Alam

13th October 2015
(drawn on the 9th October 2015)

I am not sure what style to put this art under, but lately graffiti sounds really interesting.
Growing up graffiti has always had a negative connotation. I think its another form of art. Expressing your opinion on something you believe and think deserves to be seen. I have seen some amazing graffiti art. One that stood out to me was this tiger with butterfly wings behind it. These graffitis make the cities are more interesting place to walk. In Little Havana, Miami they have street art representing the Cuban culture as well as the American culture.  

As people walk by this drawing I want them to first wonder how and what these shapes form. Then the colors gives clues as to what the speech bubble says. Then the final question: What does the races have to do with legacy and why did the artist draw it? Truthfully, I don't have a full answer to this question  myself, but then again a person sees what they want to see and that is their reality.

For me it means that: yes, we have our different races and each one has their empowering legacy yet its all still the human legacy. 10,000 of years from now if some other life form finds us will they immediately know our races? No. Our diverse cultures enrich our existence.

Like in the drawing our races and cultures are different colors. each one complements the other and no matter how different; they all complete the final master piece...

The Human Race 

My Personal Definition of Art

Art can be made by anyone and can be anything

To me art represents something significant to the artist or the world around them. Take the Golden age of art when realistic art was popular. Rembrandt painted the Nachtwacht where he used the effect of light and dark (chiaroscuro) to show who the main people in the painting were. 

Or COBRA art. It changed art. Abstract art is really different and beautiful. Many people see different thing and the colors could show the mood of the painter. It's a mystery. You shouldn't try to figure out what is means it's like poetry don't force the meaning out of it. That would kill it. Let the painting speak to you instead. there is no right or wrong because it is art.  Let your eyes scan the the art work and see what you think it is and don't try too hard. If you do you'll never truly see its beauty.

Frida Kahlo represented her life by incorporating nature  and animals to show her pain and thoughts. Paintings don't have to follow traditional ways. Art has evolved into many forms like pop art where technology can be used.

(An example of painting painted by me, try to see what's written)

Art represent different things in this world and as a artist you can call whatever you design art. 

Art is perceiving the world in different ways and communicating your thoughts, ideas and imagination through sculptures, designs, paintings and whatever else represents your story. 

Sneha Prasad Alam