To prepare for writing my final essay, I decided to gather ten possible sources to use for my research. I attempted to find a mix of both historical books and recent peer reviewed articles to give my paper a range of perspectives. I have also found that articles make gathering and compiling research a lot easier because they tend to me less dense and more directive with important information. One challenge that I foresee is synthesizing a clear directive for this essay. It is going to be very easy to write a simple summary of the microscopes history, but will be a challenge to take this information to the next step and develop my desired thesis. It almost seemed like the microscope has been overlooked in society, so no one has really dedicated time to researching or analyzing its impact because it is not a controversial topic. Everyone is aware of what microscopes do and agree that they are important to society, and rarely question how they may impact the future or have helped society develop. I was considering switching to a much more controversial topic such as AI, thinking that it may have mire in depth and analytical research since it is a source of controversy in society. However, I think an important challenge of this course is to encourage us to reflect on society’s reliance on even the simplest technologies, and how we are changing do to these relationships.
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