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iPhone's Siri Has Trouble with Accents

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The computer programming is designed to understand voice patterns, but whose voice patterns?  Several accents, ranging from Scottish to Hispanic, are not recognized as "English" by the voice recognition command in the new iPhone.  So what does this mean as we try to understand the culture of technology?  The geography of language?      


Via LatinaComm, Seth Dixon
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This article applies to language because of the whole accents concept. It als fits into pop culture because it is talking about the phone that millions of people around the world have. In this article it talks about how Siri the i phone voice recognition command can tell many languages and accents. The only accent that Siri cannot comprehend is that of a Latino. This has relevance in many communities because lots of people all over the world have i phones and use Siri including Latinos. In places that is a majority of Latinos the i phone if it wants to really apply to them should be able to understand their accent just like it could of anyone else. Short term effects could be people listening to what Apple had to say and just trying to use it more so that it will recognize them just like it would any other accent. A long term effect would be Apple making Siri understand the accent and maybe do other things with the i phone to make it apply more to Latinos making their market even bigger.

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Rap, Drugs, And Hijabs: 13 Things You Should Know About Young Iran

Rap, Drugs, And Hijabs: 13 Things You Should Know About Young Iran | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
The future of Iran will be determined by the first post-Revolution generation. Here's what they're like.

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In this article you see the concept of gender population and folk culture. This article talks about how Iran has had their baby boom population in there right now between the mid teens and the mid-20s. It also talks about how all of the young people are starting to control everything and things are becoming run by the young people. Most of the government is run by young people there all of the young people are just starting to pop up and down getting married as you get there I having more kids because it's a big huge population of young people. This has an impact on every music sucks local national and international communities because every community at some point will have a baby boom generation for us right now it's kind of an older generation for other countries the younger generations so really every time she goes through these baby-boom stages. Some short-term effects of this could be a lot of new births because all the people are starting to get a little bit older because their mid teens to mid 20s they will be getting married soon and will want have families.  Some long-term effects could be another baby boom generation possibly coming because of this baby boom generation all the side to have kids that he couldn't another baby boom generation were everybody wants to have a kid so their country may decide to good use birth control or something that will reduce the chances of having another baby good population because their country can't support all of those people. 

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Frank Fenn's comment, August 17, 2013 9:09 PM
Interesting evaluation. Where should the U.S. direct their operatives now?
Siri Anderson's curator insight, August 25, 2013 9:52 AM

Who knew? Would be nice to have students develop some raps that appealed to democratic, peaceful, shared-world sensibilities.

Mrs. B's curator insight, October 5, 2013 9:36 AM

POPULATION PYRAMIDS!

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America's Real Homeless Hotspots

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An estimated 600,000 Americans are homeless, but the spread isn't uniform. Some cities have been hit harder than others.

 

When I teach cultural geography, I discuss the idea that some thing are "in place" and others are "out of place" based on the cultural norms that change from place to place.  Homelessness is almost always "out of place."   What parts of the built environment in your city are purposefully uninviting to the homeless?  What is the connection between the city (and urbanization) and homelessness?  What could (or should) be done in major metropolitan areas with high rates of homelessness?  What is the spatial patterns evident in the geography of homelessness?  What accounts for these patterns?  What surprises are in the data from the article? 


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This article fits into our unit of Environmental impact of cultural attitudes and practices it also fits into the unit of ethnicity and cultural regions. In this article it talks about homelessness and  why there is homelessness. This article covers the main reasons why people are homeless and the percentage  approximately  that are homeless for the specific reasons. This article has relevance with national and international communities because  people there are homeless and therefore they are affected by that. Some short-term effects can be creating homeless shelters were like they know the reasons why people are homeless or they can also create homeless funds.some long-term effects could be decreasing the amount of homeless people and just realizing the reasons why these people are homeless and creating ways for less people to become homeless. 

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iPhone's Siri Has Trouble with Accents

iPhone's Siri Has Trouble with Accents | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

The computer programming is designed to understand voice patterns, but whose voice patterns?  Several accents, ranging from Scottish to Hispanic, are not recognized as "English" by the voice recognition command in the new iPhone.  So what does this mean as we try to understand the culture of technology?  The geography of language?      


Via LatinaComm, Seth Dixon
Isabelle Zahn's insight:

This article applies to language because of the whole accents concept. It als fits into pop culture because it is talking about the phone that millions of people around the world have. In this article it talks about how Siri the i phone voice recognition command can tell many languages and accents. The only accent that Siri cannot comprehend is that of a Latino. This has relevance in many communities because lots of people all over the world have i phones and use Siri including Latinos. In places that is a majority of Latinos the i phone if it wants to really apply to them should be able to understand their accent just like it could of anyone else. Short term effects could be people listening to what Apple had to say and just trying to use it more so that it will recognize them just like it would any other accent. A long term effect would be Apple making Siri understand the accent and maybe do other things with the i phone to make it apply more to Latinos making their market even bigger.

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Health and Beauty News: Infants easily acquire new across cultures words

Health and Beauty News: Infants easily acquire new across cultures words | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

Health and Beauty News: Infants easily acquire new across cultures words


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This article is very interesting. It is a fast quick read, but it also shows some great points. This article says that a study has shown that infants are able to learn languages easierly now then before. Especially if the language is noun or verb friendly such as hindi. This article relates to culture because if you are an infant you are born into a culture and what you do from there is your choice, but if you want you child to be part of another culture you could teach them that language allowing them to adapt to the culture easily. Some long term effects could be the spread of languages because if you want your child to speak a different language than english you can teach it to them as an infant and therfore the language will now be spoken outside of when everyone speaks it. Also you have to admit this baby is really cute! :)

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Our Amish, Ourselves

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Many Americans will continue to see the Amish as a backward cult, but many more will persist in mythologizing them, seeing in them what they need to see.
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In this article you see a folk culture, religion, and cultural regions. This article talks about the Amish culture and bad news diffuses throughout the town. It also talks about important aspects in the Amish culture. For example they believe that it is only right to shower on Saturday's. Also, giving each other bad news is just what they do. Finally it talks about Amish on Amish violence. The relevance within the communities is very big. This is relevant to everyone because they are a culture we need to be aware of. They respect us so we need to respect them and their ways. From this article you see that some short term effects are hurt from hearing bad news. A long term effect could be violence or outbreaks because people are not being cautious about the Amish culture and could cause riots. Another long term effect could be the dwindling of the Amish culture because more and more people don't like being different in a bad way. They also don't like the disrespect of their culture an belifes and therefore might not want anything to do with their culture. This could be related to the new tv show breaking amish.

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Germany Adds Lessons in Islam to Better Blend Its Melting Pot

Germany Adds Lessons in Islam to Better Blend Its Melting Pot | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Public schools for the first time are offering classes in Islam to primary school students to better integrate Germany’s large Muslim minority and to try to counter the influence of radical religious thinking.

Via Seth Dixon
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This article relates to our topic of religion and it  also relates to values and  globalization. In this article it talks about a school in Germany creating  classes in  Islam so that other people can understand them. Imagine how teachers had to go through so much more training just so that they were able to teach these new classes. This is helping to integrate Germany's  large Muslim minority and to trying to  counter the influence of radical religious thinking. This is the first time the public schools are offering classes in Islam. This has relevance and international communities because people also speak Islam and this isn't the only country that is starting to recognize it and wants to change this and create new classes for them so that they can be like everybody else. Some short-term effects could be other schools catching on and creating class is just for the Islam. Some long-term effects it could be every school having classes especially for the muslim kids. I'm also another long-term effect could be teachers having to learn Islam so that they do have the background to teach these kids if they ever were to come through their system. 

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Jamison DuClos's curator insight, January 10, 10:29 AM

This applies to culture.  Public schools for the first time are offering classes in Islam to help the Muslim minority and get rid of the radical religious thinking.  This could change other countries and cause them to do the same thing.  This can cause this country to dispose of its radical religious religious thinking with the next generation.  This can get rid of violence and other racial hates in Germany.

Sarah Ziolkowski's curator insight, January 16, 2:51 PM

This article applies to our unit of cultural differences in religion.The article talks about how these new classes in Hesse, Germany could lower radical religious thinking. This not only helps educate muslim children so their thinking doesn't become radical, but also educates the country to accept islam and not outcast those with that relgion. This could become a reality in your hometown if proved successful. In the future we can hope to see more tolerance and acceptance in the islamic faith and also tolerance for islamics in countries like Germany or maybe even The US.

chris tobin's curator insight, February 6, 11:15 AM

Many countries, including the U.S. has a Melting Pot of culture and I believe this cultivates better understanding and integration process

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Religious architecture of Islam

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This is an excellent article that can be used in a thematic class for analyzing religion, the human landscape, the urban environment and cultural iconography.  For a regional geography class, this show great images from Indonesia, Spain, Egypt, Syria and Israel/Palestine.  


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This article applies to the unit of religion, symbolic lanscapes and sense of place, and finally enciornmental impact of cultural attitused and practices. In this article it shows pictures of different places in Islam. It also explains the religous aspect of each building. This article is very interesting because lots of people don't realize that these buildings are there for a specific reason and have hidden features that you may not realize if you are not from that place or have studied the culture of that place. This is relevant to the international community because every country has unique cultural traits in their landscapes that outsiders wouldn't recognize without prior knowlege. Some short term effects could be people simply looking at other countries and studying their culture. A long term effect could be people accepting other cultures and practicing aspects of that county.

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andrew desrochers's curator insight, October 28, 2:47 PM

These architectural designs in Israel show religious meanings, what other factors inspire architectural creativity? Who uses these different styles of creativity?

Lily and Cami's curator insight, November 5, 5:18 PM

Israel Religion: I scooped this because the picture really stood out to me because the golden dome stands over the rock on Temple Mount. you also can see great images of Indonesia, Spain, Egypt, Syria, and Israel/Palestine. Not only are these sacred buildings but they are also big religious and tourist attractions.

Jacob Crowell's curator insight, December 15, 1:20 PM

Although all part of the same religion these buildings are influenced heavily by their location. I think this is important to note because it challenges our assumptions on Islam. When I think of a mosque a certain image pops into my head, these images shows how the same religion can still have local influences.

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Open Letter to the Three White Students Who Filed a Discrimination Complaint Against Their Black Teacher

Open Letter to the Three White Students Who Filed a Discrimination Complaint Against Their Black Teacher | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
That's what you said, right? That the discussion of structural racism made you uncomfortable? That you felt the classroom was hostile? That you didn't like that "we have to talk about this all the time"?

Via Seth Dixon
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This article would fit into our topic of cultural geogrophy. This article is more talking about how uncomfortable it is for whites to talk about racisim. This article makes it okay for you to feel funny about talking about this. In the article it says that most white people don't come to grips with racism and therefore feel uncomfortable talking about it.  This relates to the community in many ways. Our culture is so diverse that there is alot of racism in our community even if it wasn't meant to sound racist. in the long run we could potentially reduce the amount of racism because people understand what is happening to those people. Some short term effects could be having hope that one day other people will act like you did and stop all the stupid racist comments.

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Travis Winger's curator insight, December 12, 2013 9:09 PM

This article explains how the American culture is set around the male white population. Our culture is set around that the white people are the good guys and when someone threatens that we get defensive like the 3 students. This just shows how our culture covers up all the hatred that the white population has created, and is turned around to be a good thing. And when the tables turn we feel discriminated.

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Hire for Culture, Talent and Traits, not Skills, Knowledge or Experience - Business 2 Community

Hire for Culture, Talent and Traits, not Skills, Knowledge or Experience - Business 2 Community | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

As founder of career community pdxMindShare, I’ve met thousands of professionals over the last decade and heard their unique stories

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This article fits into the catagories of values and preferences and also into cultural differences. This article talks about what skills and knowledge you need to be hired. It talks about things certain employers look for based on your work experience and enthusiasm for the job. Rather than you gender or ethnicity. This article relates to culture because in this culture you are expected to like your job in other cultures you are assigned a job or you are desperate for anything availible. This has lots of relavance in our community because he is helping you have a better shot at getting a job in our culture and things you can do to help your case. A long term effect could be getting a job and lowering the unemployment rate. A short term effect could be classes so you have the required skills for the job you want to persue. Overall i think this article is great if you are looking for a job, but it could vary from culture to culture.

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