The New Age of Computing

“In attempting to construct such (artificially intelligent) machines we should not be irreverently usurping His (God’s) power of creating souls, any more than we are in the procreation of children. RRather we are, in either case, instruments of His will providing mansions for the souls that He creates.” ― Alan Turing

As Windows 8 launched last year, a great deal of hybrid notebooks that are created to benefit from the touch-optimized operating system started to appear in the computing market. Evidently, it appears that the trend will definitely continue well in 2013. The new HP Envy x2 is one of the products which was first presented at CES 2013 back in January and has made its way across the globe earlier this month.

With its smooth metallic colorway, the HP Envy x2’s physical design suits its purpose as an invention under the corporation’s Envy premium series. With a hybrid design that enables it to perform as a tablet as well as a normal notebook when attached to its keyboard, the Envy x2 is equipped with an 11.6-inch IPS touch display with a graphics resolution of 1366×768 and supports up to 5 simultaneous touch points.

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When I interviewed Professor Leonard Adleman, I asked him generally “What motivates you?”

He stated, “I am motivated by the beauty of mathematics.”

When I reviewed this product currently in the market I thought in terms of Applied Mathematics that it was epic for mathematicians that work on practical problems. Most people in one way or the other know how to calculate things whether they are young individuals or in their elderly years. By way of example, whenever someone purchases or sells an item of any sort, he or she utilizes the logical part of the brain as well as its reasoning ability to function in the activity.

In a scenario where a software company desires to have a feasibility study which entails a report that purposes to detail the characteristics that will determine the success or failure of a project, the following is significant to note. The various elements that constitute system requirements are necessary to be looked at and thoroughly assessed. HP Envy x2 is a suitable product to utilize in a situation where there is a ‘High Tech Restaurant & Bar’ which needs a technological upgrade of the establishment. Clearly, in order for any business to operate efficiently on a daily or weekly basis, there are certain individuals that are involved in this process. These persons include:-

  1. The end-users: The prospective users would comprise of: – the chef, possibly kitchen staff, waiters, bartenders, managers and the accounting staff.
  2. The managers: The management of the client comprises of the manager of the kitchen staff and the serving staff.
  3. Indirect beneficiaries: The customers of the client, both average and business are indirectly affected by the system.
  4. Maintenance and Support People: Any Software Development Company and its technical staff will continue to serve and support this system launch for the client.
  5. Regulators and standards people: This includes a Systems Auditor.

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Furthermore, it is critical that there are techniques of Elicitation such as:-

  1. Interviews: Business data, business practices, business goals, technical information and skill levels of users can best be extracted by the method of interviewing.
  2. Observation: Physical environment, business practices, skill levels of users and interfaces with other systems are all best obtained through this process.
  3. Scenarios or walkthroughs: Technical information and business practices are best attained through this way.
  4. Questionnaires: These are best used when gathering business data even though they are not always 100% correct.
  5. Brainstorming: This is good for understanding what the clients’ preferences are.

 

If a Software Development Company has decided to use the Spiral Model of RE to dictate the different stages to be used, then it would be wise to implement a system where each table in the ‘High Tech Restaurant & Bar’ has this product for the use of the customers. The sequence of stages include:-

Quadrant 1: Information gathering makes use of the aforementioned elicitation techniques and provides an understanding of what is to be built.

Quadrant 2: Analysis and modeling is the pulling together of data from elicitation to determine whether additional information is needed.

Quadrant 3: The purpose of feasibility is to decipher the success of the project. This stage is fundamental.

Quadrant 4: The feasibility document is presented to the stakeholders for validation of the requirements’ specification.

In the technological upgrade of such an establishment would require this sequence of stages as in the case of the product HP Envy x2.

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THE OUTPUT

The output of Requirements Engineering would be constructed as a contractual agreement. This agreement would consist of the client having specified their needs and how the Software Company would achieve it. The Systems Specification document would comprise of the requirements needed by the designer. The Evolutionary model should be used to construct a product as mentioned before to meet the needs of the client. This feasibility assessment has been conducted to confirm the practicality of this system upgrade.

THE FEASIBILITY ASSESSMENT

From my perspective, this is a new endeavor. Based on case studies, it can be done. With the upgrading of the network, installation of hardware and software as well as proper training, the solution to the client is viable.

With the results from Elicitation, the upgrade in ‘High Tech Restaurant & Bar’ in its data processing and other services is feasible.

Given that the software company is creating an additive to the current system, the input information required already exists. In order for this upgrade to be successful, new hardware and software would need to be purchased and changes would have to be made to the existing. Despite the intricacies of this project, it can be delivered in accordance to a detailed project plan. Training of users, changes in the hardware and practicing of safety procedures would eradicate possible dependencies. As a result, the arrangement would be used at its fullest potential.

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About Krystal Volney

Krystal Volney is an award-winning West Indian writer (Trinidadian-Dominican) who was born on the island of Trinidad. Her favourite novels as a child were the Nancy Drew files, the Babysitter's club and the famous five. She started writing both female and male poetry in categories such as fashion, romance, the environment and children's poetry in the year 2010 (Cosmos and Spheres poetry book- Bestselling Ebook). She views humans as both "monarch and emperor butterflies" because of the transformation from an egg into a butterfly showcasing the metamorphosis as various stages of one's experiences throughout life. She claims that as a result of the prodigious difference between each human being in the global society, experiences differ and some persons mature into butterflies while some remain at a particular stage permanently at various points in their longevity. The contemporary poetess's character is floral. In the 21st century, this means that one consists of many petals and each petal tells a different story of who she is. She sees the "tiger lily" and "hibiscus flowers" as demonstrating what it means to be a woman and a lady. Some of her influences have been Mozart, Van Gogh, Emily Dickinson and Claude Monet.
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