Class notes

Some remaining bits from discussion in class last night:

In class, we had discussed whether executives will blog, or just have convincing ghost writers. Here is a job
that seems to be the latter. They would need to get good people: maybe they should hire me :).

On the mapping front, Google has released Google Earth. Go try it, lots of cool stuff.

I had mentioned my ideal next computing set up. It’s a Vaio U71 with a heads up display, and either a Twiddler (or maybe frogpad or kitty, once I try them out).

As noted in class, the new 2257 guidelines (or see the Fleshbot writeup) are being fought by an adult-industry advocacy group, the Free Speech Coalition. As I noted in class, I do think there is a need for record-keeping, and I think objectives of 2257 require a certain amount of balancing, but it does appear that the new regulations over-reach. A much more sensible process would be to require web producers (“secondary producers”) to keep records of where they got the images, and to provide this electronically on a page on the website.

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  1. Posted 6/28/2005 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

    watched thadius starner’s students use the microoptical and twiddler during a IEEE conference: they all seemed like zombies: there is something about the microoptical thing that worries me: wouldn’t use it if you had a family history of macular degeneration, or if there is any chance of developing diabetic retinopathy in the course of a lifetime.

    you are better off building an eyetap from scratch and adjusting the amount of light you are blasting onto your retina.

    the twiddler is also not intuitive: its a b c d.. the next row has the next bunch of letters….

    are you really going to become a cyborg?

    then get some fiberglass casting material from an orthopedics office and mold a multiambic keyer and configure it to a senambic setting to get at one handed typing system: this in the long run, if you become a cyborg will be more comfortable: greg

    i have steve mann’s version up on my blog, and have been studing your google watch for qlues on how to develop something from this that connects with persons with aphasia and is easier to use for ordinary folks

  2. Posted 6/28/2005 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

    Did use the twiddler (I) for a while (before a student walked off with it) and I actually found it pretty intuitive. A group at gatech found that the learning curve isn’t very steep. The design, however, doesn’t encourage long-term use.

    But yes, time and energy permitting, I’d prefer to hack my own.

  3. Posted 6/28/2005 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    on greg priest dorman, go to link and check out chord map to see how the seven keys work: this system is very rugged and much more smoother than the twiddler: i forsee this system being the perfered keying system:

    also, power is a key part of being a cyborg: so here is some helpful power wiring stuff:

    i know: why not just buy the easy stuff? well deconstructing how things come into being makes the easy stuff seam that more amazine! the viao line is very amazing if you pretend you are in 1997 and looking into 2005

  4. Posted 6/29/2005 at 5:40 am | Permalink

    the best way to enter the cyborg world is with a small group of hackers: there is alot of details to developing a personal system: I have been stuck on alot of different parts of my own system so as you know, as from the stuff you did prior with the self made multi media system, if there is part that gets you stuck, then it becomes a time drain.

    thats where doing these kind of projects needs a strong hobby group: maybe teaming up with a professor or two from the computer science dept. can facilitate the process. or a student or two who have great hands on ability: usually, persons with hot rod mechanical skills are good at building these kind of machines: essentially, they are hot rod computers.

    in terms of collecting empiric data: this is a very rich bunch of data, and because as a human, you are at the center of the humanistic paradigm, you, more than statistics, or machines, sees the patterns of the data you are part of.

    this paper by steve (his thesis paper presented to Minsky) is about image processing, but has many other applications:

    I have found in looking at hospital it systems, that there is an increasing emphasis on artificial intelligence: this is what worried me about the gatech students: they seemed removed from what was happening, much like the nurses are removed from a patients case: IT can create behavious that are swarm like, but also philanoic. philanoia is a term invented by paul virilio and means the opposite of philosophy.

    persons become dependent upon ai systems, and become over reliant on them to think for them: ie, when an accident occurs, its repetative, recurrent and very large. this is attributable to inability to think independently.

    this all ties in to a larger theme that i need to better explain, and cant due to having to run to the hospital right know, but I think you get the gist of what i am trying to express. this also ties into sousveillance, and issues with equiveillance.

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