Monday, May 7, 2018

Week 15 | Final Project

Link for final project's Intstructables guide:

Week 14 | Work Week


Sketch of project

Week 13

'Natural Born Cyborgs'  cont.

Chapter 6 – Global Swarming

The activities we partake in on our planet are left as a footprint. These footprints can be exploited to better suit our relationships with our technological extensions.

Collaborative filtering- categorization derived from the accumulation of our technological footprints

Chapter 7 – Bad Borg?

Same danger (more or less real):

- Inequality
- Intrusion
- Inability to control
- Overload
- Alienation
- Narrowing
- Deceit
- Degradation
- Disembodiment

Week 12

'Natural Born Cyborgs'  cont.

Chapter 3 – Plastic Brains, Hybrid Minds

The image of our physical body, though perceived as solid, is actually highly negotiable. It is a mental construct, open to renewal and reconfiguration. There are tricks that can modify our perception of it.

Our brains can readily project feeling and sensation beyond our biological shell.

The brain make a very intelligent use of the small high-resolution fovea. Our eyes are only able to focus on about 20% of our field of vision. 

Change Blindness: When we are not consciously looking for it, changes can occur without us noticing it and continuing on like nothing happened. Ex: two people wearing the same shirt color can switch seats from across the room unnoticed by people not consciously keeping track of their movements.

The brain prefers meta-knowledge (how to acquire and exploit information) over baseline knowledge (basic, real knowledge).

The visual brain is opportunistic; instead of attempting to create, maintain and update a rich inner representation, it “lets the world serve as its own best model”.

The act of labeling allow the brain to reduce a complex, abstract problem, to a simpler, concrete one.

Our brains are good at pattern matching, association, and perception. For more complex reasoning we need external help.

With speech, text, and the tradition of using them as a tools, humanity became early cyborgs.

Chapter 4 – Where Are We? & Chapter 5 – What Are We?

The perception of our location and our bodies

Telepresence- the perception of being elsewhere

Perception is not passive, it is active. Perception is built off of our actions and interactions with and within our world.

Our brains are amazingly adept at learning to exploit new type and channels of input. Our brains, especially those of newborn babies, are extremely plastic.

Our sense of ‘where we are’ and of ‘what we are’ are based/ built on the basis of the brain’s ongoing registration of correlations.

“I am the sum total of the parts I control directly”- Its not just the objects we interact with that are tools, our bodies are just an amalgamation of tools working together as well. Our existences are made up of the sum of the tools we use.