Access Granted

Search. Post. Connect. Share. Buy. Our habits and behaviors create patterns, and when we agree to the ever-changing terms and conditions of the products and services we use, what and to whom are we granting our permissions? In Terms and Conditions May Apply, director Cullen Hoback examines the ways that …

Come get some…open sourced A.I. Engine that is.

And here we have it. Google is now throwing its hat into the open source ring, and when they come out, they come out swinging! Google has just open sourced its Artificial Intelligence Engine, TensorFlow. This is google newest Deep Learning engine which allows for machine learning through deep web …

Q&Q: Katherine Hayles

Use this to record your thoughts and questions about the Hayles essay “Hyper and Deep Attention,” as well as Nicholas Carr’s chapter “The Juggler’s Brain” from The Shallows.

Beginning of New Aesthetics

As a quick overview, this article is talking about kids being with devices such as tablets and parent’s old cell phones at a young age. As I read this article and went through my notes I stumbled upon a quote I wrote down: “Obsolescence is not the end of anything, …

Is Technology Good Or Bad?

The article I picked addresses the issue of whether or not use of electronic media is safe/healthy for children under 5 years old. “If children are sitting by themselves glued to digital candy, we simply don’t know what the consequences are for their early social development,” says Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, a professor …

Alone Never

The article I chose highlights the beta release of an app that anonymously encrypts your IMs. Tor Messenger, created by the non-profit Tor Project, is said to bring another level of privacy to instant messaging by tunneling conversations through a maze of computers, obscuring the sender’s IP address. “With Tor …

Network Society and MOOCs

A topic we won’t get to cover, but which I mentioned in class last time, is the phenomena of educational institutions seeking to develop “Massively Open Online Courses” (MOOCs). It is a particular form of online or distance learning, and it has until very recently been a major preoccupation of …

Q&Q: Sherry Turkle

Let’s use this thread to collect questions, quotations, and thoughts about Turkle’s argument about sociality in the network society.  

“The Mother of All Demos”

Johnson’s notions of bitmapping the dataspace are used to show the importance of understanding how organization of information reflects and generates culture. Douglas Englebart’s famous 1968 public demonstration of … well … modern computing in what has now becomes known the world over as “The Mother of All Demos” is …