Thursday, August 02, 2018

VR - virtual reality

Jason Jerald wrote a book on VR - www.thevrbook.net.

Virtual reality, Augmented reality, ..  XR (anything-Reality)
Point is to hijack your senses and have the capacity to generate visceral experiences.

Use cases - medical imaging, iMedic - distributed interactive consultation - explaining to patients what's going on and options for treatment.

MAKEVR software

Neuroscience education is to help people (kids and adults) gain higher level of self awareness.

20th century illiteracy refers to reading and writing.  Modern illiteracy is https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/8800-the-illiterate-of-the-21st-century-will-not-be-those

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. ”
Alvin Toffler

And now,

The best way to predict the future is to invent it. 
Alan Kay (1971) at a 1971 meeting of PARC.
Similar remarks are attributed to Peter Drucker and Dandridge M. Cole.
Cf. Dennis Gabor, Inventing the Future (1963): "The future cannot be predicted, but futures can be invented."

Word of the Day: Proprioception:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/

Get early notification of upcoming events:  https://www.meetup.com/ATT-Boston-Tech-Entertainment/ .

"be a VR developer and fail 10,000 times quickly!"
"look back and understand your mistakes / failures"

Levels of competence:

  1. unconscious incompetence (don't even know what you don't know)
  2. conscious incompetence (know you're bad)
  3. conscious competence (know you're good)
  4. unconscious competence (don't even know why you're good at something)
Suggest the spectrum should have the endpoints:
Reality <-- --=""> Virtuality

VR meetup
Try a lot of VR experiences.
Get a HMD
Learn Unity - work through tutorials 
Define YOUR project


Saturday, June 16, 2018

De-Extinction as Moral Hazard

So it turns out the term is being used by Stewart Brand in talking about de-extinction.
https://after-on.com/episodes/030

The section on de-extinction starts at 01:07 (one hour and seven minutes) and talks about a "frozen zoo" http://institute.sandiegozoo.org/resources/frozen-zoo%C2%AE doing cryo-preservation that was accused of moral hazard at 01:11.

"If you can bring back an animal from extinction, why try to preserve it now?  Kill them and eat them now."

"Seat belts will make people drive recklessly and dangerously."
"Motorcycle helmets will make riders careless on the road."


Monday, May 07, 2018

Bob and Em's daughter Susan has been traveling and teaching in the Far East.  She posted this saga of the bamboo saxaphone:
https://wendingblog.com/2018/05/07/the-bamboo-saxophone-saga/

Here is the video she mentions in her blog:

and then there is

Friday, March 09, 2018

Michael Wolf

Check it out -  https://www.artsy.net/artist/michael-wolf

"For people to really take a close look at photographs and be moved by them, they have to be visceral."
-Michael Wolf

 
Speaking of visceral, I was immediately drawn to this one that was (almost) live - imagine the flesh colored (digestive) channels pulsing with bodily fluids on their way to the .. sewer?   The heavier cast iron pipes are NOT just rainwater.
https://www.artsy.net/artwork/michael-wolf-pipes-2

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Community Networks

Building a community network:
http://communitytechnology.github.io/docs/cck/index.html#introduction

Why?  Because it's better and cheaper than what you can get from commercial service providers.
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/d345pv/harvard-study-shows-why-big-telecom-is-terrified-of-community-run-broadband