Our Statement can be found here.
The following contains the image we planned to create and Alana have said it much better than I could for this part.
This is the experimental version of our sound that is supposed to go with the space we are creating. It is made up of layers of sound with various loudness associated to each sound close to the image so people have to create their own connection to the sound and the image forcing them to have their own conclusion
For me, in particular, I really liked the unplanned part of the first project for this paper, The Happening, the chess game. It was unplanned, the chess players were blind so they couldn’t see the game itself and forced people to be creative and played differently from chess itself. So pairing a different sound to a layered image can force people to come to their own conclusion that we could have never planned.
This being a large project focusses on a large space. Initial ideas being a series artwork (project persisting over time) needs tech considerations and the following are what we expect to use.
Software and Production Materials:
- Photoshop – Already on personal laptop
- Processing – Already on personal laptop
- Arduino – Already on personal laptop
- Digital Audio Workstation – Already on personal laptop
- Printer – Printsprint is accessible at AUT
- White Space – Book the ‘blackbox’ space at AUT
- Screen – Book colab projector/tv screen
- Speakers – Speakers built into ‘blackbox’ space
- Sensors – Already owned, and can also be purchased
- from Jaycar and Surplus Electronics
This is the main written description of our project for the paper above.
Written by my team member and longtime collaborator Alana Brandon-Parson.
The gist of it is the paper focuses on weak signals and playing with this idea which is counter-intuitive in the sense that if you make a project explicitly focusing on the weak signals it becomes a strong signal. So it is a delicate balance to play with
Our focus is on the signals of suggestion and its capabilities to change peoples idea about a particular image sound or space.’
We are nearing the completion of the first half of the second semester and it is ramping up.
Next week there is a presentation in front of the class regarding the progress of the project and my project is still progressing very nicely. Speaking in class again I can’t help but think the people/class will only know me as the one person who got away with making the same project over the course of 2 years but at the very least when it is presented for November it will finally look like a project that has been in development over the course of 2 years.
The development phase is close to finishing and now we are looking at recruiting people for the testing phase for when we come back from the break in around 3 weeks. So yeah it is becoming more real as the days roll by and my expectation for the project and rises so yeah.
In terms of the development, most of the front end is done. Most of the buttons for adding people, agenda/topics, removing topics timers for both individual bubbles and timers for the overall meeting is done and adding the classifier for customisation for the Natural Language Classifier
We are also halfway in the reporting and its design.
The plan is going to plan, which is nice for once
Time is fleeting by as week 4 arrives and it is genuinely terrifying. How fast it arrives and how quickly time flows by. It is as if time is both slow and fast at the same time.
Report was drafted by me and discussed with the rest of the team as decide what information/data/stats/graph to display as part of the report. We used the last week from Tuesday to research which was expensive in time because it was a not planned event therefore the whole development was put on hold as this is important.
But I personally believe that it was an imporant event for us to fully understand what we want to convey as again the purpose of this semseter is find the identity of Conv-O, what reason does it exist for? Why does it need to exisit? is it addressing anything? And this research is a step in that direction. Especially in what is already out there. Minutes taken from a meeeting is necessary in a high level meeeting and someone recording it. Information such as who attended, whos is absent, the agenda/topics of meeting, executive summary and can vary beyond the different kind minute format. Is Conv-O replacing minutes? how different are we compared to minutes? How much information I want to show?
The power of Conv-O is the data it caputures and how we process and clean that data and what data we show will be the power of Conv-O. We can’t show everything so for now it is an early estimation of what I think should go on the report but when the important user testing happens it still can all change.
Today is another studio day. It was an interesting sleep though, thought I failed 1 paper gave me a panic.
This is the video for the video we were supposed to make to breakdown the projet
After some studio talk with my lecturers, there was a question regarding bringing my group to studio for my lecturers to meet. Possibly a good idea.
Current update about the project is that there was a font used for the menu when used it looks really really bad which I can only describe as some sort of assault to the eyes
So it has to be changed to caviar dreams which was my original font with bold to give the menu some sort of importance.
This week for the project my goal is to understand what our output is going to be. Because we have a lot of data. Transcribed conversation or sentiment analysis. My research is to understand what I am going to show. so i am going to play around the latest version and understand what needs to show.
Might ask people as well what they want in a meeting.
Semester trucking along quite nicely and I have been trying to really incorporate all the things I have learned so far and really focus on the things that I need to get better at.
Even today, this morning, one of the biggest feeling that I have is that I am running out of time. Whether if someone comes up with the same idea that I have been cultivating for these last 2 years, or I won’t have enough time to complete all the things I have committed myself for this semester.
Personally, for this semester I am beginning work as a Software Developer focusing on AI and ML after finishing early an internship that I got over the break between semester. It is strange to reach the place you have been aiming for and for you to finally arrive and see that there is a whole new thing to do and the new world/landscape to see. All the thing you have been doing and seeing will change and it is this transition is so surreal with no words for expression, at least for me.
I think the best way to describe this feeling is beginning with your earliest memory of education. You begin young while simultaneously looking up at the people older than you while growing and before you know it you finish primary, begin young again at secondary and then become year 13/ 18 years old being thrust into the ‘real world’. My path took me to university and you begin young wondering if you will ever graduate and then you are in your final semester wondering what life will look like working.
There is this cycle of young and then before you know it you’re old. I guess right now I am preparing to be young again and hopefully become someone worth looking up to.
This semester I really want to embrace what it means to be a student learner for life. As a creative technologist, I am still learning to learn every day and trying to remember the words of the late great innovator and futurist that is Steve Jobs,
Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish
If I were to die today, would I be doing the best I can?
I really think these two statements from his Harvard Commencement speech is really something to embrace and it is something that I have latched on to and been trying to apply these ideas with myself.
I never have experienced or remember experiencing growing pains but being 24 today I feel it now. To be better about myself there are things that I would personally call sacrifices. It is playing games. I need to be better about myself and really improve the amount of time I spend playing. Like any good addiction, it is not something easy for me to give up making me completely jealous of people who never really played games and there are some who I have come to know. I have spoken with someone who spent their youth with CoD who one day cold stopped playing after recognising all the sources of his distraction and proceeded to delete Netflix as well after realising that it also contributed to his distraction. One thing he said that saying I will play intermittently, did not work making me wonder if I need to the same thing to really control my destiny.
I don’t know why I became obsessed with time and its effects on me and my life but it became important recently in my decision making the most of things and making sure that I can do all I can.
Back to school.
I’ve visited two papers that I am taking this semester, Studio and Research Practicum.
Let’s start with studio
My final academic work on Conv-O has arrived and now I can commit my full attention to it. The first half of 2018 has been the construction period of Conv-O and it is progressing magically. It is in a stage that it is almost complete and now it is in the stage of working on the logic behind how the entire thing works.
For this semester, I am asking the identity of Conv-O. Why does it need to exist, do a SWOT analysis on it, who is it for and what am I going to learn what is the core or heart of Conv-O? All of the previous questions is something I am in the middle of answering.
I really believe that if I can answer these question Conv-O can really transform and take shape as something I believe in and grow into something magnificent.
Something I would call the edge
Secondly, the Research Practicum is expanding from what I did last semester to something more to do.
The hypothesis is: “If Neural Network functions more accurately compared to HMM (Hidden Markov Model).
Both uses AI deep learning system but with differences.