The music in an imaginative medium

The VDMX Tutorial event hosted by Kim and Pete.

It was cool new event to visit as it is a thing that I have never delved before.
We were taught how use the program, blend images, visual effects, sound any many more. One of my favorite part of the program is that we can connect physical tactile devices that control the virtual knobs with a physical object like a sound manipulation board.

But the one problem I have with the program is its lack of compatibility with the Windows operating system and limited only to the Mac operations system which I do not have. Kim said that we should have used another VJDJ application but Pete decided to stick with VDMX

Well I do not really have a problem since we will be given a mac to borrow for the event and the fact that one of my team members have a Mac, but I do want to mess around with the program in my spare time to create ideas to throw around in my group for the project.

As a form of art work and music, this is amazing, and I would like to explore save for the fact that his application is non existent in Windows.



Creating something greater then them 

In this article it is stated that the robots, AI are a danger to peoples job like many times before. But
Yuval Noah Harari

said that “
AIs do not need more intelligence than humans to transform the job market. They need only enough to do the task well


This is an interesting look in the AI invasion to the job market because this means that, the AI do not have to be the smartest being on earth but just be good enough at a task, better than any human, to make humans obsolete.

This means that the AI invasion is not too far off. We have seen IBM Watson in class demonstrating the skill to naturally beat humans at the game of Jeopardy to humiliation. This future is coming.

Yuval stated that to stay relevant in the workforce, people have to change, learn things again become ever changing. Because the future will come when you become obsolete, to prevent that we have to keep learning new things at an even faster rate, hopefully faster than the way AIs is invading.

Looking at this I see a terrifying future, in which states that, I might not matter in that grand scale of things in 20 years or maybe even less.

People have been asking me what am I doing in uni, and honestly I do not know. I cannot say what I will become after i graduate, but hopefully I find what i want to be and be good in that field to hunger for new techniques or method that will allow me to stay relevant


Cars! But with 100 percent more future

The future is almost here with shiny driverless chrome car by Google.


This state of the art technology is one of the key for a more efficient and safe way to transport people inside the city.

But like any good new technology it doesn’t exist in our little country under the rest of the world.

The big vision of  google is to get people around  safely even if they cannot drive. So these are the people who are blind, who are disabled and others who just cannot simply drive because of limitations. This will allow them to be on the move just as easily as anyone else.

The next thing they want to improve is the mortality rate of people driving. According to google over 1.2 million people die to crashes and this can be dramatically reduced because up to 94% is due to human error. Remove the human element, remove the error.


This is a scene from the 2008 Pixar film Wall-E. It depicts a future for humans who became so engrossed in their technology, the technology that is supposed to make their lives easier, that they forget how be humans anymore.

This kind of relationship between the google cars and the movie seems non existent. But I want to point out that if we do keep making technology that seems to make our lives easier we become less human and more of a society dependent on living through technology.

Do not get me wrong, I get stressed if my technology, phone or tablet, is not arms reach of me. I am just stating is this really the future?

Making our lives easier to become more lazy? It sounds good but is this what it means to live today? Tomorrow? Next year? In a century?



Waking up next to google

This is the official blog of google and one the thing they mentioned that i became very elated and excited for the future. I want a house that I can talk to, the one i can say “Play Coldplay”, or “Open the lights at 6:30 pm”.

All these things sings to me that the future is here. The fact that it listens to me 100% of the time or it tracks how much food there is in the fridge. I am one of the few who embrace the fact everything is becoming searchable, traceable  and not really care who watches. I follow the idea of if you have nothing to hide then there is no reason to hide anything.

The only downside is that detective shows will become unrelatable in the future when everyone is being tracked and can find the killer in one hour like an actual episode.

But like everything new there is a group that is strongly against the idea of everything being connected. But i understand their concerns, the fear of being hacked, people looking into their things. I have been asking people in my class how they feel about being track. Which fits perfectly because of the theoretical grade of the spimes project in which says that a spime is in part trackable, searchable. They are all afraid of what is incoming in which I see is an inevitable future arriving for us all


The mostly empty room


The class visited Trish Clark art gallery nearby and it showcased the works of
Alfredo Jaar, a Chilean born artist and filmmaker.

In the art
gallery, like the title says is mostly empty, painted in white. There
was this black and white box that says, OTHER PEOPLE THINK, the title of
the artwork.

even though it was mostly empty, it created an
experience, being empty is not a bad thing. It emphasized the power of
the artwork individually. 


This is one of my favorite work in the gallery titled, Looking for Africa in Life (magazine).

showcases the Life Magazine during the beginning of the Rwanda genocide
until it was actually it was showcased in the cover page of the
magazine. A powerful message that the media only choose to shows very
specific information to the world and they will only show the actual
news and information when it is too late and the world is on fire.

It is the duty of the media to inform us, but when they selectively choose the information to show then what happens.

took after so many published work of life Magazine before they actually
showed one of the most devastating events to happen in recent history.


The small bot who can

We had our weekly Friday meeting for the Nao Bot and this was one of the important meetings we had because this actually explained and outlined what we were supposed to be doing, a focusing.

The goal is to research the human robot interactions and to see how a human will develop new ideas when a scenario is changed.

This is such an amazing experience that will have real practical effect, something that will change the world. We were discussing the problems doing a survey for a research and as to be expected it was a long checklist of what is allowed, ethical, culturally acceptable and many more.

Another thing that Ricardo told us is that it is okay if bring our own coding to play around the robot which is pretty cool and i was thinking of making the robot read a book but the resolution is bad but there are ways to get around it. Lastly I will be a be able to say that I played with something worth $14,000.

I want to see robot making impact in peoples life, what is the limit of a robot. Since we are the creator do make it less than us?

What if we have the robots become psychiatrist for kids allow them to feel more included if they don’t trust adults?

We can have robot read famous poems but replace some words to robots instead of people.

There are many cool things to do with a robot.


The Car Ride

I would like evaluate my Journey so far in Creative Technology. If i were to use an analogy and all the things my lecturers have told me so far, being in Creative Technologies feels a lot like a car ride and the car could be anything you want.

At the first day you meet the car, you get to know it a little and go for a three year drive. And that trip can take you anywhere. You can stall your car and be  parked on the side of the road. You can be driving as fast as everyone and staying the same or you could be the one, unique one speeding ahead of everyone.

You see I am seeing something in this course, everyone who will graduate in Creative Technology will be graduating with the same degree but we will all do different things. The car ride will take us to different places and not at the same end goal.

It will be bumpy journey and getting the degree is not the end of the car ride. But the one thing I love is that i am starting somewhere. Many people especially young people who are entering university is that they do not know where to start. And that is nice that I am doing something I want and not necessarily something I have to do.


The Nao Bot.

He is this cool robot that arrived a few weeks ago and became the class mascot.
This little guy cost about $13,000 dollars. It is good that my tuition actually goes into something meaningful.

I am part of the robotics team that Ricardo host ever Friday with the goal of teaching people, mostly young people but can be applied to anyone, how to program and if a robot can generate a new idea to people by changing simple things to specific event.
For example, if  there is a standard restaurant and the robot moves the table in a specific way, without saying anything, the human has to generate a new meaning in the new placement of the table. Lastly the general interaction of humans with artificial robots.

In this particular session when the photo is taken, the robot went in a loop and had to perform a hard rest, essentially equivalently to killing and reviving the robot.

But when the reset was performed, there was an interesting side effect. I felt bad for the robot. I know it is not living, therefore a reset is necessary, but there was a sharp pain of guilt as it felt we were killing a robot.

This is interesting because i am putting affinity of living into a non-living object and it makes me wonder if it that is correct or incorrect.

All these feelings will become relevant in a not to distant future when robotics is advanced to maybe enter our house?

Are they treated as a pet? As a living person? As a servant? Have we  gone to far as humans in creating something seeming to be godlike, creating something in our likeness?

I feel like I know where i stand. Do you?


Real Reflection

So we finished the last studio project, the play one.
in the beginning of year Clint said something about the grades.
put your effort into your work and it will show

and i believe that i didnt do that.

I didnt commit enough effort and time to this project.

and it shows.

the quality, the amount of frequent post is no where near the level i want it to be and the level it is expected of me. even the quality of my final prject is not what i want it to be.

so this is a hard reset.
i will do things similarly to my works earlier in the year/semester.


So I went to the set of the hobbit/ Lord of the rings
And went in with a different mind set from a normal movie audience.

I learned that a lot of the shire shooting was very interesting because the director sir Peter Jackson did many physical editing, rather than movie magic

He had to make the hobbit actors very small and the tall wizard very tall So he used forced perspective
That the wizard is very close to the camera and the hobbit actors had to stand 3 meters from the camera to correct the height

Another thing that they did they duplicated the front of the hobbit house one very small for the wizard to look uncomfortable and a larger for the hobbit actors to comfortable.

I found this very cool and that just by changing the placement of things in front the camera can change many things drastically and that you don’t always need the help of visual effects.
Rather it’s a tool to help but it is not the movie

The one thing that is interesting to do is that when you rewatch the film knowing how things are done, gives a new perspective. How they made it look in the film vs how it is in real life. Makes a really neat watching experience.

If only some directors could stop using green screen as their movie…