Week 2 Tuseday Mornin

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

and

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.

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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.

Franz

Creating something greater then them

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/may/20/silicon-assassins-condemn-humans-life-useless-artificial-intelligence 

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

Franz

Cars! But with 100 percent more future

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

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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.

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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?

Franz

Source:

https://www.google.com/selfdrivingcar/

Waking up next to google

https://googleblog.blogspot.co.nz/2016/05/io-building-next-evolution-of-google.html

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

Franz

The mostly empty room

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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. 

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

This
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.

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

Franz

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.

Franz

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.

Franz

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?

Franz

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.

Franz