Post-humanism and IRL

Post-humanism suggests to me that we were human to start with, and that we’re going to be something different (soon?).  In Prof. Bayne’s paper in this block, we are examining the use of words and our acceptance of them through ideological and cultural norms. Post-humanism is equally loaded. If we’ve always been using tools, then we’ve always been human, and continuing to use them doesn’t change that.

It’s like gamers talking about “IRL”. In real life. Most gamers I know, and have grown up with through the communities of 18 years or more, have dropped that term for the most part. Our use of games has not changed, and it is very much part of our life. The fact that old folks homes now recognise some benefits in gaming is of note. It is RL now. I think that there is probably a lot more to understand about post-humanism, so I’ll see how many understanding develops over the next few weeks.

 

Bayne, S. (2014) What’s the matter with ‘Technology Enhanced Learning’? Learning, Media and Technology, DOI: 10.1080/17439884.2014.915851

Miller, V. (2011) Chapter 9: The Body and Information Technology, in Understanding Digital Culture. London: Sage. 

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Week 1 – round up

I love “new” technology. I love talking and reading about technology. Working with technology excites me because it’s always changing. I gave up on twitter some time ago for all but complaining visibly about poor customer service.  The physical act of posting in twitter represent a return for me to “old” technology, which I need to get over.

I am drawn to comment or highlight technical items from a pragmatic point of view. I see technology as a tool to achieve what I need to achieve, and when it does not do so reliably, I lose patience. Persistent errors are worth commenting on, least of all that others may avoid the same pitfall. Using If This Then That offers a means to have the machines take on some work, but I appreciate there’s a fine art to making it work well to a real human standard. But then I created the feedback loop with WordPress. I stopped that one already.

I was able to sense community with the cohort using twitter. When I reached out to my peers on the course, I was met with warmth and offers of help and assistance. That at least suggests that for those using the platform frequently, a sense of community can be built that transcends the coldness of the pixels on-screen.

Catching up with peers on TogetherTube was a good social experience, though the platform itself lacked any means to capture the discussion to aid my memory.

It’s been a slow start for me, but I’m getting there. Roll on Week 2!

From twitter: the politics and barriers of tech adoption

Not everyone enjoys new technology. My experience with one new platform that would have dramatically altered how I did my job, and how some academics might have engaged with their students, was stopped before it even took off.



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From Twitter: tweetception

IFTTT is not intelligent, but then again, the person programming it cannot escape blame for this kind of mishap either. Creating an infinite loop of reposting appears to be possible.



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From Twitter: A story of a twitter addict?

Visibility on Twitter is a numbers game, but I personally do not enjoy continual dominance of my twitter feed by a single poster.



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‘Address is Approximate’ is Appropriate

Watching this video in the togethertube Sunday Matinee reminded me of one of the issues associated with VR, and the clever attempts to try to overcome it. VR sickness!  Similar to motion sickness. Before VR can achieve high-levels of adoption, one thing it will have to address is the variety of responses to rapidly moving fields of view, when the actual user is stationary.

The animation of the screen, together with the items moving in the periphery of the screen user’s vision in the video, reminded me that Microsoft are actively using a similar technique using lights surrounding the lenses of the VR headset (http://arstechnica.co.uk/gaming/2016/05/vr-nausea-side-mounted-leds-microsoft-research/). Very clever indeed

From Twitter: the struggle with IFTTT is real



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From Twitter: A collaboration on a Minecraft cinema?

We used minecraft in IDEL, it was a good common room. It’s a shame it doesn’t feature in Education and Digital Cultures.



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From Twitter: A cross-referenced Blog post

IFTTT sends “blog post” categories to twitter, which then goes back to the life stream.. I need to change that.



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Togethertube

Togethertube (https://togethertube.com/). What a great idea!  It was great fun today (Sunday) for the matinee showing attended by six people on the #MSCEDC course today. The opportunity for text-based discussion opened up a lot of communication, and a sense of community (at least in my mind it did) that’s missing from Twitter.

I’m converted to operating, chatting, forming communities online. I frequent (and indeed have founded and have run) a number of online communities, mostly surrounding the topic of online gaming. There’s been a huge shift toward a new platform called Discord (https://discordapp.com/). It’s very robust, userfriendly, non-obtrusive and generally more convenient than Facebook, Twitter and (for those that remember) Internet Relay Chat (IRC).
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From twitter: setting habits

I find it easier to keep everything in one place. We don’t have a single platform, but I can pull threads together so that everytime I open up my web browser, I’m confronted by the relevant pages to check over.



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From Twitter: Bad Computer/Compost Pun

This was Eli’s picture, which is kind of needed for context! Not that the pun improves any.



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Windows Activation is a bit of a joke in any case, but has improved in Windows 10 now that it’s attached to your Microsoft Account, rather than the hardware you are using.

#mscedc anyone willing to share how to improve formatting on ifttt tweets->wordpress? I see some lovely formatting… https://t.co/A3aE1MVlFN

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edit: I’m leaving this one as-is. This is one of the templates IFTTT and I started off for setting my Tweets. I had to test multiple templates before getting one that presented the link as an embedded tweet. It really does not sit well with my years of exposure to graphic and web design. Not that I’m especially talented in either, but I’d rather have my site legible, which this format is not.

From Twitter: “first twitter account picked up by my IFTTT routine” to create a list of contributors

link to the list: https://twitter.com/c4miller/lists/mscedc/members

Togethertube: Hack the Planet.

Hollywood is very keen to simultaneously present technology as a “cool thing” and do everything it can to protect itself from political and business upheaval against the disruptive impact of the same technology. This film represents both sides, but in a comic-book style. Hacking is painstaking, time consuming, difficult, and not at all like the visual representation provided in this movie. “Real” hacking will always take place at the closest point to the machine code.

— C (@c4miller) January 22, 2017

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An enjoyable catch-up on Togethertube

— C (@c4miller) January 22, 2017

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