My colleague, Thusha Rajendran, presenting at a TEDx event recently. He’s very tech-orientated, like myself. One of his arguments is that we should not be so quick to decide on a level of what is “normal” as humanity needs us all to understand what we are if we are to ever reach our full potential.
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.
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!
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.
https://t.co/D4QdYbfILk Asynchronous video chat for an entire classroom. I looked in to deploying this some time ago, sadly, redtape hit!
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.
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). Continue reading “Togethertube”
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.
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.
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.
I think I was the only one in this Sunday's TogetherTube matinee to have seen "Hackers". It was a pretty lame movie at the time #mscedc
“In this 90-minute introductory course discover how awareness based systems change and a method of learning from the emerging future allow individuals, organizations, and communities to turn ideas into real world change.”
Not everyone seeks to change the world around them, but for those that do, having an understanding of some the tools and systems available to us seems like time well spent.
My twitter comment is in reference to the course documentation that says
“Content is being fed into the lifestream:blog regularly – nearly every day – and this is demonstrated across the whole period of the course.” (p11)
@Eli_App_D@j_k_knox Facebook! I'm there. Need to get to the weekend before I have time. IDEL was ok for weekend binging. #mscedc notsomuch?
We have been looking at sci-fi films with Togethertube, I missed a session. A discussion on Twitter reminded me of Memento, a film where the protaganist uses “an intricate system of Polaroid photographs and tattoos to track information he cannot remember.” (wikipedia)
Technology itself is not the cause of the digital divide, though if we froze all progress and took stock of where we are, that might not be a bad thing. It’s not going happen with the current
economic and political will driving adoption forward. That said, peoples’ opinions often create, or perpetuate, blocks where adoption of new technology less welcome.
We all switch off from our connection to the internet, at least by diverting our eyes to a printed page. We are not yet fully adopted citizens of the web, consuming content all our waking time. I can’t see a future where we are looking at screens with out pause or break. Perhaps though, screens are just a temporary measure until we can live up to cyborg ideals and have the images directly beamed in to our brains.
@LinziMclagan@Eli_App_D I do the same so I can sit in a comfy chair and read away from a screen. A wee bit respite from the blue light
It was my birthday. I hired a house with enough room for friends and family. I am not the only avid consumer of hi-tech entertainment in my family. In sharing the experience of VR, it is clear there is a direction of travel that I suggest would be common place among many people: “immersion” is good. My brother-in-law, a long-time fan of computer games played the HTC Vive that I set up. He played a game called Raw Data in which you defend you and your team against rogue a rogue AI and its evil robot henchmen. He claimed it was “the best gaming experience of [his] life”. He was connected in VR, fighting robots alongside a woman from Canada who was helping him learn how to play the game. We are citizens of the web during such times. The hot tub… well that was just awesome, sitting in water heated to 40 degrees Celsius, under the stars with a glass of wine, chatting with those sharing that “real” experience with me.
Back from my birthday weekend celebrations. Hired a house with a space big enough for huge VR roomscale play area. Oh, and it had a hottub!
The government of the UK simultaneously presses us to make use of the web and technology, whilst concerning themselves with how to monitor us doing so. Hand (2008 p41) argues that
“the dominant narratives of digital culture are somewhat polarized when seen in the most general terms: on the one hand, we have a potentially democratizing technology of circulation, networking, interactivity, and empowerment, while on the other, a potentially de-democratizing technology of surveillance, privatization, and commodification.”
The subject of this tweet sits uneasily in such a frame of reference. On the one hand, the captured image has been taken from an “open” surveillance camera and shared on Twitter. It was put there by a Twitter bot. On the flip side, the fact that the owner of the surveillance camera likely doesn’t even know the camera is “open” and probably has not chosen it to be made freely available. It still represents the ubiquity of “security” cameras, and also highlights a concern that if you have a camera connected to the web, there’s no way to guarantee that it will not be put to use by others: twitter bots; or even state-sponsored others.
From a twitter bot found in IDEL Sem1, that I have kept on my feed. It's so random, but sometimes it provides the most intriguing images https://t.co/i4lKo1n6vr