Kepler Revisited

In 1619 Kepler wrote a treatise whereby he used mathematical and music formulas to show the planets and other celestial bodies produced music of their own as they traveled thru space. ┬áHere is an example of that…

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Comments from mthies

Although this piece of technology is being presented playfully its probably going to find its way into the market at some stage and will be lauded as the next ‘cool’ tech to have. Referencing Miller (2011) using this and similar devices is setting humans on a path to a cyborg nation without many probably even realizing it! I dont believe that the dark fictional wet-ware type integration between human bodies and electronics will ever catch on (ala Borg from Star Trek ) as the aesthetics of technology will trump any usefulness by almost all except the most hardcore of technologists. Instead it will be more along this style of design and may well be a combination of all manner of devices into an all seeing, all knowing, all sensing and full experience delivering devive

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Comments from cmiller

“Out of interest, what is it about this type of digital interaction that you are finding motivating?”

The background of other people, who are looking at the same subjects and coming up with radically different ideas. Some are clearly well practiced scholars, who know how to write in an academic voice, some are not. But all see things that I can use in my blog posts with my own voice. The fact too that despite all our differences in experiences, motivations and ambitions, we are all pulling in the same direction, as a community. We’re free to drop in at any point, comment, have our own posts commented on. It’s an incubation period at the moment perhaps, but I really enjoy the discussion around the ideas, and the forming of what might yet become a holistic view on the subjects raised which would never be possible to achieve if you were operating in isolation.

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Comments from cmiller

I really do not like looking at twitter, or perhaps I just have to become accustomed to it. It used to be such a simple, almost elegant piece of design and it’s now just a cluttered mess of adverts, promotions. The direct messaging works well enough, but holding an asynchronous discussion via the main twitter feed is tricky compared to less crowded areas such as this blog comment section; a moodle forum, or even Facebook. It could be an issue of familiarity.

Twitter is good for bookmarking links though now that IFTTT is working smoothly. I’ll certainly go back and try to put a sentence or two of context with the links I have been sharing.

The idea of me doing my week in VR hasn’t gone too well so far. I haven’t managed to get it all set up. I’ll hopefully get to that tonight.

Thanks for the feedback. You didn’t comment on my note on constructivist activity. Given the feedback I had on my essay, I’ll assume that I need to go back and read some more on that subject before I can use it comfortably in conversation.

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Comment from Clare

Hi Clare,

That is a really interesting article.

I don’t know if its coincidence but I have been noticing quite a lot of similar stories in the news this week about technology being used to advance healthcare.

If recent news is to be believed then we could increase our lifespan through technology assisted medicine rather than mechanical parts.

Do you think that is still cyborg-esque?

When I think of cyborgs I picture a character similar to the one in this week’s video ‘We only attack ourselves’. But what if there is no immediate visual sign of technology present?

Stuart

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