So, as you can tell, I’m a little excited (and caffinated). But, this is a big deal. I’ve been blogging non-stop for four years in almost every one of my classes with Dr. Jerz and it all comes down to this final portfolio entry. Although I wasn’t a huge fan of Hayles and her book, [...]
The crucial question with which this book has been concerned is how the ‘new kind of science’ that underwrites the Regime of Computation can serve to deepen our understanding of what it means to be in the world rather than apart form it, comaker rather than dominator, participants in the complex dynamics that connect ‘what [...]
As Aja pointed out, Chapter 8 was practically written for me as it chronicles the ideas surrounding playing virtual games involving simulated sprites. While I’m not about to jump so far as to say Hayles was referring to The Sims entirely, I can see some difinitive similarities between these virtual creatures and the Sims I know and [...]
On page 191, Hayles writes:
Whether consciousness can ever emerge from a coded mechanism remains a matter of intense debate. Robotocists…are confident that the equivalent of conscious mind can arise from a coded program, whether evolved through intelligent robots or originating as human consciousness uploaded into a computer.
This chapter was hard for me. While [...]
Okay, I admit it. I’m struggling a little bit with my current workload. Combine the work for this class with compiling my portfolio, writing the introduction and working on the magazine and I can honestly say I don’t know how I’m still operating. That’s not a good enough excuse for turning these blogs in late, [...]
Because I wrote the 15-page research paper back in 2010, Dr. Jerz has granted me the opportunity to write about my findings and observations while developing the Setonian Magazine.
Per our discussion, I’ll be writing 10 pages on the process, what we hoped to accomplish and what actually happened. The remaining few pages will be [...]
Tiptree’s fiction constructs a sharp contrast between an informational realm and a “real” world of severe constraints that operates according to the laws of conservation. On the one hand, Delphi lives in a world of seemingly endless possibility, expansive in its glittering displays of wealth and privilege; on the other hand, P. Burke lives in [...]
We’re in the home stretch! This is my third portfolio for EL 336. We’ve spent the majority of this period studying Clay Shirkey’s Cognitive Surplus, along with a few additional readings.
Depth | These were the entries I took extra time to produce. They have deeper analysis and often feature multiple references to quotes.
Motivation leads to [...]
Recognizing entangled causalities and multiple feedback loops enables us to understand how media can converge into digitality and simultaneously diverge into a robust media ecology in which new media represent and are represented in old media, in a process that Jay Bolter and Richard Grusin have called ‘remediation’
I am completely lost. The [...]
In A New Kind of Science, Stephen Wolfram extends the claim to include biological systems and, indeed, complex behaviors of every kind, including social and cultural systems. In this context, “My mother was a computer” can be understood as alluding to the displacement of Mother Nature by the Universal Computer. Just as Mother Nature was [...]