Posts Tagged ‘ny times’

In New Procedure, Artificial Arm Listens to Brain

2009-02-12

Re–blog from the NY Times.

The possibility to communicate directly with the nervous system fascinates me. A couple of years ago I saw myself becoming a researcher of brain machine interfaces. (This podcast presented by Futures in Biotech is a good introduction to the subject.) Sorry to say that didn’t happen…

Anyhow, what grabbed my attention in this article was rather the strong connection between casualties of war and scientific development. The relationship between the two are so strong that one tend to forget them.

Drawing Board to the Desktop: A Designer’s Path

2009-02-09

Re–blog from NY Times.

A fun, personal and informative piece by Michael Bierut about his road into the design business and the changes computer use brought to it. And Michael, being sentimental isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Also remember that we, the younger generation, someday in the not so far away future will be the ones with sentimental feelings. How will we cope with them If no one teach us to accept and handle them? I’m glad you did and shared this with us, and in such a fun way.

Why Television Still Shines in a World of Screens

2009-02-08

Re–blog from NY Times.

Randall Stross finds his idea that people prefer screen–based media over print–based media because it’s passive speculative. It’s not the first time I’ve heard that one, so in my world it’s more kind of the old, classic argument. And frankly I’ve never read one scientific paper that backs it up. So here’s a more speculative hypothesis for you.

People prefer screen–based media over print–based media because it’s more active. But how could that be? One must realize that human beings are embodied. And we have the ability to understand that others feel, think and act and why they do it. This is in large part what defines us. And of course our ability to do this increases with animation.

These are well known facts in the scientific community and it has tons of research to back it up. The Theory of Mind plays a large role in developmental psychology and theories of embodiment has been around since the 1940’s. It’s a shame that authorities like Mr. Stross isn’t aware of this.

It would make me happy and the world a better place if the type of pseudo–scientific fact like reading being more active then watching would stop flourish in the popular media. And hopefully the acknowledgment of Theory of Mind and embodiment can help the print–based media companies to come up with more productive solutions to their problems then the ones now being implemented.

You find more information about the Theory of Mind on Wikipedia and these two videos with well known American philosopher Hubert Dreyfus is a good introduction to embodiment.

Digital Archivists, Now in Demand

2009-02-08

Re–blog from NY Times.

Finally the art of digital preservation is getting the attention it deserves.

A decade ago my venture into sound art and acousmatic music began. I’ll never forget when I first realized how many art works that we have lost forever due to poor preservation. I found it, and still do, so strange. Works just a couple of decades old created with something as cool as a computer is gone forever. How is that possible? Are we so fascinated with older history that we forget our own as we create it? Or is it our obsessed with the future that makes us forget to document our contemporary history properly?

Of course this is of even greater importance today, since most of us more or less entirely use digital technology to write our personal history.

F.D.A. Approves Drug From Gene–Altered Goats

2009-02-07

Re–blog from the NY Times.

Genetically engineering animals to serve as living pharmaceutical factories? Sounds like tricky business, specially from an ethical point of view.