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The Machine To Be Another - Gender Swap
Art + tech experiment where particpants view themselves in the body of their opposite sex using a camera mounted Oculus Rift each - video embedded below [features nudity]:
Gender Swap is an experiment that uses themachinetobeanother.org/ system as a platform for embodiment experience (a neuroscience technique in which users can feell themselves like if they were in a different body). In order to create the brain ilusion we use the immersive Head Mounted Display Oculus Rift, and first-person cameras. To create this perception, both users have to syncronize their movements. If one does not correspond to the movement of the other, the embodiment experience does not work. It means that both users have to constantly agree on every movement they make. Through out this experiment, we aim to investigate issues like Gender Identity, Queer Theory, feminist technoscience, Intimacy and Mutual Respect.
You can find out more about the Machine to be Another project here
(via internet-of-dreams)#identity #gender identity #empathy
"There goes the neighborhood." Every so often that cry goes up in San Francisco, announcing a new chapter in American cultural history, as the rest of the country looks on. There were the beats in North Beach, then the hippies in the Haight, then the gays in the Castro. Now it’s the turn of the techies who are pouring into my own Mission neighborhood, among other places. Only this time around, the green stuff that’s perfuming the air is money, not weed.
Locals are agitated over soaring rents and the changing urban landscape, as used bookstores yield to cafes full of people punching out business plans on their laptops. But the most heated protests and discussions have focused on the buses that shuttle 18,000 tech workers from San Francisco to their jobs at Google, Apple, Facebook and other companies. People call them all Google buses, because they’re hard to tell apart — oversized Wi-Fi-equipped luxury coaches, usually gleaming white, which scoop up their passengers at transit stops like something out ofClose Encounters of the Third Kind. You couldn’t invent a more compelling visual symbol for the privileged and disconnected lives that the tech workers seem to live, cosseted behind smoke-tinted windows.
You can read/hear linguist Geoff Nunberg's full piece on the techies of San Francisco.
When I was in high school, back when “techie” culture was still somewhat in the fringe, San Francisco seemed like paradise. I didn’t realize that what drew me to it would turn out to be poisonous.
Gentrification is a shame for all involved. Issues of class are uncomfortable, and if allowed to fester, dangerous. But what is the solution? Is it possible to continue to accommodate those in the middle class while still accepting those who are starting to move into the upper-middle class?
Basically, I’m asking: working in the tech industry will probably make me wealthier than I’m really comfortable being. How do I work toward being a good person in spite of this?
Ever since seeing the Greendale Human Being on the show, I have been a firm believer that it represents the best of human intentions, and despite how botched the execution of those intentions is, it remains a wonderful entry point for people to think about the elements underlying our humanity, the greatness that we share and that unites us all as people.
The Greendale Human Being represents the bonding of people, the transformation of isolation into human connections, and the belief that no matter how worthless or different a person may seem, they are never truly beyond the possibility of becoming a friend. The Greendale Human Being inspires us to look past our differences and recognize the potential for goodness that lies in the core of our humanity.
Source: Customer review for the Greendale Human Being Plush on the NBC Store#community #merchandise #greendale human being
That meant creating software for sentiment analysis—a computer program that scrutinized the words and phrases of half the real suicide notes and learned how to recognize the emotion-laden language. They tested it by asking the computer to pick out the remaining real notes from the simulated ones. Then they had 40 mental health professionals—psychiatrists, social workers, psychologists—do the same. According to Pestian, the professionals were right about half the time; the computer was correct in 80 percent of the cases.
“So we said, ‘OK, we can figure this out,’ ” he recalls. “If the computer is taught how to listen, it will be able to listen to this database and say, ‘This sounds like it’s suicidal.’ Because there are patterns in the language that are the language of suicide.” Even if those patterns are not always apparent to a trained professional, the real note/fake note test held out the promise that a computer could learn to spot them.
Natural language processing saves lives.
The annotation task must be hellish. Imagine reading hundreds of these notes back to back, breaking down sentences and tagging each emotion.#natural language processing #sentiment analysis #suicide #epidemiology
In 2010, 14-year-old Laura Dekker took to the seas in her sailboat, Guppy, on a quest to become the youngest person to sail around the world alone. Maidentrip, a forthcoming feature-length documentary, follows Dekker on her voyage, told largely through footage that Dekker shot while at sea. Far from her family and without a support team, Dekker goes where the wind takes her. In an exclusive excerpt of the film above, Dekker sails from French Polynesia to Australia.
n. an image that inexplicably leaps back into your mind from the distant past.
From The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows. Written, edited, and narrated by John Koenig.
In An Introduction to Metaphysics, Bergson presents three images of duration. The first is of two spools, one unrolling to represent the continuous flow of ageing as one feels oneself moving toward the end of one’s life-span, the other rolling up to represent the continuous growth of memory which, for Bergson, equals consciousness. No two successive moments are identical, for the one will always contain the memory left by the other. A person with no memory might experience two identical moments but, Bergson says, that person’s consciousness would thus be in a constant state of death and rebirth, which he identifies with unconsciousness. The image of two spools, however, is of a homogeneous and commensurable thread, whereas, according to Bergson, no two moments can be the same, hence duration is heterogeneous.#metaphysics #time #duration #perception