We go about our daily lives without putting much thought into why we feel the way we do, and why things happen the way they do. I think in order to understand ourselves and our surrounding and circumstances, we need to examine our autonomic responses to everything by connecting computers to the rest of [...]
This is something that I shall keep coming back to during class. From some of the early reading I have done, here is my current list of reasons for quantifying the self and connecting computers to our bodies:
We can learn a lot about ourselves by listening to our bodies — the way we stand, talk [...]
Why might connecting computers to the rest of you be interesting? This week I compared how non-human and human touch affects heart rate. I used a Homedics blood pressure monitor to capture heart rate during the following interactions:
1. Hand using a mouse 2. Dominant hand using my non-dominant palm [...]
Since the dawn of the cubicle worker, we’ve noticed many bad habits that have contributed to various health problems. We don’t eat well, we don’t get enough exercise, we don’t breathe or digest as well, and we have poor posture, among other things. Being able to track the bad habits that contribute to these problems [...]
Many of you are familiar with Patient HM, the famously co-operative epilepsy patient whose seizures were alleviated with a radical new technique – removing the hippocampus and parahippocampus. They managed to stop the wild propagation of nonsensical signalling cascading through his neurons. This man, Henry Molaison, is responsible for much of our understanding of the [...]
Computers as Computational Tools for Exploration of Self= attempting to quantify, calculate, or somehow “compute” the parts of ourselves and the world we live within which go unnoticed.
To use computation to examine the layers of our humanity – or the layers of our machine-nature is a means to explore the Human Condition.
Computation used [...]
I’ve just been introduced to the world of creating interactive digital worlds in the Digital Spaces class. Immediately I knew that I wanted to know the figure I was controlling in the space. I decided the best way to get myself into the game sans Tron special effects, I would need to put those amphibian [...]
self-perception mediated by computers
The capacity of our consciousness is able to contemplate very few things relative to what is happening in our environment or in our bodies at any given moment. The ability to remember, to build relationships, to project about the future, and to think abstractly has taken an evolutionary precedent to being [...]
In short, because I don’t want human evolution to take a turn & revolve around the small glowing rectangles we’ve created for ourselves.*
Now that technology and information is extremely accessible, and we’ve started to carry it with us wherever we go, we need to remember the other elements that support our lives. The physical [...]
I’ve always been the one trying to understand what is going on around me, inside my head and on my body. Every word I am saying, everything that I am doing has a root. They don’t appear out of thin air. Everything that I got exposed to growing up effect the way that I cope [...]
“We are not able to see the instincts that are the very engines of our behavior. These programs are inaccessible to us not because they are unimportant, but because they’re critical. Conscious meddling would do nothing to improve them.”
I recently read an article that argued that although it’s very difficult to really screw up [...]
“Breaking some of the illusions we have of ourselves can help us as a society.”
Why connect computers to the Rest of You?
In short, it can be used to identify, give context to and serve as a jumping off point for possible solutions to problems. It can provide insight to issues not usually [...]