Archive for the Self-Aware Computing Category

Facebook: The Big Brother of our generation?

Posted in "TRUE" purpose of computing, Actuality, Forensics, Self-Aware Computing, Uncategorized on December 4, 2008 by penlead

This article reminded me of the short film we viewed in class about google combining with amazon’s services to personally recommend items to you to create that all powerful search engine in the near future…

Basically, facebook is looking to connect with other sites such as the Discovery Channel website, Hulu, various newspaper sites, etc….and it’ll keep track of all the actions you commit on these sites, how often you visit them, etc. This information can lead to more social networking and sharing…for instance, a notification will pop up that your friend is currently watching some video on Then perhaps you can also go and view this video. Another feature is that by tracking the sites you visit, the system will generate personal advertisements for you. This pleases the advertising companies, which pleases facebook because they get money for helping out. The only thing blocking facebook’s path from doing this are privacy laws…and these laws seem to be hanging on a rusty hinge. Will facebook be strong enough to overthrow privacy laws based on basic constitutional rights? Who knows.

What do you think about this? Do you think Facebook Connect is a good idea? Do you even care?


Where Do Our Thoughts Go?

Posted in Forensics, Self-Aware Computing, Simulation, Virtuality on November 14, 2008 by astrangerwithcandy

LIttle Big Planet is a game that seeks to answer that question by providing an outlet for the players imagination.  In this game, anything you see in the actual levels can be replicated and expanded upon in the create mode. I thought the intro movie sets a pretty good tone for the game, it’s very similar to our discussion in class:

Here’s some footage:

The beauty of the game lies in the ever expanding online community where players can upload they’re own creations for others to play and download. The game also boasts real world physics as well, so it’s a sort of a hybrid of the self-computing technology we talked about.


Posted in Self-Aware Computing, Virtuality on November 12, 2008 by lanikaigrl

Do you remember these guys? They portray how I feel about learning computer code.


Posted in Actuality, Emulation, film, Forensics, Sampling, Self-Aware Computing, Semiotic Hacking, Simulation with tags , , , , , on November 5, 2008 by knocknak


last week, we talked about pornography and how some of us did not accept it.

When I was very little, I remember watching SHIN CHAN with my mom.

Now if you don’t know about the show, there is this little devious kid gets naked from time to time and does this butt dance. I tried to copy that many times and my mom would just crack up.

I was around 6 or 7 when I started watching the show and I remember Shin chan taking off his pants and he would have his penis showing. My mom would comment how its so cute to have that in a cartoon

and i would be laughing and jumping all over the place.

hahahaha. its so interesting how every generation, so many things are changing.

what’s next?

The Absolute Boyfriend-How far will technology go?

Posted in Mr. Chips vs. YOU, Self-Aware Computing, Uncategorized on November 4, 2008 by xsaorix

Looking at the previous posts about the advancement of CG and other digital technologies, the question of how far technology can/will go came to mind. Also, the discussion about self-awareness in computers such as in the video about Mr. Chips further reiterated the fascination people and cultures have with the idea of a “self-aware” computer that has the ability to feel and think as freely as humans do.

One example that showcases the fascination with robotics and technology people have is the popular manga and jdrama series, Zettai Kareshi (Absolute Boyfriend). In the series, a woman is chosen to try out a test model of a company’s Lover Series Robot. As the series develops, the “robot” becomes self-aware, develops an ego, and feels emotions.

This series, as well as reading the following article also made me wonder if certain cultures are more open to the idea of accepting humanoid robots into mainstream society.

Click on the image below to see other humanoid robots:

A humanoid robot has her teeth checked by a dentist at Japans largest robot convention. The life-size dental training robot, dubbed Simroid for simulator humanoid, has realistic skin, eyes and a mouth that can be fitted with replica teeth that trainees practice drilling on. Simroid cries in pain when the drilling goes wrong. (David Guttenfelder)

"A humanoid robot has her teeth checked by a dentist at Japan's largest robot convention. The life-size dental training robot, dubbed "Simroid" for "simulator humanoid," has realistic skin, eyes and a mouth that can be fitted with replica teeth that trainees practice drilling on. "Simroid" cries in pain when the drilling goes wrong". (David Guttenfelder) Source:


Posted in Emulation, Forensics, Sampling, Self-Aware Computing, Semiotic Hacking, Simulation with tags , , , , on October 30, 2008 by knocknak

Saw doesn’t scare me anymore ; ]


And something more funny for you to enjoy…

Language and Computers

Posted in Mr. Chips vs. YOU, Self-Aware Computing on October 28, 2008 by dgalarza

This is an advertisement for Rosetta Stone, a computer program that allows you to learn any language in a quick period of time, is it for real?  Well according to Michael Phelps, an 8 time gold medalist in swimming, guarantees you’ll learn a language fast.  Despite thinking that learning a language is pretty complex and it requires you to interact with other speakers.  In my opinion,  I believe a computer can’t offer you the same benefits from a person who speaks fluent in that particular language.  So its seems pretty impossible to learn a language from a computer program and feel confident that you’ll understand the language entirely.  They state that its not a memorization type of learning system, but rather a system that allows your to learn naturally the way your brain is wired to comprehend.  What does that really mean?  Also there’s a voice recognition system built in, (why am I not surprise) a voice talks back to you when you mispronounce any words. 

Okay maybe I’m being a little to hard on Rosetta Stone, why not give this program a chance, some of its information sounds pretty legit, plus the worlds best swimmer Michael Phelps uses it to learn Chinese, so why can’t any other person learn a language in about 30 minutes or so. It’s a peace of cake right, you’ll learn a handful of words and feel accomplished right after.  You be the judge of that.