Android Theater & The Uncanny Valley

February 10, 2013 / 0 comments

Last night, during the ‘blizzard,’ I went to the Japan Society to see the first play featuring an android actor. The Seinendan Theater Company and Osaka University Robot Theater Project are currently touring with two one act plays: “Sayonara” and “I, Worker.” Both written and directed by Oriza Hirata expressly for the android and robots featured in…

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In Search of a Free System: WikiLeaks & Tron

December 9, 2010 / 0 comments

In The Hacker Ethic, Pekka Himanen argues that the hacker community’s values are a “general social challenge” which include “the goal of getting everybody to participate in the network and to benefit from it, to feel responsible for longer term consequences of the network society, and to directly help those who have been left on…

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“Uncanny Valley vs The Digital Übermensch”

February 2, 2009 / 0 comments

A post on _Augmentology 1[L]0[L]1_ titled “_Emily is Not Real_: Uncanny Valley vs The Digital Übermensch” refers to my paper “Mapping the Temples of Cyborgism” and uses the graphic I created to illustrate an expansion of Mori’s map of the uncanny valley. The post is a RICH mine of links – so check it out….

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Bike Blessing

June 10, 2008 / 0 comments

(Posted about Bike Blessing on Drunk and In Charge of a Bicycle.)


May 19, 2008 / 0 comments

Reading Thoughts on the Status of the Cyborg: On Technological Socialization and Its Link to the Religious Function of Popular Culture by Brenda E. Brasher

Killing the art.

May 10, 2008 / 0 comments

MOMA kills a sculpture.

Floris Kaayk: Metalosis Maligna

January 17, 2008 / 0 comments

Cyberenvironmental Activism: A digital revolution.

August 30, 2007 / 0 comments

In his research blog, Gregory Donovan constructs a definition of his neologism “cyberenvironmentalism.” Donovan writes that “cyberenvironmentalism aims to develop ecologically informed environmental practice for the information age through interdisciplinary examination of cyborg ecology.” He further defines his new field as follows: “Pragmatic in its approach, constructive forms of relationship between cyborg and cyberenvironment are…

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Extended Nervous System 1.0

August 3, 2007 / 0 comments

Reading William Gibson’s blog and thinking about his discussion of ATMs as part of his extended nervous system, I decided to start mapping mine. I began with the interface I spend most of the day with, my Mac – then to the WiFi router, then the cable modem, then the cloud, then the servers and…

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Data Storage

July 28, 2007 / 0 comments

How much storage do you have on you right now?

BR: The Final Cut

July 28, 2007 / 0 comments


July 21, 2007 / 0 comments

Simon Haiduk created this “interactive permaculture learning module” reflecting the work of GaiaCraft.

Expanding the Uncanny Valley

July 20, 2007 / 0 comments

In 2005, Japanese roboticist Masahiro Mori issued a brief article, On Uncanny Valley, which proposes an amendment to his original graph of familiarity vs. appearance (human likeness). He adds “something more attractive and amiable than human beings in the further right-hand side of the valley.” I’ve created this figure as a sketch of this expanded…

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Mapping the Temples of Cyborgism

July 5, 2007 / 0 comments

I’ve been working on completing a paper I began in Jenna Tiitsman’s Cinema and Religion course at Hunter College which explores the numinous potential of replicants in Ridley Scott’s film Blade Runner. Cyborgs challenge the praxis that has traditionally divided human and machine (and companion/slave, animal/food, creator/creation, etc.). In doing so, they threaten to disrupt…

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