Bureau of Prisons Clearly Hasn’t Read a Bible

September 10, 2007 / 0 comments

The New York Times reports that prison libraries are being purged of religious books and other materials. The Bureau of Prisons is banning material that might “discriminate, disparage, advocate violence or radicalize.” Of course this is absurd and I can’t even begin to imagine who is deciding what would “discriminate, disparage, advocate violence or radicalize”…

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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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Server Outage

August 18, 2007 / 0 comments

My host switched DNS info and didn’t update – apologies for the outage over the last day!

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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Robot Crime Scene

July 29, 2007 / 0 comments

And how does Honda’s reaction to this fall make you feel? One youtube commenter said the reaction made him feel like Asimo had “been murdered.”


July 29, 2007 / 0 comments

Asimo continues to be a great example of the uncanny valley, how does watching this video make you feel?

“superhuman” or “fancy puppets”

July 29, 2007 / 0 comments

At the Humanoid Robotics Group at M.I.T., a robot’s “humanoid” qualities can include fallibility and whininess as much as physical traits like head, arms and torso. This is where our cultural images of robots as superhumans run headlong into the reality of motors, actuators and cold computer code. the article…

Data Storage

July 28, 2007 / 0 comments

How much storage do you have on you right now?

Gibson on Non-Mediated Humans

July 28, 2007 / 0 comments

This is something I’ve always noticed with the change from a generation who couldn’t imagine how they would sound recorded or look on film to the current generation who live as though they are on television – the hyper-mediated state of mind.

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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July 20, 2007 / 0 comments

In response to text messages, hundreds of participants wore white and crossed the Brooklyn bridge, boarded Subways and made their way (many unknowingly) to Coney Island. Joining the event without understanding the purpose and following this crowd, I had the distinct impression that I had been swept up in some religious ceremony. This congregation of…

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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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June 16, 2007 / 0 comments