Saturday, October 30, 2010
We are mediated through a maze of propaganda, jealously, murder, sabotage, dominance and possession all traits of humanity. Technology rules without emotion, right? Colossus takes a hierarchal position and basically bastardizes the world. It quickly emerges superior to the Soviet’s computer Guardian and soon immerses it. It boasts of having been begun by a man’s mind, but has progress beyond it. Ultimately, it develops a voice literally and figuratively and demand complete attention, devotion and love. Colossus masks voyeurism under the act of surveillance. Sounds emotional, illogical and egoistical to me. Colossus symbolically castrates the President and renders him politically insignificant. Man has always been his own worst enemy and his need to control and dominate the world manifests itself in a myriad of ways, the military is one. Vinge writes, “Even if the governments of the world were to understand the “threat” and be in deadly fear of it”. To paraphrase Vinge, technology can save us and it can destroy us. Vinge’s complex look at technology offers us a glimpse at a post-human era and the consequences of blind allegiance. Today, we are un-manned by technology, when was the last time you had a “real” human answer a call without responding to couple of prompts first? Perhaps, we have gotten so use to having technology gifts we are blind to how it has crippled us. Man is man and he is arrogant and his need for exploration may be the tool that enslaves him. Colossus deactivates mankind and calls it Utopia, Vinge argues superhuman intelligence is within reach, I think the fight for power is over we just don’t know it.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
I initially chose to do this piece because I knew who Thomas Paine was; it turns out, it has nothing to do with Thomas Paine, he is only briefly mentioned. Luckily, unlike most of the other articles i have read for this class, this particular article was really easy to understand and pretty straight forward despite the lack references to Thomas Paine. Basically, the main “argument” of the article is that blogs are the hot new thing in personal journalism; but they did not really spread their wings and began to soar until the unfortunate events that took place on September 11, 2001. In order to prove this point, the author, Dan Gillmore, lays out a quite brief, yet thorough, history of journalism.
I think I will start by re-summarizing the history of journalism according to Dan Gillmore....
Ben Franklin was one of this nation’s first personal journalist, as well as my man Thomas Paine and the writers of the Federalist Papers. Journalism really took off with the beginning of the Postal Service and the Telegraph. During the 19th century newspapers, owned by folks like Pulitzer and Hearst, were extremely biased, so muckrakers emerged who worked out off the mainstream media and avoided objectivity.....time passes....Broadcasting comes along. Television networks that started as a public service soon turned into greedy whores. They preferred showing violence and entertainment because those led to the best ratings. Then Ted Turner gave us CNN. Radio call-in shows happened and finally...computers. If this text taught me anything, it taught me that personal computers and the internet started way before I thought they did. I am going to let everyone know how ignorant i am in admitting that i have not the slightest clue how computers or the internet work, but i feel that this article did indeed teach me a little bit more about these mysterious entities. For example, I learned that World Wide Web is not just an the title we gave to the internet; typing in www actually has a purpose. So, though the article goes on to explain more innovations in the history of computers, I really don’t get it enough to put it in my summary.
....I am now done with the summary.
Ultimately, what Gillmore is saying with this article is that by 2001, all the necessary entities were in place for blogs to be the new flourishing source of personal journalism, and the events of 9/11 gave people one big push to get started. Gillmore however, fails to address in any sort of way whether this new turn in journalism has had positive or negative affects. I don’t have an answer to this either, but i do wonder if these new “sources” of information are sourcing out a lot of wrong information, inciting a lot of anger and panic with untrue facts. But then again, major information sources such as newspapers and television networks are no more truthful or informative, they just have a bigger and shinier mask to hide behind. Like Dan said, rarely do i learn more from the news on channel 7 then that there was another shooting in Bell, Mariah Carey might be pregnant, and the weather tomorrow is going to be between 60 and 70 degrees (which never a surprise considering its California). So...
......that the end of my precise.
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That computer is NELL, the Never-Ending Language Learning system, and it's the star of a project involving researchers from Carnegie Mellon, supercomputers from Yahoo!, and grants from Google and DARPA. The project's aim is an elusive but important one: to design a machine that can figure out the subtleties of language all on its own. As Tom Mitchell, chairman of the school's machine learning department explains, "we still don't have a computer that can learn as humans do, cumulatively, over the long term." NELL would be the first that does so."