Archive | January, 2012

Words with no English Translation

27 Jan

retrouvaillesSo with this assignment Make The Untranslatable Understood you are asked to choose a word from this random word generator provided and apply it to an Image that gives the word meaning and a better understanding through the visual.  I came to the word Retrouvailles meaning “The happiness of meeting again after a long time.”  I knew I had some pictures that would fit this description.  Do I decided to use this picture of me and three of my very good friends who haven’t seen each other in a long time.  We all ended up taking different roads in life so far so it had been a long time since we last met.  The process for making this was fairly simple.  I just opened my image in Photoshop and used the basic text tool to add my word.  I chose to use a muted color from the picture using the   tool so the word would not stand out as much and let the picture speak for itself.

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Alan Turing a Visionary

19 Jan

Alan Turing seems like a very interesting historical figure.  Thanks to horiicissp12 for the youtube video briefly giving a view of Turings life.  It talked about how he developed a computer ,Pilot Ace, that was designed to break German telegraph codes.  Up until then in the WWII era computers were only being used for complex math equations.  Turing was apparently renowned for thinking outside the box when it came to technological development. He helped develop the code breaking Computer Colossus that had a great impact on ending the war.  The video really caught my attention when it talked about How Turing was not interested in using computers like Colossus for the war purposes that it was being used for, but to see if he could simulate human thought through computers.  Artificial intelligence is most definitely something that I am interested in.  There is so much science fiction that I love surrounding the idea of AI (artificial Intelligence) but in our modern-day world it is not so far from the truth.  Science has allowed us to push the bounds of creating computers and programs that can learn, but there has not yet been any truly functioning self-sufficient AI, because of the complexities surrounding the human brain and its inner workings.

Alan Turings thought on AI reminded me of the Anime series called Ghost in the shell.  This is an excellent series that started out as a manga, and Animated movie that later sparked an interest for 2 seasons of an anime and a few more movies.  It is set in the not so far future and depicts humans sporting digitized brains as well as robots with fully functioning AI.  The show seems like such a fantasy and brings up a lot of questions relating to what defines a living soul related to AI and transferring a normal human brain into computer data.  when I did some research in the current field of processing human brains with computer technology, Scientist have been making great strides in actually retrieving images and video from the human brain.  In 2008 Scientists from Japan’s ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories developed software to retrieve simple black and white images from the brain, 10×10 pixels, that could be displayed on the computer monitor.  Here is a link to an article on that.  This alone blew me away.  but then apparently even more recently Scientist at UC Berkley have been able to retributive color video of video samples shown to subjects.  Here’s a news story covering it as well as a video.  Although blurry it is mind-blowing. (No pun intended)  the images are produced by sifting through already existing videos on YouTube, basically predictions of what the brain activity suggests but amazing none the less.This opens up such a vast realm of possibilities with technology like this, recording your dreams or even the possibility of making copies of your brain perhaps in the future, like in Ghost in the shell.  I think If Turing lived long enough he would be amazed at the progress that computing has made since his time.

Vannever Bush Pokemon

13 Jan

So my first DS106 assignment I chose to do the Pokemon card assignment. I chose to make Bush a Steel type Pokemon because of his association with technology and computers.  His attacks are based on his contributions to computer science as a field, as well as his idea of the Memex which was never actually created, but was a very accurate depiction of some of the devices we have today such as smart phones and tablet PCs.  the process of making the card was fairly simple, there is a variety of websites that allow you to make your own custom Pokemon cards.  the one I used only took me 10 minuets or so to make this. here is the link to http://www.mypokecard.com/en/.  All you have to do is upload a picture of your choice and edit the stats such as Name, HP(health) Attacks, description of attacks, Pokemon type (such as Fire, Water, Physic Ect.) and a variety of other traits that will update your card image as you make your selections.  After you are satisfied with how it looks  right click the image and save it or you can even print it and glue it over top of a real Pokemon card if you want.