Sunday, April 17, 2016

Week 3

It is pretty amazing how mostly everything we do nowadays has to do with robotics the idea of separating work into bits and pieces to make more production has been around since the printing press. It is also amazing that the printing press was created by the Chinese in 1040. To think that this is how so many different ways of life, religion,  and particularly knowledge is spread through books that came from the printing press being able t proceed mass copies. For example, Renati Des Cartes is to this day still called the father of philosophy based on the ability to copy his book.

Nikola Tesla is another inventor who created the wireless communication, that modern day society couldn't live with out. Henry Ford and his car assembly lines began the discussion of a human being treated like they were apart of the machine, which has had a massive influence on mass production, robots and machinery. Alan Turing is considered the father of computer science he formed the concepts of algorithms and computation, this book his huge in philosophical literature. This goes to show that although a mathematician, he still had a massive influence on other areas that we've talked about in this class, artificial intelligence starts with him.

Norbert Wiener laid the foundation of concepts like feedback principle and output. Through all of these amazing and brilliant inventors and scientists, all of them had one thing in common besides being geniuses, they all had imaginations. In Douglas Davis's "The Work of Art in the Age of Reproduction", he says that "These events empower imagination rather than reason, as ew tools placed in the hands of people with open minds always have." (p. 382) particularly in cinema today. I posted a video of Charlie Chaplin called "Modern Times" where he struggles to live and keep up with modern industrial society. A film that I recently saw called "Ex Machina" is about how in the future humans create a robot that has such human like qualities it is able to live among us unknown to the humans around it. It's pretty crazy to imagine that that is a possibility with all of our technological advancements compared to the Charlie Chaplin video below. Both films mark how advanced we have become and there's no stopping the progression.

Ex Machina. Dir. Alex Garland. Universal Studios, 2015. DVD.

Leonardo, Vol. 28, No. 5, Third Annual New York Digital Salon. (1995), pp. 381-386. 
Turing, A.M. (1950). Computing machinery and intelligence. Mind, 59, 433-460.
Vesna, Victoria. "Lectures Part 1." Robotics + Art. 17 Apr. 2016. Lecture.
Wiener, Norbert. Cybernetics: Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine. New York: Wiley, 1948. Print.

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