But is it art… again!

Ive been confronted recently by the philosophy of art, so this posting is just an extended musing about recent reading. An argument advanced by one of my BTEC tutors during a lecture on Saturday is that when something ordinary is considered as art it acquires a deeper significance. That is, no-one thought much about Duchamps…

Let data speak for themselves?

The Edge World Question for 2007 is What are you optimistic about. As last year, it has thrown up some fascinating answers. One is an essay by Bart Kosko who argues that data are increasingly being freed from the tyranny of modelling and allowed to tell their own story. His argument is that, historically, we…

A terabyte on your desktop

Hitachi have just announced a 1 terabyte hard drive for $399. According to How Much Information?, this is 1,000,000,000,000 bytes OR 1012 bytes. 1 Terabyte equals 50000 trees made into paper and printed; 2 Terabytes “An academic research library”, and 10 Terabytes “The print collections of the U.S. Library of Congress.”

Augmented cognition – or should it be alpha waves?

Neurophilosophy has a piece on DARPA funded attempts to make computer displays respond to users cognitive states. We have to cope with increasing amounts of information, sometimes under stress. This is a problem for warfighters controlling complex systems (eg pilots). DARPA is therefore lookingat ways in which a system can sense the cognitive state of…