"In Reinventing Discovery, Michael Nielsen argues that we are living at the dawn of the most dramatic change in science in more than 300 years. This change is being driven by powerful new cognitive tools, enabled by the internet, which are greatly accelerating scientific discovery. There are many books about how the internet is changing business or the workplace or government. But this is the first book about something much more fundamental: how the internet is transforming the nature of our collective intelligence and how we understand the world."
And to my surprise, I found that Twitter started to bring in new friends and connections. I suspect the difference is that it is less formatted, or not formatted at all. It hasn’t been constructed to provide me an experience in any particular way, which is a function of its minimalist architecture.
Fernanda Viegas and Martin Wattenberg from Hint.fm show us the colors of a year in a surprising way. The visualization is based on photographs from the Bostom Common taken from Flickr.com and rendered using a custom application.
"Knowledge used to be understood as the internal property of an individual. Today knowledge should be seen as networked communication. This requires us to learn new ways of talking about education, competencies and work itself."
I was a Hypercard child – though our friendship was brief. Our seventh-grade class was led into a room full of brand-new Macintosh Performas. The day’s lesson was a crash course in the use of an uncomplicated yet marvelous program. With it, one might persuade a computer to do anything and everything – or so it seemed to a child with the attention span to appreciate the wonder. Half a dozen of us were invited back a week later; and then again, and again, for several delicious months.
Body and Tool: An Enactive Approach to Perceptual Entrainment in Fiction and Science Fiction by Joshua, Judith, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 2012, 319 pages;
Body and Tool explores representations of perception in fiction, science fiction, and science fiction film by using two key ideas from cognitive science: a) perception is the embodied exploration of the environment, and b) tool use impacts perception. I argue that it is crucial to examine fictional representations of perception at the body-tool interface . My focus on tool use counters the pervasive view in both fiction and literary criticism that perception is a function of "brain-processing"--our current version of the Cartesian mind/body split. I also argue that the less we examine the tool as mediator of perception, the greater the ideological power of the tool over us. Fiction and film offer copious evidence of the selective filtering of perception through tool use; by making tool-interaction my object of study, I demonstrate the embodied nature of cognition and probe what is foreclosed when tools themselves are used to amplify the belief in the mind/body split. Beginning with Samuel Richardson's canny use of the letter in his epistolary novel, Clarissa , I track the under-examined body-tool interface to show how novelists use human-tool interactions to demonstrate the limitations of overreliance on information purveyed by tools.
(PhysOrg.com) -- Applications like holographic TV have long been relegated as the next big thing in the distant future but a Leuven, Belgium-based R&D lab for nanoelectronics has come up with a process that might bring holographic images closer to...
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5. Conclusion The extended cognition hypothesis is currently the subject of much debate in philosophical and cognitive-scientific circles, but its implications stretch far beyond the metaphysics and science of minds. We have only just begun, it seems, to scratch the surface of the wider social and cultural ramifications of the view. If our minds are partly in our smartphones and even our buildings, then that is not a transformation in human nature, but only the latest manifestation of the age-old human ontology of dynamically assembled, organic-technological cognitive systems. Nevertheless, once our self-understanding catches up with our hybrid nature, the world promises to be a very different place.