By the time you read this, blogging will be outdated

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The classic-mode-dependent class reading just highlights the short lifespan of new technologies. Dickens wrote his books 150 years ago, but we have no trouble reading them today. But this story written in 1986 can only be read with out-of-date software (curses to Apple for no longer supporting Classic mode). We're all familiar with buying the latest and greatest only for it to become "so 2006" in a matter of months. Rapid technological advancement is a great thing, but couple this with proprietary technology and companies' obnoxious neglection of compatability issues and here we are.

Argh.

More Web 2.0 Stuff

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I think the Google Search format is about to take over the world. Ever wanted to call 411 and just say, "Ralph's Pizza", and have them call if for you? Well, soon you will be able to. Check this out.

Web 2.0 is becoming World 2.0, where every everything we touch has felt the effects of computer technology. McDonalds outsources its drive through to Missouri, why can't 411 figure out where I want to call base on my voice's commands? While a computer might still talk like a compu

I wanna Do that Poetry Game Thing

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Same Rules apply, each word in the sentence must correspond to the letters of last word of the previous sentence. Each word in the sentence must also be a hyper link to something, even the. Post each sentence as comment, no one can do two in a row. Here we go:

I hope someone joins me

Forking links?

The structure of "The Garden of Forking Paths" was difficult to follow -- however significant in connecting theories that regard the universe and new media. While it is apparent that Borges uses several references to time and reality, it is also significant to recognize the connections offered in regards to present day technology. Lines such as: "Absorbed in these illusory images, I forgot my destiny of one pursued/. I felt myself to be, for an unknown period of time, an abstract perceiver of the world" and "I leave to the various futures (not to all) my garden of forking paths," immediately brought images of web links to mind.

Poetry...

In one of the various Oulipo articles, there was a sentence that was attached to the back of my mind; it said how the creators and members of this literary group did not have in mind that The Oulipo was to create literature, but rather to create new forms of literature. It's nonsensical, at least to me, considering that when creating a new form of poetry, one must write a poem as an example of how the new structure is woven in the new form at hand. This is yet another example of how one sort of media evolves and creates a new form of media which at its time of creation is new, but will later be one of the founding members of a new media which will evolve in the future.

Johnny Mnemonic

I really love William Gibson's work; it's always struck me as something of a guilty pleasure because there are so many 'great' books that I haven't read and I almost feel like if I'm taking the time to read, which I don't' do nearly often enough, I should go out and finally take on Absalom, Absalom, round off my Kundera, or try something by DeLillo. That said I always love getting submerged into the nasty, techy, exciting Gibson universe, and the ideas the he plays with are always so much fun to watch bounce around. In this case, you get the whole world in which information, and so data, is traded like any other commodity, and you get the human-computer symbiosis like we discussed in class. What with ubiqutous computing looming on the horizon (see everyware ), it makes total sense that soon we'll be carrying around our flashdrives in our heads instead of on our keychains. I am interested to see whether society will develop positions like that of Johnny's; weird new jobs stemming from the changes in informational commodities and methods of transaction.

Adaptation

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With so much knowledge at our fingertips, so much that is easily accessible, is our generation somehow adapting to absorb it better? Are we more intelligent than previous generations because of what we have that they didn't? Are we tapping into more potential?

I remember that in high school, whilst griping 'bout how much work we had, a friend commented that we probably wouldn't get as much course work, or even be able to go as in depth as we did, if we had to write and research manually.

How the internet works

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So I admit I'm not a techie . . . at all. I found this site, and learned a lot of things I didn't know anything about in regards to computers and the internet. I really appreciate how someone put the internet and its mystifying components into terms I can understand. Check it out.

We have talked a few times in class about the catastrophy that ensues when technology fails us . . . maybe if we all knew a bit more about computers and the internet it wouldn't be so scary when they break down. Then again, maybe not.

link to hello jetsons, goodbye dish duty

sorry . . . i clearly don't have real intelligence . . . here's that link to the AI chore-doing robot article.

Hello Jetsons, Goodbye Dish Duty

So remember that 12-year (or 10 or 500-year) prediction that Licklider made about AI machines being able to perform most military problem solving? Well, it looks like Stanford AI-junkies have made another prediction on a similar, more pedestrian use of AI: a chore-doing robot, a la Rosie the Robot Maid.

Do you think this robot is a feasible idea? I feel like IF made public and IF it experienced widespread use, the gap between the techonologically-speaking haves and have-nots would split wider than ever.

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