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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Truck Run 2018

Today, Andy and I joined the yearly Truck Run organized by De Tukker Truckers, just like we did two years ago. The GPS-track of how we drove in KML file for Google Earth.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Neuro revolution

In the evening, I went to a talk held at Tetem art space, under the title: Wie willen we zijn in de eeuw van de neurorevolutie? (Who do I want to be in the age of neuro revolution?) by Femke Nijboer. What follows is based on notes that I took.

The idea that we are living in the age of neuro revolution, was introduced in 2009 by Zack Lynch in his book The Neuro Revolution: How Brain Science Is Changing Our World. Some developments are: An already widely used technology like deep brain stimulation. Facebook is working on technology to read thoughts through brain waves. Research into detecting truth through analyzing brain waves. In the future we might be able to detect if pedophiles have been 'cured'. There are now already companies working on neuromarketing.

What do these develops say about ourselves? Nijboer showed some pictures from movies with cyborgs: Brainstorm, Star Trek: First Contact, Avatar, X-men, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Inception. Someone suggestiond from the public were RoboCop and The Matrix.

That thinking happens in the brain, has been known for a long time. There are evidences that the Inca's already performed neurosurgery. The discovery electricity is involved in the brain was done in the eighteenth century. Three stories from present day reality:

What are usefull brain interfaces? Quote: We put our hope in technology, but we trust in nature. Nijboer told about the project Bridging the gap between ethics and neurotechnology: the case of Brain-Computer Interfaces | 2012-2016. It involved patients with progressive musculariscular diseases, high span cord injury, locked-in syndrome. The looked at worhtiness, autonomy, inclussion, safety, and self-expression. They discovered that patients found it important to express their emotions. To tech or not to tech, that's the question. What is the use of BCI when their is nobody to communicate with. What about the cyborg appearance. An example of a father who got a tattoo of cochlear implant. They organized a Neurocatwalk to open the discussion about aesthetics of devices to aid people with a diability.

Nijboer closed with the questions: Who do you want to be? Who do you want to become?

Sunday, June 24, 2018

8 by 8 with fixed palette

In the past weeks, I worked on a new version of the animation based on the 8 by 8 Street Tile Patterns. I used these patterns before for the Bring Your Own Beamer events at Tetem art space in 2017 and 2018. However, this animation makes use of a fixed colour palette consisting of 30 colours in five different intensities. I spend a lot of time adjusting certain parameters to make each level look the same intensity, but it seems one almost has to fix each colour exactly. I am also afraid that the it also depends on the monitor and the colour temperature settings in use. I made a separate page for the animation. I might update this page on a later date, because I still not completely satisified with everything and I also thinking about a method to specify your own palette.

Under Sweet Surveillance

I went to photo gallery Objektief for the opening of the exhibition Under Sweet Surveillance with works from four young photographers, who are:

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The nature of a map in data modelling

For many years, I have been wrestling with trying to combine my ideas of components with that of a map (as a partial function) of keys to values. This afternoon, I realized that such a map can be viewed as a set with a uniqueness constraint. And that it is possible to have multiple uniqueness constrains on a set. Strange, that this has not occured to me before, because that is basically how tables in relational databases are often defined, usually by defining a primary key, defining a uniqueness constraint or declaring an index with uniqueness requirement. The reason is probably, because I view relational database as an implementation model with limitations with respect to complex data structures. (Relational databases force you to put all similar values into one predefine table.)

Thursday, June 28, 2018

The Monads

At the end of the afternoon, I went to Tetem art space for the opening of the exhibition The Monads with an installation by Gabey Tjon a Tham. The introduction was by the composer and sound artist Horst Rickles. During his introduction, he explained that the monad concept is the concept as meant by Gottfried Leibniz. He 'opened' the exhibition with giving a performance with a small bullroarer, as an example of a monad, swinging it slowly above his head and made it produce different tones.

Friday, June 29, 2018

AKI finals 2018

This afternoon, I went to the AKI finals 2018 exhibition at the AKI building. Andy game with me. We listened to the opening speech and walked through the building. I found the works of the following graduated students noteworthy (in the order I encountered them):

At 16:58, I bought the catalog AKI FINALS 2018 edited by Johan Visser, written in Dutch and English, and published by AKI ArtEZ on Friday, June 29, 2018, ISBN:9789075522396, for € 10.00.

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