Artificial Intelligence

At the Neurosciences Institute they are attempting to model the workings of neural systems through robotics.  Their efforts are aimed at creating machines that think like humans.  Sensors on the robots gather environmental information and make actions (decisions) using a complex neural system.   


This links goes into more detail.


The following articles look at instant messaging usage.  The first describes its general usage and resulting changes that have occurred over the last few years.  The second is more in-depth and looks at its pervasive use by college students.

Location Music

This new application for the iphone records audio samples of the environment around you, and then processes them using loops, samples, pitch modifiers, distortion etc….and outputs a new composition based on your immediate surroundings.  Talk about augmented reality.

some audio/video samples here and general info here and here.

Organic Computing?

Recently a group of scientists in Israel have developed a way to fashion a computer circuit from the actual neurons that our brain uses to communicate within itself and with the rest of our bodies.  They have used cultured neurons in order to create a reliable AND logic gate.

Actual image of cultured neurons.

Diagram and actual image of cultured neurons.

Apparently, the neurons in the brain are characteristically unreliable, only connecting with an adjacent neuron 40% of the time, and although this experiment did nothing to increase the reliability of the connection, it used the same techniques of bundling that the brain uses to get more than 40% efficiency from the neurons themselves.  I don’t think that this, as of right now has any groundbreaking implications for human life, but it is still an interesting way to investigate the working so the amazingly sophisticated human brain.  Read about it….

Upcoming Colloquium

The Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science will be taking place Nov. 1-3 at the University of Chicago.


The WikiPhil Portal: Visualizing Meaningful Philosophical Connections

This session (session 2) is relevant to some of the things we have been talking about in class.  The presenters created a tool to extract data from Wikipedia.


The Emergence Project (session 3)  involves the use of generative patterns and is part of an installation at the Hyde Park Art Center.


Many others too……