Monday, November 24, 2008

Kevin Kelley on Visuality ( NYT)

An insightful glimpse into the new potential for visuality - as we become "people of the screen" Here are a few clips from Kevin's NYT article which can be found in its entirety Here: Idea Lab - Becoming Screen Literate -

"The fluid and fleeting symbols on a screen pull us away from the classical notions of monumental authors and authority. On the screen, the subjective again trumps the objective. The past is a rush of data streams cut and rearranged into a new mashup, while truth is something you assemble yourself on your own screen as you jump from link to link. We are now in the middle of a second Gutenberg shift — from book fluency to screen fluency, from literacy to visuality."

"Take, for example, the problem of browsing a feature-length movie. One way to scan a movie would be to super-fast-forward through the two hours in a few minutes. Another way would be to digest it into an abbreviated version in the way a theatrical-movie trailer might. Both these methods can compress the time from hours to minutes. But is there a way to reduce the contents of a movie into imagery that could be grasped quickly, as we might see in a table of contents for a book?"

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Powers of Ten-like view of the neurons of the brain

Everyone has probably seen the Powers of Ten Movie -- If you haven't, this short video visualizes a "zooming out" at the neuronal level of a single neuron, simulated in a collaboration between IBM and the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne using the largest IBM supercomputer.

So that's where thought occurs!!!

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