[-empyre-] sidebar - continued discussion between John Klimaand Bill Seaman - part 2
Chris Poole said:
I keep thinking about how objects, or collections of objects in
programming could represent 'States of Consciousness' that is itself
a meta-object. Could one write conduits inbetween the gaps of objects
that are 'universal', that distribute something iconic and meaningful
to all objects in that family? Perhaps, as a way of creating
patterns, reinforcing patterns, death of neglected patterns, that
informs how the objects relate to each other.
Even if it were merely a 'throttle' for possible relations between
objects. This object talks apples, this one pears, but can interact
through a third object, etc.
first steps toward a "throttle" system...
I am very much interested in the potentials of object-based
recombinant systems that might be written to enable very high level
system authorship --- and in turn enable one to "get at" particular
states of consciousness.
In an work in progress entitled The Poly-sensing Environment -
Seaman, Verbauwhede (EE at UCLA), Mark Hansen (Statistical CS UCLA)
have been working on such a system.
The system includes a set of bundled sensors that "talk to" a matrix
that enables behavior picked up by the sensors to trigger particular
Let me try to say this in a different language - sensors in a space
send signals to a system that
enables an author to define a particular media relation (or secondary
robotic behavior] to that behavior.
Chunks of code enable media-element configurations with particular
behaviors to be interaced with or conjoined. The triggered media
element configurations elicits a response from the interactant. Your
idea of conduits [I have used the term Conjunction Codes in terms of
a another of my works called The Hybrid Invention Generator] is an
I also called this a "grammar of attention" as the subtitle of the
Part of the system is called the Emergent Intention Matrix ---
This is just a sketch of the system (thanks Fabian Winkler)
This matrix enables one to author a series of relationships between
behaviors in physical space and related media objects (or media
behaviors / affector relations [robotics] in virtual/physical space.
I am hopeful that this will become a kind of universal physical
at the moment we are stalled (when you try to make a "universal
system" it is hard to argue its singular potential especially to the
NSF. The Langlois Foundation did fund one year of research and we are
thankful to them.
Imagine that you could have a series of objects in a room (as one
example). When the objects were explored a text could appear on a
screen or be spoken in relation to the object (or a particular
behavior) --- or video clips could play or an alife set of characters
might appear etc. etc.
Professor Bill Seaman, Ph.D.
Digital+ Media Department (Graduate Division)
Rhode Island School of Design
Two College St.
Providence, R.I. 02903-4956
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