[-empyre-] "Hactivating" and the Screw-Up

Mike Stubbs stubbs at easynet.co.uk
Sun Dec 13 23:59:28 EST 2009


u know me....
im tryed it out now -  but stuttered and crashed (must be very popular)
but its interesing to here how easily you are scared - which of course  
is integraed into its marketing - sinister/darkcore ambient sfx and  
music...
fear is the key....



On 13 Dec 2009, at 00:50, Sean Cubitt wrote:

> Superscary Sam
> I've been looking at some sites which use human labour to tag images  
> in an
> attemtpt to teach computers image recognisiotn, or at least semantic
> tagging: one is bona fide (GAWP's ESP game), the other probably less  
> so
> (Google's Image labeller). I was too scared to even start the  
> program, which
> may simply be harvesting facebook data for cokacola - in itself  
> unpleasant
> enough - What wd make it truly scary for me is if you get to choose  
> who does
> or doesn't look like you, implying that the purpose is to teach  
> machines
> facial rceognition. Clearly that exists as a police capability: I  
> dread it
> becoming a proprietary tool of commercial advertising
>
> I will certainly be using this with my media governance class!!
>
> thanks
>
>
> sean
>
>
> On 12/12/09 12:53 PM, "sam-myspinach" <sam at myspinach.org> wrote:
>
>> Hi there,
>>
>> I wonder if anyone can do some research and analysis on this - I am
>> too frightened:
>>
>> http://www.cocacolazero.com/index.jsp#/facialprofiler/
>>
>> Thanks, Sam.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> On 10/12/2009, at 1:40 PM, Kevin Hamilton wrote:
>>
>>> Christina and all,
>>>
>>> In any of the advertising for personal music devices or cell phones,
>>> listeners experience private pleasure through the knowing smile, and
>>> perhaps a look up and to the right.
>>>
>>> This I would contrast to what actually happens when one reads or  
>>> hears
>>> something funny when in public. For example, me on the bus this
>>> morning reading this line from Christina:
>>>
>>> On Dec 9, 2009, at 1:15 AM, Christina McPhee wrote:
>>>
>>>> The mistake is the beginning of the mutation.   "In the still  
>>>> cave of
>>>> the witch poesy... "
>>>
>>> Laughing out loud amongst silent commuters, nervous about where to  
>>> put
>>> my smile and body.
>>>
>>> I'm thinking about all this partly in light of some conversation  
>>> over
>>> on IDC right now, between Brian Holmes and myself, a few others.  
>>> As an
>>> instructor, I'm more and more aware of how my students arrive  
>>> already
>>> trained, configured into a cybernetic matrix. For many of them,  
>>> their
>>> senses are only sensors, ready to accept symbolic input for the
>>> production of expected actions. (Hell, I'm not much better.) No
>>> documentary is going to reveal the truth for them, there's no
>>> narrative moment waiting for them. They need a new sensory  
>>> experience,
>>> to have they eyeballs and eardrums reconfigured in a non- 
>>> programmatic
>>> way.
>>>
>>> The cyberneticist I've been researching, Heinz von Foerster, was a
>>> magician. Literally. Back in the sixties and seventies he would do
>>> magic tricks for the students as part of his lectures on
>>> consciousness. I'm looking for some tricks like that, through the
>>> linguistic and the visual.
>>>
>>> Thus the word games. Searching for ways to use language that produce
>>> transformation without resorting to instrumental manipulation.
>>>
>>> A typology of wordsmiths, magicians of meaning...
>>>
>>> Words that could mean anything but which make us all think we're
>>> thinking the same thing.
>>> [Sarah Palin]
>>>
>>> Words that can mean two things, and everyone's in on the joke.
>>> [Stephen Colbert]
>>>
>>> [Bottom (from A Midsummer Night's Dream)]
>>> Words that mean one thing to the speaker and a different thing to  
>>> the
>>> listener, but only the listener is in on the joke.
>>>
>>> Words that can mean more than one thing and no one knows which one  
>>> is
>>> right, producing a plenitude of meaning.
>>> [Stoppard? I don't know, this one is just thrilling though.]
>>>
>>> One such overflow that just thrills me in this way is the piece "A
>>> Letter to Queen Victoria: The Sundance Kid is Beautiful" by Robert
>>> Wilson and Christopher Knowles.
>>>
>>> http://ubu.artmob.ca/sound/dial_a_poem_poets/big_ego/Big_Ego_05-wilson.mp3
>>>
>>> But I don't know much about it, and frankly I'm a little unsure  
>>> about
>>> the politics of how this autistic poet Knowles came to work with
>>> Wilson. But there's some overflow here, some linguistic plenitude
>>> through some mistakes and misapprehension.
>>>
>>> Kevin
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
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