Hi Everyone,--Let's do as we can an extended campfire Tuesday Nov 27 afternoon 1:30 - 3:30 in iStage / Lounge to demonstrate what’s been done this semester.For example:Stauffer• Cafe / Leslie, Connor, Yanjun, Christy (walk to Stauffer Lounge)• Stauffer Lounge tour / Byron• ? Lamps / AlexiaiStage• Cafe / Leslie, Connor, Yanjun, Christy (walk to Stauffer Lounge)• Lamps / Alexia• Thermal economies; light games / Garrett, Andrew• Modalys instruments; physical modeling / Emiddio• State engine workshop: Brandon (bring your own laptops + sc)Please add to this what else you’d like to see / show from this Fall.Since this week we don’t have Synthesis ops — American Thanksgiving! — confirm by email.Megan, can we document this? Everyone do also take your own pictures for respective project pages…
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Begin forwarded message:From: Franinovic Karmen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Arizona in March
Date: November 23, 2018 at 9:36:06 AM EST
To: Sha Xin Wei <email@example.com>
Here is the test for the one we would showand the one we wouldn’tYes, it would be really great. I have a parallel line of work wich goes more open environments - we did a research project on airand worked with students at Stomboli and this year in Pula, and plan to do a course on underwater environments!So desert is also appealing - have been looking at the work you did with Maja and RonHugs and looking forward to exchange soon!KarmenOn 23 Nov 2018, at 15:11, Sha Xin Wei <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:Hi Karmen,Wow That'd be great to see!You know, it’s been incredibly gratifying and inspiring to see the marvelous trajectories of work that we each have done since the TGarden....Including the state-engine work we’ve finally matured in a fresh generation with the “sc” responsive media environment that now works with all sorts of variable fields of light, sound, video, mist, water, and air. We’d love to work with your poetic materials — maybe when you’re out we can see if we can join forces to make some inspiring events or installations!By the way we’ve re-launched a new search for Expressive Mechatronics and Robotics. I’ll send out the job call asap!Xin Wei
The main theme of YHouse research is the study of the origins and nature of awareness. Awareness is an umbrella term that includes consciousness, cognition, intelligence, and similar terms that have more specific meaning in particular academic fields, and sometimes rather different meanings in different fields.
Consciousness is clearly correlated with brain states, but is it produced by brains? If so, it's very different from the way an organ like the liver produces a compound like bile. What does it actually mean to use the word production to talk about consciousness? It can be easy to fall into the trap of thinking about consciousness as a kind of subtle substance.
Cognition is a term that covers more than consciousness, applying to unconscious processes that lead to knowledge. But it is also less complete in other ways; typically studying consciousness from the outside, from a third-person view, leaving out the perspective of first-person direct experience.
Intelligence is often seen as highly successful logical inference, as in the term artificial intelligence, thereby excluding notions such as emotional intelligence, or street smarts – behaviors that can be associated with intelligence, but in a way that cannot be easily quantified or formalized.
What should a university look like in the 21st Century? Part of the YHouse mission is to explore that question, to find a better way to do research, and to help grow a brand new generation of thinkers. At YHouse, modules are not traditional departments, they are low-walled zones of focus, specifically designed to foster abundant interdisciplinary collaboration, coexisting beneath one physical roof.
Individual modules have a strong disciplinary core of three senior researchers carrying out top-level disciplinary work together but also pioneering explorations in novel interdisciplinary directions across modules. A larger number of early-career researchers and postdocs divide their efforts according to their interests at any given time, either focused within specific modules or linking across few or even many.
In their investigation of awareness, Modules 1, 2, and 3 represent the three main stages of biosphere evolution: from the origins and major transitions of life, to culture, and to technology. These stages date back, roughly speaking, to four billion, forty thousand, and forty years ago, spanning the first living cell, the first cave paintings, and the first practical applications of artificial intelligence.
Modules 4 and 5 reflect on the similarities and differences between the structures studied in the first three modules, in pursuit of the origins and nature of awareness, as well as the nature of the transitions between those modules. Module 4 focuses on philosophy, in the widest sense of the word, while module 5 has more directly practical aims; bringing science, philosophy, and wisdom to bear on the major problems currently facing the world.
Here are two examples of Tech Riders two kinds: the abbreviated TR you send to a potential venue / curator and the full TR you send to venue to do the actual exhibit/ show. PLUS it’s good to add team contact info: name, cell phone number, email