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Uglynda

Se trezeau acolo. Nu stiau cum, nimeni nu se intreba. Locuiau acolo, platind. Totul se platea. Totul. Unul din lucruri era reflexia. In oglinda.

Nu prea existau oglinzi private. In general, ele erau dispuse in locuri publice. Mari, cam cat un stat de om. Aveau o nisa pentru monezi si o lista. Daca te uitai fara sa platesti, pe suprafata lucioasa aparea un mesaj de genul “No free reflection available!”. Daca doar treceai prin fata lor, nu aparea nimic.

Lista continea informatii de genul:

1. Pentru reflexia fetei timp de 50 sec. – 3 euro. Tot corpul, 50 sec. – 4.50 euro.

2. Pentru reflexia fetei timp de 2 min. – 5 euro. Tot corpul – 8 euro.

3. Pentru reflexia fetei timp de 7 min. –  10 euro. Tot corpul – 18 euro.

The personal wealth era judecata, masurata, admirata, prin cantitatea de oglinzi detinute. De la una in sus, erai deja in paturile superioare. In cele mai luxoase apartamente, oglinzile reflectau 24/7. Curgeau banii in oglinzi… Figura imprimata pe ei, aceeasi, iti dadea voie sa-ti vezi propria mutra. Era, de fapt, un act de traducere: figura Conducatorului se transforma in a ta. Pentru o perioada data de timp.

Oamenii simpli, evident, nu aveau oglinzi in casa. Nu se puteau reflecta in alte lucruri… In tigai, in ferestre, in ochii celuilalt. Nu puteau. Toate erau facute sau nascute in such a way ca nu permiteau asa ceva. Divinitatea tine intotdeauna cu Conducatorul.

Se barbiereau pe strada. Se pieptanau in locuri publice. Se epilau, se aranjau, se periau, se tundeau. Cine nu avea bani, era dezordonat. Clasa sociala a dezordonatilor era cea mai de jos… Dezordonatii erau dezonorati. Cei incapabili sa aiba o reflexie.

Asa erau priviti. Nu stiau ca, datorita incapacitatii de a traduce figura Conducatorului in a lor, dezordonatii dezvoltasera un alt fel de oglinda… O numisera Introreflexie. Era o chestiune destul de complicata si de periculoasa. Exista riscul sa te intalnesti cu tine insuti.

Minds and Machines

Azi am citit un pic din Maestrul Jünger si un pic mai mult dintr-un alt Maestru despre care nu prea am povestit pe aici, pe Lanternativa.

Fiti atenti ce scrie John Caroll – ca despre el e vorba – in lucrarea sa de doc, publicata pe cand inca dinozaurii mai bateau padurile in lung si’n inalt:

In 1787, two years before the publication of Bentham’s principles, James Watt perfected his steam engine. As the first man to apply technological principles concerning heat and mechanical energy to large-scale work problems he effectively bridged the gap between Newtonian models and man’s practical struggle to control his environment. Although Bentham may have seen the outlines of his social theory in Smith’s economic model, it was the self-regulating machine, as it was being constructed and used for the first time, which more closely embodied the image of his ideal society – one which would work like clockwork. The hope that society, even man, would one day run like a well-lubricated machine was to receive repeated reinforcement from the technological innovations.

Dap, cam asta scrie el… Tragic.

In aceeasi ordine de well-lubricated idei, apare in Americi un jurnal foarte interesant, publicat sub auspiciile The Society for Machines and Mentality! Asa se chema asociatia, nu-i vina mea… Se chema pentru ca intre timp s-a desfiintat, numai bine.

Cateva cuvinte despre jurnal:

Affiliated with the Society for Machines and Mentality, the journal Minds and Machines fosters a tradition of criticism within the AI and philosophical communities on problems and issues of common concern. Its scope explicitly encompasses philosophical aspects of computer science.

The journal affords an international forum for the discussion and debate of important and controversial issues concerning significant developments within its areas of editorial focus. It features special issues devoted to specific topics, critical responses to previously published pieces, and review essays discussing current problem situations.

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Stiinta + Marketing

Am tot sperat sa puna astia pe TED filmuletul pe care il puteti vedea mai jos – eu l-am vazut la / cu un amic acum ceva timp in urma:

Asa. Daca o sa intrati pe situl TED si o sa cititi comentariile, o sa vedeti ca multa lume nu este de acord cu teoriile propuse de Cobley. Un individ / individa numit(a) Prachi Singh scrie:

It is surprising that this is a TED talk because it seems more like a Sunday morning treat to the mind. These marketing ideas are not revolutionary, and certainly don’t exist because of the physics laws that are discussed in their juxtaposition. Nothing to learn. More like entertainment. Strange way to relate marketing with science…which seems like a fad these days. Such coincidental analogies don’t guarantee that marketing strategies won’t change in the future with changing social behavior and technological changes…nor does it prove that they will change adjacently with the physics theories.

Mi-a placut mult comentariul asta. De aia l-am si ales, pentru ca rezuma multe altele din lista. Nevrand sa o lungesc, am sa va spun doar chestii:

1. Singh – o minte rational / stiintifica adevarata – spune: Strange way to relate marketing with science…which seems like a fad these days.

2. Un concept interesant: pseudo-diversitatea. Avem un numar din ce in ce mai mare de produse, apartinand unui numar din ce in ce mai mic de firme (exemplul 1 / exemplul 2).

IoT: connecting things…

…rather than people.

Un articol teribil a aparut de curand si intr-o data nefasta (Aug. 13th 2010) in The Economist (dap, unul dintre putinele THE available out there). La asa o data nu putea sa apara ceva despre Stan & Bran, nu? Nu.

Proiectul Internet of Things creaaza posibilitatea unui

global network infrastructure, linking physical and virtual objects through the exploitation of data capture and communication capabilities. The IoT refers to the networked interconnection of everyday objects

ceea ce inseamna, mai pe inteles, ca totul, absolut totul

from food, clothing, pills and pets to personal electronics, appliances and cars (incluse aici fiecare piulita in parte, fiecare LED, fiecare fiecare) will be tagged with tiny radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips and linked together in an open network of objects that would communicate with one another as well as with their users.

Referitor la 0.27 – 0.30, frumos scria cineva: There was a time when humans did not need devices “to hear the planet talking to us”. In fine…

The Difference Engine: Chattering objects.

Aici, o alta conferinta despre acest subiect.