MEDIA FUTURES 2006: 2/5 ALGORITHM: The Transition from Automata to Algorithm

In the beginning there is the Automata.  It is the prime mover: an intention that drives human action. Over time, the record of these actions, both individually and across people,  establish a unique pattern of behavior that is known as an Algorithm.  In the context of Media Futures, an algorithm is a computing engine designed […]

MEDIA FUTURES 2006: 2/5 ALGORITHM: The Transition from Automata to Algorithm

In the beginning there is the Automata.  It is the prime mover: an intention that drives human action. Over time, the record of these actions, both individually and across people,  establish a unique pattern of behavior that is known as an Algorithm.  In the context of Media Futures, an algorithm is a computing engine designed […]

Media Futures 2006: 1/5 Automata: The Human Computer

While the recent inventions of Web 2.0 and User Generated Content (UGC) seem to be radical departures from the computing culture we grew up in, their organic social metaphors are in fact rooted in the beginning of computer science.  In the 1940’s and 50’s work of Alan Turing, John Von Neumann and Norbert Weiner, most […]

Media Futures 2006: 1/5 Automata: The Human Computer

While the recent inventions of Web 2.0 and User Generated Content (UGC) seem to be radical departures from the computing culture we grew up in, their organic social metaphors are in fact rooted in the beginning of computer science.  In the 1940’s and 50’s work of Alan Turing, John Von Neumann and Norbert Weiner, most […]

Media Futures 2006: 1/5 Automata: Industrial Automata: From Performance to Prosthesus

Automata evolved from acting like us to acting on behalf of us.  What if it was possible for an automaton to do the work of a human?   Would the stuff of Aristotle’s ruminations come to pass, eliminating the need for servants and slaves?  To realize that fantasy – as Albertus Magnus supposedly did in the […]