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Reality and its Augmentation 

My goal here is to do a quick fleshing out of the term Augmented Reality (AR), since I find its meaning, including my own use of it, imprecise. Axes I’ll use these axes for analysis, even though they’re not completely orthogonal, they highlight significantly different factors: Physical Scale: Personal <-> …

Art vs. App/App vs Art

I had an Augmented Reality (AR) app rejected by Apple recently because it “wasn’t interactive enough”. My argument that it was a sculpture, didn’t get any traction with the reviewers. In fairness, I did have a discussion with one of the reviewers and I felt that he was genuinely trying …

Gesture

I recently finished Between Word and Image by  Dennis J. Schmidt.  Overall, I liked the book, but the part that really stuck with me was this: Here I am referring to the quiet truth of a gesture, namely, that in looking at a gesture, one is addressed by that gesture. …

Embodiment and Intelligence

I guess it has become a truism that “real intelligence” requires embodiment (some random pointers: why alphago is not ai; another good place to start is the AI section of the wikipedia embodied cognition entry) I’ve been a firm believer in this for decades, since a non-embodied system requires explicitly …

A quick note on “The Structure of Objects”

The Structure of Objects by Kathrin Koslicki Just a quick note on this important mereology work, which takes what I’d call a deeply simple approach to the problem of what is a “whole object” She makes three main moves Parts need to be arranged in a structured manner to form a …

Deictic Color

I recently read Ecumenicism, comparability, and color, or: How to have your cake and eat it, too by Jonathan Cohen. The situation he discussed is based on the classic color perception experiment in which a gray square surrounded by a lighter color is perceived as being darker than the same …

The Missing Piece(s)

In my last post, I was trying to unpack a bit of what we mean when we use the term conscious. My expectation was that this follow up post would be about an active, purposeful processes focussed and driven by emotion. Upon further consideration I’ve also come to the position …

Consciousness and the Brain

Consciousness and the Brain by Stanislas Dehaene Lots of interesting stuff here — what I found most intriguing were his descriptions of tests involving borderline cases in which the subject switches from paying conscious attention to one thing to paying conscious attention to another thing. In brain imaging studies, this …

Economic Activity

I usually use this blog to capture my evolving thoughts on consciousness, cues and human activity. I don’t have any expectation that people are reading it, but I make it public since that encourages me to tighten up the writing and thinking. For this post, I want to pivot a …