I attended Lejla Kucukalic’s lecture on Biotech to Biopunk: Science Fiction’s Visions of Genetics. Her lecture highlighted the reasons for the stereotypical portrayal of scientists in literature and media throughout history. In addition, her lecture discussed the push and pull relationship between science fiction and science, the controversy of biopunk, and more.
I found Kathy Brew’s “Going Grey” exhibit to be quite intriguing. Her exhibit highlighted society’s attitude towards aging and the lack of embrace for aging. I did some research to trace the cause of grey hair and discovered that it is caused be a decrease in pigment produced by hair follicles called melanin whose rate is determined by genetics. As you age the amount of melanin you produce decreases and replaced with colorless air bubbles leading to grey hair.
On Friday, I went to the Turing symposium and heard the talk from Jon Beaupre. The title is “Some Speculations on the Effects of Machine Language on News Delivery Credibility.” Beaupre first introduced us the concept of avatar, which is a virtual representation of the user. Avatar can be two dimensional in online communities or three dimensional in online gaming. Avatars can also be embodied with artificial intelligence. For instance, many websites provide customers with services from artificial assistant with AI.
May 31 – June 2, 2012, NYU
"Feminism, Technology and Visuality"
June 2, 1:30—2:30 pm | Convenor: Lisa Cartwright (UCSD)
Participating with Alexandra Juhasz (Pfitzer College), Tara McPherson (USC), Wendy Chun (Brown), Beth Coleman (MIT), Elizabeth Friedman and Emily Zimmerman (EMPAC), Pooja Rangan, Kimberly Juanita Brown Website
Dear HRS 177 Students,
As you already know you have to upload three items related to finals:
1. Compile all the blogs you have written during the quarter and organize them into one document and save as a pdf. Create and place a title page (Make sure to identify with your name, major, date, class, professor) at the front and a short summary at the end. Naming convention: LAST_F_177_Final.pdf (Jane Doe would be: DOE_J_177_Final.pdf)
To upload the blog compilation:
a. Create a new blog entry.