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MPR121 capacitative sensor

I had a bit of trouble with this week’s MPR121 but this means I spent a lot of time troubleshooting and it made me understand the code really well. Eventually I found out the main issue is that the MPR121 I was using is broken which also means after troubleshooting, my conclusion was right. So in my project this week, I was trying to wire these coins so that when you touch individual ones, the amount that they are show up. Then I tried to make the series ask for a random amount of money up to £5 and I would… More

Meeting Ryan MacDonald

Today I headed to Cambridge to meet Ryan MacDonald. He is a Theoretical Astrophysicist currently working on a PhD in Astronomy at the University of Cambridge, his research focuses on understanding the physical conditions and chemical composition of the atmospheres of exoplanets. I got the sense that he is very passionate about his work while he toured me around Cambridge. We sat down at a cafe where I asked him a couple of questions about my focus on the Mars One mission mainly around emotional wellbeing. He said something that resonated with me, “Science is actually very emotional. It’s an emotional feeling when you’ve… More

E&C shopping centre take over planning

In Marcel Proust’s novel, Swan’s Way, he writes that memory is dependent on the moment and mood of the individual remembering. In other words, experience. He stated before neuroscientists discovered that memory is always changing. To remember is already in itself an act of disremembering. In Jonah Lehrer’s writing, Proust was a Neuroscientist, the psychologist seconds that by saying, “A memory is only as real as the last time you remembered it.” (NY Times) My research and studies in this subject since when I started has converged to the tension between experience and memory. When does an experience become a memory and… More

Narrowing down the research

The diagram shows a few different ideas I was working with in the topic of the limit of the internet and other ideas. It’s time to converge my train of thought along the lines of memory. It looks like the meaning of the memory is associated with how and what tools we choose to use to retain those memories. We transfer memory to the machine in an external storage system called the cloud. This means there is a clear distinction between conscious memory and unconscious memory. The conscious memories are stored in the cloud, on hard drives, in photo books, and these are the memories… More

Surrogates

Sci-fi films are filled with speculative concepts. Unimpressed by the constant plot of finding some chip, keeping it away from the bad guys (which almost always is the government), and sliding it in the perfect place 1 second away from the world blowing up, these films are not my cup of tea. But they have something for me to learn from as almost all speculative scenarios may have been a film. The image above and below are from the 2009 film, Surrogates. It is of a mundane urban city littered with bodies. This film correlates to the topic of memory that I’ve… More

Emotions

In a film about a candidate chosen to colonize Mars, Seat 25 captures the emotional effects that this decision has on their life and relationships. I especially like the emotional rather than the scientific side to the story because it talks about the basis of human beings in a new and unimaginable situation. But this is only the emotions BEFORE the journey. In a tough and hostile environment like Mars, survival comes first, but how much of that survival is based on the mental wellbeing of these astronauts? What’s interesting about the Mars One project is that it is not only recruiting… More

Tangible Interface

Tangible interface is an area that I am interested in. Brigg Ullmer and Hiroshi Ishii’s study at the MIT Tangible Media Group focuses on this topic with the aim to expand and make shifts between the digital and the physical world seamless. Using surfaces outside of the computer screen and expanding the interface onto physical objects and surfaces in our environment. In  Tangible Bits: Towards Seamless Interfaces between People, Bits and Atoms (1997), they write, Through grasping and manipulating these instruments, users of the past must have developed rich languages and cultures which valued haptic interaction with real physical objects. More

Categorizing memory and experience

A couple of ways I document and categorize my memory, these are all small memory vaults I’ve used over the years each with a different purpose: Social media Web browser bookmarks Evernotes Task lists Photo albums (digital and non-digital) Calendars Sound recordings Videos How we store memory is an interesting depiction of what memory means to us. We store memory with the social networks around us because we share experiences with people and tag them in our minds with symbols and words in order to find them when we need them. What does memory look like and how does it differ… More

Arduino Potentiometer

This week, I decided to use the potentiometer as a toggle between 3 different lights which represent “yes” “no” or “maybe”. I then took the wired up Arduino outside to ask 3 people 5 questions and they answered using LED lights.     Below is the code: #define ledblue 12 #define ledwhite 13 #define ledred 8 #define potPin A0 int sensorValue = 0; void setup() { pinMode( ledblue, OUTPUT ); pinMode( ledwhite, OUTPUT ); pinMode( ledred, OUTPUT ); pinMode( potPin, INPUT ); } void loop() { sensorValue = analogRead… More

What is normal?

In Georgina Voss’ seminar What is Normal, we had contextualized the abnormal into the normal world. Can you remember when we didn’t have internet or cloud storage? Having no internet has become abnormal only to the privileged parts of the world but is still quite normal for the rest of the world. I am assuming that the audience at the E&C shopping centre live with internet and cloud storage. As I continue to think about the topic of the extinction of memory, I have been doing some sketches mostly around showing how memory is processed.          … More