Ideas for final project
Idea 1 – Combining php and processing to control my ICM final project remotely. This would allow me to submit the project to the Winter Show by adding more interactivity to my sketch.
Idea 2 – Organize my portfolio in a database. Using what we’ve learned in class to organize my online portfolio in an interface completely designed by me. This idea seems tempting, but it would require a lot of dedication to designing the interface. I would make the decision after next class.
Idea 3 – Using different APIs to provide useful and personalized information. My third idea is to create a personalized web page containing information that is particularly valuable for me. Something like a centralized navigation panel for internet, containing information, links, updates, etc., from different web pages. eg. Facebook, Twitter, NYU, weather, etc. I don’t know how viable this idea is, and would like to discuss a little about in class.
For this week assignment, I wanted to continue with the colorcalculator, using the data base to store user selected colors. Unfortunately, the code is not working. I am also submitting the homework dbase, which I did for practicing the concepts seen in last class and which is entirely based on the code seen from that class.
The Knowledge Web
The Knowledge web is a beautiful idea for making a non-linear narration of human knowledge using the internet as a tool. James Burke attempted to organize such an ambitious website inspired in his Connections TV series. Even though de Knowledge Web project didn’t succeed, I believe that it is an idea that we have yet to see.
As We May Think by Vannevar Bush
As head of the U.S. Office of Scientific Research and Development during World War II, Bush was one of the most important voices in science of his time. It is wonderful to witness his innovative thoughts and visionary perspectives for science and scientists in post-war US. His mind was completely set on developing technologies for pacific times that would extent both human mental capabilities and communications. Acknowledging that we were producing information “far beyond our ability to make use of the record,” and thus, losing significant attainments “in the mass of the inconsequential,” Bush shows himself as a futurist, deeply conscious of human capabilities and innovation. What really struck me about the article, is how evident is his influence in today’s technology. The memex, as a precursor of the internet with his idea of having “ready made” information “with a mesh of associative trails running through them, ready to be dropped into the memex and there amplified,” allowing users to search for analogous cases, is astonishing. We are living in the world he thought in 1945 in which his “new forms of encyclopedias” have become a reality. We are living in a world that owes much to his lead and vision for pointing towards the technology that we enjoy today.