The objective of this Blog is to be my study platform for the E-learning and Digital Cultures MOOC from the University of Edinburgh.

terça-feira, 26 de novembro de 2013

Video: Gumdrop #edcmooc

She's so cute! Just like in 'Avatar Days' film, the robot occupies  human role and presents human-like feelings, behavior and even insecurity. A point that I'd like to highlight is the language domain, the robot sounds like a proficient speaker and was able to change her accent when reading the script.

I guess one of the messages of the film is to show  how close we are from the time when robots will be part of our lives as other humans do, occupying the same social status and role of humans.

Video: Robbie - A Short Film By Neil Harvey #edcmooc

Robbie - A Short Film By Neil Harvey from Neil Harvey on Vimeo.

In particular, you might want to think about the final scene of the movie in which another core sci-fi fantasy - memory backup - is drawn on. What does this notion say about the nature of mind, memory and learning, and the ways in which technological mediation is positioned in relation to it?

The film brings a special and “grounded” foresee of our near future. We know how difficult and inaccurate is trying to predict the future nowadays, but the film, in my opinion, is quite realistic in terms of what might happen within the following decades.

Concerning the human and emotional characteristics of the robot, I do think that it’s possible to be achieved, but such characteristics must be programed and input, I really cannot believe that a robot may feel since it’s doesn’t have human biological structure.

I think that robots can ‘think’, but in different way of humans, but in a programmed and mechanical way. I really don’t know If someday in the future we will have enough technology to input biological human thinking into robots, providing them with human-like capacity to choose, feel and even memory. If it happens, I do hope that it can create good results and not Frankensteins.

Video: Avatar Days #edcmooc

What does the final section of this film in particular reveal about the relationship between player and avatar, between the human and the simulation? What versions of the human are opened up here, and which are closed down?

The end is very surprising. Along the film the roles are inverted, avatars live like humans, occupying the same spaces, doing the same things as humans and humans are so  used to them that they don’t seem to notice or to be surprised.

In my opinion the film illustrates how avatars (symbolizing technology and a kind of second personality) are present in our lives. The different approach of the film is that they are in the same social position as humans. When I watched the end I felt very surprised because I noticed that the avatars were the representation of humans, each person’s avatar. Instead of being restricted to the computer and virtual world, they were exposed in real life.

I just imagine if such situation could really ever happen and how it would reveal each of  us since our avatars are a relevant representation of our personalities, wishes, dreams, ideology and character. As representation of our step and virtual self. 

For me, one themessages of this film is that avatars (and technology) will be more and more present in our world, in our lives to the point that virtual will mix up with real, as it already happens to many technologically influenced people.

sexta-feira, 22 de novembro de 2013

Humanity 2.0: Defining humanity by Steve Fuller’s #edcmooc

I disagree with the professor’s idea that humanity is artificial, in my opinion, humanity is cultural since it’s developed and performed influenced by our society, family, country, among other factors.

I must agree that as humans, we are created with a group of perpetuated biological characteristics that distinct us from animals, for example. I also agree that although we have such characteristics, as humans we have an amazing capacity to adaptation, develop, change and educate ourselves. For example, we are gifted with an impressive capacity of learning how to speak a language even before we learn how to write and read it, without going to a school, without being officially taught to do so and even more important, without the usage of any technology.

Our human potential is huge and endless, but cultural issues, either imposed or not, may boycott our educational development, that’s why it’s so difficult to approach such subject contextualized in education.
Thinking education as a cultural, social and economic product, humans are limited to what can be offered in each individual context. As diverse as humans, education as  a cultural aspect tend to be extremely diverse and quite difficult to be regarded as being good quality, enough, bad, trendy, etc.

I think that such relativeness about education should not be excuse for not giving credit and importance towards the individual necessity of being properly educated. Thinking education in a humanized context, education should come from the most simple and basic principles, that are the basic language and moral skills in order to be a descent citizen regardless location, social status, age, gender, individual capacity or even personal objectives.

Like a seed that is correctly planted, the humans can develop from such basic principles that initially not necessarily involves technology or access to educational institutions. Given some human characteristics mentioned above, as humans we can adapt, develop, change   ourselves to make things possible, including the education of our (personal) dreams.

Video: They're Made Out Of Meat #edcmooc

What is your interpretation of this film? In what ways does it position ‘the human’ in relation to the technological? What does it say about ways in which human emotion can be manipulated by digital simulation?

It’s interesting that in this film humans are represented as aliens in a human-like alien world. Humans are taken as machines made of meat. The guys struggle to understand how it’s possible, a brain made of meat be able to think, how bodies made of meat can move and talk. The roles are inverted and now the humans are studied by non-human aliens.

I also noticed that by character’s behavior, humans are regarded as being emotional and both aliens as rational, but although they’re rational, they seem not to understand how “simple” meat-made creatures are able to perform so many things without an in-built technological system.

As they (aliens)  have the power to make the memories of the studied people relate  their experience as dreams, there’s a clear example of how emotions can be manipulated by digital simulation. Those abducted people will have their real experience  as being just a dream.

quinta-feira, 21 de novembro de 2013

Movie suggestion: Disconect #edcmooc


The movie brings a lot of distopyas about our technological world and how serious our relationship with communication medium can be!

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Video: World Builder #edcmooc

WOW!!! My favourite so far! So many explicit and implicit messages and possible discussions that’s even difficult to start  talking about it.

A virtual world created for the lover that can be accessed, interacted and felt as a real one. Should one of the messages be: The more control one has upon technology, the more such domain enhances proximity between virtual and real world?

The concept of humanism is so interesting here as the human natural characteristics can be seen even in a virtually created world. The flower is an icon, a symbol of the humanity that is not lost in such virtual world.

I'll definitely watch this amazing film more times to get more ideas about it.

Video: Heart to Heart #edcmooc

What aspects of ‘the human’ do you see as being ‘re-asserted’ here? Can you link this clip with the notion of ‘the illusion of non-mediation’ referenced in the Kolowich article we are also looking at?

It’s interesting that they claim “real communication” as being via  telephone when many would categorize as being face to face. They also show human’s need to communicate and even try to convince that telephone would be more effective and “human’ than the other medium…in my opinion such approach is worthless once I personally give credit to any communication tools or gadgets that may the the best option under one’s circumstances, limitation or choices

quarta-feira, 20 de novembro de 2013

Film: Toyota GT86: the ‘real deal’ advert #edcmooc

The opposition created here is between digital technology as ‘unreal’ and de-humanizing and the natural world as authentic and living; how does this opposition continue to be played out in popular discussions about technology-mediated education?

I guess one of the problems is to approach both as if they are separated and not mixed, as they really are. Although many people insist on saying that technology-mediated education has a lot of drawback, people should focus their studies on how to optimize technology-mediated education in our modern context aware that it's impossible to separate them.

People still keep choosing one side of the issue  when they should accept that it's possible to make a very effective use of traditional (real-life) and technological (virtual) education. I  think there's space, interest, and most of all, acceptance for both.

terça-feira, 19 de novembro de 2013

Video: Social media is science fiction #edcmooc

What do these stories indicate about our future options and relations with technology? And what do they tell us about our preoccupations and assumptions now (or in the recent past)? To what extent are they structured by the utopia-dystopia opposition?  

 I guess most of the material previously lauched about technology has something in common: the pros and cons of technology. It's interesting to compare our reality and such material and notice how assertive ou completely wrong they were as to predict how such technological future would be.

The common sense of such material, including material that's being produced now, is that they're full of utopic and dystopic points still to be revealed. It's like the future is always aheadand such answers are constantly postponed and handed in to a future that never comes.

Of course that many issues about the relationship between technology and modern society already been proven cards out of the game, but since our extremely complex modern society is constantly changing, most questions, uncertainties and even fearsabout the future of technology tend to reproduce in the sea of progress. It's like for each question that's finally answered, arouses one hundred more. 

I just wonder if someday in the future our grandchildren wil find our comments forgotten in an old  hard drive and wonder: How come they didn't know about it? I can't believe they didn't have a clue about such obvious things!'

domingo, 17 de novembro de 2013

Video: Sight #edcmooc

Sight from Sight Systems on Vimeo.

What is going on here, and how do you interpret the ending? How does this vision align and contrast with the ones in the first two films?

One of my favorites so far. Amazing to  see how characters are manipulative yet manipulated. In this  film people rely on technology for a better comprehension of the world, but the question is…excessive comprehension to the point that personality, individuality and feelings are left aside? What will be the cost of such life controlled by systems? How to combine emotion and feelings with machines without becoming half human half robots?
The guy’s attitude, or lack of it, is alarming. The guy seems not to have personality enough to live his life, with all challenges and drawbacks without relying on such technology that looks like a virtual personality.
I’m just afraid to notice that so many people may really sell their souls, exchange the natural and sometimes risky and disappointing life development path for a stable and secure way of living only based on technology.
In my opinion there’s a real risk of the use of technology and information transform people in information charts. As a matter of fact,  people should never be tagged, much less treated like electronic profiles. If we think about the social media like Facebook, for instance,  there’s already a tendency of doing such a thing.
People create virtual lives that, in most cases, simply don’t correspond to the real ones. If people's tendency to virtualize their lives is a matter of choice I just hope that they don’t virtualize their souls otherwise  we wouldn’t need a WWIII  to extinct our human race!

Video suggestion: The Hole in The Wall Experiment #edcmooc

This video presents the "Hole in the wall" project mentioned on the article 'Technology is the answer: what was the question?" by John Daniel. Enjoy!

Video: A Digital Tomorrow #edcmooc

A Digital Tomorrow from Nicolas Nova on Vimeo.

What do you think the creators of this video are trying to say about our digital futures?

Maybe they are trying to say that somehow people will more and more lose their interest in interaction between people and, above all, face to face communication.
As kind of victims, people will behave like retards completely dependent on technology to the point that our lives will be dictated by electronic devices. In fact it’s already happening nowadays in different levels. 
In a certain way, our feelings, behavior and expectations will be defined by programmed machines replacing more and more our choices, our personality and creativity.

Video: Bridging Our Future #edcmooc

Wonderful! I felt like building the bridge myself. Here I could also observe a hint of an ideal educational system based on technology. An educational system that comprehends not only the technology itself, but also how engaged people (students) are.

Once more, it reminded me the article “Technology is the answer: what was the question?” by John Daniel. In this film is presented a perfect and balanced interaction between independent learning and interacting activities. The teacher is extremely well prepared, familiarized with the technology and aware of the objectives to be reached as a group.

I just wonder that such educational system is nowadays for few, very few people around the world and such represented panorama is still too far ahead in the future.

Video:A Day Made of Glass 2 #edcmooc

About this video I just wonder: how good the world would be like this. A perfect world where technology is available to anyone, where people have good social level, good cars, good houses. A world full of  healthy, well dressed and well instructed people. 

I just think there’s a huge discrepancy between the world presented and the real one, but that’s very typical of the capitalist advertising industry.

Such film reminded me about the article “Technology is the answer: what was the question?” by John Daniel. There are some questions we should ask ourselves like: Is technology available for anyone? At what cost? What for? and more important..Is such world ever possible?

terça-feira, 12 de novembro de 2013

Video suggestion: Digital library versus traditional #edcmooc

NEWMEDIA #edcmooc

NEWMEDIA from MOLI on Vimeo.

What similarities and differences can you identify between the two films: NEWMEDIA and Bendito Machine III?

The  film  NEWMEDIA looks like the Hollywood movie War of the Words. There’s a scene where the alien seems to be connected to the guy’s ear, maybe a brainwash procedure. 
This is definitely an example of dystopia. It’s a post-apocalyptic portray of the world, destroyed and dominated by machines (aliens).

I guess the similarity between both films is the fact that humans are completely dominated by technology to the point that there’s no way back. 

Technology: Pros and cons - suggested video #edcmooc

Thursday #edcmooc

What message is the film presenting about technology? What losses and gains are described? Who or what has ‘agency’ in this film?

In my opinion, the message about technology is that it’s more and more  envolving and surround people. The bird (representing the nature) seems to be desperate to call humans' attention, it tries to say: “Please. Look at me! I exist. I’m here!”

In such technological world, people are so into technology that they lose many opportunities, they seem to be lost without technology. People live so focused on electronic gadgets that they don’t pay attention in  simple, beautiful and natural things, like a bird.

segunda-feira, 11 de novembro de 2013

Inbox - Short Film #edcmooc

Depending on how you interpret the relationship between the two main characters, and the ending, you might argue that this is a utopian account, or a dystopian one - what do you think, and why?

I think that the film represents both: utopian and dystopian accounts. Once the bag tears apart, the communication, connection between them is interrupted. I think it shows how communication tools based on technology can be delicate and sometimes limited. They finally meet each other by chance, and the connection between them is reestablished, but face to face. Something to thing about is: what if they only relied on that "bag" and never met each other accidentally. Such mix of communication based on technology and face to face  is something to think about. Many people say that technology is limiting face to face communication and more and more people rely on the comfort and safety of technological communication and that may be a dystopia.

Bendito Machine III #edcmooc

1) What is this film suggesting are the ecological and social implications of an obsession or fixation on technology?

As I see, in the film's context the technology is kind of imposed. People accept it based on their believes, culture and basic need of idolatrizing something that represents their faith. It's interesting to notice that even after the, so called technology, causes destruction among the people, they just ignore it and proceed with their uncritical behavior into acceptance and obedience. As a mass, they're manipulated and directly influenced by the technological object that represents the existing technology nowadays. So much can be discussed about it, but the short film basically shows the dystopias about the advent of technology and how easily and blindly people may be dominated by it.

2) Do the film’s characters have any choice in relation to their technologies?

No. They don’t. All they can do is replace the old technology by the new one in an endless process. In their need and search for technology there’s no way back. There’s no possibility of living without it. As part of such process, people are not given the opportunity to think about the pros and cons of technology.

3) What are the characteristics of various technologies as portrayed in this film?

They represent the world and the complex modern society. They represent the good and the bad, the best and the worst of it. More than that, it has the power of engaging people, of changing people’s lives, habits, thoughts and attitude.