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This page was created so the topics discussed during the Friday show-and-tell can be further discussed with the inclusion of all section. Each class section should post the topics of their Friday show-and-tell in their own designated section. Then the Wiki community can discuss on these topics.



April 1, 2011

Over clock processor

This discussion derives from the ability of consumers alter processors to allow it to run faster than the company intended. Is it legitimate for consumers to change a product that they purchase into one a product of higher value, by altering the way that their device works? Also, is it legitimate for companies to express anger with the consumers who hack their devices to do more than what the company intended? Is it the company's right to purposely sabotage their own products to sell the unsabotaged version at a higher price?


It is definitely legitimate because the consumers legally own the product, and unless there is a legal statement saying that the device cannot be hacked, hacking it and turning it into something of higher value is fine. It takes certain skills to be able to accomplish this anyways, something a majority of people probably do not have. 

Even though you can purchase the physical item, the company still have the intellectual rights to restrict the users of these devices to what they intended.

Over clock your processor is not a hacking activity, you own the processor and you can trade the stability for speed, this is totally depends on the user himself. There is no such a restriction on processor to stop consumers over clock it. Actually, most consumer processors are already over clocked from the factory. The processor is designed to calculate as fast as possible, this is what it supposed to do.

Monkey Controls Robot With Only Thoughts

A monkey in North Carolina controlled a robot in Japan using only its brain waves (connected via the Internet).  After a few hours of practice, the monkey began using separate neurons to control the robot rather than its own legs, and then began to be able to control only the robot without also moving its own legs.  This reminds us of the use of surrogate bodies in The Girl Who Was Plugged In.

This video is very interesting. If it was not a monkey, can a pig controlled a robot using its brain waves? I believe it can. Its brain waves had already connected to the computers, just need a object that can move same frequency as the robot then they can walk like the same speed, doing same motion.


During the class it was discuses how will this technology can help and hurt our society. I think that even though it has some befits it might hurt our society. If people start to split their neurons then they might forget how to walk themselves aka Wall-E effect where the people in Wall-E got so fat because the didn't have any responsibilities. Others argued that it will be good for society because people would not have to risk their lives in doing dangerous works like construction and working with radiation.

Virtual Idol

Hatsune Miku is a Japanese vocal and song synthesizing program that composers utilize to create music. What's unique about this program is that the synthesized vocals are "sung" by the titular virtual character, Miku. While the program itself does not create the music (the user does), the creative lines between man and machine are quite blurred by the program's cute, spunky, virtual girl happily singing the lyrics to a song. No longer is music the sole domain of man and his skill with some instrument, room must be made for Miku and her virtual singing prowess.

While the above demonstrates a few more general themes of sci-fi (AI, Humanity and Robotics, etc.), the extreme popularity of Miku highlights many of Turkle's points in "Programmed for Love". Why go to a Kelly Clarkson concert when you can go to one of Miku's virtual, holographic concerts? The first Hatsune Miku concert was held on March 9, 2010 and attracted thousands of attendees and viewers on NicoNicoDouga (a Japenese version of Youtube). Miku presents producer's with a variety of benefits, not only is Miku's repertoire of music constantly expanded by thousands of eager fans and composers, Miku never gets sick, goes on hiatus or overdoses on drugs. She is perfect like Delphi from "The Girl Who Was Plugged In", and her popularity may soon take the world by storm. Submitted by: Eric Yu


One of the questions that occurred was how would this affect live singers? Well it won't. For example movie animations have advance to look even more real the this virtual idol yet people still prefer watching actors play their parts. Even if there was a perfect virtual singer it would not cause people to shun live people.

SixthSense Technology

Pranav Mistry discusses the possible applications of SixthSense technology, which uses a personal camera and projector to interact with physical objects. For example, when a person using this device picks up a book, the camera sees the cover, looks up information about it (such as user ratings, reviews), and projects the results onto the book itself. Mistry suggests that this technology, unlike other digital devices, can reconnect us to the physical world. This goes back to our discussion about how technology affects our concept of reality. Submitted by: Roberta Reusch-Lewis


One of the claims made in this article was that this technology make you more human because it interacts with the real world. I think that is wrong because this is a step closer to becoming integrated with technology like the mechanist. Also if this device is always on than it will disturb the real experience that we have with less information.

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