New Media History

This is a response to: And lead us not into thinking the new is new: a bibliographic case for new media history by Benjamin Peters published by New Media & Society.

New media history has a lot to tell us. It gives us the initial human reaction, the human acceptance, and the human embrace. I found this especially compelling whilst also reading the book The Victorian Internet by Tom Standage.

It has brought about a change in my own mind of how the history is filled with just as interesting and exciting stories as the present. Yes, the technology of today is absolutely incredible. Yes, the technology can yet still be more incredible. Looking back on the past though, reveals that technological history can be just as exciting.

Between these two readings I am compelled to think that a study in New Media history can help us solve many of the social issues of today. It is absolutely incredible to compare victorian era society to modern society and see so many parallels.

This revelation helps us to predict, and even manage change. At the same time it holds us back. I had sudden alarms going off in my head during the reading and was left with the question of purpose. By most technical standards, the technology I am using today can be considered old media.

What is the New Media of today? What can I do to become part of that? What does it need? Is it even time for that new standard? Is society even ready for it?

Even more important, how well can I document my progress? It is humbling that my work is built upon the work of hundreds of thousands of people who have come before me. Each one applying their own personal improvement, and innovation. Is it not therefore my duty as a New Media professional to continue that inquiry? Is it my job as an intelligent and talented individual to continue human progress, and push the boundary further. My offer of service, time, and effort can become part of the record of innovators. I can make history with my future. That alone, would be incredible.

Exo Glove Poly

Exo Glove Poly

The Exo Glove Poly is probably the first assisted movement device that I have seen that can be used while washing hands. The non-invasive method of interface as well as the flexibility of the glove are huge benefits.

The box seems clunky, and awkward. In the implementation upon a a wheel chair, this isn’t too bad of an option. The level of mobility and flexibility that the glove offers is exceptional and obviously gives the wearer a degree of articulation.

It works pretty much on the same basis as tendons already serve in the fingers. A non surgical tendon replacement option. This is an option where surgery isn’t. The nature of the material appears to be non abrasive and far more comfortable then conventional straps or buckles. The glove also does not limit the wearer to certain tasks. This is a reasonable option for those who still wish to cook, or paint.

This is a reasonable basis for future non surgical mobility restoration devices. In theory it could be a basis for construction devices, or scientific tools for oceanic exploration. Rather then rely on many motors and gears, this could serve as a concept platform for mechanical fins on submersible drones or subs.

For more information, and videos of it in operation go to the above cited website. It is part of a group called Atlas of the Future which hosts a number of projects ranging from technological to sociological topics.

Tesla Energy

 

The above video is pretty amazing. This man has passion, vision, and money. Kinda a hard thing to beat. However, the introduction of Tesla Energy is absolutely amazing. Now I just wish the guys and gals in the crowd would shut up and let him be humble.

Elon Musk is the kind of guy I would love to become. A man with dreams, and passion, and the ability to push that forward. Is he the genius behind it? No, he has hundreds of talented men and woman behind him, pushing the envelop, and daring to achieve it. He is knowledgable on his projects, and is aware of how they should be shaped. It took the brilliant minds of his teams to come up with a solution to fit the bill.

The implications of this technology are far reaching, and have real consequences. What is absolutely amazing, is they are already developing the infrastructure to produce it. They have adopted a contract to become a supplier. The trust in their product is substantial.

I think one of the greatest things is that they aren’t keeping this for themselves. They are making it open to others to use and reproduce. It is an incredibly brave thing for a company to do. It is in that sharing though, that you realize the value of what they are giving, and what the company believes in.

It is all of this that makes New Media worthwhile. Identify the problem. Assemble a team of people. Conduct technological wizardry. Solution is produced. It sounds like new media specialists are really just reality debuggers.

Video Critiques: Lessons in Perspective

In New Media 100 class, we got to experience two different short films and critique them while the artists were present. Considering there were two new faces in the room, it made it an interesting moment for those who did not make the connection. It was interesting seeing how there was a very heavy sway initially towards which film most people favored.

These will be general critiques, that are really more general observations that have educational value. Additionally, one of the films is still awaiting release so I will not divulge details out professional respect. If that’s not for you, then I apologize, but if you are intersted in lessons learned, read on.

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Virtual

This post is in response to a reading from New Media: a critical introduction published in the second edition by Routledge on 2009. Most specifically section 1.2.5 regarding Virtual forms of New Media.

I would like to consider myself on some level an expert when it comes to subjects of Virtual reality, or Virtual simulations. For three years I existed in a virtual online community called Second Life. I won’t go so far as to explain what this program is, but I really want to touch on what it meant to me.

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Just what is New Media? A Response

What is New Media?: Eight Propositions

The above link is the subject of reading upon which these musings are associated. If you are unfamiliar with this document, then the following may not be understandable.

I used to think I was born to a wrong time, or place. Sometimes I wished I were further into the future. I see a technological horizon that is beyond our grasp, our only limit is the amount of energy we can employ. It has become apparent to me that the only limit that we as the human race can know is the limits of our imagination, and passion.

If I were born to a historical past, I am sure I would be just as impassioned by new innovations, and creations. I would be the young child interested in the crank tool of a Model T. I would be the older man dabbling in telegraph. I would be an 80’s one-hit wonder with all those synths. I can see myself as a cyber hacker. A mass manufacturer of patterns for at home 3d printers. I’d be a colonist on Mars twisting it’s landscape to support life.

No matter the era, New Media is my joy, and this reading brings out some of those old thoughts of mine.

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