What can you do with a stick and a line? A USB stick and a line of code that is!
Every day a new technological gadget comes out to the market at an exorbitant price, but what if you could come up with your new gadgets yourself, well, some people are taking this concept to a whole new level... Check it out!
In the struggle to stave off procrastination, many students have an intense love-hate relationship with sites such as 9gag, Memebase and Collegehumor. Pictures, sayings, songs and viral videos online have become the inside-jokes of internet users worldwide, spawning a sub-culture with its very own jargon and values. Humans have evolved cognitive programing which causes them to react positively towards those with which they have something in common. There exists a wide-spread misconception that this behaviour, observed between said internet users is what defines the term “meme”.
I have always been stuck between two worlds. One side of me belongs to science, a world where everything has measurable values and nothing can be concluded without proof. The other side of me belongs to art, a world where the exact opposite is true, where anything goes, and nothing needs to be measured, concluded or proven. Artistic creation (and as an extension creativity) is an integral part of me, and it has always fascinated me on many levels. I would like to explore creativity and artistic creation from the perspective of information, communication and cognition, as they are complex interplays of all three fields.
Whether it was in elementary school, high school, or even university, everyone has used it at least once during their academic career. “Wikipedia[,] ... a free, web-based, collaborative, multilingual encyclopedia project supported by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation.”1 Although Wikipedia calls itself an 'encyclopedia', the use of it as an academic source is often still a taboo. The majority of the universities don't acknowledge Wikipedia as a valid source due to the lack of its reliability. So, how reliable is Wikipedia?
The Web is great, easy, powerful and effortless. Most people will agree on this and, hence the multiple blogs concerning i.e. social media, it is apparently the only thing we can talk about. Or the most interesting. Therefore I would like to stress that there is more than online information and communication and that we have to look beyond the borders of these shallow, flat platforms of processing and maintaining information.
How many times per day do you check your email inbox? And do you belong to those 200 million users of Facebook that log on to Facebook on any given day? If you are always on the hunt for new digital information, then the following can be interesting for you and your health.
Many students have already experienced following situation. You start your laptop because you have to write one of the essays for AUC, and one hour later know what your friends are doing on Facebook and found out what is going on in the world with your favorite news page, while your essay still only consists of a title.
My generation was born in the age of internet, smartphones, cyberwars and euthanasia ethics. Technology and science are developing at hyper-speeds almost impossible to keep up with. All these super advanced gadgets are very useful when it comes to information access: with one press on a button you can find your way out of any maze and the machine will even look for a MacDonald’s along the way. Since 1990, the percentage of people worldwide having access to the internet has increased from 0 to 23%.1 Google is always there, ready to satisfy your every need for information.
What is the semantic gap? Does it exist in all media? Is it characteristic to computer or does it also affect human communication? I have been bombarded with these questions since the start of the Information, Communication and Cognition (ICC) theme course at the Amsterdam University College (AUC). Intuitively, the semantic gap is the difference between the world as it is and the world as we think about it. This instinctive explanation is pleasing because we all can easily comprehend this difference. The peril is that this simple explanation masquerades the versatility and complexity of the phenomena.