A truly sentient environment – a step towards the civilization many dream of, or an Orwellian nightmare? The idea has floated between our minds and the pages of sci-fi novels for decades, but is finally creeping towards becoming a reality in Spain. Ahead of all major cities aspiring to go ‘smart’ around the world, including San Diego, Yokohoma and our very own Amsterdam, the coastal city of Santander is currently the experiment in progress for this technological vision (Evers, 2013).
Everybody wears clothes. As a matter of fact, wearing apparels is one of the few features that drastically distinguish human beings from other animals. People are so familiar with the concept of having a second skin that one could wear an outfit to simply protect the body whereas another person does it to make a point about his vision of the world, depending on the society in which one lives.
Twenty five PhD students gathered at Amsterdam University College to participate in CCCT and ASCoR organised summer school Reading Mediated Minds from mon July 11 to wed 13. See the programme here: http://ccct.uva.nl/content/ccct-summer-school-reading-mediated-minds Participants exchanged their research projects on forms of empathy in spectators of film, readers of literature, viewers of visuals and listeners of music. They also learned about new directions in neuroscience and text and image search engines that may be relevant for scaling up their analyses.