the poshlost high society

if serial data had never been invented…

Posted in ╳ machine love ╳ by Charlotte WTF on December 12, 2009

…this is how video would transmit images

Parallel Image Display

betty boop is a fitting choice

a day will come when man and machine are one

Posted in ╳ machine love ╳ by Charlotte WTF on December 11, 2009

How do you approach this thought? Fear? Excitement? Ambivalent curiosity?

Today I want to talk about technological singularity, about the possibility in the future of the union between human and machines. Let’s start with this premise; the analysis of the history of technology shows us that technological change is exponential. Just in our lifetime we have experienced how our lives have been advanced by the Internet, GPS systems and tools like smart phones that has everything we’ve been taught to need in a handy little handheld device. We no longer need to go to a library to look up a fact, just type it in the Iphone or Blackberry and poof – we have the answer. Sure, the downside is that less books are published and more physical libraries are looking to shut down but how about the upside? I can say that today’s youth is much more well-informed and have the capacity to be better educated with so much more resources at their fingertips. But back to the future; within a few decades, machine intelligence will surpass human intelligence leading us to the Singularity – where we merge biological and nonbiological intelligence. The gap between what we know and what we don’t know will become zero, and we will be able to transcend our biological limitations and amplify our creativity. YOWZA!

Plastikman – Ping Pong

Mind uploading is another hypothetical possibility that has been discussed since the 70s where the biological brain is uploaded into a computer system and regularly backed up just like a computer. The implications of this possibility is that we would be able to achieve immortality in the sense that if our physical body died, our brain stored in a back up system can be downloaded into the next body. My first reaction? I really hope this is invented in my lifetime. When I mention this to my friends at dinner there was not one that agreed it was a good idea, responses ranged from horrified, confused to sympathetic but “I’ll-rather-die-when-the-time-comes”. Women! No wonder we’ve been put down for centuries, no wonder Helen Keller can’t drive, no wonder pshhh

We do not have to accept the future under a false banner of liberty. Nor do we have to regard ourselves slaves to inevitable technological progress. Contemporary capitalist liberal democratic institutions prevail today, they are successful because they are grounded in assumptions about human nature that are far more realistic than those of their competitors. This doesn’t mean we’ve reached the End of History, or that we’re going to settle comfortably in this model until Earth is no long inhabitable. Maybe the Ubermensch and the Last Man is actually one and the same, the protagonist and the antithesis. Once we overcome our human condition (through tech singularity) achieving the Ubermensch status by helping humanity eradicate problems that will be regarded in the future as something so outdated like HEALTH, effectively becoming the Last Man “a weak-willed individual, one who is tired of life, takes no risks, seeks only comfort and security”. Maybe our future will be characterized by a soft tyranny where everyone is healthy and happy and has forgotten what it means to hope, fear and struggle. Who knows what will happen in a few decades? Can you imagine being alive for the next century, is it possible?

Plastikman – I don’t know

Who cares I’ve already lived part-way through this life, I’m ready for the next era.

If you have been mildly struck about this, whether to agree or disagree, you are welcome to shoot me your thoughts because id like to discuss this further:

social apes

Posted in ╳ machine love ╳ by Charlotte WTF on December 3, 2009

the wiij and other modified gadgets

Posted in ╳ machine love ╳ by Charlotte WTF on November 16, 2009

Why buildings and bridges trump oceans and mountains – because human thought, effort and creativity willed them to existence. Endless production and modification = innovative improvements

Wiijing – Apparently you can mod a wiimote so that it functions as a controller when you DJ. Cute gimmick but sensation wears off quickly

Gustavo Bravetti – Alternative Controllers @ Tribaltech 2009 (SC edition) from Gustavo Bravetti on Vimeo.

Korg Kaosilator – Smart college kid!

Laser Harp with wiimote – My favorite! Can you imagine incorporating this into a show?? 🙂 Modern day theremins

If you want to build a laser harp, visit this site – Stephen Hobley is the brain behind this bebe.

IN case you were wondering, this is a theremin. Invention by the Russian Leon Theremin in 1928, the gist is two antennas  (one for frequency, the other for amplitude) detect the location of your hands and sends electrical signal to amplifier. But check out the lady, what precision! Lovely

waouw – how to build a synth!

Posted in ╳ machine love ╳, ♬ music, noted by Charlotte WTF on November 1, 2009

If you are somebody who has alot of time, maybe somebody who spends all her time lazing around her pool in Paraguay and sexing up djs and restaurant owners in BK, you might want to think about making a cool analog synthesizer. What else but to live up to your Bard hipster ‘I’m-so-cool-I-listen-to-noise-music-made-by-tin-pan-synthesizers’ image?

Video Series by some cowboy Lorin

Nick’s Interactive Website of his Homemade Synths

Called the Beast, this took Nick a year to make. (You can visit his site to play with the knobs on Flash. )

Some people really have alot of time…

Example of prime manipulation of synthesizers by Italian wonder kid Dusty Kid nee Paolo Alberto Lodde. This is one of my favorite DJs who was raised classically trained, but switched to electronic growing up and debuted his first single at age 19. This track the Fugue is fucking amazing because A) its made from analog gear only and B) imitates the composition technique of Bach. An original, catchy and intelligent combination of my two favorite genres of music. More on Dusty Kid later, this is just a taste. I have to get to Russian class now, I can’t start singing his praises but check out the album A Raver’s Diary and find the extended tracks if you can.

Dusty Kid – The Fugue

Dusty Kid and his legendary Roland jupiter synth = TOO FUCKING CUTE