Touted as ‘the machine that will predict the future’ or ‘the superconducting supercollider of the social sciences’, the FuturICT research proposal was considered the undisputed front-runner for the EU’s 10-year, € 10 billion euro research prize. The project would have combined ICT, computer science, complexity science and social science with data from a network of sensors circling the globe, to anticipate critical events in the social science domain and provide policy recommendations.
Jim Blascovich earned his B.S. in psychology at Loyola University of Chicago (1968) and Ph.D. in social psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno (1972). He held academic positions at the University of Nevada, Reno (72-73), Marquette University (73-80), and SUNY at Buffalo (80-95) before coming to UCSB. He directs the Research Center for Virtual Environments and Behavior. Jim is a past President of both the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Inc (Div. 8 of APA), and the Society of Experimental Social Psychology.
Life in the Age of Drones
Before the advent of aviation, industrializing nations sought to produce increasingly accurate surveys of territorial possessions, drawing on new technologies and sciences to interpret and reproduce sights and images. I will argue that most analysis of the imagery of air power--reconnaissance analog and digital photography--situates this kind of visual data as universalized panopticism; total, rational, and complete. According to this approach, reconnaissance imagery can reveal meanings which are always already there waiting to be read.
Dr. Henry Lowood
Curator, History of Science & Technology Collections; Film & Media Collections
“An Open Game”: DOOM, Game Engines, and the New Game Industry of the 1990s
CITS is pleased to co-sponsor this program on Interactive Visioning is being convened to further the environmental media approach of the 2012-13 “Figuring Sea Level Rise” theme of UC Santa Barbara’s annual Critical Issues in America series. Invited speakers, together with the audience, will consider how research on the rising oceans is both conducted and disseminated to the public through sophisticated, visually rich, and often interactive techniques of measuring and modeling. With a focus on tools for depicting current and future sea level rise--for ex
Telemedia artists and writers working with the medium of telecommunication have been utilizing a form of meta-creation when conceiving, planning, and designing their mostly interactive events. They have engendered meta-discourses when conceiving tele-active events, thus inaugurating a form of bi-phasic or multi-phasic creative expression. Some systemic tele-writing experiments, conceived and carried out between 1983 and 1992, are reviewed and evaluated as forms of expression involving meta-authoriship and collective expression.