Whale Fall (after life of a whale)
Algorithms are Thoughts, Chainsaws are Tools
Towards an æsthetics of Live Coding.
“Code should be seen as well as heard, underlying algorithms viewed as well as their visual outcome.”
Johann Sebastian Joust is a no-graphics, music-based, physical jousting game for two to six players, designed for motion controllers and smart phones.
The goal is to keep your game controller sufficiently still and be the last player remaining. Try to jostle your opponents’ controllers while protecting your own! The tempo of the music controls the “jostling sensitivity.”
Grim starts the series with a historical look at the mind-body problem. He then introduces the major themes in the study of artificial intelligence, while exploring human intelligence, perception, behaviour and finally the hard problem of consciousness. Throughout this complex web of ideas Grim remains eloquent and engaging. Highly recommended.
For me, these theories of mind and human-ness are mingling nicely with Philip Pullman concepts of daemons and zombies in his Dark Materials novels. Also recommended. I finished the Subtle Knife yesterday.