“As algorithmic systems become more prevalent, I’ve begun to notice of a variety of emergent behaviors evolving to work around these constraints, to deal with the insufficiency of these black box systems…The first behavior is adaptation. These are situations where I bend to the system’s will. For example, adaptations to the shortcomings of voice UI systems — mispronouncing a friend’s name to get my phone to call them; overenunciating; or speaking in a different accent because of the cultural assumptions built into voice recognition. We see people contort their behavior to perform for the system so that it responds optimally.”
Alexis Lloyd (NYTimes R&D) shares some interesting views under the title In the Loop: Designing Conversations with Algorithms.
You can’t expect negotiations with French to be like negotiations with Americans, and the same holds true for cultures around the world.
ataxiwardance: My humble addition: “Tumblr.”
Exposure to information -> immediate pre-rational emotional endorsement or rejection -> semi-conscious categorization of stimulus into category of emotion -> pre-packaged single word synopsis of said emotion
e.g. “Dead” or “This” or “I can’t.”
The American civilization achieved many marvels and saw itself as the culmination of twenty millennia of history tending ineluctably towards their own perfect glory, but they too sank into the dust in time. Surviving relics of this fascinating and ancient people are mostly votive offerings: a massive offering in the shape of a dam in a particularly striking stretch of Black Canyon; a brass plaque in honor of the moon god Nixon, and most fascinating to scholars, a heroic epic about a group of men and women who somehow embodied and gave honor to the concept of “friendship”. We do not fully understand its cultural nuances, but we believe that by recapitulating a heavily ritualized sacral life, the Americans created a cultural-religious text-object which was pregnant with meaning both to themselves and their gods. It is not important that we understand the meaning of the “Pivot / Shut Up” exchange, or the “On A Break” leitmotif. It is only important we understand what meaning they had to the Americans.
Ariana Page Russell - Skin
"Artist Ariana Page Russell was, born with a skin condition called Dermatographia, any light scratch will raise her skin into rosy welts which last for about 30 minutes. She explains dermatographia as:
A condition in which one’s immune system releases excessive amounts of histamine, causing capillaries to dilate and welts to appear (lasting about thirty minutes) when the hypersensitive skin’s surface is lightly scratched. This allows me to painlessly draw on my skin with just enough time to photograph the results. Even though I can direct this ephemeral response by drawing on it, the reaction is involuntary, much like the uncontrollable nature of a blush.
The photographs from her series Skin capture her body covered in beautiful temporary designs of her own creation. She writes words, creates patterns with floral flourishes and points, and even connects her freckles like stars in a body based constellation.”
the bajau laut are some of the world’s last true sea nomads, living as they have for centuries almost entirely in the waters of the coral triangle (“the amazon of the seas”) on long boats known as lepa lepa.
hunters of fish, pearls and sea cucumbers, the bajau people free dive to depths of 20 meters, hold their breath for up to three minutes, and spend up to 60% of their time in the water submerged - the equivalent of a sea otter. it is a common practice amongst bajau people to intentionally burst their ear drums at an early age to deal with the problem of equalizing.
as photographer james morgan explains, “traditional bajau cosmology - a syncretism of animism and islam - reveals a complex relationship with the ocean, which for them is a multifarious and living entity. there are spirits in currents and tides, in coral reefs and mangroves.” the bajau people, for example, will not spit in the ocean.
in the last few decades, increasingly depleted fish stocks and government efforts have forced many to settle permanently on land and abandon a life of self sufficiency known as cari laut, or ‘searching the ocean’. a dwindling few, however, still choose to live the majority of their lives at sea