November 26, 2006 15:53 | Confession / Culture / Cyborg / Technology

A consciousness

(get past the melodrama and the fact that it's an anime / "oh it's cheesy scifi" ;)


Just as there are many parts needed to make a human a human
there's a remarkable number of things needed to make an individual what they are.

A face to distinguish yourself from others.
A voice you aren't aware of yourself.
The hand you see when you awaken.
The memories of childhood, the feelings for the future

That's not all.

There's the expanse of the data net my cyber-brain can access...*

All of that goes into making me what I am.
Giving rise to a consciousness that I call "me."

And simultaneously confining "me" within set limits.

* Drop this phrase for a moment, and consider "what am I? What constitutes "me"?". Then consider that your knowledge and memories are all products of your experience, as transmitted to your mind via your 5 senses. Then imagine that you have a new sense, which feeds knowledge directly into your mind (regardless of I/O: be it visual/audio, direct neural stimulation, whatever).

What is "real" then, and what makes you, you?
And when everyone you interact with is at that same level, where knowledge and experince sync happens, what differentiates you from me? (this is explored in the later TV series, where 9 AI robots develop personalities even though they are continuously synchronizing their minds.)

We are still far from accessible "augmented reality" systems, let alone sync'ing capabilites, but we do have their early forbearers now: weblogs, social network aware software (still crap), aggregators, moblog photo sharing. All these things contribute to peripheral awareness enhancements of select people and data sources around us. Most of those who have been exposed to all this have stymied the "data overload" by retreating a little bit, hitting our aggregators a little less often, etc, but we have tasted the fruit and we do seek to stay connected.

I'd like to start building better tools and UIs for this peripheral awareness, this external, tele proprioception.

1- カール

« Si mon livre pouvait être ce que je voudrais qu'il fût, si je pouvais réunir, en lisant les poètes, assez d'exploits de rêverie pour forcer la barrière qui nous arrête devant le Royaume du Poète, j'aimerais trouver, à la fin de tous les paragraphes, à l'extrémité d'une longue suite d'images, l'image vraiment terminale, celle qui se désigne comme image excessive au jugement des pensées raisonnables. Aidée par l'imagination des autres, ma rêverie irait ainsi au-delà de mes propres songes. »

La flamme d'une chandelle, Gaston Bachelard, ISBN 2-13-053901-7, p. 39

lu ce matin même dans le train de Shimokitazawa à Shonandai.
Quelques notes mises en plus sur mon carnet papier à propos de PULL/PUSH (ANTI-PUSH/ANTI-PULL) en termes de conscience, et de BANDWIDTH en termes de construction de la connaissance. La surcharge vêcue d'une information n'est pas une fonction linéaire de la quantité d'informations, mais également de sa qualité (qualité ici dans le sens qualification, nature plus que de dans le sens de « bonne » information).

Le premier pas vers une compréhension est d'embracer la diversité des modes de réception, il n'y a pas d'offline/online à cause de l'électricité, mais bien à cause de notre perception de l'environnement. Certaines personnes ont le sens de l'orientation dans une ville (connected), certaines personnes ne l'ont pas (disconnected) dans ce contexte précis.

Tant de choses à dire, plus ou moins poétiquement.

hmmmm! This is going to be really interesting! maybe archives have something to do with this! Dunno! just a hunch!