The past two weeks in our CSMA 102 Lecture class we learned about robots and space. Before the lectures and discussions about what robots are, I imagined them only to be metal machines shaped like a human to do human like things but after the lectures, discussions, and readings/assignments, I now know that robots also have to deal with artificial intelligence, cyborg or intelligence augmentation, androids that look exactly like humans, and machines that help solve our problems. I actually now think of robots of less than a threat to our human way of living since learning more about them…

The Industrial Revolution and Computation

In talking about the Industrial Revolution and computation this week, I realized I had no idea of the small detailed impacts that went into creating the technology we have today. In the class discussions and the lectures, we discussed how these innovations that revolutionized the industry made a job that took 8 workers need only one worker, for example the Spinning Jenny and the Colossus. The readings were also so mind blowing because in The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction the author, Walter Benjamin, talks about how art is not authentic…

These past two weeks have been very intriguing and eye opening on the topic of screens. I did not know that the term ‘screen’ did not just mean a digital screen but a piece of visual art, photograph, and something you look into. In reading Elements of Screenology by Erkki Huhtamo for our reading assignment, I learned that a screen was constructed to be looked into and merges the world of real and unreal as well as the “material and immaterial”. I never knew that a screen could be anything else but a digital screen but that explanation of screens…

These past two weeks have been incredibly informational on the history and impact of photography and motion pictures. In class, we looked at the beginnings of images and photography looking at telescopes, microscopes, pictographs, and the cultural aspect of photos. I thought it was quite astounding since I didn’t think any type of scope (microscope, telescope, etc.) could count as a form of photography. The readings on photography also taught me that back in the day when photography was created many saw it as a form of art capturing moments in time, like a series of pictorial words, but I…

Natalia Campos

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