Eduardo Kac Artist Presentation

Eduardo Kac Presentation 2


To change the body and have three hands

The following article is in Russian and it is called “To change the body for 40 seconds”, however it still has illustration about the idea of transmitting of the body.

I think this experiments are made at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden.

They have interesting experiment with hands which is related to my project as well.

The illusion of having three hands.

“In the online scientific journal PLoS ONE they describe how it is possible to create an illusion of owning three arms, under controlled conditions in a laboratory.”

Neosentience & Chemical – Cognitive Collective Memory

Where does knowledge come from? How can we trace it? Is knowledge comparable to information storage? Is it something with a location? Or is it ever-present? A virtual understanding realized in the embodied act of remembering?

Many of the ways we currently speak about memory are drawn from analogies to trails – physical evidence of a path through time. From medieval relics – objects promising access to timeless holy wisdom – to our current solid-state hard drives – objects promising not wisdom but information, through a process of encoding at the smallest achievable level. Both of these doors to knowledge can be viewed on a chemical and a cognitive level. The objects can be described as the result of chemical bonds. The knowledge (a point on the spectrum of wisdom and information) can be described as the sentient act of interpreting meaning from these results: on a macro level (as in the wisdom of a holy object), and on a micro level (as in the information magnetized onto a hard drive).

I will make the argument that much of how we interpret the validity of a link to truth  (a piece of chemical evidence) is the product of the scale on which we cognitively view the object.

If the neosentient is form from an evolution of our current computer systems, it will maintain the scale of the hard drive – one of intense micro analysis. The neosentient will thus either lack a mythology or create a new mythology on a scale we cannot comprehend. Without such a mythology, the neosentient will not be able to maintain belief in the notion of continuous progress over time – a concept deeply tied to our sustained belief in the reality and influence of a collective societal memory.

The nature of the neosentients’ collective societal memory is very important to the understanding of the culture of the neosentient. If, for example, the neosentient maintains a “hive” system of knowledge and communication, their form of memory will be more technically accurate and possibly incompatible with our dual systems of personal memory and sculptural memory (each with their own systems of prosthesis). One presumes that a true collective memory would invalidate much of what we accept from the human concept of collective memory. In our hive example, the value of “perspective” (mass or individual) is lost when truth becomes singular by consensus and shared experience. Yet, we must ask ourselves if this is a dystopia or a true utopia? Is our habit of calling perspective not the product of a desire for holistic truth?

I would like to make a framework of cross-sections to discuss collective memory: a macro/micro, digital/analogue, chemical/cognitive. This will bring to light not only important elements in the homosapien conversation about memory but the unique position of a neosentient coming from a specifically digital background and it’s situation as an entity starting as chemical and becoming cognitive, starting as discrete and becoming continuous. I will also discuss the alternative possibility – the ethical impact of the cultural developments that may arise from a sentient with a specifically digital/micro outlook.

Foci Network Model for Thinking about Behavior?

Really interesting paper about First-Order Conditional Independence (FOCI) networking. Though this discusses utilizing  foci-networking to estimate a coexpression netowork from microarray data (and for gene knock out work), it could be a very interesting way to think about how the neosentient “generates simulations of behavior (it ‘thinks’ about potential behaviors) before acting in physical space”.

One figure from the paper:

Project Diagram

Here’s an updated diagram for my project–used Illustrator for the first time!

Designing Gestural Interface



‘The Kicker Studio” is working with interaction and digital gestures for interaction.

The first link is a video where Dan Saffer (Principle in The Kicker Studio) talks about gestures and some principles that should be considered when developing these gestures.

“Dan has designed devices, software, websites, and services since 1995, and these products are currently used by millions every day. An acclaimed speaker and author, his best-selling book Designing for Interaction: Designing Innovative Applications and Devices (New Riders) has been called “a bookshelf must-have for anyone thinking of creating new designs” and has been translated into several languages. Dan has led projects for large organizations like Nokia and Time Warner to start-ups such as Ning and Foxmarks. His book, Designing Gestural Interfaces (O’Reilly), was called “an essential reference work for anyone looking to advance human-technology interactions beyond dials, knobs, keyboards, and mice.” His design innovations have received several patents.” (The Kicker Studio)


Senescence (the biological aging of individual cells) and organismal senescence (the biological aging of the whole organism) is an issue of interest for the neosentient. Will aging and a life cycle need to be present for the neosentient?

Below is an interesting link to a scientist and philosopher’s perspectives and research on senescence: