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May 4, 2012

10 Futuristic Technologies that are already here!

by himanshusahni

Some of these are pretty cool, like the force field!

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May 4, 2012

RE: RE: Concept Videos, from 1910??

by himanshusahni

This is assuming to see. How silly were they to think the future was gonna look like that!

http://www.iheartchaos.com/post/3745552633/the-year-2000-as-envisioned-in-the-year-1910

May 4, 2012

RE: Concept Video

by himanshusahni

Similar to EDWARDSASH’s video

May 4, 2012

Fun Game

by himanshusahni

http://www.unwind.nl/

and creative use of technology in their website.

May 4, 2012

Guide to creativity

by himanshusahni

http://zenhabits.net/the-little-but-really-useful-guide-to-creativity/

My favorite:

“The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.” – Albert Einstein

May 4, 2012

Some creative photoshopping

by himanshusahni

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more at : http://naldzgraphics.net/inspirations/the-creativity-overflow-35-inspiring-and-funny-digital-works/

May 1, 2012

Fiction(Harry Potter) –> Science(Military)

by himanshusahni

The above trend has been seen to be followed a lot recently. But it’s always nice to have a reminder that imagination and creativity is the real cutting edge of science.

This video is own cloaking devices, soon we’ll be inventing magical wands that do our bidding, like change the TV’s channel from the couch or something!

 

http://www.tacc.utexas.edu/news/multimedia;jsessionid=3C03F2A9C6D7DE7605CB272691FDABA9

April 24, 2012

Online Education – Revolution or not?

by himanshusahni

Within the past few months, a lot of websites have sprung up that offer free, college level education to anyone that is willing to learn. I am talking of course about websites like:

http://www.ml-class.org

http://www.udacity.com

http://www.coursera.org

.. etc etc. 

Now these are by no means the first such websites to provide such a service. MIT’s ‘opencourseware’ and Stanford’s ‘see’ among others have been around for a while. But these websites have added value to the online education experience by managing to make the classes for interactive and fun to take. 

But the crucial question is: is the world ready for it? In today’s world, companies hesitate to hire applicants that do not boast degrees from good colleges. This is because society today has developed a state of mind where degrees hold higher value than real practical skills. In such an era, what good are skills learnt without a piece of paper costing thousands of dollars supporting your resume? Can this truly be the spark of innovation and creativity that brought about the much awaited education revolution? Or has technology once again reached far beyond a society filled with inertia? 

April 3, 2012

Dr. Michio Kaku on higher dimensions

by himanshusahni

If any of you have ever watched documentaries about space on discovery channel, you’ve probably run into this guy. He’s a really famous theoretical physicist and here is a pretty interesting physicist’s take on the whole higher dimensional thing:

http://mkaku.org/home/?page_id=416

A part that I found particularly fascinating was when he tries to explain why we cannot see, feel or imagine the 4th spatial dimension:

However, try as we may, it is impossible for our brains to visualize the fourth spatial dimension. Computers, of course, have no problem working in N dimensional space, but spatial dimensions beyond three simply cannot be conceptualized by our feeble brains. (The reason for this unfortunate accident has to do with biology, rather than physics. Human evolution put a premium on being able to visualize objects moving in three dimensions. There was a selection pressure placed on humans who could dodge lunging saber tooth tigers or hurl a spear at a charging mammoth. Since tigers do not attack us in the fourth spatial dimension, there simply was no advantage in developing a brain with the ability to visualize objects moving in four dimensions.)

It is interesting how our creativity is limited by evolution and the world that we see around us. The reason that ‘visible light’ is ‘visible’ to us (meaning that we can somehow sense it) has nothing to do with the intrinsic properties of light itself but simply because it is the most abundant wavelength range the sun throws at us and hence most useful to sense in an evolutionary point of view. The reason we are able to sense different colors is not so we can know when to cross an intersection, it is because it enables us to distinguish naturally occurring objects that were of prime importance to our ancestors (like food, or a saber tooth). There is some evolutionary theory on music as well and how  certain frequencies produce ‘evolutionary pleasure’ in our brains.

We have encountered time and again in class how creativity is born as a consequence of constraints put upon the artist. Perhaps this is the greatest constraint put on any artist: his/her own mind and body.

April 3, 2012

Imagining the 10th dimension

by himanshusahni

Here’s a very interesting video I saw some time ago. It explores what we talked about in class briefly after watching flatland. The video manages to give a pretty clear intuitive description of what higher dimensions might look like, without any complex mathematics involved.It also briefly mentions the ‘flatlanders’ from the movie, they’re imagined as ‘royalty’ here though!

 

http://www.tenthdimension.com/medialinks.php