Remote Viewing

For the last few months, I’ve been run­ning two semi-anony­mous projects that use unse­cured net­work cam­eras. My goal was to present the appear­ance of these cam­eras as aes­thet­ic, rather than intru­sive; beau­ti­ful instead of filthy.

Insidious Algorithms: Jobaline’s Voice Analyzer

I think we can all get behind hir­ing prac­tices that seek to min­i­mize prej­u­dice and dis­crim­i­na­tion. Voice based algo­rithms, how­ev­er, inher­ent­ly miss the mark. The fram­ing of this tech­nol­o­gy as objec­tive false­ly assumes that 1) algo­rithms are not human made and 2) what “calms,” “sooths,” and “engages,” is bio­log­i­cal­ly deter­mined rather than social­ly pro­duced.

How Apple Makes the Watch

This walk­through is a detailed nar­ra­tion of what we see in Apple’s Watch Crafts­man­ship videos. Of course, we only get to see a mere frac­tion of the process; I’ve tried to pro­vide plau­si­ble expla­na­tions for the like­ly steps tak­ing place between the process­es shown on film, but these are assump­tions and are includ­ed only to pro­vide a more sat­is­fy­ing and com­plete nar­ra­tion.

On killing virtual dogs

The first time, I was build­ing a bridge over a lake, but a bridge that left no space between it and the water. The dog did its best to fol­low me around, but it soon found itself trapped beneath the water’s sur­face by my bridge. Not being smart enough to swim out from under the bridge, it let out a sin­gle plain­tiff yelp before dying and sink­ing. Exact­ly the same thing hap­pened to my sec­ond dog, as it was this sec­ond episode that made this par­tic­u­lar fea­ture of dogs clear to me.