Munmun Masud

February 27th, 2011

The Arts, Justice and Reverence

Posted by munmunmasud in Uncategorized

This short myth reveals the importance for technology. From what I can interpret, the most imperative and troubling section of the myth is about mankind and how at first, we needed technology to survive. In the myth, we read about the distribution of qualities, and skills (the trait to invent). The myth also exposes an idea about survival; we need the arts to invent in order to sustain livelihood. The fact that this quality was not distributed to all by Epimetheus further reveals that it is a diminutive importance that has great value.

In this myth, the origins of technology obviously began with the Gods as they needed this to craft their skills as well. For example, Prometheus sneaks into Hephaetus and Athene’s workshop where they “practise their favorite arts” and steals their “art of working by fire.” Stealing one form of art that helps produce technology to present to man sheds light on the importance of how much technology was and still is very much needed. From this myth, I understand that the internal logic of technology is the fact that it isn’t the only means of survival. Along with the skill to invent, everyone needs reverence and justice to live out technology.

The short reply “I should like them all to have a share; for cities cannot exist, if only a few share in the virtues, as in the arts” spoken by Zeus to Hermes reveals how he understands the internalization of mechanics and technology. He clearly states that he wants everyone to share the same values; therefore, all is at one level in reference to only reverence and justice. Because this was not done so when it came to the arts, man had dispersed. Zeus makes it clear that if man had an unequal distribution of a few virtues like the arts, “cities cannot exist.” Therefore, every man needs an equal sum of reverence and justice for continued existence.

Unfortunately, this does not apply to mankind in this day and age: not every one encompasses either or both qualities. Perhaps that’s exactly why machines such as computers, outlive us. Even after we expire, computers still hold our information, and to an extent, exist on our behalf even though we have passed. Machines such as life support (mechanical ventilations, inotropes, artificial pacemakers) keep us alive at our most destructive state. Perhaps Zeus was right? Along with mechanics, all of mankind needs reverence and justice to be distributed equally to maintain cities, and to an extent, survival.

February 8th, 2011

“Robots Evolve More ‘Natural’ Ways of Walking”

Posted by munmunmasud in Uncategorized

“A new computer simulation by a Vermont researcher shows how robots might learn to walk better by starting on their bellies, the same way animals evolved.”

Link:  http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/01/walking-robots-gallery/

I find the above quote to be quite humorous in terms of the technological context to our historical/evolutionary past. The quote speaks of robots in such a manner that one cannot help but think of it as a real life, eating and breathing species. Historically, yes animals have evolved through time by gaining extra limbs, finger(s) and such. So, I find it hilarious that a “robot” is being referenced thusly. I mean, can’t the inventor just add components, it’s not like the robot itself and on its own will “generate” additional parts like a living organism—it will be executed by its creator. From my opinion, I think the project is a trial and error production, so, why is it even necessary to mention evolution? Robots do not evolve on their own; it requires an additional intellect outside of its own body to produce any kind of outcome.

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