[ExI] a symbiotic closed-loop dyad

Damien Broderick thespike at satx.rr.com
Tue Jun 5 01:26:08 UTC 2007

>ALEXANDER AND JUDY SINGER, Independent Film Makers (Field/Subfield:
>Cognition/Science Education) will be presenting a
>Marschak Colloquium in the
>UCLA Anderson School of Management
>Room A-202 on
>Friday, June 8, 2007 from
>[1 - 3] PM on the topic:
>     This presentation will include a film prepared with the support 
> of the Defense
>Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). It is cosponsored by the UCLA
>Human Complex Systems Program. The Singers' Abstract and Biographies 
>are below,
>All are welcome to attend.
>     Critical support of the research that led to the development of 
> the Internet
>came from DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). Perhaps more
>than any other bureaucracy it has deliberately stretched the boundaries of the
>possible. The short film you will see, "The Future of Augmented Cognition,"
>funded and managed by DARPA, examines one aspect of AugCog: how we might
>mediate the problem of stressful information overload at the interface between
>humans and computers in the year 2030. The complexity emergent from this brain
>and physiological sensor technology has been characterized as a symbiotic
>closed-loop dyad. The film is in two Parts, about 12 and 5 minutes long, both
>preceded by brief PPT sections. Using cinematic/narrative form, Part 
>One posits
>the above fields of research in a fully realized future workplace in 
>2030. With
>basic Computer Graphics, Part Two uses fragments of the previous narrative,
>focusing on the neuroscience of the closed loop dyad. The whole work
>intentionally raises controversial questions across a spectrum of hypotheses:
>global economics; social interaction; the future of Cyberspace; the
>human/machine relationship. Judith Singer wrote the screenplay; Alexander
>Singer directed and produced the film.
>ALEXANDER and JUDITH SINGER <asinger at speakeasy.net>
>     Alexander Singer worked nearly four decades as a film director 
> in all genres and
>forms, including television and five feature films. He has lectured and taught
>Directing, Cinematography, Film Production and Cinema Theory at universities
>and institutions in the United States and Europe. Participation in published
>studies with the National Research Council brought Singer an NRC 
>designation as
>a "lifetime National Associate of the National Academies." With Judith, three
>DARPA ISAT (Information Science And Technology) study groups 
>developed into the
>request to produce the film, "The Future of Augmented Cognition." DARPA has
>recently asked the Singers to write for this year's Handbook of Virtual
>Environment Training a chapter projecting this new form of human engagement in
>the Year 2057 using the power of narrative and "the metaphor of the Holodeck."
>Judith Singer has two published novels: Glass Houses and Threshold. 
>As a member
>of the Writers Guild of America she has written a feature screenplay for
>Columbia Pictures, screen treatments, and scripts for a variety of television
>productions. For the Coalition for Children and Television she wrote the
>theatrical play "Boxed In." DARPA asked her to write the screenplay for "The
>Future of Augmented Cognition."

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