on powerpoint…and slides
Despite these austere conditions, the presentational slide-based format is favored across disciplines and is the default manner of expositioning material in class, as evidenced by my colleagues in the English department’s seminars. What are we missing out by endlessly retracting our compositions—our creativity and rhetorical prowess—by falling back on a software that incorporates multimedia, while compartmentalizing it. Removing—fundamentally—the ability for interaction, collision, remix, and other types of movement, versioning, and exploration of the material at hand, the rhetorical capabilities of the mediums are frozen—locked in isolation chambers, like specimens on a microscope’s slides. Save the file, place the glass cover over the slide, and presto—our components are no longer operating in the same reality as ourselves, we have locked ourselves out, capable only of viewing from a distance that which we initially sought to bring to life, to compose towards our specific rhetorical goals. If something needs changing, we must unlock, undo, re-situate and re-save in an extemporaneous attempt to rejoin with our world what we have already imprisoned.
why is the internet’s new affordance called ‘white’ space? isnt the net already white-space?
White space is the unused and underused parts of the wireless spectrum. For example, around the world many TV channels are left vacant in most locations. One of the issues had been whether there would be interference in the remaining TV frequencies. The trial established it was possible to keep them apart.
Other potential uses of the freed-up spectrum was as an alternative way of providing mobile broadband connectivity. Mr. Collinson said this was not on offer.
One of the first uses of the network will be smart electricity meters. This is the first step toward smart electricity grids that will allow electricity supply to be matched more efficiently to real-time demand.
“We see that as the first of many smart applications, starting in Cambridge, but spreading out to other cities.” Mr. Collinson would not say which cities were next, but did say there would be announcements about a city in North America and one in Asia.
In 15 years time, more than 90 percent of news will be written by an algorithm, predicts Kristian Hammond, the CTO and cofounder of Narrative Science.
This robonews tsunami, he insists, will not wash away the remaining human reporters who still collect paychecks. Instead the universe of newswriting will expand dramatically, as computers mine vast troves of data to produce ultracheap, totally readable accounts of events, trends, and developments that no journalist is currently covering.
That’s not to say that computer-generated stories will remain in the margins, limited to producing more and more Little League write-ups and formulaic earnings previews. Hammond was recently asked for his reaction to a prediction that a computer would win a Pulitzer Prize within 20 years. He disagreed. It would happen, he said, in five.
Hammond believes that as Narrative Science grows, its stories will go higher up the journalism food chain—from commodity news to explanatory journalism and, ultimately, detailed long-form articles. Maybe at some point, humans and algorithms will collaborate, with each partner playing to its strength. Computers, with their flawless memories and ability to access data, might act as legmen to human writers. Or vice versa, human reporters might interview subjects and pick up stray details—and then send them to a computer that writes it all up. As the computers get more accomplished and have access to more and more data, their limitations as storytellers will fall away. It might take a while, but eventually even a story like this one could be produced without, well, me. “Humans are unbelievably rich and complex, but they are machines,” Hammond says. “In 20 years, there will be no area in which Narrative Science doesn’t write stories.”—
what a striking prediction.
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