Monthly Archives: June 2007

Viewing American class divisions through Facebook and MySpace

[Via: le monde
Just a quick link to an interesting study from danah boyd about class divisions through Facebook and MySpace.

MySpace is still home for Latino/Hispanic teens, immigrant teens, “burnouts,” “alternative kids,” “art fags,” punks, emos, goths, gangstas, queer kids, and other kids who didn’t play into the dominant high school popularity paradigm. These are kids whose parents didn’t go to college, who are expected to get a job when they finish high school. These are the teens who plan to go into the military immediately after schools. Teens who are really into music or in a band are also on MySpace. MySpace has most of the kids who are socially ostracized at school because they are geeks, freaks, or queers.

I clearly don’t have the language to comfortably talk about what’s going on, but I think that this issue is important and needs to be considered. I feel as though the implications are huge. Marketers have already figured this out – they know who to market to where. Policy creators have figured this out – they know how to control different populations based on where they are networking. Have social workers figured it out? Or educators? What does it mean that our culture of fear has further divided a generation? What does it mean that, in a society where we can’t talk about class, we can see it play out online? And what does it mean in a digital world where no one’s supposed to know you’re a dog, we can guess your class background based on the tools you use?

And what about people bloggin about new technologies?
Are we all from the same “social classes” or only from the same “object oriented classes”?

Ahmet

Today’s top site: Canadian Pharmacy

Mobile Site Checker

Maximize your mobile visitors

Via Nokia Blog Forum. Some services to test if your website is ready to go for mobile or not.
As far as I know there are two service providers:

Bango gives you a score from 0 (not designed for mobile phone) to 5.
Ready.mobi gives a much better analyses of your mobile web site (Readiness, Size, Time & Cost for the visitor and if it is W3C valid).
Check here if want to be sure that your mobile web site is conform to the W3C mobileOK Basic Tests 1.0

Ahmet

A mobile web developer’s guide

While reading Scott Janousek’s blog (a post about creating and testing mobile web sites with Adobe CS3), I followed a link to a free Mobile Developer’s Guide.
The book is interesting and gives a nice overview of what mobile developer can do to offer a better experience to their visitors.
In Switzerland it is definitely two early for mobile web site, mobile data transfers are too high to create a real market and services are not enough “2.0”. Anyway I had develop a version of my site for mobile phone (mobile.metah.ch) but I had very few success with it (it’s already two year old) and the book made me realize that I really need to do a new version (I’m too lazy…).

Mobile Web Developers Guide

Have a nice read ;)

Ahmet

New Actionscript 3 tutorials

Flash CS3 Tutorial - ABC
Tomorrow, I’ll have my last exam for this year, and then finish for University for some month ;)

During the last 3 month I haven’t published any new video tutorial about Flash CS3, but they are coming soon!

One will be about interacting with a Database, the other will be about interaction between javascript and actionscript.
I now have a student version of Captivate, so I hope to create tutorials faster than simple video recording.

I’ve also created a mailing list you can subscribe to, so you’ll have an email send each time I publish a new tutorial (you find the subscription form on my actionscript tutorial page).

Ahmet

Artificial Intelligence Is Lost in the Woods

Very interesting article published inTechnolgy Review, written by David Gelernter (professor of computer science at Yale University) about the understanding of AI and it’s future.
Credit:Eric JoynerCredit: Eric Joyner

Introduction:

Artificial intelligence has been obsessed with several questions from the start: Can we build a mind out of software? If not, why not? If so, what kind of mind are we talking about? A conscious mind? Or an unconscious intelligence that seems to think but experiences nothing and has no inner mental life? These questions are central to our view of computers and how far they can go, of computation and its ultimate meaning–and of the mind and how it works.

Conclusion:

The cognitive spectrum suggests that analogies are created by shared emotion–the linking of two thoughts with shared or similar emotional content.

To build a simulated unconscious mind, we don’t need a computer with real emotions; simulated emotions will do. Achieving them will be hard. So will representing memories (with all their complex “multi-media” data).

But if we take the route Turing hinted at back in 1950, if we forget about consciousness and concentrate on the process of thought, there’s every reason to believe that we can get AI back on track–and that AI can produce powerful software and show us important things about the human mind.

I’m not yet sure if I’m a “cognitivists” or an “anticognitivists” but pattern (as described by Jeff Hawkins) used by our brain to understand information can, in my point of view, be reproduced in a computed way.
Although I’m not so much a fan of creating another intelligence like humans that would not be human, I think technology is here to surprise us…
And as long as we prevent this new intelligence to understand how stupid we are (war, climate, …) we might be risk free from it, other way I will surely destroy us to save the world (cf teminator) :p

Ahmet

I’m a Happy Dad!

Friday 8 June 2007, my daughter was born :)
I’m so much happy, it’s really an incredible experiment.
She was waited for the 28 of june, but she thought that it would be nicer to come during my exam of algorithm and data structures.

Thanks to god everything went well and my daughter and my wife are going well.

Aélia, my daughter
One of her foot

Ahmet