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Author: Beth Cardier

Extreme Interdisciplinarity

My team are halfway through developing an approach to computational reasoning that represents interactions between systems as systems. I’ve led other interdisciplinary projects but never with members that have such dramatically different knowledge: neuroscience, narrative analysis, computer science, biology and design. As a visual example, consider the different modes of modeling we each use, below.…

The Intelligence in Beautiful Form

    Computers can’t see evolution. The changes that humans understand so well – decay, emergence – make computers blind. This means machines can’t assist medicine when a disorder fundamentally changes as it progresses. Like a cellular response to a virus that cascades until it attacks the body it was protecting. Or the way a physical shock can disrupt sleep, years later. What might be possible…

The Safe Place

I’m collaborating on a system called redframer, which would be a site that allows people to draw on and comment on films. On the edge of my attention, a hurricane has been raging: women who give their opinion online, usually about depictions of women, are being harassed at a criminal level. I’ve finally realized that the system I’m…