Monthly Archives: July 2016

Miguel Chevalier “Magic Carpets 2016”

Magic Carpets 2016

Magic Carpets 2016 is a giant luminous carpet projected on the floor inside of the MK Center. This carpet is made of different virtual and multicolore graphic scenes inspired by emblematic forms associated to urban landscapes in Milton Keynes which are very constructivist. The artwork beneficiates of a musical display specially created for the installation and composed by Ray Lee. The technical production is by French firm Voxels Productions.

The visitors will be able to carry small aluminium spheres generating the music.  By using presence sensors the installation is interactive — in a visual way this fluent universe is impacted by the visitors’ movements.

The moves modify the elements’ trajectory under the feet drawing a new composition which remains stunning.  Like a giant kaleidoscope the spectator is immersed in a world of colors, moving forms and travels into an imaginary and poetic game of optical illusions.

via designboom.com and miguel-chevalier.com

The 1974 Arecibo Radio Telescope Message

In 1974, the astronomer Frank Drake sent a mathematically-based binary message to the stars (specifically the M13 globular cluster), using a radio telescope. What was the message, and how was it constructed?

Find out more here.

(L) The Arecibo Message string, arranged in 73 rows and 23 columns. Even in text, your eye can see patterns emerging. © The same message shown as a shaded grid, making the patterns more clear. ® The same image colorized for discussion. [Images by S. Larson; R image from Wikimedia Commons]
Man looking at his feet

The Radical Plasticity Thesis: How the Brain Learns to be Conscious

This fairly clear 2011 paper by Axel Cleeremans reveals an understanding of where consciousness comes from: the brain attempting to describe itself.

“Learning and plasticity are thus central to consciousness, to the extent that experiences only occur in experiencers that have learned to know they possess certain first-order states and that have learned to care more about certain states than about others.”

Take that, Skynet.

via ncbi.nlm.nih.gov