Digital Literacy

The Mechanical Turk.

Posted in In Class, online participation by Geoffrey Morris on November 24, 2008


Continuing our journey through antiquity, we hit upon the story of the mechanical turk, a chess playing automaton peddled around the courts of Napoleon and other illustrious figures.  Oh yeah, and it turns out that it wasn’t really a robot, just an elaborate simulacrum hiding a chess-playing midget.

Amazon’s Mechanical Turk website is another example of artificial artificial intelligence.  You submit a task broken into manageable chunks and offer to pay a small amount for each chunk.  Check out the students’ projects on their homepages.


Nice Site

Posted in online participation by Geoffrey Morris on September 8, 2008

Hey class.

Due Wed: Please post a link and critique of a website that made an impression on you.  Keep in mind the following: what is the site’s purpose?  Who is the audience?  What are issues with usability, interaction design?  What aspects of the visual design are working?

Also, respond with at least one comment relating to a classmate’s post.