EVO, Minecraft, Memory Palace Presentation

I have been invited to connect with participants in the 'Electronic Village Online' (EVO) upcoming events sometime in February 2018 [ change the date here and link to the online event ]

As a presenter I am going to explore the notion of how Minecraft is affecting our method of loci, reshaping (eroding?) our memory palace skills and with the onset and convergence of mixed reality wearable technology in this space how it may be contributing to the shift in humanity as we know it, especially in younger children who are heavily involved in that space (not place).

The following is how I plan to deliver my presentation and connect with that community of adults online as far afield as Dubai and Canada with me located in Australia.

  • Introduction - formal titles, past experience, current projects, links
  • Caveat - technological skeptic / techno-optimist statement 
  • Concepts - realities - augmented / virtual / augmendiated / mixed
  • Technologies - MagicLeap, Hololens, Occulus Rift et al.
  • Notions - Place, country, memory, time (relative)
  • Frameworks - method of loci, memory palace, Kalara, dadirri, socio-ethical
  • Hypothesis - Factions (Minecraft) as neural brain wash, placeless corporations
  • Discussion - power, control, privacy, politics, policing and perception
  • Context - based on links provided
  • Questions - open discussion

Presentation Title

Minecraft: My Experience and Your Dilemma

Abstract

As active agents of sociological change children now challenge the researcher stereotype amidst a battleground of virtual, augmented and mixed reality wearable computing. Fractals once closer to philosophical ramblings of the mathematical in the field of chaos theory are now an educative and neurological rearrangement as STEAM gets creative in Minecraft. A dilemma has emerged as participatory netnography reveals the longer term socio-ethical effects of corporations punching through our privacy firewalls, programming our minds and harvesting our creativity. 

  
Recommended Reading / Viewing

2014 Open Conference - Using Video in Education

On May 3, 2014 I contributed to the 2014 La Trobe University Open Conference on Using Video In Education event. I provided examples of the manner in which I was using Google Hangout webcasts and body worn cameras to facilitate learning and engage teaching professionals in how video can be created and used as a resource for teaching and learning.


Access the event Wikiversity page [ HTML ]

ONERC

The comment above was made in my Facebook publication of the link to the article by Nicolas Beriot, Former Secretary General, ONERC - National Observatory of the Effects of Climate Change, French Ministry of the Environment, Engineer.

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For those who exist in the lockstep, sleepwalking world of consumerist society the research journey seems only a fast way to another ticket, another accreditation. That reality though is an experiential mission, through moments of critical reflection, the hovering self, the form that is part of the physical body on the ground but the spiritual capacity to see oneself out of body so to speak. Without that capacity to reflect on our actions, take responsibility for our behaviours and change our course in life regularly all we become are ground level dwellers, basement jacks with a lack of connection, tiptoeing around the real issues in life and making others life hell in the moral meantime.

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Connecting with place means living with one eye on the present moment and the other hovering around looking back and trying to avoid making new mistakes. It means that the world can be our ‘place’, that our birthplace never changes nor does the tie to moral culture restrict us to enacting, living out the expectation of others to conform to their own control structure. 

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The following is what I'd originally written in defense of using the term 'I' or first person in my thesis. This decision was soon changed as I learned of the myriad of issues writing in first person causes for examiners and supervisors alike.

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Nyikina Collaborative Filmmaking

Abstract

In October 2016 I worked with Filmmaker Magali McDuffie on visualising the collaborative process that she has employed when working with the Nyikina Community of Western Australia. The figures were created in an online visual editing tool called Gliffy.

These were developed and formed part of a higher degree by research (HDR) presentation at the end of that year.

  • Digital Humanities
  • Language
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Media Studies
  • Environmental Science
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology

Suggested Citation

McDuffie, Magali; Hayes, Alexander (2015): Nyikina Collaborative Filmmaking. figshare. https://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.1579433.v1

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Figshare [ HTML ]

Null Hypothesis: On Country, Cyborgs and the Singularity

The researcher engaged with Vance Stevens from Webheads International in an interview which was broadcast via the WebHeadsInAction, Learning2gether 341 in Hangouts on Air via web conference (Hayes and Stevens 2016) on Sunday, August 14, 2016. The conversation centred on the progress of the Phd dissertation, preliminary findings from secondary data and updates in the Google Glass project.

“....Alexander Hayes has been associated with a number of cutting edge education projects over the years, including exploring the potential of StreamFolio, Talking VTE, POV technologies, Drones for Schools, wearable technologies (and the social implications of surveillance, sousveillance, and uberveillance) and most recently, Google Glass through posting his interviews with 60 Google Glass Explorers on YouTube.” (Vance Stevens 2016)



Stelarc

At the end of the last century, to the crashing of the Twin Towers, the onset of the Internet and the dawn of the smart phone I began my Creative Doctorate at Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia.

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2015 SCIT EIS Research Showcase

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In 2015 I created and presented this poster at the 2015 HDR SCIT Research Showcase at the University of Wollongong, Australia.

The poster provides a clear summary of the proposed outputs of the PhD thesis, by themes, associations and research focus. Given that my PhD has been all about people and community I found it important to reflect on where the individual is within their capacity to be a catalyst for change as the ethic generator, not simply a member of a community or geographical region bound moral overture.

There is much room for debate and learning, growing in this area for me and I welcome feedback.

Hacking Alzheimers Project

 Image: Hacking Alzheimers website

Image: Hacking Alzheimers website


 Image: Alexander Hayes

Image: Alexander Hayes

In late 2013 I co-founded with Andy Kropa the 'Memory Aide' project with initlal support team including Cathal Gurrin, Rami Albatal from INSIGHT Centre, Dublin University and Professor Robert Fitzgerald from the INSPIRE Centre Canberra.

The project was inspired by Kropa and let down by the fact that Google decided to drop its 'living experiment' Google Glass just when the project was poised for alpha select testing. I enjoyed working with Andy and I am glad to see the project has prospered since I moved on with other research ventures.

 The project survived, evolved and Andy took the project on further with a successful pitch at the 2015 Creative Capital Retreat’ (Kropa 2015) and the ‘Memory Aide project and the Hacking Alzheimer's venture evolved into Haz Labs, ‘Memory Lane’ (Haz Labs 2017)



Screenshots from Archive.org 


Download Andy Kropa's seminal presentation [ PDF ]

Download the INSIGHT project technical description [ PDF ]

Download the Memory Aide Working Doc [ PDF ]

Download the HA Website Synopsis [ PDF ]

Download 'Andy Kropa's Towards a Mobile Lifelog' paper [ PDF ]

Download the 2014 Memory Aide Tagline List [ PDF]

2014 SCSSE SISAT Tradeshow and Research Showcase

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The annual SCSSE & SISAT Trade Show and Research Showcase was held on the 30th October 2014 at the UniCentre Hall, University of Wollongong, NSW Australia.

I submitted an A1 poster which summarised the PhD research to date including my connections with the Google Glass Explorers team as a compulsory activity of my research program. The poster was completed with the assistance of Dr. Ruth Mirams and the poster remained displayed at the UOW SISAT offices for a year after the event.

Wearable Technology Symposium

In early 2014 as a result of many discussions at the University of Canberra, INSPIRE Centre and in discussions with Jenny Millea, Bruce Arnold and Professor Robert Fitzgerald the concept of bringing people together for a wearable conference grew.

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