I think I’ve been much more sassy than when I started this program, which is a tiny bit worrisome. I like the dynamic of my project group, but I definitely default to sass with them.
Today, during craft of research, I realized how much trouble I had articulating my project’s hypothesis, and I realized that we needed a really concise explanation of what we were trying to discover with the drone research. Essentially, we’re seeing how an operator interacts with a single-screen interface for a swarm of drones used in the context of a clearing operation- how the operator perceives their level of situation awareness and what their trust in the drone swarm system is like. That isn’t a hypothesis, though.
Today, got some python code working that controls the drone. It doesn’t help at all in the context of actually grabbing the live video and doing face tracking or getting two drones to fly from a single computer, but change is incremental. We’re also working on our lit review stuff and trying to flesh out what we’ve read more.
Our luncheon lecture was about hyperreality and how images formulate reality. I’m thinking about the Pictures generation of American artists (Barbara Kruger especially), and how they “took” pictures/the language of advertisement to create visuals that directly pointed at the spectacle- how mediated images form our [lack of] social relations and reality. Hyperreality is a slightly different concept because fact and fiction are blurred, and so it becomes hard to exploit the fiction to point to itself. Sometimes, people will say that we live in a post-truth/post-fact world. I wonder what the social consequences of such a world is. The spectacle supposedly results in isolation, but this world seems to be about fragmentation (how different are the two?).
We designed our t-shirt today. It was a pretty stressful process. After that, I caught up with two of my friends.