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Integrative Works in Psychology, Technology, Philosophy and the Arts
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"cybermania"....too much exciting eventually gets boring!
I don't know about you, but I often find myself getting real tired of hearing about how fantastic new technology is going to be. This center of my brain needs a vacation.

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For better and turns out that Disinhibition is one of the major human reactions to the digital world.
Of all the many things I've written about cyberpsychology, the one from years ago about the "online disinhibition effect" has been the most frequently cited, by far. In this new blog post at the Cambridge University Press site, I take a 20 year retrospective look at the ODE.

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Current debates about Consciousness and Artificial Intelligence:

"In these discussions let's consider two very real possibilities:
-Everything is conscious
-Humans are not conscious"
                                        -John Suler
Another in my When Jibo Met Echo collection. There's a whole lot of debate going on in the world of A.I. about whether computers can become "conscious"... and beyond that, about the nature of "consciousness" itself.... Sometimes the debate seems like chasing one's own tail.

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"Everything in our world is animated by consciousness..." Reclaiming an ancient philosophy of medicine.
#stonemedicine #onewillowapothecaries #asiasuler

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Suler introduces a unifying, transdisciplinary theory of the psychological impact of digital environments: the 'Eight Dimensions of Cyberpsychology Architecture'.

All creators and users of online environments and virtual worlds can come play with Suler's ideas! His engaging writing style makes even complex psychological concepts accessible, using anecdotes, quotes, cultural references, history and even humor.
#cyberpsychology #virtualworlds #digitallifeforms #socialmedia #onlinelifestyles #teachingcyberpsychology  

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When it comes to synthetic beings...or humans, intelligence is not always so intelligent!

Scientists and philosophers continue to debate what it means for a machine to be "artificially intelligent."

Forest Gump might have something to say about that. If it does something stupid, it's stupid. If it does something smart, it's smart.

So Google's A.I. program that beat a master at Go, the ancient Chinese game considered more complex than chess... smart.

While Tay, the Microsoft bot designed to learn casual conversation from people in Twitter who instead quickly evolved into a racist jerk... not so smart.

I think this comparison also says something about the kind of "intelligence" that goes into playing board games as opposed to learning how to engage in appropriate human conversation.

To create this image, I took the well known photo from the movie Forest Gump, inserted a robot, turned the image into b/w, and, at the last moment, decided to invert the b/w. Visually, that inversion helps level the playing field, so to speak, between human and machine.

#cyberpsychology #artificialintelligence #robot  

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Hype Cycle...we all need to consult it whenever we find ourselves totally jazzed about something new!

I just love the idea of the Gartner Hype Cycle. It states that we go through different stages in our attitudes about new technology. First we get all hyped up and excited about something new. Then we dive into the "trough of disappointment" when we discover it's not as great as it was cracked up to be. Finally, in the "slope of enlightenment" we gradually learn how to use the new technology in a practical way, while understanding its pros and cons. How many times have you seen yourself go through that cycle?

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Machines can only get to a certain point in looking and acting  human before we will find them aversive.... in an undefinable way....."that's just creepy"!

In the world of artificial intelligence, the "uncanny valley" usually refers to how humans might like robots or androids, even find them amusing and interesting, up until the point when the machine appears to be almost completely human, but not quite, something is "off".. Now people suddenly lose their attraction to the machine. Instead, it creeps them out. Some people even throw up!

The uncanny valley also refers to the same eerie feeling when we watch CGI movies in which computer-synthesized people appear eerily "almost" human.

I wonder if there is a similar uncanny valley in photography. 

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An an evolving collection of images illustrating and defining major ideas in the field of #cyberpsychology   (free to use)

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The wider the distance between fields, the more they can potentially contribute to one another.
#outsiderthinking #interdisciplinarymashups
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