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Privacy, Achilles and the Tortoise

April 7th, 2014 by Martin No Comments

A recent wired article discusses privacy from an interesting angle. Basically, as the author argues, our digital (surveillance ?) tools give us more privacy: after all, these tools do not know what is happening in-between those instances when we use them. For example, if we post a picture on Facebook, time passes between this and the next instant when we post another picture or Tweet. Now, if we want to know what is happening between those moments, we need to add another observation, just to make sure. By following this line of thought, we reach a…

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Processes with Social Networks as Resources

February 8th, 2014 by Martin No Comments

In my ongoing PhD thesis, I’m investigating business processes (e.g., case management) that use a social network as resource and that are executed in a mobile context, i.e., on mobile devices. What I want to do, I to analyze the resource, i.e., the underlying social network and it’s structures, when processes use it. More specifically, I’m planning to look into social network analysis measures to come up with a measure for the quality of a given social network (here comes Shakespeare into play – these networks actually represent human societies very well – this paper

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Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl

February 2nd, 2014 by Martin No Comments

This short clip is part of a very inspirational speech given by Viktor Frankl on the search for meaning:

If we take man as he is, we make him worse. But if we take man as he should be we make him capable, becoming what he can be. So if you don’t recognise a young man’s will to meaning – man’s search for meaning, then you make him worse. You make him dull you make him frustrated, you even add and contribute to his frustration, while, if you presuppose in this man – in this so…

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What do Computers See when Watching Movies?

January 31st, 2014 by Martin No Comments

This is a very good question indeed.

The creator of this wonderful piece, Benjamin Grosser, describes it as follows:

Computers Watching Movies shows what a computational system sees when it watches the same films that we do. The work illustrates this vision as a series of temporal sketches, where the sketching process is presented in synchronized time with the audio from the original clip. Viewers are provoked to ask how computer vision differs from their own human vision, and what that difference reveals about our culturally-developed ways of looking. Why do we watch…

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