Tomorrow the winter semester 2016/2017 starts. I will be an offering new seminar called »Forecast« that researches design for information systems that can be used to understand developments and future situations.
Hello World! Processing is a documentary on creative coding that explores the role that ideas such as process, experimentation and algorithm play in this creative field featuring artists, designers and code enthusiasts. Based on a series of interviews to some of the leading figures of the Processing open programming platform community, the documentary is built itself as a continuous stream of archived references, projects and concepts shared by this community.
It is the first chapter of a documentary series on three programming languages — Processing, Open Frameworks & Pure data — that have increased the role of coding in the practice of artists, designers and creators around the world.
The series explores the creative possibilities expanded by these open source tools and the importance of their growing online communities.
See more information at hello-world.cc
Watching the Republican Presidential Candidate Race. The GOP party is now witnessing the result of their constant “dumbing down” of the public about politics and political reasoning. It makes it much harder for candidates to create momentum with rational arguments about political issues. It opened a chance for a candidate that is unfit for a presidency to run on hot air and profit from noisy bluffs and who would lie in a second to make a gain or strike deal.
Just one example of Donald Drumpf caught lying:
And while you can’t find a lot of positive clips about Drumpf it seems that people are not interested in the consequences of voting for pretender and flop like Drumpf. They are simply responding with a gut feeling and hope for a personal gain by voting for someone with aggressive rhetoric.
All this is tragic. Even people with bad educations should know better.
Blogger Nico Lumma recently published a rant on Handelsblatt about Germany (and probably other countries) are wasting time by not letting children learn to program in school.
There have been initiatives like http://code.org/ to promote »coding« as a basic skill of the future:
… or a recent German version »Jeder kann programmieren« …
And maybe in 20 years from now kids will be creating interactive toys like these gloves of musician Imogen Heap:
Actually there are not many things that you can learn so well online like coding…
But why coding?
In the information age, being able to code turns you from a consumer into a producer. If software defines what you can do, then creating software is a way to of doing things for your own way.
This is not meant to be turning kids into software developers: Programming is a way to be able to experiment with information and data. In a world of data it teaches how to think about machines, processes, data and communication. It makes you aware of what technology can do and thus could become. Maybe for your personal profit, maybe for the profit of many.
A society where only few people can program a computer is unthinkable!