Mike van der Noordt

Barcelona, Spain

About Mike

Languages

Dutch, English

Areas of Expertise

Motion Graphics & Compositing, 3d graphics and animation

Comments & conversations

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Mike van der Noordt
Posted 7 months ago
Combining the puzzlepieces.
Wow these are some impressive, and at the same time scary developments (singularity come to mind when seeing the progress Watson makes towards cognitive systems maybe accelerated by Dwave's quantum computing?... mind boggling!) What I understand from your answers is that the biggest hurdle is not the raw computing power, but more the politics (and also economics?) within and inbetween the different fields of science. I once read Imagologies: Media Philosophy by Mark C. Taylor and Esa Saarinen where they describe the concept of 'universtity' (uni being one-directional, you study one subject and basically a medieval idea) opposed to 'multiversity' which in these times makes more sense (to me at least). Maybe an idea which should be embraced more? Thanks for these links cheers!
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Mike van der Noordt
Posted 9 months ago
Education is the answer to all of our problems
Hi Julia, I understand is that EQ (opposed to IQ which apperently is pretty much fixed at birth) is a skill that actually can be developed over life. It's pretty crazy how simple too. David Servan-Schreiber describes how to train EQ with cognitive exercises (book: Instinct to Heal), basically creating a balance between the rational part of your brain and the emotional (primoral) brain through, for example, monitored eyemovents or breathing to reach a coherent heart rythm. Might be from a different angle (fighting depression, or cope with trauma) but the body and soul are very much connected and maybe these treatments could be somehow designed into basic essential parts of health-education? Keep up the good work! ;)
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Mike van der Noordt
Posted 9 months ago
Ethical botnets
Hi Lejan, I was looking at the boinc project you mentioned, it sounds very interesting, do you have experience with this initiative?
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Mike van der Noordt
Posted 9 months ago
Ethical botnets
In my line of work (3D graphics) it starts to emerge (rendering images over a distributed network / cloud) and already makes my life a lot easier, and thus speeds up my work / progress. So I guess this also applies to other disciplines. It would be great however if this technique can be more open source. However, i'm not a network specialist of any kind, but I guess you should be able to 'sign in' to certain projects where you want to participate, and 'pull the plug' and work localy whenever you want. cheers
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Mike van der Noordt
Posted 9 months ago
Which application of drones excites or terrifies you the most?
Yes it could be i'm pessimistic here, but I try to look at it realistic at the same time. I believe the money spent on developing this technology (mainly for military purposes) can be much better spent on other technologies where, in my opinion, the fun part overweights the dangers somewhat more. I also believe that we will continue to see progress without drones. If the development of the nuclear bomb would have stopped, I'm sure we wouldn't have certain knowledge we have now, but at the same time a lot less tension in general (I'm guessing ;) ) I do see a lot of positive applications in the use of drones, but sofar it seems that this particular technology is mainly being utilized in ways I'm not so comfortable with. cheers
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Mike van der Noordt
Posted 9 months ago
Emotional Intelligence vs Intelligence Quotient
I think EQ is the key! More so that EQ can be developed and improved over time, where as IQ is more or less set at birth. I just commented on the question if education can solve all problems. http://www.ted.com/conversations/21715/education_is_the_answer_to_all.html So (repeating myself ;)) I do think that developing EQ in formal education might be equally important (or at least more important than it is now) as utilizing IQ. Bart Hsi says it very nice i.m.o. cheers
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Mike van der Noordt
Posted 9 months ago
What architectural program does a forgotten street in the capital need in order to come back to life again?
I think you have the cultural side pretty much covered ;). I try get you in touch with a friend of mine. He told me about an area in Beirut where he/his family owns a factory that went out of use a long time ago, and is seriously thinking about building a cultural/arts center. How he explained me it might even be exactly that area! I sent him the link to this conversation, hope he contacts you and something comes out! A thought I have is inspired by this talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/ron_finley_a_guerilla_gardener_in_south_central_la.html it's not so much about culture as it is about cultivating. But at the same time an essential part of urban development i think? cheers
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Mike van der Noordt
Posted 9 months ago
Education is the answer to all of our problems
A quick thought; in our society being educated is based on what university you went, and mainly focused on IQ. I think development of our EQ should be equally important in formal education, so not only having a lot of theoretical knowledge solves problems, also being able to be empathic, understanding, respectfull to me is important in order to adress the problems you're pointing out.
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Mike van der Noordt
Posted 9 months ago
Education is the answer to all of our problems
Very interesting angle indeed! Maybe we should revise our concept of 'education'. People with a master-degree are called more educated then those with a bachelor degree. Those who went to University are taken more seriously than people who are auto-didact. The Masai, as Greg explains, is maybe a perfect example of how WE can learn from (from a western perspective) 'less educated' people. Maybe they are in many ways smarter then us. Less is more sometimes right? cheers
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Mike van der Noordt
Posted 9 months ago
Is Technology stopping or abetting political apathy? Can we beat political apathy with technology?
I would think so. It's to the people to use technology in a positive way. Governments and coorporations are not going to do it for us, it seems to me they only use it to control us, monitor us and supress us. There are many ways where technology is used by the people to resist. Many of Gene Sharp's 198 methods of protest and persuasion can be applied with the use of technology. http://irevolution.net/2008/12/25/gene-sharp-civil-resistance-and-technology/ In the bottom of this article he points out a list of examples where technology is used in 'non violent resistance'.