From Studio 360 – Eve Sussman’s Algorithmic Noir

A new film premiered this year that is truly one of a kind. whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir was made by Eve Sussman and her collaborators, known as the Rufus Corporation. They shot most of the footage in Kazakhstan, improvising the script and taking advantage of the Soviet Union???s once-grand utopian architectural schemes, now crumbling. (Kurt Andersen comments that the locations look as though ???somebody had given Godard $250 million.???)

The feel is 1970s-paranoid-sci-fi-thriller. An American engineer, Holz, gets a job in a mysterious foreign place called City A, and ???starts finding out things are wrong,??? explains Sussman. ???The water supply seems to be drugged with lithium, time seems to be slowing down, people are running out of language.?? The people who hired him may not be who he thinks they are. Everything is a little bit beyond his control.?????

But Sussman decided to edit the film in an unorthodox way. Working with programmer Jeff Garneau, Sussman designed a computer system that assembles thousands of clips of footage, voiceovers, and scoring elements in an ever-changing succession. There is no one version of whiteonwhite. ???The things I liked the most in my films and in other people???s films were the things that happened by serendipity, that happened out of luck. And so I started wondering, could we build a machine that would give us more luck than we could ever have in real life????

She calls the program the Serendipity Machine. ???We start the computer before the audience enters, and it will always order in a different way, so there is no beginning middle or end, and it runs forever.???

Sussman’s film is state-of-the-art technology, but it’s not trendy. ???Because it???s a computer-driven, the first thing people ask is, ???Is it interactive? I want to get in there and tell it to show me only the shots of birds [for example].??? My response to that is, it???s a movie, and you???re the audience!??? she says. ???You are interacting with it by filling in the gaps between the narratives.???

The film will screen at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012.

The trailer below is just one sample of the movie; since whiteonwhite changes with each screening, it will never run exactly this way again. ??


Trailer: whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir


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DevLearn 2009: 2,880 tweets from 366 participants


DevLearn 2009 ??? A Roaring Success!

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More than 1,300 e-Learning professionals from around the world convened last week in sunny San Jose for

DevLearn 2009 Conference & Expo! ???and based on conference evaluations and comments from participants, the event was a roaring success. THANK YOU to everyone who attended, contributed, and made DevLearn the success that it was! Later this week we will publish conference highlights, but if you just can???t wait, you can review our #DL09 Twitter stream that included more than 2,880 tweets from 366 participants with tons of links to dozens of blog entries about sessions, discussions, and the event in general. Or you can visit www.DevLearn09Live! and jump into the ongoing conversation.

#dl09 #dl09-807 Using SharePoint to Enhance Online Learning Events

Ken Cronin and Rob Robertson
Not saying this is the best way, just a way to use what they have.?? Looked at their LMS environment – they couldn't customize it for their online new hire orientation class.?? They could modify SharePoint for their purposes.
The class on SharePoint are there only for the duration for the class.?? They were afraid that people would bookmark old information.
They put a portal under a portal and put classes under the orientation portal.?? They don't lock people out of other courses but do try to focus the learner to their specific class.
They have done very little customization so it is easier for updates to be applied to the site plus it introduces their new hires to the SharePoint environment.?? They do not put their training materials in SharePoint – they link to that course that is in their LMS.?????? They don't store content in SharePoint.
Fast. Factual. Fascinating.?? The tag line/graphic for their Wiki.
They looked at what someone would expect in an instructor led class.?? Ask yourself: what will have happended after the class is over?
Announcements are for immediate information.?? Class discussions for general discussions – not for Q&A because there is a Q&A section.?? Trainers can extract the Q&As and use for another class.?? LMS stuff happens in the LMS.
Nice demo of the Citi SharePoint site.
Permission structure that they used:?? Participants are given read-only access except for certain parts.
This is part of a trainer's performance review.
My main takeaway from this session:??YOU CAN DO THIS!
This was an awesome session.?? They showed us what they did, explained how they did it, and even gave us concrete takeways so we can implement this back at work.?? Great job Ken and Rob!

#dl09 #dl09-706 Initiating a Social Network for National Product Knowledge Collaboration

Points for Discussion
Where did??the social network discussion begin?
What needs were defined?
How do these needs support critical business processes?
How important is co-design into implementing a social network?
What were the 4 key elements to implementation?
15 minutes for audience drill down and discussion
Clarification of Need
* What requirements has your organization defined that need to change?
* What function were critical for training and curriculum development needs?
Background for this initiative
Headquarters > 12 different regions > Regional Training Manager > Product Specialist > Online training and face-to-face training
Found that they duplicate training yet spending different amounts for the same type of training
Let's get these guys to connect
Selected 4 regional training managers to create the design/creation process of the information paths and the areas that needed to be focused upon.?? They created the "portal" for the information.
Web 2.0 Characters:
Applications used entirely in a web browser to access info
Users own the data on the site and exercise control to manage info
Users are encourage to add value to create info
Social networking aspects are included to encourage participation
A rich, interactive, user-friendly interface so they are easy to use and encourage use
Not a social network >?? collaborative centers
Updating/collaborating on training materials

???Your information is instantly published so that it can start a conversation that will enhance training and educational progress???

  • You are in control by posting your thoughts and materials to get your documentation into good shape for training.
  • Once your materials are live online, community peer review begins. (remember that anyone can download and use your materials as they wish)
Social networks for training professional has SMEs that can answer product training questions in blogs and hot topic discussion groups.?? So everyone has access to the information at the same time without sending out repeat emails.
Manage knowledge in a social way
User driven content space
* Edictorial board – articles & newsletter
* Reporters – managers from each training region
* Opinion leaders – Product champions:?? they would scour the web for information.?? They came out of the woodwork.?? People followed them and ranked them based on what they posted to the portal.
Most content shared can be viewed by everyone and is manageable and searchable.
Built their platform on Ning.?? It's free and can be made private.
Toyota realized that they might not be the only ones with good product knowledge about their products so they pull from the Internet.
Co-design with Users and Champion
What platforms did we look at?
Why did we ulitmately make the choice we did?
What other applications or processes were in place that would have to be altered or enveloped in the network?
How many hands and whose hands need to be in the pot in order to get build-in?
A Julie thought:?? You do need to train people on how to use these tools.?? It isn't intuitive to everyone., and there are rules that each tools has that aren't necessarily obvious.
Not all news is good news…
IT found out about the space and put a hold on all activities.?? BUT… IT saw the popularity of this and are working on an Enterprise tool.
There are turnkey products to enable social media on SharePoint.
Further Strategy Discussion for Larger Organization
*?? Fundamentals of deciding to either stick with a tradition file-sharing portal approach or a highly, flexible knowledge management approach
*?? Transitioning from traditional knowledge models and tools to web based and web 2.0 functions and models
*?? Fundametnals to assess current knowledge flow, and a matrix to help managers determine the level of web 2.0 tool adoption within their business
Be sure??take a look at the??pdf version of the slides.