Monster as Medium: Experiments in Perception in Early Modern Science and Film – Journal #116 March 2021

The monsters and the monstrances in cinema are our own eyes.
—Ute Holl

A few weeks before we started shooting, one of us asked the other: But what are we actually going to film? Our project had started a couple of months prior, sparked by a brief encounter with one phrase: “taxonomies of monsters.” This combination of words was attributed to a name neither of us knew: Ulisse Aldrovandi. Coming across this term, we wondered how monsters could possibly be subjected to taxonomical categorization. Weren’t taxonomies those modes of classification that whittle down the excesses of imagination in order to produce quantifiable objects of knowledge? And aren’t monsters, conversely, the unruly forms that emerge when imagination spills over the bounds of reason? To insert a living being into a taxonomic logic is to conceptually arrest the fluidity that animates life. Yet monsters would seem to resist this, as they are

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Now that science fiction is reality, it’s time for new laws of robotics

3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

The laws were not simply a plot device or medley of mechanical morals. Rather, they signaled a utopian belief that rational robots could faithfully serve unpredictable humans. Asimov was sick of cautionary tales of technology run amok, like “Frankenstein.” For him, a sophisticated storyteller needed to focus on engineering, not emotion; facts, not fate. Commenting on his own fiction, he proclaimed:

Never, never was one of my robots to turn stupidly on his creator for no purpose but to demonstrate, for one more weary time, the crime and punishment of Faust. Nonsense! My robots were machines designed by engineers, not pseudo-men created by blasphemers. My robots reacted along the rational lines that existed in their “brains” from the moment of construction.

This vision flattered technologists, who returned the

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ADLS training transitions to “myLearning” in first step for new force development learning management system

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas –  As part of Air Education and Training Command’s efforts to aggressively and cost-effectively modernize education and training, Airmen and Guardians can access the “myLearning” digital platform on the Air Force Portal beginning March 18, 2021.

The AETC Learning Services division is launching the new secure learning management system (LMS) that will enable student learning, automation and reporting for roughly 800,000 Total Force users in three phases, with the first phase consisting of a modernized and interactive training platform that allows Airmen to access training modules previously found on the Advanced Distributed Learning Service (ADLS).

“Our training systems that support Force Development must be relevant to today’s Airmen so we can accelerate the change we need to keep pace with the fast-paced virtual learning world,” said Maj. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, AETC director of operations and communications. “To develop an Airman’s competencies to out-think and out-perform

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