Week 5 / Midterm Blog / Justin Kiang

The two cultures, namely art and science stands on as their own in terms of their dictionary definitions.  However, as we have covered in class, these two “cultures”, appears in our everyday life with each other more than we imagine a lot.  Yet there are still a significant separation between them in our education system, and this class’s goal is to blur the line between art and science.

So what is art and science all about?  How do they relate to each other?  The first four weeks of this class has engaged us in discussions about these questions.  We have covered the general idea of art-and-science-synergy.  We have always been over-emphasizing the difference between art and science, at the same time, ignoring the many commonalities between them.  One might never have thought that math is always behind the scene, governing almost everything about art.  Our facial compositions, the way plants grow, are all computable.  The way we define beauty, also has some sort of “number” tied to it.  That’s why we appreciate photographs following the golden ratio more than the others.

Then of course, there are robots that are considered art.  The ability of human being to create from imagination, is the definition of art.  The beauty of creating robot, is that there are no boundaries of possibilities.  There are only so much you can do with a paint brush, or a slab of clay.  But with robots, you can create things that has never existed before.  On the other hand, as human beings, our bodies, are pieces of art also.  There are things people do to their bodies in attempt to “beautify” them.  Piercing, face lift, tattoo, all sorts of cosmetic surgeries, has been done all over the world on millions of people.  I am not trying to nullify what other people think is art by saying that these modification to the already beautiful art work are stupid, but they really art in my opinion.  Perhaps that’s one thing about art, is that it’s completely subjective, and what some people think is beautiful and artsy, is completely ugly and garbage to others.

My midterm presentation is about having complex computer system analyse a participant’s body composition, and using those information to educate the participant about the importance of different minerals in our bodies.  My inspiration came from most of the topic we covered in class.  We use robotic devices to sense the participant’s body, and using those information to calculate the difference the body’s composition.  As the participant walks through a hallway, with different sections assigned to give information about each mineral, the participant would be told by the computer through speakers if his or her body has a healthy level of that mineral, and each section has a room dedicated to provide educational information about that mineral, if he decides to learn more.  Thus raise the awareness of nutrient through interactive activities and information closely related to the participant’s body.

By Justin Kiang.

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