Category Archives: HMT

HMT 05: Storage Tech + AI 02/15/17

The old Lady
The bomb
A bigger bomb
J. Von N
tape change?
Delay Lines are fine
UNIVAC and all it could do
Remington? yes
Lost in Space
This was the first
He thinks, so he is?
A test

Oh no, there goes Tokyo
…and Pyonyang
Blinking lights, iron curtain
AI it is
Creating some kind of Life?
Is it here?
Even in Games?
Hollywood, parody and AI? Any Examples
In Movies, so many shows and movies

READ: Chapter 4 – The Transistor.
WATCH: Ex Machina.
Answer: What would the sequel to the movie be? Vengeful Cyborg? Hero? Boss battle? More human than human? Answer creatively.

HMT 04: Programming 02/08/17

The first!
You complete me…
Close but not quite there.
Ada’s Code
Saving Grace
A “How To”
First bug
Jean ENIAC and her team
A new Language

Even NPR says so
Google wants women
Women in tech as entertainment
1995 was a big year
Modern spin in movies
Disney-fied movie
Based on a true story
It can be serious
Poetical Science from women

Assignment: sticking with Ch 3. AI and Stored Programs
Answer: If men had realized how significant programming was, would they have let women do it? Who is a woman in technology or the intersection of technology and art that you admire the most? Answer creatively…

HMT 03: The Computer 02/01/17

Chip to the Moon
Before his time
Automated Loom
Herman and his really Amazing counter
The eventual company
Differential Analyzer and other Analog Computers
Analog Computing is deadly
Mr. Shannon
MK 1
I need the range
One type of “Computer”
John M
Enter Colossus

Are we almost here?
Not exactly “cyberpunk”
Literary influences that made it to screen
Culture in many forms
1937 and comics
Comics Trip to the Moon and then, the seminal: Metropolis

Read Chapter 3
Watch the following:
– Metropolis (1927)
Create a vision of the future using the film as a reference point. Be creative (music, story, video, infograph etc.)

HMT 02: Poetical Science 01/25/17

The Tutor – Mary
Live hard, die young
Follower of Ludd
Diff Eng
Pascaline and innards
Leibniz wheel
Automata at the FI
Diff Engine in action
Jacquard Loom in acton and results
First Program
First Computer, that never was…
…but may still be

Ada’s Legacy
Victorian Ruffians
Automatans inspire
Steampunk Version
Graphic Novel gets noticed
Frank still going strong
Are we almost here?
She Walks in Beauty – Lord Byron
All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace – Richard Brautigan

Read Chapter 2
We mentioned “Poetic Science”. What does it mean to you?
Answer by reading BOTH poems above. Answer using imagination, art and technology.

History of Media & Technology – Syllabus SP 2017

Course Number DAAT 260.01
Credits 3.00 credits
Instructor Juan M. Parada
Class Meetings Wednesday 8:30AM – 11:20PM

Semester/Year Spring 2017

Course Description:
This course examines the chronological evolution of digital technology and its inevitable
application by the aesthetic community. Beginning with the development of digital technology in
the mid-1940s, the course discusses the convergence of the scientific, military, and political
environments that spawned the employment of digital technology, including the path that led to
the digital dominance over analog. Includes the enhancement, exploitation, and embracing of
digital technology by the corporate and aesthetic communities, the invention of the personal
computer and its ancillary products, and the application of digital technologies in fields as
diverse as medicine, communications, manufacturing, cognitive psychology, and in particular,
the arts. Pioneers in all fields will be identified and examined.

Contact Instructor:
Office: Terra 1211B
Phone: 215-717-6369

Faculty Office Hours
Wed 1- 3PM

Course Objectives:
• Understand the diverse history of technology and media and how it is driven by art. We will investigate an array of artists, scientists, hackers, and heroes that reside at the crossroads of art and technology.
• Develop skills of description, research, analysis, creative development and critical thinking.
• Develop all aspects of personal communication through discourse, assignment presentations, and writing.

Teaching/Learning Methods
• Class discussions and media screenings
• Weekly creative assignments exploring the intersection of Art and technology applied to media.
• Reading assignments
• Final Project

Required Textbooks
The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
– Walter Isaacson

Other Required Readings (available online or as PDFs)

Attendance and Lateness Policies:
• Unexcused absences will affect your grade (limit of 4 unexcused). Attendance will be taken at the beginning of every class.
• Be on time.

Professionalism and Behavior:
The classroom will be a safe, respectful environment for everyone. The expectation is that you will be quiet unless called upon to speak. If you are late or leave early you will enter/exit the classroom in the least distracting manner possible and not burden the professor, or other students, with the task of getting you caught up while the class is otherwise engaged in lecture and discussions. You are responsible to find out what you missed at an appropriate time, either during open lab or outside of class. The use of electronic devices with not be permitted during demos and class discussions, but may be used quietly during open lab times. There is NO tolerance for violence, cruelty and vandalism.

Academic Integrity Standards
You are responsible for reading, understanding and abiding by The University of the Arts Student Handbook. Academic dishonesty of any type, including cheating and plagiarism is unacceptable. “Cheating” is misrepresenting another student’s efforts/work as your own. “Plagiarism” is the representation of another person’s work, words or concepts as your own.

Educational Accessibility
Students who believe they are eligible for course accommodations under the ADA or Section 504 or have had accommodations or modifications in the past, should contact the Office of Educational Accessibility at 215.717.6616 to arrange for appropriate accommodations and to obtain an accommodations letter, if applicable. Faculty can provide course accommodations/modifications only after receipt of an approved accommodations letter from the office of Educational Accessibility. Accommodation letters can be provided to qualified students at any time during the semester, but grades earned before the letter is received by the faculty cannot be changed.

• Participation = 10%
• Weekly Assignments = 20%
• Midterm = 20%
• Final Research Paper and presentation = 50%

Grading Assessment Criteria:
• All work assigned will be completed and delivered on the due date, otherwise you will
receive a failing grade for that assignment. In other words, late work will not be
• Makeup assignments are only available when discussed with and approved by the
instructor in advance of the due date.
• Each student will be judged on the application of the ideas and concepts introduced during
the course. Incomplete or unsatisfactory work will receive a failing grade.
Your final grade will be based upon a combination of qualitative and quantitative evaluation of
your performance:

Class Schedule – Subject to Change