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Aaron Koblin: Artfully visualizing our humanity

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Comment by coty taylor dawkins on May 31, 2011 at 5:56pm
I thought that it was a really cool video, i even checked out the sites he mentioned and was blown away by the results of the video.
Comment by andrew warren on May 31, 2011 at 9:00am
I thought this mornings ted talk was very good. I went on a few of the websites and they were really cool. My favorite website was The Jhonny Cash Project. I thought it was such a good idea.
Comment by Emily LaLonde on May 31, 2011 at 8:59am
Todays TED talk was great, being able to monitor where planes go where or how many people are sending texts at the same time. I enjoy looking at the different ways that things are flowing from different perspectives how the people that help create these are forms are just adding there own touch and it becomes something beyond what they would have thought of.
Comment by Angela Kerns on May 31, 2011 at 8:58am

Amazing. We’ve come so far, as citizens of this world, since I was an eighth grader in 1968, excited about electronic music -- being on a debate team, playing some of this music of the future as an example for the audience. Who would have guessed that I’d be so fascinated with technology, change, interface communication back then. 

I liked the chrome experiment, putting in my own address... but, it was such a complex barrage of stimuli I couldn’t quite figure out where I might have lived. I want to watch it again and pause it now and again to see if I can see my old house. I’ve dreamed of returning to that 4414 Irwindale Avenue house-- but never thought I’d be able to see it by means of “google earth”! 

I think my favorite was the Johnny Cash project. Very cool!  I would watch it again to see the different versions. So cool, that so many people from all across the globe took part. What I like, is that Johnny Cash knew where he was going upon his death... no grave was gonna/ or has held him down. And, I really appreciate how so many were influenced by his work/ this song. 

Mr. Powell, you may not be a “teacher” in your own thinking... but, you are one heck of a facilitator of learning!  It blesses me that you’ve made such an impact on so many lives already in your young life. Thanks for sharing these videos with us today. 

Can’t wait to see what these young minds bring to the world, as they’ve been, in part, shaped by things you’ve shared with them this year. Thank you for being you, for entering into my life over 15 years ago. 

Albert Einstein’s quote, the one you shared today on the agenda... is terrific. “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning.” Right on! May we all keep asking questions... keep on learning, living and hoping. I am blessed to be a part of this day with your students. Keep on keepin’ on Mr. Powell!

Comment by Cassie Wright on May 31, 2011 at 8:50am
It was so inspirational, the way that the art work created by so many people, was put together to form such a vivid and complex display. It was so moving the way that it all fit together, and became one to form a fluid moving master piece. As the technology of our generation forms and grows to newer and higher levels, our creativity, inspiration, determination, and belief have all reached levels never before seen, where the world around us itself is turning into art. Like a ball of clay that is shaped and molded until its appearance is fitted to the design of the creator. As we reach these new hights, and experience the world from different points, we raise the bar, and wonder what is to become of the world that has been growing since the time of days began.
Comment by William Warren IV on May 31, 2011 at 8:49am

Artfully visualizing an interface is what we have come to expect over time. Drifting from the 20th to the 21st century we have progressed our interfaces to new and incredible things. I remember when I was learning about how everyone was using DOS back in the 1980’s, having to program every command by hand and the use of different code. I remember when I was also learning how the transition to graphic interface was such an advancement at the time. Now we have computers to meet technological advancements to fit into today’s society; but we are still growing due to today’s data and new technology that just seems on a wide spread scale.


When I saw the different applications of the speaker (Aaron Koblin), I was truly perplexed that he was to track every flight over a 24-hour flight pattern in such a new and creative way. Also I was truly amazed by the ‘Johnny Cash Project’ which was an outstanding collaborative project for a music video.


But is collaboration a key to interface? That is one question that will leave me at odds end. What I thought on this situation is that when people know exactly what they are working on, they can better visualize the final result; while if people are collaborating with absolutely no knowledge of what they are producing except for “Read this line” than the results of the project tend to be… quite terrible as presented by the ‘Daisy Bell Project’.


In full circle, this was an amazing talk, and hopefully will bring more and more people to their senses to become more creative with such an open interface; in which we call the ‘Internet’.

Comment by Matthew Scott Owen on May 31, 2011 at 8:48am

What I thought about this TED talk was absolutly fantastic the creativity that is coming out of these website is awesome, But what really caught my attention about this talk was the fact that he said that interface is changing how we live today and its true computers are absolutly everwhere and we rely on them to do everything.

Comment by Merrick Lee Luellen on May 31, 2011 at 8:46am
I thought it was a great video about how interface works and all but the best was that instead of going completely by words he had projects that he had done to show which were both entertaining and inspiring, the sheep experiment was a little weird but it showed towards the end that not all just draw but wonder why he did it and he gave some good examples why. The daisy project with the singing computer was a little off on the reason why he did it but to it's isn't all about the fact but how you represent them, to me at least. When I heard the johnny cash project on it I thought at first it would get a little out of hand but it didn't go too far but some parts of it were a little weird for instance the batman part but hard to notice without intentley looking at it, for as far as the presentation on it I thought it was a great idea to do something like that. This video was a great thing to do and if I had the resources and that much time with the crew I would do it just to have fun and find something new to do with it.
Comment by Johnna Miller on May 31, 2011 at 8:45am
It seemed like he jumped around a lot to me. And I didn't quite get what he was talking about until later in the video, although it was a pretty interesting talk. I really liked the collaborating music videos, they were amazing. My favorite was the Johnny Cash one, because it was basically just art rather than the other one which had more digital pieces to it.
Comment by Kristen Miller on May 31, 2011 at 8:45am

This was an awesome talk. It was like a reality check for me on where the internet is going, I didn't know there were things like this happening on the internet.

One out of the two projects (that they showed) that he is working on currently were people from all around the world making a Johnny Cash video together with all their drawings was amazing!

The other website they showed has you type in your address and it will make you your own music video with pictures of whatever address you type in and shows your neighborhood.

Both of the websites he showed in the video were really amazing, I can’t wait to see more things like this.

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