Inter-Cultural Computing: ZENetic Computer
ZENetic is an interface that evokes self-awakening through essential aspects of Zen Buddhist culture. Through esoteric riddles, ZENetic teases particular cognitive responses from users, as reflections of their inner, subliminal consciousness. With stories portrayed in ink painting, haiku, and kimono, ZENetic conveys the rich allegorical interaction characteristic of Eastern philosophy.
People of many different nationalities, cultures, and customs live in the world. With a new method of inter-cultural computing that uses advanced interaction technologies, we can offer a totally new and personal experience through which people can feel and understand different cultures. Based on this approach, everybody can gain cross-cultural understanding that leads to a real understanding of "symbiosis." This real understanding of different cultures is very important for peace throughout the world.
From this beginning, we will extend our cross-cultural translation system on the network to encourage interchanges in cultural anthropology, art, literature, philosophy, psychology, and sociology.
To develop new theories, models, and methods, that may shed new light on how a given culture may be translated into a format that would enable users from different cultural origins to access the deeper significance of the translated culture.
ZENetic applies some aspects of Buddhist philosophy as a model in computational science. Our motivation derives from the more than 2,000 years of innovative Buddhist tradition. Methods of interaction between Zen master and pupil, developed to sharpen the understanding of human consciousness, provide a rich base for interactive modeling -- a field still unexplored in the Western scientific tradition.
Wednesday, 11 August
1:45 - 3:30 pm
Editorial Engineering Laboratory, Tezukayama Gakuin University
PRESTO, JST, Entertainment Computing Lab Kyoto, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute
Entertainment Computing Lab Kyoto, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Entertainment Computing Lab Kyoto, Harvard University
France Télécom R et D, Studio Créatif