What and why creativity?

Creativity is one of those strange human attributes. Like beauty, everyone knows what it is, but can’t quite pin it down (although several psychologists and computer scientists are trying to). Ask someone on the number 8 bus (the number 9 is so passe dahling), and they’re likely to talk about art and genius (Einstein crops up a lot) and those leaps of imagination that take you from a difficult problem to an elegant solution in seconds. So, assume for a moment that defining creativity is closely bound up with how we view art. Because that takes us to the heart of the problem, for both creativity scholars and curators. Which is how do we know when what we’ve got is good art? Creativity is about creation (of things, concepts, etc), but anyone can do that, and most people create things most of the time, even through mundane things like stepping…

What is Information Fusion, exactly?

I’ve spent half a lifetime thinking about how people create and use mental models of the world, and I still don’t have a good answer for the title question. I’ve had a look around the web and its meaning seems to change with the background of its user. So I’m going to try again. Information fusion (IF) is what happens when you apply data fusion principles to non-numeric data. Data fusion (DF) takes isolated pieces of sensor output (e.g. a series of sonar or radar plots) and turns them into a situation picture: a human-understandable representation of the objects in the world that created those sensor outputs. Multisensor DF does this with outputs from more than one sensor and/or sensor type. Most data fusion happens in a nicely constrained and understandable environment where things (e.g. ship, planes) lurk or move around producing recognisable signatures (e.g. shape outlines or frequency lines)….

Hello World

So… a blog. A place to explore whatever interests me about the world. And in no particular order, this includes: risk, knitting, thought, images, power structures, combinations, the meaning and origins of places, languages, lies and growing vegetables. There are other things of interest, but they’ll turn up when they want to.