Sunday, April 24, 2016

Medtech + Art - Week 4

MedTech + Art
Week 4
Josh Woods
Egyptian Anatomy
Art has been a part of medicine for centuries since the times of ancient Egypt. Before the technological advances we have now, doctors and scientists had to perform human dissections to learn about the anatomy of the human body. Drawing was the only method to retain the images of these studies. This made these doctors and scientists types of artist as they were creating portraits of the human body. Without these precise sketches no medical advancements could be made in those times. 

With the new and still improving technology we have today, the visuals and knowledge of the human body have improved significantly. we are able to see the structure and anatomy of our insides without having to be cut up, for the most part. We now have X-rays, MRI, and Cat scan. In the reading " Magnetic Resonance Imaging as mirror and portrait: MRI Configurations between Science and Art by Silvia Casini, she provides accurate details of what the MRI can provide for doctors. MRI's " functions as a acoustic mirror and portrait bearing a “look” and capable of “looking back” at the onlooker" according to Silvia. This means that with the help of MRI's individuals are able to look at a picture of themselves internally, specifically for the brain. Along with MRI'S, X-Rays and cat scans introduce a new type of art that relates with technology and medicine.

X-ray of my right hand

I so happened to have to get an X-ray about a week ago. During football practice, I started to realize that I couldn't close my right hand. Immediately after practice, I went to the trainers and they had me go to the Reagan Center to get an; x-ray in the next hour. Within the next two hours, i was back in the training room looking at the image of my hand to learn that I had a fracture. The diagram above is not just my hand but medical art.


"Ancient Egyptian Anatomical Studies." America Pink. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Apr. 2016. <>.
Casini, Silvia. “Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) as Mirror and Portrait: MRI Configurations Between Science and Arts.” (n.d.): n. pag. Web. 26 Oct. 2012.
Coyne, Kristen. "MRI: A Guided Tour - MagLab." MRI: A Guided Tour - MagLab. N.p., 8 Jan. 2015. Web. 24 Apr. 2016. <>.
Glatter, Robert, MD. "Can Studying Art Help Medical Students Become Better Doctors?" Forbes. Forbes Magazine, 20 Oct. 2013. Web. 24 Apr. 2016. <>.
ViaChristiHealth. "What Is Getting an MRI Like?" YouTube. YouTube, 27 Apr. 2012. Web. 24 Apr. 2016. <>.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Robotics + Art - Week 3

Robotics + Art
Week 3
Josh Woods

As Professor Vensa explained, you cannot talk robotics without bringing up the printing press. The printing press was the beginning of technology that could basically do a man's work for him while being efficient enough to produce multiple copies in less time. This new invention was very innovative and created mass production. The printing press was able to create 3000 book copies a day versus only forty if copied by hand. 
Ford  Assembly Line
From the printing press bringing mass production, the idea of the assembly line mentality came to be. Originally cars were only available to the wealthy. Henry Ford used assembly lines to mass produce automobiles. He did this to make cars more affordable to everyone. The scientific management style Ford used was called Taylorism. Merriam-Webster defines Taylorism as "a factory management system developed in the late 19th century to increase efficiency by evaluating every step in a manufacturing process and breaking down production into specialized repetitive tasks." The problem with this method is that it treated workers like part of the machine which is very inhumane. 
Scene From I, Robot
Artist and Scientists brought the idea of robots from art and technology. Da Vinci brought the idea of Automata (predecessors to cyborgs). from this, i believe we started forming the ideas of technology and robots taking over the world. Many books, tv shows, movies, and art show a glimpse of this. My favorite example is the film I, Robot. One man fears the fears the power that man gives technology and when all the world ignorantly doesn't see that the robots have the capability to take over until they actually do.

One thing that I believe about art is that the artist and their personal effects are what makes the art special. When pieces are available to anybody, it is isn't valuable. The rarest pieces art the most special and are more heavily sought after. Technology can enhance art to another level, but when a robot is doing all of the work it loses its personality and value.
Bosch, Torie. "Can You Tell Whether a Robot or an Artist Painted This Portrait?" Slate Magazine. N.p., 15 Nov. 2012. Web. 18 Apr. 2016. <>.
"The Ford Model T Assembly Line." The Ford Model T Assembly Line. N.p., Apr. 2007. Web. 18 Apr. 2016. <>.
"Hot Robot At SXSW Says She Wants To Destroy Humans." The Pulse | CNBC, 16 Mar. 2016. Web. 17 Apr. 2016. <>.
Ji Xie Gong Di = I,robot. By James Cromwell, Laurence Mark, Bridget Moynahan, and Will Smith. Perf. Will Smith. De Li Ying Shi., 2004. Film.
"Taylorism." Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 18 Apr. 2016. <>.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Two Cultures - Week 1

Two Cultures
Week 1
Josh Woods
Map of UCLA North vs South Campus

In C.P.'s lecture, he talks about two cultures being like the disparity between the rich and the poor or separations in disciplines. There is no better example of what C.P. Snow meant by two cultures than the UCLA campus. It is split on a spectrum with North campus being for humanities and the South campus being for sciences. Some students will never step foot on the opposite sides of their major, unless for a GE. Being on one side of the spectrum, usually one will not enjoy or do well in a class on the other side.

Years after the talk of two cultures, sparked the conversation of the third culture. That being that the third culture would be the gap closer between intellectuals and scientist. For me this is where the major I hope to get into sits. At UCLA, communications is seen as a social science major. It combines the scientific thinking of humans genetic thinking and also reaches the other side of the spectrum of the art side through media, television, and that type of technology.
When you can find a happy medium of a spectrum it it a wonderful thing. Insight and advancements are made from both sides and they can help each other find new discoveries. Art can help show more visualization and give science a better understanding. Vice versa looking at art in a scientific lens or perspective can intensify the meaning to deeper realms. My coach always tells me when you can find the middle of the spectrum and not be so one-sided then you are better suited to take on anything.

Bornstein, Mark. "THE ART AND SCIENCE OF DRIVING WEBINAR REGISTRATION." N.p., 3 June 2015. Web. 3 Apr. 2016. <>.
Crane, Kristen. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Apr. 2016. <>.
Jemison, Mae. "Teach Arts and Sciences Together." Mae Jemison:., Feb. 2002. Web. 03 Apr. 2016. <>.
"THE MISSION OF THE ART | SCI CENTER." N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Apr. 2016. <>.
Snow, C. P. The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.