MAS 771: Autism Theory & Technology
SPRING 2009 Class Information:
Classes: Mondays 10:00-12:00pm
Location: Orange & Green Conference Room E15-443a
Units: (2 0 10); This course is taught every two years in the spring.
Prof. Rosalind W. Picard
picard ( @ media dot mit dot edu)
Prof. Cynthia Breazeal
cynthiab ( @ media dot mit dot edu)
Dr. Matthew S. Goodwin
mgoodwin ( @ media dot mit dot edu)
Mr. Daniel Bender
danielb ( @ media dot mit dot edu)
This course will lay a foundation in autism theory and autism technology that significantly leverages and expands MIT's ability to pioneer new technology for helping under-served populations. Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD's) encompass a broad set of conditions applying to a growing number of people worldwide, which the CDC identified in 2007 as involving 1 in 150 elementary school-age children. A person receives a diagnosis of ASD when they have a combination of atypical responses in categories relating to social interaction, communication, and restrictive and repetitive behaviors.
Oh Get Real Autism is OVER served- Over diagnosed and mis understood and figured out- Autism has never been in a text book before and it is the building blocks of the mind. At the rate "experts" like ??? are going at things, the keystone thoughts to autism and man's mind will for ever be out of grasp. The expanse of autism numbers is mostly due to the lower diagnosis standards common since the old DSM was forgotton.. Older Autism and its people thrived when it was mostly undiagnosable. The ASD diagnosis is a common standard for traditional thinkers to hold us to but they do not realize all we need is a class in Picture thoughts and we would learn the building blocks of the mind and most of us would turn out OK, just like we did before designer Autism. When Autism is poured from the I'm broken -I'm a retard mode -we resemble the mold we are poured from. Back when ,our Splinter skills and obessions and yes picuture thoughts guided us from our autism fates.
Many people on the autism spectrum face significant challenges with daily living, relationship building and maintenance, emotion awareness and regulation, and both verbal and nonverbal communication. Many also have problems with motor coordination and fine motor control to produce speech or certain sequences of movements, and some have a mysterious condition where their ability to move completely disappears and returns. Many also have problems with sleep, sensory regulation, attention, and executive function abilities. Students who take this class will learn about all of these challenges, many of which also affect people who do not have an autism diagnosis, and will receive a state-of-the-art overview of technologies being developed to address such challenges.
Well Duh,,, We are thinking with a thought process that has never been in a text book before. Those of us that HAVE figured it out have, figured out the building blocks of the mind. IF autism Research knew us and walked a mile in our shoes they too would see the reason why we do so well. Once they figure out Temple Grandin's Picutre thoughts and the layers upon layers we add to her picture thoughts they would see like we do all of this Autism could be figured out taught in a grade 1-6 Pre School for autism. Our Autism is even blueprinted in The Enigma (1983) Hodges. Old Autism was also state of the art it fathered the computer via Autistic Alan Turing (1912-1954)
This class will involve presentations from experts in autism and in autism technologies, and provide opportunities to interact with individuals on the autism spectrum, including those who support them. The course will also explore the converging challenges and goals of autism research and new technologies - including networked, wearable, and robotic - that have increasingly human-like social, emotional, and communication skills. We will advance ways technology can be used for helping both researchers and people on the autism spectrum to gain greater understanding of the condition through systematic measurement of affective, physiological, and behavior data. We will also work together to develop technologies that increase opportunities for communication and expression. Our goals are to enable people with disabilities to gain the tools and help they need, while also helping researchers, families, and their support network to develop a better understanding of what autism is.
Our goal here at _____ is to keep this Autism charade going as long as possible.We see a confused state of being complete with Group Homes and a source of guni pigs as nothing more than job security and many chances to get our papers published and make names for our selves. We do realize that if the nuts and bolts of obvious old working autism were admitted to our livelyhood as we know it would be in jeporady. After all do we really care if one more family is devisted by Autism and our ignorance: not when our jobs and pride are on the line ,we don't.
We have no choice to the ignore the idea that the figured out Autism picture thoughts are the solved human code . We have no idea that those autism thoughts and the people that figured them out are the NEXT 1000 chapters in Psychology. We have no idea it will make our jobs and potiential for published papers grow by leaps and bounds or we would clamber for the chance to make a profit from it. Peer Review road blocks keep this whole treasure chest of human knowelge including social autism ,and communication trapped away for ever. We are however very proud to be cutting edege _____ Autism "experts" and we owe our livelyhood to the Autism Empire we blindly serve .
All students will be expected to carry out a project in a team or solo. There will be funds to support student projects, thanks to a donation from Autism Speaks' Innovative Technology for Autism Initiative.
Autism Speakshas to do is to listen to the Old Pre Rain Man Autism people it tries so hard to ignore and If it did all of Autism would be figured out and most modern autism would become a moot point. More importantly however, Mankind could ride the thought trail of his mind from MR/DD to Einstein and see how communication ,eye contact, and the rest of Autism all work out when the sub level thoughts we know as autism are discovered learned and end up being normal thoughts. Man uses Shorthand autism thoughts ,all the time and knows them as normal thoughts. The long hand version of them is what Autisitc like me have figured out. If only Autism would Listen ,we could speak volumes.
Of Course, modern Autism sees us as an experiment and requires their students to actually wade into the bottom of the gene pool ,once at least. What a pitty they could not swim in it like we have, as we found our way out from it. Modern autism could do the same thing we did.
Rich Shull, On the blog Pre Rain Man Autism.
Rich is inventor of The Turing Motor, a green -single spinning cylinder- triple hydrid car motor running on compressed air ,gas and electric.