Today, those seeking to “go viral” have the same essential goal — to increase their audience by reaching the audience’s audience (and their audience, ad infinitum) — but the web has changed beyond the dynamics of disease transmission. Instead of invisible, one-to-one emails, today’s Internet infections spread by a cascade of publicly visible, one-to-many “likes,” “shares,” “tweets,” and “reblogs,” accelerated and amplified by an expanding web publishing industry. “Sharing” implies a deliberate effort, but social media sharing skews toward a mix of self-representation and what Tumblr creative technologist Max Sebela refers to as “speaking in content”: You might share Rebecca Black’s “Friday,” not because you want people to watch the video, but to make a joke about the fact that today is Friday.
1000 Hands is a downloadable mobile app that invites the audience to contribute line drawings to a collective, evolving digital work of art. The touchscreen interaction brings users’ fingertip drawings to life, with Universal Everything extending the gestures into dancing, poetic musical forms. Together, the submitted drawings combine to form a harmonious chorus celebrating the living drawn line.
You are another me
“In lak’ech” is a Mayan greeting which means “I am another you” and which your response would be: “Hala ken” or “you are another me”. This kind of expression is found in many religions, similar to “Namaste” but perhaps most commonly in Western religious traditions as “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” However, in lak’ech goes beyond the separation between “I and thou” to suggest that the boundary is non-existent; that separateness is an illusion of this physical world, of our bodies; that our experience of life is just an expression of a vast, collective experience of life.
The project’s goal is to disseminate empathy in people by allowing them to see the world from another’s perspective. In order to achieve this objective, two users will be placed opposite to one another, then gradually and almost imperceptibly their faces will swap.
"There is a dark side with competitive beard growing…I know that’s in me, I’m ruthless. I mean my eyes roll back into my head, and just like, there’s like a lust for blood"
Just got shown this film on competitive beard grower Jack Passion.
The Web at 25: Revisiting Tim Berners-Lee’s Amazing Proposal
A 1989 document that was both practical and prescient.
On March 12, 1989, British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee distributed a document to his colleagues at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, in Geneva. His unprepossessing title, “Information Management: A Proposal,” indicates that he wasn’t trying to change the world. He just knew that CERN had vast quantities of valuable information stored all over the place, and that it would be easier to find if it were all linked together in a way that made it accessible from any computer
Full Story: Time
Spare a thought for Silicon Valley’s rust belt
Shrinking revenues. Stagnant share prices in the midst of a stock market boom. Doubts that some will ever see significant growth again.
Spare a thought for Silicon Valley’s rust belt. While younger companies riding the social media, cloud and mobile waves are all the rage on Wall Street, large parts of the tech industry are in a funk.
Companies missing out on the stock market party include some of the biggest suppliers of corporate technology, including IBM, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard and Oracle. Microsoft and Intel have also been left behind by the rise of mobile.
Surging growth in emerging countries bailed out their ageing product lines for a while, but even that support has now gone. Taken as a whole, the revenues of these six tech giants actually went into reverse in their latest financial years, falling 1.5 per cent. A lacklustre recovery is projected to turn that back to growth of only 2.5 per cent by 2015.
Full Story: Financial Times
When I first saw this video, I immediately thought it was made by Thinkmodo.
Turns out, it’s by Funny or Die.
Google understands that having more people connected to the internet is not only beneficial for humanity, it’s also very good for business as well. With this in mind, one of their Moonshot projects is to provide low cost internet connectivity to the rest of the 5 billion people on earth without access.
They aim to do this by using connected balloons, which are 15 metres tall by 12 metres wide, floating around 20km above the surface of the earth in the stratosphere. At this height, the balloons will be above the weather and each balloon will be able to send signals to the earth over an area that covers approximately 40 square kilometres at speeds equal to your phone’s 3G connection.
The balloons will form a network in the sky and will send signals down to internet base stations on the ground. They’ll remain at one latitude and will stay in the sky for roughly 100 days at a time.
The pilot project launched in June of 2013 with 30 Balloons providing connectivity to New Zealand. The goal for Google at the moment is to have the entire 40th parallel covered with a network of balloons by the end of Summer 2014.
Check out the video below.
- “There is nothing made by human beings that does not involve a design decision somewhere.”—
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- vivekpreddy asked:You and the Atlantic miss another major point in regards to Google Maps. When Project Glass is fully launched, Google will have true means to crowdsource imagery of everywhere, including inside buildings. They're deriving meaning from the physical world in much the same way that they derived meaning of the web with the original Google Search, and Glass will give them a gigantic barrier to entry to the project, allowing them to impact mobile in brand new ways. How will Google not win this battle?