Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Massive Change

I've been keeping my eye on Bruce Mau's 'Massive Change' website...and am looking forward to getting my hands on a copy of 'Massive Change' which is coming out in November.

Next stop...another trip to the Arial bookstore in Oxford street for a long browsing session.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Rushkoff's Karma

Another discovery of my day: 'The Feature'. Never travelled there before but, Douglas Rushkoff writes a regular journal for them so I will return! His feature entitled 'Persuasion' illustrates the inherant and continuing failure of advertisers to understand interactive media. The advent of TiVo / PVR respresents a watershed techonology that will have a large impact on traditional TV advertising practices.

I loved Rushkoff's book 'Bull' which summed up the extremes of the .COM era perfectly. There's a great summary of the book at Rushkoff's site:

Postman's 10 Principles of Technology

I copied the following in its long form because I think it respresents an interesting framework by which emergent technologies should be judged.

This list comes from "The End of Education" by the late Neil Postman. (Another book for my ever increasing 'must read' pile).

1. All technological change is a Faustian bargain. For every advantage a new technology offers, there is always a corresponding disadvantage.

2. The advantages and disadvantages of new technologies are never distributed evenly among the population. This means that every new technology benefits some and harms others.

3. Embedded in every technology there is a powerful idea, sometimes two or three powerful ideas. Like language itself, a technology predisposes us to favor and value certain perspectives an accomplishments and to subordinate others.

4. A new technology usually makes war against an old technology. It competes with it for time, attention, money, prestige and a "worldview".

5. Technological change is not additive; it is ecological. A new technology does not merely add something; it changes everything.

6. Because of the symbolic forms in which information is encoded, different technologies have different intellectual and emotional biases.

7. Because of the accessibility and speed in which information is encoded, different technologies have different political biases.

8. Because of their physical form, different technologies have different sensory biases.

9. Because of the conditions in which we attend them, different technologies have different social biases.

10. Because of their technical and economic structure, different technologies have different content biases.

Urban Tapestries

Thinking about geo-annotations reminded me of my favourite example of this in action. The work of Proboscis in the UK.

It is really inspiring to see the project is alive and well:

Two flash movies were posted to this site at the end of Sept. '04 which walk through two sample scenarios of use for public authoring. It'll be interesting to see how this phenomenon evolves.


Just discovered another interesting blog citing some of the current 'really big trends' noted from a conference talk by Mike Liebhold at 'New Geography' day 2.

The trends include: Geospatial hypermedia, context aware computing, sentient landscapes, automotive telematics and body extensions. Righto - better read up!

"The future of geo-tagged content doesn't just belong to the coffee shops that will beam unwanted coupons as you walk by (this will inevitably be done, and let's hope it dies a quick death) . This new medium will be most fully realized by people -- they'll use this forthcoming infrastructure, just as they have others in the past, to communicate, connect, and live life in new ways."

Monday, October 25, 2004

Blackbelt Jones

No day or week is ever really complete without a visit to my favourite blog. It's always an education...!

Insitute for Distributed Creativity

On the 1st November I will be attending a presentation at UNSW by Trebor Scholz. His site for the 'IDC' looks very interesting.

"The research of the Institute for Distributed Creativity (IDC) focuses on collaboration in media art, technology, and theory with an emphasis on social contexts. Scholz founded the IDC in May 2004."