On Monday 27 May 2013, I was on BBC Radio 4's Flagship conversation programme, Start the Week, alongside Google chairman, Eric Schmidt, statistician, David Speigelhalter, and data journalist and fo...
honor harger's insight:
"if we can not see something it is harder to comprehend it, let alone be curious about it how it is made, who made it, and who paid for it. Rather than try and create invisible and seamless experiences of technology, we like to actively reveal the seams.
As in mining, it is in the seams that we find the gold."
LISTEN TO THE SURFACE OF EARTH TRANSPOSED ON VINYL RECORD. Flat Earth Society - Art of Failure - 2008-2011
Can we hear the Earth? Not the sounds occurring upon it but the Earth on a geophysical scale? [...] The hill-and-dale technique was used in Edison's phonograph, recording sound with a stylus that vertically cut a minute landscape into the grooves of the cylinder.
Drone technology has been a regular topic in current events, and a source of concern in the public’s mind. Increasingly, it has also been a favored source of material and subject of interest among contemporary artists. Their range of approaches is striking, and not all of it is documentarian.
Not too long ago, Liam had no fingers on his right hand. The South African five-year old was born with Amniotic Band Syndrome, which causes amputation of digits before birth. But since November, Liam has been using a series of prosthetic hands designed by two men living on opposite sides of the planet, using open source software and 3D-printing technology.
Now, those two men—Ivan Owen in Bellingham, Washington and Richard Van As in South Africa—have published the design for Robohand, the mechanical hand prosthesis.
Charlie Gere is a Professor of Media Theory and History in the Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts, Lancaster University. In 2007 he co-curated Feedback, a major exhibition on art responsive to instructions, input, or its environment, in Gijon, Northern Spain. He has given talks at many major arts institutions, including the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, the Architectural League in New York, Tate Britain, and Tate Modern. Gere's new book,Community without Community in Digital Culture (Palgrave MacMillan, 2012), is out now.
The question of who built the internet—big government, big business, the “people,” or a lone genius—was quickly picked-up by the internet hagiographers turned political polemicists. The internet, that technology with a shady past of government, business, peer-to-peer production, and singular brilliance was further politicized as its ontogenesis was topically mined for points across the political spectrum.
hypnosec writes "Microsoft Research has teamed up with the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology to develop software that can predict events like outbreaks of disease or violence by mining data from old news and the web.
Researchers are creating software that analyzes 22 years of New York Times archives, Wikipedia and about 90 other web resources to predict future disease outbreaks, riots and deaths — and hopefully prevent them.
In 2015 commercial drone flights will be allowed in the United States, while over in the UK there are already 130 organizations that have permission to fly drones in UK airspace. The drone age is fast approaching or at least that’s what it feels like—drones appear to be everywhere in the media these days [...]
So it’s no surprise that artists have been incorporating them into their work for some time. From Marshmallow Laser Feast’s quadrotor light show to James Bridle’s Dronestagram project, they’re used as both technological artistic tool and as symbol for the autonomous nature of modern war or an increasingly surveyed society.
Word of DARPA's experimental 1.8-gigapixel surveillance video camera, ARGUS-IS, first surfaced in 2009. And now that they probably have something better hidden, more details continue to emerge. A PBS video got to look at the actual video feeds -- and they are stunning. Take a look.
"FOR a war zone, the silence is disconcerting. The battlefield is a dark, cold, slightly musty-smelling room, lit only by blinking LEDs on computer consoles and a pale glow from screens showing aerial views of desert expanses. A pair of jumpsuited US air force soldiers sits at each console, speaking softly into their headsets and navigating remotely operated aircraft with controllers similar to those in fighter jets. Outside, unmanned Predator or Reaper aircraft - better known as drones - patrol the pristine New Mexico skies. For now, the aircraft that these trainee drone operators are flying and the villages that they are monitoring from Holloman Air Force Base in southern New Mexico are only simulations. Soon they will fly real drones over Holloman and the military bases that adjoin it."
‘Openness’ is the new magic word in politics – but should governments really be run like Wikipedia?
honor harger's insight:
in case you were wondering why we are all excited about the GDS, Tim explains part of the reason here: "The Government Digital Service in the UK has created a model for how government can mine user searches - in the same way that companies like Google and Netflix do - to build government websites around what citizens are looking for rather than how bureaucratic departments are organized."
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