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Kinect finally fulfills its Minority Report destiny (video)

Kinect finally fulfills its Minority Report destiny (video) | HCI for humans | Scoop.it

Not to denigrate the numerous fine hacks that Kinect's undergone since its launch, but it's always nice to see the professionals come in and shake things up a little. A crew from MIT's brain labs has put together a hand detection system on Microsoft's ultra-versatile cam, which is sophisticated enough to recognize the position of both your palms and fingers.


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Hacking Politics

Hacking Politics | HCI for humans | Scoop.it

 

How Geeks, Progressives, the Tea Party, Gamers, Anarchists and Suits Teamed Up to Defeat SOPA and Save the Internet.

 

Paperback and ebook. Pay what you like.

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Our brilliant friend Aaron Swartz

Our brilliant friend Aaron Swartz | HCI for humans | Scoop.it

Aaron was brilliant – a kind of multifoliate brilliance that bounded so easily across disciplines. He was curious and committed, and he was really good. RSS, Reddit, Creative Commons – Aaron was a great architect of the world we inhabit daily. (By 26 he had more laurels than many of us could ever hope for, and he wore them like errant snowflakes.)

 

Last Friday Aaron took his own life at his apartment in Brooklyn. The outpouring of tributes since that horrible, horrible day have been fitting for this extraordinary guy. Aaron has been heralded across the globe as a defender of web freedom and a champion of free information, a genius technologist and a deliberative progressive. And he'd only just begun.

 

Many people, including his family, are clear that the pending legal case against him undoubtedly contributed to his death. Overzealous US prosecutors were pursuing Aaron for allegedly trying to provide research, much of it funded by taxpayers, freely back to the public. (Since Aaron's death many academics have tweeted free links to pdfs of their own previously paywalled articles with the hashtag #pdftribute.)

 

Aaron stood for what he believed: a freer, fairer, better equipped and better informed society, with citizens actively and successfully pushing our governments to pursue the public good. He fought unapologetically for those beliefs. "To call Aaron Swartz gifted would be to miss the point," the Economist wrote recently. "As far as the internet was concerned, he was the gift."

 

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The Information Diet

The Information Diet | HCI for humans | Scoop.it

Healthy information consumption habits are about more than productivity and efficiency. They're about your personal health, and the health of society. Just as junk food can lead to obesity, junk information can lead to new forms of ignorance.

 

The Information Diet provides a framework for consuming information in a healthy way, by showing you what to look for, what to avoid, and how to be selective. In the process, author Clay Johnson explains the role information has played throughout history, and why following his prescribed diet is essential in today's information age.

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Tech Trends That Will Define 2013

Tech Trends That Will Define 2013 | HCI for humans | Scoop.it

A key aspect missing from the mobile experience today is the concept of patina, or the wearing that comes with regular use. In the physical world, this might be the dog-eared pages of a favorite book or the small scratch on an LP that occurred at a rocking party. This slight degradation in quality is actually part of the story and part of our culture. The miniaturized and regenerated versions of our legacy are more often sanitized pointers.

The next advance in mobile comes not from further miniaturization of our lives into a smaller package but rather the unpacking of those experiences into the environments around us. Mobile becomes a halo that surrounds us and travels with us wherever we go.

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5 Perspectives On The Future Of The Human Interface

5 Perspectives On The Future Of The Human Interface | HCI for humans | Scoop.it
The next generation of apps will require developers to think more of the human as the user interface.

 

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Now that's the word we like to hear :)

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US student suspended for refusing to wear school-issued tracker

US student suspended for refusing to wear school-issued tracker | HCI for humans | Scoop.it

A Texas high school student was suspended for refusing to wear a student ID card implanted with a radio-frequency identification chip.

Northside Independent School District in San Antonio began issuing the RFID-chip-laden student-body cards when the semester began in the autumn. The ID badge has a bar code associated with a student's Social Security number, and the RFID chip monitors pupils' movements on campus, from when they arrive to when they leave.

The suspended student was notified that she won't be able to continue attending John Jay High School unless she wears the badge around her neck, which she has been refusing to do. The district said the girl, who objects on privacy and religious grounds, beginning 19 November would have to attend another high school in the district that does not yet employ the RFID tags.

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Stanford HCI Group Tackles Peer Assessment

Stanford HCI Group Tackles Peer Assessment | HCI for humans | Scoop.it

Recently, peer assessments have been the focus of extended research as an outgrowth of the remarkable help some MOOC students gave their classmates via discussions and ad-hoc learning groups.

 

When a class grows to over 1,000 students, Stanford professors found that students tend to support each other and rely less on the staff for answers to their questions.

 

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GoldieBlox: The Engineering Toy for Girls

My name is Debbie and I'm a Stanford engineer. When I was a little girl, I thought the word "engineering" was nerdy and intimidating and just for boys. I've since learned I was so wrong.

 

Engineers build all the important things we use every day...things that make our lives better. The scary truth is that only 11% of engineers are women and girls start losing interest in science as young as age 8!  This is our chance to change that statistic.

 

I'm creating GoldieBlox to inspire girls the way Legos and Erector sets have inspired boys, for over 100 years, to develop an early interest and skill set in engineering. It's time to motivate our girls to help build our future.

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Successful kickstarter campaign now in production. More here:

http://www.goldieblox.com/

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Aaron Swartz, 1986 - 2013

Aaron Swartz, 1986 - 2013 | HCI for humans | Scoop.it

"He was brilliant, and funny. A kid genius. A soul, a conscience, the source of a question I have asked myself a million times: What would Aaron think?"

Lawrence Lessig


"Wanderers in this crazy world,
we have lost a mentor, a wise elder."
Tim Berners-Lee


"Aaron was steadfast in his dedication to building a better and open world."
Brewster Kahle


"To the world: we have all lost someone today who had more work to do, and who made the world a better place when he did it."

Cory Doctorow 

 

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"...much of Swartz’s tragically short life was filled with acts that are genuinely and, in the most literal and noble sense, heroic. I think that’s really worth thinking about today.

 

"Whatever else is true, Swartz was destroyed by a “justice” system that fully protects the most egregious criminals as long as they are members of or useful to the nation’s most powerful factions, but punishes with incomparable mercilessness and harshness those who lack power and, most of all, those who challenge power."

Glenn Greeenwald, 13 Jan 2013

http://www.rememberaaronsw.com

 

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Collaborative Fund: Funding The Sharing Economy

 

In San Francisco, you can find the “Airbnb-of-everything." Just as Airbnb capitalized on the fact that many of us have a spare bed, bedroom or apartment from which we’d gladly make some money, many other industries have followed suit.

 

Today, you can earn money by filling the spots in your car on a road trip, being a personal tour guide for out-of-town visitors, lending your car out when you’re not driving it or doing odd jobs for people in the city.

Collaborative Fund is helping to support a cultural shift away from excess, hyper-consumption and ownership, and toward access, sharing and efficiency ... by funding marketplaces that enable people with excess supply to find demand, unlocking viable economic activity.

 

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The 5 Cs of Connection

Bobby Umar is a human teddy bear and a personal diary. People always want to hug him and share deep, personal thoughts with him, even after a first meeting. In this high-energy talk, Bobby shares his diverse personal history and how it made him a natural connector with a large number and a broad range of people. He then explains how you can leverage the power of connection to create more meaningful and genuine relationships and build positive change.


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A Simple Box That Can Bring The Internet Anywhere

 

The solar-powered Tethr is designed to help restore communications quickly after a disaster, but it's founder would like the technology to go further.

“I hope that Tethr can be a part of connecting the 4.7 billion unconnected people, and helping scientists as well as disaster zones. I can’t afford to do it free, but I would if I could.”

 

 

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We might be living in the least disruptive age in history

We might be living in the least disruptive age in history | HCI for humans | Scoop.it

 

The world is not moving faster than previous decades. It's moving slower than many of them.

 

We are not the most innovative generation in history. We may be the most trivial, the most boring.

 

 

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