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“Advancing technology for humanity” The Future of Wearable Computing - IEEE - The Institute

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The father of wearable computing discusses our future as cyborgs

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Will's comment, March 19, 2013 8:11 PM
What Exactly Do IT Professionals (specifically the IT job title) do?
There are several different job roles in the IT profession with diverse skills. For example, if you search monter.com, the largest employment website in the world, for the keyword ‘IT’ in ‘Pittsburgh’ it will result in over 600 matches.
This holds true here at PNC. At PNC, within an IT department, there are several different job titles with different skill sets that support the bank. To illustrate my point I’ll take a simplistic view of our online banking website pnc.com. There is a team of developers who actually designed and wrote the code for the site itself. There are also different support teams who support the servers in which the web site runs, who support the network that allow customer to connect, and who ensure the security of the application to protect customer’s account information.
At PNC, I have an Assistant Vice President level position and my IT job title is Infrastructure Architect for Midrange. Midrange, roughly, encompasses the computing systems that run the UNIX family of operating systems. There are several job functions I perform on a daily basis, but, in general I am responsible for the design of the server architecture that runs the most business critical applications for the entire bank. Specifically, I design the server ecosystem, and maintain the standards at which it is used by those who develop applications for the bank.
How would you describe a typical average week/day in this position?
My job is very dynamic and therefore the activities I work on week to week vary. The more frequent activities I work on include:
Meeting with IT personnel who directly support PNC’s lines of business and are on projects which are designing new applications to support new business offerings. My role in these meetings is to explain the capabilities of the server ecosystem and how it will support their future needs.
Participate on an Architectural Review Board that reviews high level application designs and approve/deny continuation of projects based on technology capabilities.
Refine the server ecosystem design to support PNC’s ongoing disaster recovery requirements.
Explore ways that PNC can reduce capital and/or operational costs for the various server technologies used at the bank.
What are the skills and abilities necessary to succeed in this position?
To be successful IT Architect, it takes many years of experience and exposure to different software and hardware technologies, their capabilities, and how they are used most effectively within large companies such as PNC. It also requires the ability to communicate ideas at different levels of technical comprehension from the most technical audience to the Chief Information Officer (CIO). At my level it is also crucial to demonstrate leadership in directing others to a common goal.
Is there a growing demand for new college grads? What should students be working on?

There are no entry level positions for IT Architects because the skill set and abilities come directly from experience in the IT field. However, there will always be a growing demand for IT professionals due to continuous introduction of new technology. Look at the introduction of the iPod back in 2001. Prior to the iPod there was no concept of an ‘app’. Now there is a whole industry based on developing ‘apps’ that are made readily available for purchase and download on iTunes.
In my opinion, students should focus on getting a Bachelors of Science degree in a curricular that focuses on computer security. As the world becomes increasingly digitized (e.g., online banking, shopping, tax filing), it is becoming more important that sensitive information be kept safe from outside intruders, while remaining accessible to the proper users, hence, the demand for computer security professionals will increase. Also, even though an IT professional job is attainable without a four year degree, to reach the ranks of management and above a four year degree is almost always required.
How do you keep yourself updated with technology, considering that technology today is enhanced almost every day?
I have strong relationships with our vendors who keep me abreast of their technology roadmaps via Executive Briefings and white papers. I also subscribe to various technology research providers that provide me a wealth of information based on my technology interests. In the end, I make it a point to do a lot of research to understand future offerings and what the impact will be to the bank’s computing architecture.
What developments on the horizon could affect future opportunities?
In the near term, cloud computing offerings (the use of computing resources of hardware and software over the internet) affect future opportunities from two perspectives. From an employment perspective, it will make available more employment opportunities as cloud computing providers grow over time. From an Infrastructure Architect’s perspective, I will have to understand the services that cloud computing providers expose and when will it make sense to leverage these services for PNC.
How flexible are the work hours?
In recent years, PNC has received many “Employer of Choice” awards. One of the biggest benefits of working at PNC is the ability to work from home two days a week. PNC also allows me to begin work early and leave early to reduce my overall commute time into Pittsburgh.
What is the management style like?
Management styles differ by department and job roles, however, in my organization management takes a more democratic approach drawing on people’s knowledge and skills to achieve departmental goals.
What do you see as the opportunities for growth and development in this field?
IT Architecture is a very mature field with many internationally recognized frameworks. IT Architecture is relatively new to PNC and there are opportunities to drive consistency in architecture design methodologies.
What parts of your job do you find most challenging?
The most challenging part of my job is getting consensus from disparate IT groups who have opposing viewpoints based emotion rather than facts and requirements.
Tami Yaklich's comment, March 21, 2013 5:36 PM
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After the smart-phone boom, will smart-glasses and smart-watches take center stage? Or will they only ever be peripherals to their bigger, phone brothers?

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“Advancing technology for humanity” The Future of Wearable Computing - IEEE - The Institute

“Advancing technology for humanity” The Future of Wearable Computing - IEEE - The Institute | Media Archaeology | Scoop.it
The father of wearable computing discusses our future as cyborgs

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Will's comment, March 19, 2013 8:11 PM
What Exactly Do IT Professionals (specifically the IT job title) do?
There are several different job roles in the IT profession with diverse skills. For example, if you search monter.com, the largest employment website in the world, for the keyword ‘IT’ in ‘Pittsburgh’ it will result in over 600 matches.
This holds true here at PNC. At PNC, within an IT department, there are several different job titles with different skill sets that support the bank. To illustrate my point I’ll take a simplistic view of our online banking website pnc.com. There is a team of developers who actually designed and wrote the code for the site itself. There are also different support teams who support the servers in which the web site runs, who support the network that allow customer to connect, and who ensure the security of the application to protect customer’s account information.
At PNC, I have an Assistant Vice President level position and my IT job title is Infrastructure Architect for Midrange. Midrange, roughly, encompasses the computing systems that run the UNIX family of operating systems. There are several job functions I perform on a daily basis, but, in general I am responsible for the design of the server architecture that runs the most business critical applications for the entire bank. Specifically, I design the server ecosystem, and maintain the standards at which it is used by those who develop applications for the bank.
How would you describe a typical average week/day in this position?
My job is very dynamic and therefore the activities I work on week to week vary. The more frequent activities I work on include:
Meeting with IT personnel who directly support PNC’s lines of business and are on projects which are designing new applications to support new business offerings. My role in these meetings is to explain the capabilities of the server ecosystem and how it will support their future needs.
Participate on an Architectural Review Board that reviews high level application designs and approve/deny continuation of projects based on technology capabilities.
Refine the server ecosystem design to support PNC’s ongoing disaster recovery requirements.
Explore ways that PNC can reduce capital and/or operational costs for the various server technologies used at the bank.
What are the skills and abilities necessary to succeed in this position?
To be successful IT Architect, it takes many years of experience and exposure to different software and hardware technologies, their capabilities, and how they are used most effectively within large companies such as PNC. It also requires the ability to communicate ideas at different levels of technical comprehension from the most technical audience to the Chief Information Officer (CIO). At my level it is also crucial to demonstrate leadership in directing others to a common goal.
Is there a growing demand for new college grads? What should students be working on?

There are no entry level positions for IT Architects because the skill set and abilities come directly from experience in the IT field. However, there will always be a growing demand for IT professionals due to continuous introduction of new technology. Look at the introduction of the iPod back in 2001. Prior to the iPod there was no concept of an ‘app’. Now there is a whole industry based on developing ‘apps’ that are made readily available for purchase and download on iTunes.
In my opinion, students should focus on getting a Bachelors of Science degree in a curricular that focuses on computer security. As the world becomes increasingly digitized (e.g., online banking, shopping, tax filing), it is becoming more important that sensitive information be kept safe from outside intruders, while remaining accessible to the proper users, hence, the demand for computer security professionals will increase. Also, even though an IT professional job is attainable without a four year degree, to reach the ranks of management and above a four year degree is almost always required.
How do you keep yourself updated with technology, considering that technology today is enhanced almost every day?
I have strong relationships with our vendors who keep me abreast of their technology roadmaps via Executive Briefings and white papers. I also subscribe to various technology research providers that provide me a wealth of information based on my technology interests. In the end, I make it a point to do a lot of research to understand future offerings and what the impact will be to the bank’s computing architecture.
What developments on the horizon could affect future opportunities?
In the near term, cloud computing offerings (the use of computing resources of hardware and software over the internet) affect future opportunities from two perspectives. From an employment perspective, it will make available more employment opportunities as cloud computing providers grow over time. From an Infrastructure Architect’s perspective, I will have to understand the services that cloud computing providers expose and when will it make sense to leverage these services for PNC.
How flexible are the work hours?
In recent years, PNC has received many “Employer of Choice” awards. One of the biggest benefits of working at PNC is the ability to work from home two days a week. PNC also allows me to begin work early and leave early to reduce my overall commute time into Pittsburgh.
What is the management style like?
Management styles differ by department and job roles, however, in my organization management takes a more democratic approach drawing on people’s knowledge and skills to achieve departmental goals.
What do you see as the opportunities for growth and development in this field?
IT Architecture is a very mature field with many internationally recognized frameworks. IT Architecture is relatively new to PNC and there are opportunities to drive consistency in architecture design methodologies.
What parts of your job do you find most challenging?
The most challenging part of my job is getting consensus from disparate IT groups who have opposing viewpoints based emotion rather than facts and requirements.
Tami Yaklich's comment, March 21, 2013 5:36 PM
Is this your interview? You need to provide the name, credentials, and contact info!
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After the smart-phone boom, will smart-glasses and smart-watches take center stage? Or will they only ever be peripherals to their bigger, phone brothers?

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Marking your cards: The DNA gun that can invisibly tag criminals for weeks after a riot

Marking your cards: The DNA gun that can invisibly tag criminals for weeks after a riot | Media Archaeology | Scoop.it
The British designed system fires small soft green pellets containing a unique DNA code which can remain on criminal's skin for several weeks after an incident and allow police to identify them.
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EyeTap, Project Glass and the Future of Wearable Cameras

EyeTap, Project Glass and the Future of Wearable Cameras | Media Archaeology | Scoop.it

Summer in Paris -- you can't walk a block on Champs-Élysées without locking eyes with at least one camera-equipped tourist. But Steve Mann's shooter wasn't dangling from his shoulder and neck; it was mounted on his head, with a design strikingly similar to Google's Project Glass. Unlike that mainstream Mountain View product, however, Mann's version has reportedly been around in one form or another for 34 years, and was designed with the objective of aiding vision, rather than capturing stills and video or providing a bounty of database-aided readouts. It's also street-ready today. While on vacation with his family, the Ontario-based "father of wearable computing" was sporting his EyeTap as he walked down the aforementioned French avenue, eventually entering a McDonald's to refuel after a busy day of sightseeing. He left without his ranch wrap, but with seriously damaged hardware.

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2012 Bio-Art Winners | The Scientist

2012 Bio-Art Winners | The Scientist | Media Archaeology | Scoop.it

The images put the “art” in “smart”: Pink and green enzymes in a rat spinal cord form an ethereal butterfly; round blue muscle cells bubble out from green stem cell factories; long, thin blue fibers converge in a vortex-like optic nerve. These are just a few of the captivating, and informative, images that took top honors in the first annual Bio-Art competition, hosted by the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). FASEB announced the 10 winning images, chosen from over 100 entries, on Monday, May 21.

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Picture This—Reinventing The Camera As A Social And Anti-Technological Object | The Creators Project

Picture This—Reinventing The Camera As A Social And Anti-Technological Object | The Creators Project | Media Archaeology | Scoop.it
If the future of any object is to be made social, then photography may not only be one of the early adopters to this space, but one that has endless potential.
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[#DIGART] Excavating Abandoned Digital Art Galleries | The Creators Project

[#DIGART] Excavating Abandoned Digital Art Galleries | The Creators Project | Media Archaeology | Scoop.it
This week we’re exploring the Digital Arts Market (or lack thereof). We’re asking the tough questions: What will take for a sustainable digital arts market to form? Is that even a possibility? Can the digital arts make money? And will they ever be incorporated into the contemporary arts dialogue? We invite you to participate in the discussion in the comments section, on your own blog (send us the link!), and on Facebook and Twitter (#DIGART).

 

 

 

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Media Piracy in Emerging Economies - The Media Piracy Report |

Media Piracy in Emerging Economies - The Media Piracy Report | | Media Archaeology | Scoop.it

"By locating piracy within histories of non-elite media practices, we have tried to avoid definitions of piracy as theft or crime and focus instead on how pirate practices weave into existing social relations while at the same time transforming them. ..."


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Fffuuuuuuuu: The Internet anthropologist's field guide to "rage faces"

Fffuuuuuuuu: The Internet anthropologist's field guide to "rage faces" | Media Archaeology | Scoop.it

Don't know your "Me Gusta" from your "Cereal Guy"? Once merely obscure inside jokes on the image board 4chan, the "rage face" comics that now appear widely on the Internet have have been toughened by natural selection as they evolved into a dominant species of Internet meme. The amateur cartoons, made using a recurring set of expressive characters, are used by a growing international community. Far from being insignificant doodles, the faces are now an accepted and standardized form of online communication used to tell stories that can be quick and funny or serious and deeply personal.

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Complicity with Anonymous Media

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Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow (1973) and its paranoid military-scientific worlds of technology, sexuality and hallucination became one inspirational figure for a whole wave of media theory...
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Les fuyantes - les choses de rien - Mise en scène : Camille Boitel - dispositif temps réel Cyrille Henry

Les fuyantes - les choses de rien - Mise en scène : Camille Boitel - dispositif temps réel Cyrille Henry | Media Archaeology | Scoop.it

Les Fuyantes, spectacle de cirque s’articule autour de la perception du monde, de la mise en perspective et de la recherche du point de fuite dans les images du monde qu’il évoque. Dans un univers burlesque, Les Fuyantes se joue des perceptions visuelles et sensitives du spectateur pour l’emmener dans une dé-construction de ses repères, lui proposant un nouvel angle d’observation... La réalité n’est-elle pas qu’une construction ?


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FCJ-123 The Transversal Generic: Media-Archaeology and Network Culture | Fibreculture Journal: 18

FCJ-123 The Transversal Generic: Media-Archaeology and Network Culture | Fibreculture Journal: 18 | Media Archaeology | Scoop.it
Kristoffer Gansing.transmediale – festival for art and digital culture School of Arts and Communication, Malmö University The generic no doubt cuts...
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The disappearing virtual library - Aljazeera.com

The disappearing virtual library - Aljazeera.com | Media Archaeology | Scoop.it
The disappearing virtual libraryAljazeera.comLibrary.nu (formerly Gigapedia) had offered, if the reports are to be believed, between 400000 and a million digital books for free.
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Raspberry Pi goes on general sale

Raspberry Pi goes on general sale | Media Archaeology | Scoop.it
A £22 ($35) bare-bones computer intended to help teach people programming goes on sale for the first time.
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The Never-Before-Told Story of the World's First Computer Art (It's a Sexy Dame)

The Never-Before-Told Story of the World's First Computer Art (It's a Sexy Dame) | Media Archaeology | Scoop.it
In the late 1950s, an anonymous IBM employee made a lady from the pages of Esquire come to life on the screen of a $238 million military computer.
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How to Make ASCII Art Pictures with Keyboard Keys

How to Make ASCII Art Pictures with Keyboard Keys | Media Archaeology | Scoop.it
I like to make ASCII art. I started in 1998 and I still take time to type out a picture now and then. Usually, the holidays inspire me to get creative with the keyboard.

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Sounds of the Americans

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Robert Frank's classic photography book "The Americans" recreated using sound. Find out what happens when photography gets turned into audio and viewed using sound visualization software.
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Digital Rights Groups Defend Antenna-Based Internet TV Service

Digital Rights Groups Defend Antenna-Based Internet TV Service | Media Archaeology | Scoop.it
Two digital rights groups urged a federal court Wednesday not to shut down an upstart technology company that streams over-the-air broadcasts to New Yorkers.

 

Public Knowledge and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, in a friend-of-the-court brief, said the courts should not shutter Aereo, as broadcasters are asking, simply because there is no federal licensing scheme yet for internet streaming of over-the-air broadcasts (one exists for cable companies).

 

Aereo’s New York customers basically rent two tiny antennas, each about the size of a dime. Tens of thousands of the antennas are housed in a Brooklyn data center. One antenna — unique to a customer — is used when a customer wants to watch a program in real time from a computer, tablet or mobile phone. The other works with a DVR service to record programs for later online viewing.

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The Chronocyclegraph

The Chronocyclegraph | Media Archaeology | Scoop.it

I can't remember having ever been disappointed by any of the exhibitions on show at Fotomuseum in Antwerp. The current shows are particularly worth the trip to the city (one of my favourite places in the world and it's a mere 30 minute ride from ugly Brussels.) The main exhibition is dedicated to photographers who capture the past, another one is about young Belgian photographers, a third show explores subjectivity through history and on the top floor is a fascinating installation by Zoe Beloff. The work took as its point of departure America's longest running comic strip to explore the influence of cinema on the movement of the body and the mind. I might come back to these exhibitions in the coming days.

 

Beloff's exhibition contains a number of historical documents. Some of them show chronocyclegraphs of sportsmen and factory workers. I had never heard of the chronocyclegraph before.

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The TelePod: A Kinect-Based, 360-Degree Life-Sized Teleconferencing System

The TelePod: A Kinect-Based, 360-Degree Life-Sized Teleconferencing System | Media Archaeology | Scoop.it

"Led by professor Roel Vertegaal, a research team at the Human Media Lab of Canada's Queen's University has created a fascinating 360-degree display called the Telepod. It consists of a human-being-sized acrylic cylinder, six Microsoft Kinect sensors and a 3D projector, and as you'll see in the video below, affords the viewer an experience similar to interacting with a hologram. The cylinder displays a live, three-dimensional image of the person with whom you're interacting, and you can circumnavigate the cylinder to get a completely wraparound view.

The research team foresees at least two applications of the technology. The first, called TeleHuman, is basic teleconferencing. The second application, called BodiPod, could revolutionize the medical industry. It provides..." - hipstomp


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Paper.js — #opensource vector graphics scripting #framework ON #HTML5 by Jürg Lehni & Jonathan Puck

Paper.js — #opensource vector graphics scripting #framework ON #HTML5 by Jürg Lehni & Jonathan Puck | Media Archaeology | Scoop.it

Paper.js is an open source vector graphics scripting framework that runs on top of the HTML5 Canvas. It offers a clean Scene Graph / Document Object Model and a lot of powerful functionality to create and work with vector graphics and bezier curves, all neatly wrapped up in a well designed, consistent and clean programming interface.


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Networked Music Review — Call for Papers: Trans-X Symposium

Networked Music Review — Call for Papers: Trans-X Symposium | Media Archaeology | Scoop.it

Trans-X Symposium: A Symposium About Transmission Art :: May 25-27, 2012 :: Call for Papers — Deadline March 16.

 

Rooted in the earliest experiments with radio, Transmission Art has continued to flourish with experiments with wireless communications technology over the past 100 years. The 21st Century is not excluded from this experimentation as artists have ventured into exploring a variety of mobile-based platforms and more lesser known forms of transmission such as VLF. The terrain of transmission art is dynamic and fluid, always open to redefinition.

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The Physical Archive of the Internet Archive Aims to Collect A Copy of Every Book in Existence

The Physical Archive of the Internet Archive Aims to Collect A Copy of Every Book in Existence | Media Archaeology | Scoop.it
Brewster Kahle of the Internet Archive has been creating a collection like no other: he is attempting to gather a copy of every book in existence (or at...
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Emerging Projects in Technology and Society | Townsend Humanities Lab

Emerging Projects in Technology and Society | Townsend Humanities Lab | Media Archaeology | Scoop.it
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Guardian open journalism: Three Little Pigs advert - video

Guardian open journalism: Three Little Pigs advert - video | Media Archaeology | Scoop.it
This advert for the Guardian's open journalism, screened for the first time on 29 February 2012, imagines how we might cover the story of the three little pi...
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The rise of the hack day and what it means for the arts

The rise of the hack day and what it means for the arts | Media Archaeology | Scoop.it
Hack days aren't a cure-all for digital innovation in the arts, but they can change the dynamics of the arts-technology relationship (RT @Biennial: Make sure you're up to speed with culture hacks http://t.co/YwaP6KZQ...
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