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Visiting Casa Jasmina

July 22, 2015 | By | 4 Comments

Visiting Casa Jasmina We lived in the open source connected home of the future. And survived.

When I learned about Casa Jasmina (CJ), a connected open source home of the future that Bruce Sterling and Jasmina Tesanovic are building with a part of the Ardunio team – namely Lorenzo Romagnoli and Massimo Banzi – I knew I wanted to see it.

(Michelle and I, sitting side by side at Bruce’s ThingsCon closing keynote literally looked at each other and said: Let’s go!)

So Michelle, Alexandra and I got to go – and happened to be the very first official guests: A tremendous honor and privilege, and also a responsibility to kick it off well, contribute and reflect; if we can start a few good traditions there, all the better.

Here are some notes, thoughts, questions and impressions from these last few days, typed up quickly on the way back from Torino to Berlin. Unsorted, a bit rough around the edges, as behooves the project itself, while the impressions are still fresh.

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Letter to the next resident of Casa Jasmina

July 22, 2015 | By | No Comments

Dear next guest of Casa Jasmina,

Welcome to your new temporary home.

Please note: This is a cross-post from the GitHub repo for letters from one resident of Casa Jasmina to the next. For more context, jump on over to this blog post about my visit to Casa Jasmina.

We’re writing this letter to share some of our experiences, and hope to provide some helpful cues to make your stay the best it can be. Also, as the first “official” guests at CJ we hope we can start a tradition in leaving a message to the next person or group coming in – as a service to the next resident, as an archive and log book that might provide interesting research signals later on, and as a sort of social continuum that connects all residents to CJ and to one another.

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06 Jul


What’s hot this summer?

July 6, 2015 | By |

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Working, as I do, at the intersection of analyst, radar for emerging tech, curator and connector, I sometimes feel like a big I/O machine: I read a lot, hear a lot, see a lot of stuff that is still in the pipeline, and talk to the very people who are building the future every day.

Here’s a quick, unsorted and unprioritized snapshot: Which current trends are most fascinating and which might hold most potential? So find a nice shady spot outside your office, take some time and google away!

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26 Jun


We’re going to Casa Jasmina

June 26, 2015 | By |

At ThingsCon, we had a chance to learn at more depth about Casa Jasmina thanks to Bruce Sterling, one of our keynote speakers there.

And we’re headed there, next month.

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25 Jun


SolidCon notes (part 2)

June 25, 2015 | By |

SolidCon 2015, day 2.

Below, for future reference and largely unsorted & unedited, some notes & links. This is the quick & dirty version, I’m paraphrasing roughly, proceed at your own risk.

(Notes from day 1.)

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25 Jun


SolidCon notes (part 1)

June 25, 2015 | By |

It’s been great to catch up to all the folks in the field in one place, and to check up on what’s going on in San Francisco.

Below, for future reference and largely unsorted & unedited, some notes & links. This is the quick & dirty version, I’m paraphrasing roughly and hope I’m not misrepresenting. Proceed at your own risk.

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22 Jun


Monthnotes for June 2015

June 22, 2015 | By |

For quite a while I haven’t managed to write regular #weeknotes. However, I do like writing regular updates and they tend to turn out to be quite useful as a reference. Well, turns out that a lot happens in one month, so here’s part 1 of this month’s notes.

June, so far, has been all about #iot in its various forms (connectivity in cities, in farms, in homes…), and it has seen a surge in conference-ish stuff – if such a thing is even possible compared to months of ThingsCon-related work. Also, I’ve spent most of the month on the road, mostly in Portland and – as of now – San Francisco, where I am to attend SolidCon and catch up with a bunch of folks. So lots of interesting conversations throughout the month.

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