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30 May

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Some drone flying videos from Dolores Park

May 30, 2014 | By |

Over in San Francisco, Tom and Matt had rented a Phantom drone, and they kindly took me along to take it out for a spin over Dolores Park.

Tom just shared the results (see many more on Tom’s flickr):

 

The San Francisco skyline, as seen from over Dolores Park:

 

And a (more than slightly awkward) drone selfie. (Dronie? Drelfie?):

Thanks Tom!

All images by Tom Coates, licensed under CC by-nc.

03 Oct

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How to see through the cloud, translated

October 3, 2013 | By |

Over on the Mozilla Webmaker site, James Bridle wrote a brilliant piece that explains in very simple terms how to get a better understanding of the web at the most basic level – where the cables and buildings are located, and where our data travels: How to see through the cloud. It’s fantastic!

And since the whole point of the Webmaker project is to allow for quick and easy remixing – and the learning process associated with it – I took the liberty to translate it to German.

We talk about the cloud all the time, the seemingly ephemeral, almost magical place where our data lives and thrives. But only when the system fails and something doesn’t work do we notice that there’s a brick-and-mortar infrastructure that everything runs on. Cables, servers, concrete buildings. Heck, even my mom asked me about the cloud a few weeks ago, and what it looks like.

Well, thanks to James everyone can now just poke around the web and get a better understanding on where the cloud really lives, and how our data travels down the cables hopping from data center to data center.

You can find my translation over on the Webmaker site: Die Cloud durchschauen.

As a side note, if you want to learn in a playful, really not threatening way about how the web works, please go check out Mozilla Webmaker. It’s a fantastic resource and very, very simple to get into.

25 Mar

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Cyborgs

March 25, 2013 | By |

CYBORG FOUNDATION | Rafel Duran Torrent from Focus Forward Films on Vimeo.

 

The video above isn’t particularly new (some four months old I think at the time I’m posting it), but I find it both well made and really relevant. The stuff Neil Harbisson has been working on – both on the interface side of things and the societal/political angle the Cyborg Foundation tackles – are at the tip of the iceberg we’re just starting to learn more about: human-machine interfaces.

What we’ve seen so far is baby steps. When Neil says in the video that Prince Charles “sounds good” it can give us a hint at the kind of re-thinking and re-evaluating we’ll have to do, as a society, over the next ten, twenty, fifty years. As we see technological progress, like less invasive brainwave-based interfaces or more powerful artificial eyes and limbs, the cultural norms will have to adapt and shift considerably.

There’s a lot of brilliant thinking going on in this field and it’s super interesting to follow. For some primers, I recommend following Amber Case and Nathan Jurgenson, to name just two.

06 Nov

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Bruce Sterling on The Alpine Review

November 6, 2012 | By |

Review

 

This tweet made my day.