Sunday December 5, 2010
"Several hundred viewers and a second screen (probably your laptop) website that receives additional information synchronised to the programme that you're watching on TV (your first screen!).
So while the TV show is showing footage of starlings flocking, your laptop is simultaneously showing background information about swarming behaviour in nature."
"In 1992, Sun Microsystems launched a project at in an effort to both predict and guide the future of computing. It drew together the talents of more than 100 engineers, designers, futurists, and filmakers. The output of this effort was Starfire, the Movie, showing a day in the life of a knowledge worker in the far-off distant year, 2004. In March 2009, Popular Science Magazine reported on a new video Microsoft had just released showing life in the year 2019: 'The 2019 Microsoft details with this video is almost identical to the 2004 predicted in this video produced by Sun Microsystems in 1992.'"
Saturday November 13, 2010
"However, we can now confirm that Stuxnet requires the industrial control system to have frequency converter drives from at least one of two specific vendors, one headquartered in Finland and the other in Tehran, Iran" Wowzers. Chalk up another point for "living in a cyberpunk novel"
Monday October 11, 2010
"Author William Gibson – inspiration to science fiction, design, academia, cyberculture and technology – reads from his 2010 novel Zero History, followed by questions from the audience in which he discusses his work and ideas."
Sunday March 14, 2010
"Built by the car for the car, with its groundbreaking suburbs, freeways and shopping centres, it was the embodiment of the American dream.
Now it is truly a dystopic post-industrial city, in which 40 per cent of the land in the centre is returning to prairie. Greenery grows up through abandoned office blocks, houses and collapsing car plants, and swallows up street lights."
An excellent documentary of the rise and the fall of Detroit, the American dream and a stark vision of a post-industrial world for city dwellers. Honest and moving, if you ignore the occasional dramatic sound effects and flashy cuts. Seriously Watch this.
Monday September 28, 2009
The next generation of USB/Firewire data transfer, expected throughput of 10Gbps. Optical rather than copper, and intended to handle multiple protocols - imagine all external connections (data, HDDs, video) through one tiny cable.
Wednesday July 22, 2009
From the same team who made the London tube map Augmented Reality app, one for new york. Amazing. Totally the future.
Tuesday July 14, 2009
A graphic rendition of "Amusing ourselves to death: Public discourse in the age of show business" by Neil Postman. A book about the possibility that Huxley (Brave New World), not Orwell (1984), was right.