SKIES PAINTED UNNUMBERED SPARKS

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Janet Echelman creates interactive artworks that are breathtaking and inspiring, watch the TED talk by Janet Echelman: Taking imagination seriously.

Excerpt from Ted Blog:

These were some of the comments heard at TED2014 about Skies Painted with Unnumbered Sparks, a collaboration between sculptor Janet Echelman and data artist Aaron Koblin. This monumental sculpture stretched 745 feet, from the Vancouver Convention Centre where TED was held, over an open-air plaza on the edge of Vancouver Harbor and up to the top of the Fairmont Waterfront hotel. Every night while the temporary sculpture was installed, from March 15-22, 2014, dozens of people could be seen across the street setting up cameras and tripods to capture the glowing spectacle. Meanwhile, underneath the sculpture, even greater numbers of people gathered, most of them with their phones out. Using a phone, they could draw lines, squiggles, webs, and water drop rings onto the sculpture’s lush purples, blues, pinks and oranges.

Aaron Koblin: Visualizing ourselves … with crowd-sourced dataAaron Koblin: Visualizing ourselves … with crowd-sourced dataKoblin, of Google’s Data Arts Team, told us a little about how it worked.

“The lighting on the sculpture is actually a giant website,” Koblin says. “It’s one huge Google Chrome window spread across five HD projectors. The content is being rendered in WebGL. It uses Javascript and shaders to render particles and sprites based on user motion, which is transmitted from mobile browser to our rendering browser via websockets. There are a lot of moving pieces here, from the local area network to the server (written in Go), to the sound system (also running in Chrome with Web Audio API) all the way through the LED light control system, which pulls pixel data directly from the browser.”

INSIDE THE ROBOT INTERNET

Roboearth is an internet for robots which enables robots to communicate and learn from one another. Part of me is excited by this notion and I whilst I wholeheartedly appreciate the benefits that all the bots have already contributed to our lives, part of me is increasingly fearsome of what may happen in the future!

Perhaps it’s the fact that I’ve watched the entire Sarah Connor Chronicles, Terminator movies and way too many science fiction movies and TV shows. But handing over that much power to highly intelligent contraptions that lack human emotions kind of makes my brain boggle. Anyway, read this article & ponder…

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FACEBOOK PAPER

I’m really looking forward to playing around with the new app that Facebook have released ‘Paper’. In fact I would be using it right now if they allowed Australian users to download it! There are after all 9 millions users in Australia (40% of the population) who already use Facebook. I guess we are still a small piece of the pie when compared to the rest of the world. If you are at all interested in Facebook followers stats click here.

I do love this promo video that they’ve come up with…very nice, very emotive…

Introducing Paper from Facebook on Vimeo.

inFORM

This is pretty amazing… Created by a group at MIT the inFORM system allows you to move physical ‘pixels’ and objects from a remote location through kinetic motion. Imagine the possibilities…

THE POWER OF SOCIAL MEDIA

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The Oatmeal’s creator Matthew Inman is a social media Titan who has proven that your online presence can have an enormous amount of influence.

I’ve been a fan of his humorous website for a while now and only realised after reading this article in Wired, just how powerful his online presence is!
Inman has influenced millions of fans to rage attacks on his behalf, managed to get Tumblr to change its error page. He has encouraged collaborative creations from thousands of fans and raised money for charitable causes. He has also helped artist Allie Brosh elevate into popularity and obliterated Jack Stuefs online presence.

It just goes to show that social media is very powerful medium in the hands of some!

Read the full article here.

[image credit from wired Illustration by David Cowles]

THE BEAUTY INSIDE

“The Beauty Inside” is an ongoing social film where the audience can play the main part. Great idea created by agency Pereira & Dell for Intel Toshiba.

“The Beauty Inside” is the story of a guy named Alex who wakes up every day as a different person. He is always the same person on the inside but on the outside he is somebody else. When he meets Leah and falls in love everything changes for him. He knows he will see her again but she will never see him. Through social channels, Intel and Toshiba invited the audience to play the lead role of Alex by auditioning online. Fans could also interact with Alex on Facebook in between episodes.

SKYNET IS NO LONGER MERE SCIENCE FICTION

Back in the 1990’s it could all be viewed as entertaining science fiction. But that’s only because quantum computers didn’t exist, and even the most wildly optimistic computer engineer couldn’t foresee self-learning machines emerging until at least the year 2050. Now Google has acquired a 512-qubit quantum computer and is working with NSA. Interesting predictions into what the future holds…

Read the article: http://www.naturalnews.com/040859_Skynet_quantum_computing_D-Wave_Systems.html#ixzz2X5qMu1Q6

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