Everything the Network Touches by Tom Coates

A presentation that is as vast as James Glieck’s book The Information, Tom Coates ties networks, communications, innovation and manufacture together. My favourite line:

It took a planet to make this room

Take outs
Google indexs over 28 billion pages
Google Books holds 15 million out of an estimated 130 million books the exist
Upgrades to the web of data:

  • Social software – collaboratively create, make information, put things out there – Flickr
  • Social networks – one big data set: who you know. It isn’t valuable until the data is matched with other services
  • Geolocation – is a similar way of joining information from around the web to make a narrative or story
  • Real-time data – upgrade in efficiency and speed
  • Data visualisation – highlights the recombinative possiblities of the web of data (and the web-of-no-web)

Kindle’s network connectivity a la the Whispernet is transformative and reflects future networking trends
Spime – object that reports its location in space and time; makes ownership less ‘possessive’. The object can become a service – pay per use
MujiComp – a kind of Steve Jobs aesthetic with modular ubiquitous computing
Immersive web maps on to environment through buildings appliances etc rather than into a wearable computing device
Networks and data are an accelerative effect on ideas and innovation
Semantic web has led some of the work astray, though the tools and much of the work being done using the technology has been good and useful – ignores folksonomies, focuses on large search engine companies
Information follows more of an adhoc devolved distributed approach
Gaps in open data particularly in identifying non-web data: books, songs etc
Privacy being redefined – from what is hidden to what we decide it is reasonable for companies (and other organisations) to know about us

Links of the day | 在网上找到

Trying to get back up to speed with links, have a helping typist hand, not up to date yet but this is the first of more links of the day posts to follow:

US Military Scientists Solve the Fundamental Problem of Viral Marketing | MIT Technology Review

Seth’s Blog: Is Google jumping the shark? – interesting that Godin thinks this is isolated to Google

Physicist recalls witnessing Higgs particle’s discovery at CERN | South China Morning Post – awesome article on science (paywall)

Datagraphic: What Does it Mean to be Middle Class Around the World? – Analyst Insight from Euromonitor International

Using Artificial Intelligence, Japan Just Launched A Rocket On The Cheap | Fast Company | Business + Innovation

Chinese firms stumble in overseas operations|WantChinaTimes.com – stumbles is a strong word, interesting read though

More features (faxinxi.la) in WeChat – Step by step with Screenshots

•Organize activities;
•Initiate votes;
•Collect signature;
•Post articles;
•Send greeting cards.

Art, Copy & Code

Facebook Removing Option To Be Unsearchable By Name, Highlighting Lack Of Universal Privacy Controls | TechCrunch

Hakuhodo develops Asia version of X-Advance measurement tool – Campaign Asia

A Chat with the Makers of Don’t Snoop Me Bro, a New Fool-Proof Encryption Tool

44% Of Consumers Showroom Frequently

The Emerging Middle Classes Beyond BRIC – Analyst Insight from Euromonitor International

Panasonic Kisses Plasma Goodbye | EE Times – rather sad as plasma screens do provide an image with superior contrast to LCD screens

The Secrets of Bezos: How Amazon Became the Everything Store – Businessweek – A peek Inside Amazon: “Frugality breeds resourcefulness, self-sufficiency, and invention.”

The footnote in Twitter’s IPO filing that tells a tale of civil war among its founders – Quartz

3 Ways to Boost Your Facebook Login Conversion Rate Above 70%- Facebook Developers

anonymity is hard – Hacker OPSEC

U.S. Army Research Office Backing 4D Printing with $855,000 Grant

Welcome to Sulia – interesting knowledge / social search service

Five Key Trends in Global Luxury Goods – Analyst Insight from Euromonitor International

Study: Are Digital Trends Driving a PR Industry ‘Identity Crisis’? – In2

Data Discrimination Means the Poor May Experience a Different Internet | MIT Technology Review

HP: We’ve Been a Little Late to the Game, Admits Whitman; MSFT, INTC ‘Outright Competitors’ – Tech Trader Daily – Barrons.com

Apparently a lot of that TAT (The Astonishing Tribe) talent left BlackBerry Sweden to start a new company called TOPP… | CrackBerry.com – not good

All Is Fair in Love and Twitter – NYTimes.com – the monomyth is a myth

Forget organizing the world’s information, this company wants to make sense of it – Quartz

Beijing Neighborhood Preservation: Is Design the Solution? | New Republic

Boeing’s Dreamliner nightmare continues as Japan Airlines defects to Airbus – Quartz

Hackers Target AT&T to Vodacom in SIM-Card Scam – Bloomberg

NTT Docomo Finally Gets The iPhone, But Subscribers Still Flee Due To Low Stock | TechCrunch

Microsoft offers differing takes on use of Kinect data for marketing | Ars Technica

Oculus Rift Brings Virtual Reality to Verge of the Mainstream | MIT Technology Review

Patent Troll Intellectual Ventures Running Out Of Cash; Looking For $3 Billion From Investors | Techdirt

Maybe news is just more efficient — BuzzMachine

Pew surveys of audience habits suggest perilous future for news | Poynter.

Keyboard Shortcuts and Typing Tips for iPad, iPhone & iPod Touch

Why Kickstarter projects are always delayed

Chinese immigrants find Australian small talk too awkward | South China Morning Post

And Then Steve Said, ‘Let There Be an iPhone’ – NYTimes.com – reads rather similar to Steven Levy’s original Mac story Insanely Great

How efficient is Twitter’s Business Model? – not terribly

Special mix from the Secret Garden People

Apple’s iPhone 5s tops sales charts at big 4 US carriers, iPhone 5c close behind

Ad groups prepare for “cookieless” future, develop opt-out tool for alternative tracking | The Technology Chronicles | an SFGate.com blog

What does the rise of Selfie Culture mean for marketers? — mobileYouth®

Samsung execs shown confidential Apple-Nokia patent license terms, allegedly misused information

MediaPost Publications Men, Women, And Media: United by Media, Divided By Content 10/02/2013

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Broken arm
I managed to break my arm late this morning, so unlikely to be posting until I get my cast off then service will resume as usual; with the usual boring content and bad grammar.

Eight trends: Immersive as well as interactive experiences

This post may take a while to get into, so please bear with me, but I want to take two examples that showcase where I was going on immersive experiences.

I gave my parents my first iPad in September last year so that we could stay in touch, and detailed some of the challenges that they faced in getting to grips with the device. There were two things that sprang out of this that I found of interest:

  • Special purpose devices like the digital TV EPG (electronic programme guide) or a satellite navigation device interface seemed to be easier to grasp
  • Modern interfaces weren’t as intuitive as we think

All of this is ironic given that the long term goal of HCI is to design systems that minimise the gap between the user’s cognitive model of what they want to do and the computer’s understanding of the user’s task.

From the late 1980s through to the dot com boom, technology was genuinely exciting. We got a whole new genre of fiction: cyberpunk, there was tremendous advances and glorious failures in innovation.
Sony Glasstron
Devices like Sony’s Glasstron display made wearable computing seem like just around the corner. Computer performance leapt forward, you could really feel the speed difference between processor chips or going from one games console generation to another.  And there was a large degree of form-factor experimentation in computing:

These weren’t necessarily accessible to the average consumer, they were aspirational in nature. Culture including film, art and music promised an immersive cybernetic experience from The Lawnmower Man to Cyber Dog club wear. Virtual reality arcade games to the PowerGlove for Nintendo’s NES meant that William Gibson’s vision of the internet seemed just around the corner. Yet despite the early promise of this technology we ended up with mere interactive experiences that put up a barrier between the user and technology.

If we come forward to 2013, the killer applications of the smartphone aren’t a million miles away from the proto-instant messaging and chat services provided by CompuServe and AOL before the modern internet got started. In order to get the technology to work better it is time to break down the cognitive barriers and revisit immersive experiences.

There are two ways of providing immersive experiences:

  • Immersing the consumer in the device
  • Immersing the data in the environment

An example of immersing the consumer in the device is easy to find. From Sony’s Glasstron headsets, to augmented reality application Layar and Apple’s iOS 7.

One of the problems that virtual reality helmets back in the early 1990s was the feeling of motion sickness that it induced. This also seems to be happening with iOS 7, in fact there is now a name for the condition: cyber-sickness.

An example of immersing the data in the environment would be 3D projection mapping or a cinema screen and a digital taxi adverts with geofenced campaigns.
The problem is one of scale. Incorporating the data into the environment at least doesn’t make people ill.Where this will take us all is exciting and largely uncharted territory.


More information
iOS 7 nausea and cybersickness: What causes it, and why it’s a sign of things to come | Extreme Tech

Links of the day | 在网上找到

Burger King’s Name Change to Fries King Is Making People Hungry and Confused | Adweek – not as good as Whopper Freakout

Urban push | China Daily – on urbanisation of China

Competing with a Mac | asymco – interesting analysis of BlackBerry

Sharp Shows MEMS-shutter Displays, Touts Low Power Consumption — Tech-On!

I, Cringely I have my doubts about Bitcoin – I, Cringely – interesting critique of Bitcoin, funnily enough right before the Dread Pirate Roberts got busted

Note 3’s benchmarking “adjustments” inflate scores by up to 20% | Ars Technica – I remember this was seen another Samsung device a couple of months ago

Exclusive: Time for Gates to go, some top Microsoft investors tell board | Reuters – woah, all the cards are off the table

Antivirus pioneer John McAfee announces plans for an ‘anti-NSA’ device – The Independent