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Wanna see something really creepy, but not in a horror kind way? Click here.
A documentary and a cartoon about Net Neutrality, check ‘m out.
A huge amount of impressive, scary and above all factual data put into a little video presentation. Well worth a look.
At www.savetheinternet.com there’s a lot of info about Net Neutrality. This is unfortunately an American issue and the world has nothing to say about it. We will notice eventually though, when large corporations could hold a firm grip on the info channels of the future. Television has proven that this is not good for the quality of what we look at. Censorship will be made made very easy with new legislation. And there’s a lot more to it.
Spread the video and see it below.
A well designed, interesting, perhaps utopian (or dystopian, depending on whom you ask) look into the future of the internet and the world.
A little movie by Apple from back in 1988. It predicts computer-use in the year 2010. We’ll have to wait to see if complete voice activation will become the preferred way of interacting with our machines. Let’s just be happy that the looks of the software are already a zillion times better than predicted. Als, note the fraction of a second the computer needs to think each time a question is asked. Why is it there?
Apple has recently hit the $100.000.000.000 mark. So business is going well for Jobs. Not so long ago, Gates left his company to the care of Steve Ballmer. Recently at the All Things Digital conference Steve Jobs and Bil Gates had a very long public talk together. Actually they’re both very friendly guys, even though there’s still quite some tension to be felt. Steve comes out as the loud-mouth charmer and Gates as the quiet, thoughtfull one. A must see. These guys are responsible for taking our world into a new era.
Check out the complete video of the interview here.
If you think Google Earth is really cool, you’re right: it is!
But imagine in Google Earth to push the globe aside for a moment and within a few seconds travel a few thousand lightyears away to check out a nice star constellation or galaxy over there. This is not possible in Google Earth, but a really nice application exists that can serve as quite a good surrogate to that old boys/girls dream to one day travel the galaxy in a quest very deep into the Unknown.
(‘the Pale Blue Dot’ by Carl Sagan)
This application goes by the really awfull name of ‘Celestia’ and it’s highly recommended to all those that have even the slightest interest in science fiction, space travel and astronomy. You just ‘zap’ through the galaxy, with millions of planets, stars, asteroids, moons and even spacecrafts to discover and explore. It is so awesome to just literaly hop from galaxy to galaxy, a geek’s wet dream.
Google Earth has just addded 170.000 3D buildings in the city of Amsterdam! Make sure to tick ‘3D buildings’ and below that ‘3D warehouse’ in your layers palette to make also the detailed buildings visible.
Compare humans to cells. Compare highways to bloodvessels. Compare data-cables to a nervous system, and the internet to our collective memory. Try to imagine mankind organizing itself as one organism. This is not the Matrix, or even the future. This is real, right now.
Many people aren’t fully aware of this yet, but in the past year or two, the internet has changed dramatically, again. Data is now, through initiatives like del.icio.us and Digg clustering together in more organic ways. Information is shared more real-time and open than ever before, and faster than the established media will ever be able to compete with.
Let me show you an example of what the internet is becoming. I stumbled upon this today: ‘the Arc’, at Digg Labs. Now if you first look at it you might think: “so?”. Well, this is a direct view into the current interests of a very substantial part of people online, in real-time. This is one of the synapses that are currently evolving on the web, where data is processed organically, unmoderated. One person posts a story at Digg, another might Digg this story too, and another. In a matter of minutes, a certain popular site can become totally flooded with visitors. And there are three other visual data tools also, called Stack, Swarm and Bigspy. Check them out.
Don’t you adore the visual representation of this otherwise numeric/textual data? Initiatives like these really blow a soul into the internet, make it feel like a lively place, where things influence one another in dramatic, massive, and ever surprising ways. Sometimes I wonder if the ‘old world’ of hierarchy and order has even the faintest idea that the very concept of power and the ownership of intellectual property is changing for ever, and there is no way back.
However, as with all change, it is neither good or bad by definition. It’s just change.
Everything and everybody is growing together. We’re becoming more connected to the world and our IQ’s are going up, but we’re more naked than before, and our safety is threatened in ways nobody could have even imagined a few years back, and I’m not speaking of terrorism. Bad things are more organised, but so are the good initiatives. We are aware on a much larger scale. We become angry together, at dumb people starting dumb wars for dumb reasons, for all the world to see in broad daylight. We also appreciate more together, for instance art that is not recognized by the established art clique, because it’s not from an established artist. We see a work of creation and we like it or not. In a way, we’re becoming more shallow and general, but on the other hand we’re collectively becoming much more aware of what’s outside the box. We have more potential to grow, but also to suffocate. We share it all easily and freely, and very actively; together!
Don’t you love the world and time we live in?
Great things are coming our way.
Both good and bad.
Fasten your seatbelts.
It’s going to be rough…