Friday, June 26, 2009

WAVE hello to the future

Open sourced awesomeness! This is the future of communication. It's version of email kinda works like how you can use Google docs already. But it's waves. It's sonic booms of info. It breaks the info into particles that you can interject into, a multi level conversation. This is great to really encourage all of our ADD conditions. Yet, I think its just a step closer to singularity.

And on that topic....

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Old men mapping the world.

GO GO GEO WEB! For all you geographers out there, the internet is coming to get you. GIS , Geographic Information Systems, can be very boring sometimes but very informative. GIS and those who deal with it make it accessible to the public via cartography and visualization. By integrating geographic knowledge into daily human interaction can help us all live more sustainable/efficiently/and even socially.
Geographic Knowledge is more than just data:
Its predictions its cartographic knowlege
Meta Data- key for discovery and access
Because of Google and other mapping systems we are all thinking spatially in real time. They need to make the knowledge for the public. At the ACADIA conference I attended last October several presentations were also on this topic. The presentation by Ginette Wessel, Remco Chang, and Eric Sauda was titled:Towards A New (Mapping Of The) CityInteractive, Data Rich Modes Of Urban Legibility.
Their paper proposes a new interactive modes of urban legibility: data space, virtual and physical city, multi-nodal, and information flows.
They conclude that two necessary aspects of any urban visualization are interactivity and the combination of data and geospatial information. Interactivity is crucial because of the fluid nature of our experience and the diversity of individual agendas in the contemporary city. The combination of data and geospatial information reinforces the importance of geometry of the city alone is no longer a reliable indicator of meaning. The modern metropolis is a lasagna of complex overlays of information. The "city as object" has been retired. As much as the city is a living and reacting system, the information that defines or at least translates these transitory systems must be defined by the mailable technology such as twitter and iphone apps.
There was a lecture that Benjamin Bratton gave this past year where he talked about open source urbanism. "For the emergent pairing of urban software and hardware, the redesign of the polis is dependent as the redesign o the city & the redesign o the city is dependent on the redesign of the software, in fact they may likely turn out to be all the same thing." He also said architecture should commit suicide. Personally I am waiting for the jump. You can watch that lecture here. Just click on the video archive link.

Nader Vossoughian gave a lecture at the Berlage Institute in January 2009 titled Open Source Urbanism and the Language of the Global Polis which you can stream here.

What I want to know is how who is mapping what is happening in Tehran right now after the election. The use of "easy tech" aka cellphones to collect the people in riots and other rebellious demonstrative movements should really be documented and theorized. The fact that Facebook was banned in the country for awhile should tell you that the Iranians really know how to use it for its potential. Until then, here's the tweets about it.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

GOOD -n- trashy.

This is not new news but its good to keep it in mind. GOOD magazine had one of their Transparency's on it recently. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a major problem for the world yet just recently (2008) has been physically addressed. Richard Owen is a building contractor and scuba dive instructor who formed the Environmental Cleanup Coalition to address the issue of the pollution of the North Pacific. The ECC plan calls for modifying a fleet of ships to clear the area of debris and form a restoration and recycling laboratory called Gyre Island. The ECC is a non-profit, NON-GOVERNMENTAL agency.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Heh heh, Hello?

WELCOME TO THE FUTURE! Though the Design of the Elastic Mind Show was last year, there were so many products on display that its easy to find stuff as new. The Nokia Morph concept device bridges between highly advanced technologies and their potential benefits to end-users. This device concept showcases what is being explored by Nokia Research Center (NRC) in collaboration with the Cambridge Nanoscience Centre (United Kingdom). Nanoscale technologies will potentially create a world of radically different devices that open up an entirely new spectrum of possibilities. No longer just something to loose in your purse or your pocket. The phone is part of your daily appearance.

Integrated electronics in the Morph concept could cost less and include more functionality in a smaller space via its design at a nano scale. Nanotechnology has made it possible for materials like this, materials that are flexible, stretchable, transparent and remarkably strong all at once. All this is at the protein and fiber level of composition. The fibril proteins are woven into a three dimensional mesh that reinforces thin elastic structures much like the fibers in spider silk. The embedded elasticity enables the device to literally change shapes and configure itself to adapt to the task at hand. Also on a material scale, the utilization of biodegradable materials is planned in the production.. The "Nanograss" mentioned in the video is a brilliant idea that should be applied to other surfaces as well. I would even say automobiles! The nanograss harvests solar power. This miracle/future phone also will be laced with senors that have incite to bio-chemical awareness and consciousness to determine pollution or a fruit's ripeness. This could potentially count your own intake of calories and the calories you use while its on your body. Amazing. When can this be under my chirstmas tree?