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We’re watching

Posted by on Oct 18, 2008 in Bioreactive Media, Blog, Data Visualization, Emerging Science and Technology, Geolocation and Psychogeography, Media and Markets, Technology and Privacy | Comments Off on We’re watching

A Canadian company has developed a technology called Eyebox2 that it says can monitor the gaze of passersby and respond to shifts in attention,  even tracking multiple people at once,  and even from more than 30 feet away.

The company says the advertising potential is large, wherein outdoor or unconventional ad space could be sold "by the eyeball." In addition, the technology could provide a new kind of test lab for evaluating and refining ads in unusual contexts.

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We’re out of bandwidth?

Posted by on Sep 13, 2008 in Blog, Emerging Science and Technology | Comments Off on We’re out of bandwidth?

We are starting to hit the limits of the internet’s capacity to carry data, say experts.  So far applications such as streaming video have been able to function thanks to excess capacity paid for by investors in the internet boom, but which went relatively unused until recently.  Now the merger of video delivery and the internet (and IPTV in general) will begin to strain these resources.  Will parallel systems such as the vaunted "internet 2" save the day, or not?

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How to make “Internet TV”

Posted by on Aug 1, 2008 in Blog, Emerging Science and Technology, TechnoActivism, Technology and Art | Comments Off on How to make “Internet TV”

Simple online guide,  sponsored by Participatory Culture Foundation,  on how to create and publish video to the net.

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Biometric + Digital Art at Venice Biennale

Posted by on Jun 1, 2007 in Bioreactive Media, Blog, Emerging Science and Technology, Technology and Art, Technology and Privacy | Comments Off on Biometric + Digital Art at Venice Biennale

Didn’t make it to the Venice Biennale, but if I were there, I wouldn’t want to miss the installation by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer called “Pulse Room.” 100 lightbulbs are connected to EKG sensors and thus are “controlled by the heartbeat of the public.” ? The exhibit runs from June 10 – November 21 (2007) in the Palazzo Van Axel.

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We’re not going to make it….

Posted by on Mar 16, 2007 in Blog, Emerging Science and Technology | Comments Off on We’re not going to make it….

At this year’s TED conference (Technology, Entertainment, Design),  where attendees are capped at 1,000 and tickets cost $6,000 each,  John Doerr, the famous venture capitalist whose firm bootstrapped such startups as Amazon and Google, began his climate-crisis talk with the words, "I’m really scared. I don’t think we’re going to make it"- and was too overcome by emotion to speak.  Another speaker this year actually used the term "species extinction," referring to ours.   The talks are always thought-provoking and some are exceptionally powerful.   Some are already online where you can hear them at:

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Tracking the Congressional attention span

Posted by on Feb 20, 2007 in Blog, Data Visualization, Datamining, Emerging Science and Technology, TechnoActivism | Comments Off on Tracking the Congressional attention span

Arstechnica reports:  "While text mining 330,000 New York Times articles poses an interesting challenge, it’s not as interesting as sifting through 70 million words (from over 70,000 unique documents) found in the Congressional Record. A team of political science researchers  found that their software was able to answer questions too difficult for humans to handle on their own.

What’s exciting about this project and others like it is that computers are at last capable of unsupervised, dynamic analysis, and they can produce meaningful results with little or no intervention (humans will still be required to interpret the results, of course). The researchers in this project turned their software loose on 70 million words of Congressional debate without doing any initial topic coding. Researchers wanted to know several things: how do elected leaders distribute their attention? Under what circumstances do leaders push or follow public attention to an issue? Is debate on most issues incremental or explosive? Now that they could accurately track topics over time, the researchers found, for instance, that "judicial nominations" have consumed steadily more Congressional attention between 1997 and 2004. In fact, the topic produced the most number of words published in a single "day" of the Congressional Record: 230,000 on November 12, 2003.

Another hot issue, abortion, has moved in the other direction. Abortion has steadily received less Congressional attention over the last decade, and floor speeches on abortion now remain stable at one percent of the total (down from six percent in the 105th Congress)."

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