Webstock - New Zealand's web conference Game designer and future forecaster Jane McGonigal takes both work and play seriously. She writes and speaks about the power of digital games, virtual worlds and other immersive experiences to change reality and to shape our future, while at the same time creating the same types of games professionally. As a designer, Jane is known as the “queen bee of alternate reality games” (ARGs), a leading-edge genre of massively collaborative computer games that use meaningful play to create global collective intelligences. As one of the world’s first and foremost ARG designers and the leading academic researcher in this field, Jane’s work focuses on how meaningful play can teach 21st century skills to improve people’s thinking and social relations.
Cartography: the old versus the New On December 14th 2009 De Balie – an Amsterdam-based center for culture and politics – organized an evening about old and new cartographies. Participants were Ferjan Ormeling (Emeritus Professor Cartography, Faculty of Geographical Sciences, Utrecht University), Henk van Houtum (Associate Professor of Geopolitics and Political Geography, Head of the Nijmegen Centre for Border Research), Maarten Keulemans (science journalist), Jelle Reumer (director Natural Museum Rotterdam, Special Professor at Utrecht University), Lucas Keijning (NEMO science center), and me. The evening was lead by Volkskrant journalist Martijn van Calmthout. The evening was set up as a prelude to the presentation of a new world map the day after in The Hague. From the announcement:
Networked Devices and Public Space Hannah Gregory: Your forthcoming book will be called The City is Here For You To Use. This focus on use seems to want to actively place city-users, rather than urban planners and governments at the forefront of the functioning of the city. Adam Greenfield: Absolutely. These YouTube Videos Supposedly Induce Insomnia Curing ‘Brain Orgasms’ via Huffington Post It’s a sensation that also goes by autonomous sensory meridian response, or ASMR: a non-clinical term for the relaxing, tingling feeling at the top of the head that proponents say can lead to a number of therapeutic, if scientifically unproven, benefits. Brittany Connolly, a maker of ASMR videos, told The Huffington Post by email that ASMR clips have helped her through “both anxiety disorders and sleep problems.”
Google’s Internet: Google Public DNS Remember that rumor a while back that Google was going to build its own version of the Internet? It turns out that the idea might not be so far-fetched after all. Last month, Google revealed that it was working on its own protocol that could perhaps one day replace HTTP, dubbed SPDY. locationShare just game? It seems incentives important to keep people coming back but what happenes when people get bored? Incentives in location: Foursquare leaderboard, mayor deals, Gowalla: items and prizes, Waze, prizes, Rummble, local heroes So, are people sharing their location for the social gain, the exhibitionism, or the gaming Long-term use of these services depends on a solid product and people wanting to use them. All the hottest location-sharing services use some sort of gaming element to get users hooked, but will we ever be 100% comfortable with people knowing where we are?
The revolution will NOT be in Open Data The following guest post is by Duncan Edwards from the Institute of Development Studies. I’ve had a lingering feeling of unease that things were not quite right in the world of open development and ICT4D (Information and communication technology for development), so at September’s Open Knowledge Conference in Geneva I took advantage of the presence of some of the world’s top practitioners in these two areas to explore the question: How does “openness” really effect change within development? Inspiration for the session came from a number of conversations I’ve had over the last few years. My co-conspirator/co-organiser of the OKCon side event “Reality check: Ethics and Risk in Open Development,” Linda Raftree, had also been feeling uncomfortable with the framing of many open development projects, assumptions being made about how “openness + ICTs = development outcomes,” and a concern that risks and privacy were not being adequately considered.
UFOs Skip to Main Content Home > UFOs UFOs GreatLocation LandRush2010 Back in November, at our Realtime CrunchUp event, I sat on the geolocation panel with members of Twitter, Foursquare, SimpleGeo, GeoAPI, Hot Potato, and Google. At one point, I raised the question if location was going to be the next battleground between startups large and small, much like social identity plays (Facebook Connect vs. Google Friend Connect) and status updates (Twitter vs. Facebook).