Monday, August 31, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
You can't beat that for a lead into 'Technology As Experience'. Especially as I have a very broad definition of technology, and experience for that matter. For tonight's seminar task we had to post two vignettes expressing 'technology as experience' in a very pragmatic fashion.
Who Drives Who
The alarm drives her out of bed in the morning before she has taken her first woken breath. Soon she has to wake the children. There may be time for her time before…
She boils the jug and runs the shower and starts the first load of the weekly washing. The shower goes cold when the washer kicks in and she jumps out of her skin and into her clothes.
It’s time to call the children and the rest is a blur of breakfast and bag packing and breaking up fights.
She checks the clock. She checks the calendar. She checks the clock again. She’s late. She has forgotten the date.
The jug has boiled dry and the washing needs drying and the drying up needs returning to the drawer.
She draws a breath in the doorway before driving them all into the car and away.
She pats her head, her glasses are there. She pats her pocket, her phone is there. She pats her bag, her cards and keys are there. She taps the keys. She still can't leave. The seminar is over but the screen is still on.
She feels oddly naked, anxious and impelled. She types and surfs and searches and scrolls and taps and pats. And taps and pats. She can’t stop still.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Some of the good press coverage from Michael's recent Malaysia trip! I love the pic so I'm going to post it, even though I know that right now we're focussing on a very different talk - ABC Radio National and 'The Audioverse in your Pocket'!
On top of that and the kid's robotics competitions, technoist is working on a non-profit/third sector web strategy talk.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Thank heavens Twitter has given me so much practise putting 160 characters together!
After Rodney Brooks' inspirational talk at NICTA TechFest09 "Legends of Innovation", we are all fired up and have been building robots all night!
Google announced the X-Prize and Mindstorms Contest last week so perhaps we can follow Brooks' dream and design, program and construct robots to perform simulated lunar missions!
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Thumbnails for Alan Kay: Doing with Images Makes Symbols Pt 1
Alan Kay is an inspirational bridge between computer and culture, hardware, software and us. He quotes the Talmud in one of his talks,
"We see the world not as it is, but as we are."
When musing with michael about the difference between digital and analog, he made an analogy between film and brain.
Our perceptual mechanisms operate much like film does. We make sense of small bits of information linked in a linear flow. Space is mediated by time. The changing frame is film. Our changing minds is reality.