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YouTube - Ignite ETech 2008: Matt Webb
"A science fictional tour of the solar system from alternative earths to the space-spiders of Saturn."
sciencefiction  scifi  mattwebb  etech  planets  solarsystem  humor  science 
april 2009 by robertogreco
PLAYPOWER | learning games for radically affordable computers
"We support affordable, effective, fun learning games. We're starting with an existing $10 TV-computer as a platform for learning games in the developing world."
games  learning  videogames  edutainment  gamedev  education  opensource  elearning  etech 
march 2009 by robertogreco
Scratch Lowers Resistance to Programming | Gadget Lab from
""Our design philosophy is, don't design something for kids that you don't also find engaging and interesting," says Jay Silver, one of the researchers who created Scratch. Silver works in the Media Lab's "Lifelong Kindergarten" group. So it's not surprising that the environment is fun for adults, too. At the Emerging Technology conference here Monday, a roomful of grownups were playing with the program, creating bouncing kitties and a simple golf game."
scratch  mit  lifelongkindergarten  olpc  programming  learning  edg  education  picoboard  etech 
march 2009 by robertogreco
Collaborative Play: Improving the World by Making Fun Stuff with Smart People: ETech 2009
"By building non-traditional communities in cities where it is notoriously difficult to build any community, hackers are demonstrating the future of social organization. It’s fun! While we secretly figure out how to make our lives in the city more functional and satisfying, we learn and share and make things. We play. Everyone can play. This talk is your invitation!"
rosewhite  nycresistor  hackercollective  make  diy  communities  families  cities  urban  sharing  collaborative  tinkering  electronics  hacking  learning  lcproject  etech  2009 
january 2009 by robertogreco
Mobile Phones Reveal the Behavior of Places and People: ETech 2009
"Our mission at SenseNetworks is to index the real world using location data. By harnessing this rich, natural and anonymized data, unprecedented possibilities emerge for user modeling, marketing, advertising, recommendation, search and collaborative filtering. Using machine learning algorithms, we can infer the context of a place and the tribe of a user from just their location data. It turns out that the flow and movement of people through the city (who is where and at what time) defines places and their character. Similarly, a person’s movement trail through the city reveals their personality and tribe. With location data, we build a network of places (how similar is place A to place B) and a network of people (how similar is person X to person Y). These networks let us cluster places and people as well as compute next-generation demographics and analytics."
etech  2009  sensenetworks  location-based  location  patterns  analytics  demographics  urban  mobile  phones 
january 2009 by robertogreco
Urban Homesteading: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Modern Making: ETech 2009
"In 1900 about 40 percent of Americans (40 million) lived on farms, and a similar percentage worked on farms. All farms had machinery and woodworking shops, and the people living and working on farms knew how to repair equipment, make furniture, and build almost anything they needed. People were makers by necessity, and as a result they acquired many useful DIY skills that they applied to their leisure activities as well.
markfrauenfelder  homesteading  urban  urbanhomesteading  self-reliance  diy  make  farming  gardening  homes  etech  2009  agriculture 
january 2009 by robertogreco
"We’re two gen-X geeks who are fulltime nomads synthesizing technology in with our journey. Chris gave up his apartment in San Francisco in April 2006 to begin his nomadic journey. Along the way, we found each other and in May 2007, set off together on a 7 month road trip in a 2006 Tab Clamshell, tricked out with solar power.

The experiment in living on the road together was a success, so in May 2008 we commissioned a larger home suitable for two to be built to our spec by Oliver Travel Trailer, including solar and upgraded electrical systems.

We both work in high tech fields, even running our own technology, marketing and strategy consulting firm—Two Steps Beyond."

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neo-nomads  nomads  technomadia  mobility  travel  green  sustainability  environmentalism  simplicity  technology  etech  2009 
january 2009 by robertogreco
Urban Futures: ETech 2009
"When we look at the world around us we see many examples of places and spaces that we both love and hate. What would you ‘cut and paste’ from different parts of your city to create the ideal sustainable urban environment? Arup have spent a number of years discussing what the eco-city would need to look like if we are going to move towards an Ecological Age. Yet, there are more questions than answers. There are more challenges than solutions.
etech  2009  arup  urban  urbanism  future  environment  sustainability  cities  eco-cities 
january 2009 by robertogreco
The New 'Situation': Frameworks for Spatial Mediation: ETech 2009
"What does the platform look like that allows digital architects to layer interaction models from massively multiplayer gaming and wii-like gestural performance onto urban-scale environments? We are building software, initially for an amusement park in Dubai, that integrates the datastreams from thousands of modular sensor nodes into a high-resolution realtime spatial model of people and objects."
mmo  bencerveny  kevinslavin  areacode  stamendesign  location-based  sensors  wii  gaming  games  performance  datastreams  modeling  objects  etech  2009 
january 2009 by robertogreco
Design Fiction: ETech 2009
"Design is a kind of authoring practice, crafting material visions of different kinds of possible worlds. Design’s various ways of articulating ideas in material to create social objects and experiences can be seen as a kind of practice close to writing fiction. This is a presentation about the relationship between design, science fiction and the material elements that help tell visual stories about the future — mostly props and special effects.

The questions here are this: How does design participate in shaping possible near future worlds? How does the integration of story telling, technology, art and design provide opportunities to re-imagine how the world may be in the future?"
julianbleecker  etech  2009  design  storytelling  socialobjects  imagination  future  visual 
january 2009 by robertogreco
The End of Obsolescence: Engineering the Post-Consumer Economy: ETech 2009
"Consumerism is crashing, but the logic of digital, networked products promises a path forward. The emerging sustainable economy connects a renewed “repair culture,” to reputation systems for companies and customers. It leads to the platformization of everything, ultimately allowing digital products to drive an overwhelming share of economic activity. The result will be a refreshed economy less bounded by the limits of natural resources."
etech  2009  postconsumerism  plannedobsolescence  plannedlongevity  repair  diy  sustainability  thrift  platformization  repairing 
january 2009 by robertogreco
Sustaining the American Family: ETech 2009
"The American family consumes resources vastly beyond its “share”—more so than other nation’s family. However due to technology, increasing environmental awareness and a changing economy, it is also the best poised to make a course correction. Worldchanging’s Alex Steffen returns to show the results of his latest project about how to make us more sustainable."
alexsteffen  sustainability  worldchanging  families  parenting  etech  2009 
january 2009 by robertogreco
robertogreco {tumblr} - Unschooling and Messiness
"Jessica Shepherd reviews the recently published How Children Learn at Home in the Guardian. The review seems to focus more on the unschooling subset of home education and the part that I find most interesting is the comparison to the messiness that often results in creative leaps. It reminds me of a variety of articles that have been emphasizing the importance of random events and cross-pollination or hybridization of traditional fields of study."
unschooling  crossdisciplinary  interdisciplinary  multidisciplinary  transdisciplinary  postdisciplinary  nassimtaleb  glvo  crosspollination  messiness  davidsmith  julianbleecker  nicolasnova  robertepstein  design  learning  deschooling  education  creativity  comments  lcproject  schools  technology  consilience  creative  children  homeschool  research  books  blackswans  tinkering  serendipity  specialization  academia  grantmccracken  lelaboratoire  ted  poptech  etech  lift  picnic  lacma  art  science  medicine  us  terminology  vocabulary  specialists 
august 2008 by robertogreco
ETech 2009 - O'Reilly Conferences, March 09 - 12, 2009, San Jose, CA
"Living, Reinvented: The Tech of Abundance and Constraints. ETech opens our eyes to the trends, tools and developments in emerging technology that demand our attention—demonstrating how technology can bring us closer to each other and to the world around us."

[some of the topics: *City Tech *Mobile & The Web *Geek Family *Nomadism & Shedworking * Sustainable Life * Life Hacking & Information Overload]
etech  sanjose  2009  future  technology  nomads  glvo  emerging  innovation  sustainability  events  conferences  lifehacks  mobile  phones  mobileweb  neo-nomads 
august 2008 by robertogreco
Calit2 : Tracking Pollution and Social Movement: Love Fest for Calit2 Technologies at 'Make Fest 2007'
"For Calit2 postdoctoral researcher Shannon Spanhake, it meant putting her Calit2-funded mobile air pollution monitor through its paces - while giving press interviews between demonstrations."
mobile  phones  sandiego  ucsd  monitoring  sensors  shannonspanhake  make  personalinformatics  pollution  bluetooth  technology  art  environment  engineering  science  mobility  nataliejeremijenko  calit2  glvo  classideas  via:blackbeltjones  etech 
may 2008 by robertogreco
Shannon Spanhake: Meet Squirrel, a Personal Pollution Monitor | Visarts-Drupal
"Since 1990, San Diego’s population rose by 1.8m people, yet # of official pollution monitors increased by 1. UCSD engineer-turned-artist Shannon Spanhake has come up w/ new&better way to monitor environment: personal pollution sensor called Squirrel."
bluetooth  data  environment  personalinformatics  shannonspanhake  pollution  ucsd  classideas  sandiego  science  art  engineering  sensors  mobile  phones  monitoring  make  technology  mobility  nataliejeremijenko  calit2  glvo  via:blackbeltjones  etech 
may 2008 by robertogreco
@ETech: Matt Webb's Tour of a Fictional Solar System - O'Reilly Radar
"We began ETech with a series of Ignite talks. As usual Matt Webb weaved together beautiful images, kinetic energy and keen insights. Enjoy the talk."
mattwebb  sciencefiction  pseudoscience  scifi  science  space  fiction  etech  oreilly  astronomy 
april 2008 by robertogreco
From Pixels to Plastic, Matt Webb - O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference 2007
"As the internet sensibility hits the stuff in our homes, our product world is undergoing a massive transformation. But once there, what will we build?" see slides and notes at:
mattwebb  etech  technology  presentations  design  web  internet  social  software  interaction  products  physical  objects  networking  fabrication  socialsoftware  interactiondesign  wow  hardware  usability  future  manufacturing  diy  make 
april 2008 by robertogreco
WorldChanging: The Cute Cat Theory of Digital Activism
If there’s single message to talk...activists are going to use your tools if your tools are any good - watch them, pay attention to them, protect them and learn from them. They’ll make tools better, they’re one of reasons to make social software in
activism  internet  web  ethanzuckerman  worldchanging  web2.0  twitter  presentation  politics  lolcat  etech  socialsoftware  tools 
march 2008 by robertogreco

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