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The New York Times > Magazine > In the Magazine: Faith, Certainty and the Presidency of George W. Bush
"In the summer of 2002, after I had written an article in Esquire that the White House didn't like about Bush's former communications director, Karen Hughes, I had a meeting with a senior adviser to Bush. He expressed the White House's displeasure, and then he told me something that at the time I didn't fully comprehend -- but which I now believe gets to the very heart of the Bush presidency.

The aide said that guys like me were ''in what we call the reality-based community,'' which he defined as people who ''believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.'' I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. ''That's not the way the world really works anymore,'' he continued. ''We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do.''"

[Ron Suskind, the writer, is quoting of Karl Rove.]

[via Adam Greenfield's newsletter 01 July 2015]
ronsuskind  reality  georgewbush  karlrove  2004  2002  empires  us  imperialism  via:adamgreenfield  faith  certainty 
july 2015 by robertogreco
The Cause Of Riots And The Price of Food  - Technology Review
"If we don't reverse the current trend in food prices, we've got until August 2013 before social unrest sweeps the planet, say complexity theorists"
2011  food  trends  unrest  economics  riots  2013  prices  via:adamgreenfield 
august 2011 by robertogreco
Weaponized Transhumans: Halo, Deus Ex, Crysis...
"We love games where we put on armor that gives us superhuman abilities. We become transhuman.<br />
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What future is there for humanity when this kind of technology arrives? At what point we do we stop calling the shots? When the armor no longer needs us - what happens?…<br />
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…thesis: games about future, transhuman warriors like the Master Chief make an argument about the role of humans in future society. Are we going to be the drivers we are today, or will we ride in the backseat, chaffeured and guided by AI?…<br />
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In each of these universes, technologically augmented humans fight to determine the fate of our species. In some, these humans are deciders and actors. In others, they're equipment, slaves to their machines. Let's look at each in turn, and see what they have to say about what will happen to humans once we start altering ourselves with technology."
gaming  via:adamgreenfield  halo  deusex  bioshock  warhammer  crysis  videogames  2011  transhumanism  society  humans  psychology  future  games 
july 2011 by robertogreco
Shadow Cities, a New iPhone Video Game - Review - NYTimes.com
"I have played the future of mobile gaming. It is called Shadow Cities.

If you have an iPhone, you simply must try this game. Shadow Cities isn’t just the future of mobile gaming. It may actually be the most interesting, innovative, provocative and far-reaching video game in the world right now, on any system.

That’s a strong, perhaps outrageous, statement. But it’s merited because Shadow Cities delivers a radically fresh sort of engagement. Shadow Cities fully employs the abilities of the modern smartphone in the service of an entertainment experience that feels almost impossibly exciting and new."

"Until now games on phones and tablets have basically used those devices as small versions of traditional game machines; they did not allow you to play directly with other users in real time and they certainly took no note of where you were in the real world…

But in Shadow Cities the network and the real world it pervades become the game, which is so much more powerful."
iphone  ios  applications  shadowcities  via:adamgreenfield  situationist  place  games  gaming  toplay  2011  play  gps  location-based  location-aware  greyarea  psychogeography 
july 2011 by robertogreco
Radicals, Imbeciles & FBI Stooges: From Jerry Rubin To Rich Fink, We’ve Reached Rock-Bottom, Baby! - By Mark Ames - The eXiled
"…FBI gave explicit orders to leave the “anarchist” Libertarian Alliance alone, and focus on everyone else in the room.

What’s so galling is that, in the libertarians’ revisionist history of themselves, they constantly describe themselves as “radicals”–as in “radicals for capitalism” or “anarcho-capitalists.” For three decades now, they’ve been pumping American history full of free-market mind-smog…

The real radicals were destroyed by the State: imprisoned, scattered, harassed, surveilled, ruined, even shot to death in their beds, like Fred Hampton. That becomes clear in those FBI files. Today, there’s no Left to speak of. Today, libertarianism is not only the only “choice” that the state allows us to make, but worse, libertarianism’s popularity is growing to record levels (thanks to the billionaire Koch brothers’ investment), according to a recent New York Times article, “Poll Finds Shift Towards More Libertarian Views.”"
radicals  history  libertarianism  libertarian  capitalism  2011  markames  via:adamgreenfield  politics  policy  revisionism  anarcho-capitalism  freemarkets  1960s  1970s  yippies  hippies  marxism  anarchism  radicalism  fbi  kochbrothers  larrykudlow  richardnixon  huntercollege  jneilschulman  richfink  briandoherty  rebellion  civilrights 
july 2011 by robertogreco
Cykelmageren
"Rasmus Gjesing founded Cykelmageren in 1994 by opening a shop in Copenhagen. After a 6 months period of time doing only reparations on bikes with a mainstream look and in bad quality, he got inspired and began building and selling bikes in own design. He wished to break new ground by creating a unique product that was made to last and through out the history of the company this has been the basic idea of the concept. The demand for handmade bikes made expand naturally needed. From thereon the company developed into being a team of innovative quality- enthusiasts, all taking turns building the bikes at the workshop in the north of the city. A Cykelmageren handmade bike is individually ordered and build regarding every costumers needs and wishes and the aim for flexibility and special adjustment is good…"
bikes  denmark  handmade  design  biking  via:adamgreenfield 
july 2011 by robertogreco
Re-Inscribing the City: Unitary Urbanism Today
"In the late 50s up until about the end of the 60s a group of rebels and artists known as the Lettrist/Situationist International (LI/SI) made a desperate attempt to re-imagine the city so that its inhabitants could break free from the bleak urban routine of work and consumption. During this period numerous strategies were developed under the name of "Unitary Urbanism." This panel reflects on the historical importance of these strategies in order to critically examine how they relate to their own work, and the possible uses and subversive potential of these practices today."
situationist  readinglists  urban  urbanism  anarchism  events  via:adamgreenfield  2011  nyc  unitaryurbanism  cities  1960s  1950s  lettrist  art  rebellion  history  ethanspigland  adeolaenigbokan  dillondegive  blakemorris  thewalkstudygroup  williamhoujebek  antonioserna  guydebord  psychogeography  derive  dérive 
april 2011 by robertogreco
Tools for Teaching - Preparing to Teach the Large Lecture Course
"Be clear about what can reasonably be accomplished by lecturing. Research shows that lecturing is as effective as other instructional methods,such as discussion, in transmitting information but less effective in promoting independent thought or developing students' thinking skills (Bligh, 1971). In addition to presenting facts, try to share complex intellectual analyses, synthesize several ideas, clarify controversial issues, or compare and contrast different points of view"
teaching  tips  howto  learning  lecturing  lectures  via:adamgreenfield  presentations  criticalthinking  problemsolving  informationtransmission  independentthought  highereducation  highered  discussion  conversation 
april 2011 by robertogreco
Archiving the City
"Archiving the City is an archive of urban experience, concerned with how researchers interested in the sensations, perceptions, aesthetics and politics of living in cities today might expand their methods beyond the traditional tools accepted in the social sciences. Archiving the City is a peek inside one researcher’s field notebook."
urbanism  architecture  design  archivingthecity  urban  threory  situationist  sensations  perception  geography  experience  urbanplanning  research  via:adamgreenfield  anarchism  adeolaenigbokan  humangeography  psychogeography  nyc  environmentalpsychology  environment  urbanstudies  mediastudies  sociology  anthropology  cities 
april 2011 by robertogreco
C200: This Is What A City Makes Possible | citytank [This is splendid. The quotes are only part of the script, and the photo gallery that the text supports is worth the look.]
"Sarah Palin and other figures on the right like to talk about “small town values” as being “the real America.” We know better. These are our values:

We have great urban places, where people can live and shop in the same building. & we protect them. We’re proud of what we build…catch…brew…cook up. Seattleites create & use urban spaces – their way…We support local business…take care of each other – & feed each other. No car? We want to give you a safe, affordable ride. No yard? We’ve got a place for you to play. & organizations like Solid Ground help ensure everyone can enjoy it…We’re not scared of new ideas. We think idealism is a virtue…We stand up for each other…If you work hard & you play by rules, you’re a real American. & sometimes, it’s American to break the rules…We share our cultures with each other. And the music, the art, the food…is astounding…President Barack Obama called on America to win the future. Mr. President, the people of Seattle are ready."
seattle  urban  urbanism  via:adamgreenfield  cities  transportation  values  sarahpalin  cascadia  washingtonstate  barackobama  winthefuture  2011  citytank  seattlejobsinitiative  jobs  future  progress  community  education  idealism  culture 
april 2011 by robertogreco
Boundary object - Wikipedia
A boundary object is a concept in sociology to describe information used in different ways by different communities. They are plastic, interpreted differently across communities but with enough immutable content to maintain integrity. The concept was introduced by Susan Leigh Star and James R. Griesemer in a 1989 publication:[1]

"Boundary objects are objects which are both plastic enough to adapt to local needs and constraints of the several parties employing them, yet robust enough to maintain a common identity across sites. They are weakly structured in common use, and become strongly structured in individual-site use. They may be abstract or concrete. They have different meanings in different social worlds but their structure is common enough to more than one world to make them recognizable means of translation. The creation and management of boundary objects is key in developing and maintaining coherence across intersecting social worlds."
sociology  boundaryobjects  via:adamgreenfield  objects  information  communities  susanleighstar  jamesgriesemer  1989  adaptability  identity  stucture  meaning  social  socialworlds 
march 2011 by robertogreco
Dash Marshall : An Apartment for Space-Age Lovers
"Our clients come from the future…They wanted a home to charge up between missions; they wanted a place where every boot and book, every single little thing could be hidden away; they wanted something that would make the most out of their 715 square feet…Dash replied with a highly flexible, intensely personal, high-gloss home for two Space-Age Lovers. The project is designed around four strategies →

Simple Spaces: …making the rooms larger…using sliding partitions…recombine the rooms of their home at will, yielding many different ways to live.

A friendly Black Hole: …flexible zone which can be annexed to the living room or bedroom, or optionally kept closed as a large walk-through closet space…

Everything In Its Right Place: …too much stuff & wanted to be able to live in serenity, without being reminded of their earthly possessions on a daily basis…

Optics: The reflections of the Apartment tell the story of the zero-gravity life that our Space-Age Lovers strive to live…"
design  architecture  nyc  homes  simplicity  smallhomes  via:adamgreenfield 
march 2011 by robertogreco
Panel Discussion : Parallel Urbanism : local people regulating local spaces | Designwala
"Major decisions that affect design and planning of cities are made by urban planners, politicians, policy makers, real estate owners and the government. The local people who inhabit the city usually don’t have much say in how their city is being planned, designed or restructured. These design decisions may include planning out services like healthcare, education, transportation and other urban infrastructure for the city dwellers. The panel hopes to explore the middle ground between local people and decision makers. How can the decision makers tap into the grassroots level community activism to come up with better decisions regarding urban living? On the other hand how do the local people get access to the decision makers to get their voices heard with regard to the city? These are some of the questions we hope to answer through this panel."
urbanism  local  citizenurbanism  citizenregulation  urban  cities  activism  community  communities  decisionmaking  grassroots  infrastructure  healthcare  education  transportation  planning  urbanplanning  politics  policy  government  accessibility  open  via:adamgreenfield 
march 2011 by robertogreco
Ascent Stage: Lessons from unmaking urban mistakes
"We've got more data about cities than we know what to do with. It's lying in archives, published on government websites, being sensed from instrumentation in the environment, deduced from aerial imagery, and built from the ground-up by citizens updating, tweeting, and texting a kind of pointillist painting of city life.

There's simply no reason that we can't design tools to bring city-dwellers into a closer relationship with information that can inform their choices. All the raw materials are there: data, visualization, analytics, and tools for socializing one's insight or commentary. This would not obviate the need for town hall meetings or public presentation of a city's plans, but it would equalize the power imbalance, bringing a Jacobsian emergent planning ethic to a suasive critical mass that can interact with top-down planning around a common set of facts."
urbanplanning  urbancomputing  complexity  design  infrastructure  transportation  urban  systems  streets  community  datamining  roads  planning  cities  highline  portland  nyc  chicago  johntolva  via:adamgreenfield  janejacobs  boston  freeways 
july 2010 by robertogreco
velo-city blog | NYC | Programs
"Velo City’s mission is to introduce youth from diverse under served communities to urban planning and design concepts, community involvement opportunities, and career options in architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and design through the medium of cycling."

[See also: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/991833446/cycling-exploring-the-city-bikesplorations ]
via:adamgreenfield  nyc  bikes  biking  kickstarter  landscape  activism  urban  urbanism  urbanplanning  architecture  community  civics  youth  design  velocity  transportation  transit  bikesplorations  classideas  tcsnmy 
june 2010 by robertogreco
Quo vadis guiri? Get on the bus with mycitytrip!
"Mi amigo Marco nunca coge el autobús, dice que es el medio de transporte menos accesible para alguien que viene de fuera. Y no me extraña. Para utilizar el bus tienes que, además de tener tiempo o ser tu única opción, conocer la ciudad con cierta soltura. Nada ha aprendido el bus del metro con sus planos y sus paradas bien señaladas en los recorridos, en los andenes y en el interior de los vagones.
via:adamgreenfield  buses  travel  staycation  tourism  subways  maps  mapping  online  mycitytrip  cities  urban  information  interaction  urbanism  services  servicedesign  transit  urbancomputing  mobility 
may 2010 by robertogreco
Place Hacking | Savage Minds
"I rapped with reformed archaeologist Bradley L. Garrett regarding his recent visual ethnographic fieldwork about urban exploration. Here’s what we talked about, all images are his."
via:adamgreenfield  psychogeography  deleuze  cities  urban  urbanism  urbanexploration  anthropology  capitalism  activism  geography  exploration  parkour  ruins  theory  gillesdeleuze 
january 2010 by robertogreco
Oregon Manifest » Constructors
"The Oregon Manifest Constructor’s Design Challenge aims to inspire frame builders and designers to develop considered, integrated, and spectacular solutions for the everyday rider.
design  bikes  urbanism  transportation  steel  biking  oregon  oregonmanifest  via:adamgreenfield 
october 2009 by robertogreco
Big cities prove apt for apps - CNN.com
"It's a good time to have an iPhone, be moderately geeky and live in New York. That's because loads of iPhone apps have come out that make the urban experience more rewarding. And it's not just iPhone apps. A slew of tech offerings are improving life, work, and getting around in big cities.
maps  urbanism  urbancomputing  augmented  cities  applications  iphone  augmentedreality  mobile  government  data  via:adamgreenfield  ios  ar 
september 2009 by robertogreco
Demos | Publications - Reinventing the Firm
"crisis has called into question many core assumptions about economic structures, governance & institutions...[but] little attention paid to the basic unit of economic collaboration & production: the firm. In recent decades Britain developed a corporate monoculture in which the ‘shareholder value’ creed treated firms simply as the property of their shareholders, to be traded, exploited & disposed of in pursuit of profit. Government policy making has done little to call this culture into question, depriving our economy of a richer vision of what a good company is & what it can do. This crisis is a chance to ask deep questions about our firms: how can they meet social & political as well as economic goals? How can firms be modelled so that not only shareholders but employees, the economy & society profit? Many of these models already exist. Mutual & employee-owned models of business operate with longer time-horizons, achieving higher levels of performance & customer satisfaction..."
economics  business  management  money  capitalism  ethics  institutions  businessmodels  ownership  well-being  corporations  via:adamgreenfield 
september 2009 by robertogreco
Who Controls Data About Public Transportation? | Electronic Frontier Foundation
"How should city transit authorities treat independent software developers who make use of public schedule data? What approach results in the best experience for their passengers and customers? Two models appear to be emerging to answer this question. One, typified by NYC's MTA & DC's WMATA, sees schedule & related data as valuable intellectual property, to be zealously protected, licensed & monetized. So far, the results of this approach appear to have been bad press, irate passengers, wasted money & stymied innovation. The other model, typified by SF's SFMTA & Portland's TriMet, holds that encouraging independent developers to make free use of schedule information can both save the city money & foster innovative applications."
portland  oregon  sanfrancisco  nyc  washingtondc  transportation  opendata  government  transit  via:adamgreenfield  dc 
september 2009 by robertogreco
Far Eastern Economic Review | Will Japan Ever Grow Up?
"In liberal, more individualistic societies, maturity connotes the cultivation of independence, while in communitarian Japan, maturity depends entirely on social recognition..."Japanese education is mind pollution," a 2008 Nobel laureate in physics, Toshihide Masukawa, lectured the minister of education...singularly geared toward memorizing correct answer, to be parroted in examination...students are given no room to think, no incentive to ponder possibilities & differences. Education extinguishes creativity & the life of the mind. Most Japanese Nobel laureates in the sciences had done their work in America. Almost all of them profess that their work could not have been done in Japan, where there is rarely support for the kind of work that takes risks and leads to breakthroughs...What is taught and learned at university is of little concern; it is the ability to enter that matters...The self for Japan and the Japanese is determined by what others think."
japan  economics  via:adamgreenfield  future  politics  children  culture  education  parenting  universities  colleges  schools  schooling  conformity  sociology  globalism  learning  creativity  asia  china  schooliness  deschooling  unschooling  tcsnmy  innovation  decline  society  criticalthinking  testing  admissions 
july 2009 by robertogreco
Consumed - Repurpose-Driven Life - NYTimes.com
"A recent book, “Retrofitting Suburbia,” by Ellen Dunham-Jones and June Williamson, notes that in 1986, the United States had about 15 square feet of retail space per person in shopping centers. That was already a world-leading figure, but by 2003 it had increased by a third, to 20 square feet. The next countries on the list are Canada (13 square feet per person) and Australia (6.5 square feet); the highest figure in Europe is in Sweden, with 3 square feet per person. “Retrofitting Suburbia,” as its title suggests, is concerned with projects that address problems stemming from “leapfrog”-style development — the constant expansion of new housing, and new stores, farther away from city centers. As Dunham-Jones, an associate professor of architecture at Georgia Tech, told me when we spoke recently, one of those problems is that we’ve gotten “overretailed.”"
adaptivereuse  reuse  architecture  retail  space  change  crisis  adaptive  suburbia  malls  us  suburbs  books  via:adamgreenfield 
june 2009 by robertogreco
Amazon to Sell E-Books to Read on the iPhone and iPod Touch - NYTimes.com
"Shaking up the nascent market for electronic books for the second time in two months, Amazon.com will begin selling e-books for reading on Apple’s popular iPhone and iPod Touch. Starting Wednesday, owners of these Apple devices can download a free application, Kindle for iPhone and iPod Touch, from Apple’s App Store. The software will give them full access to the 240,000 e-books for sale on Amazon.com, which include a majority of best sellers."
iphone  applications  amazon  kindle  ebooks  apple  via:adamgreenfield  ios 
march 2009 by robertogreco
The City Is A Prototyping Engine - there is a lot to say, of this we are sure
"The best cities - usually also the largest - are prototyping engines that use the abundance of their density to ceaselessly test new ideas for material accumulations (buildings, vehicles, things), abstract systems (laws, regulations, even languages), and ways of life. This, I argue, is the source of the effervescence that any good city exhibits. The city is exciting because it's always new in a million little ways. In a similar way the non-city, the rural, is exciting because its vaccuum presents persistant challenges. If the mode of the city is becoming, the mode of the rural is a constant overcoming."
cities  urban  urbanism  change  innovation  via:adamgreenfield  bryanboyer  complexity  prototyping  architecture  design  learning  rural  density  consumption 
february 2009 by robertogreco
Brand Avenue: Building a Better Big Box
"The Washington Post enlists the imaginations of several DC-area architects in envisioning the future of the "big box" retail spaces that we all know and loathe. What will happen when the anchor tenant moves on, goes under, or decides it needs an even bigger space? What about changing retail and transportation preferences?
via:adamgreenfield  architecture  design  neighborhoods  suburbs  bixbox  retail  gardening  urban  urbanism  parking  us 
february 2009 by robertogreco
Eikongraphia » Blog Archive » OMA, AMO, MAO
"How should we call this third branch? After ‘OMA’ and ‘AMO’ there are only four other configurations of the letters ‘O’, ‘M’, ‘A’ left: OAM, AOM, MOA and MAO. I opt for MAO.
via:adamgreenfield  architecture  design  urbanism  oma  amo  mao  zeitgeist  future  art  remkoolhaas 
january 2009 by robertogreco
How the city hurts your brain - Boston.com
"Recent research by scientists at the Santa Fe Institute used a set of complex mathematical algorithms to demonstrate that the very same urban features that trigger lapses in attention and memory -- the crowded streets, the crushing density of people -- also correlate with measures of innovation, as strangers interact with one another in unpredictable ways. It is the "concentration of social interactions" that is largely responsible for urban creativity, according to the scientists. The density of 18th-century London may have triggered outbreaks of disease, but it also led to intellectual breakthroughs, just as the density of Cambridge -- one of the densest cities in America -- contributes to its success as a creative center. One corollary of this research is that less dense urban areas, like Phoenix, may, over time, generate less innovation."
landscape  fredericklawolmstead  cities  urban  urbanism  brain  via:adamgreenfield  psychology  urbanplanning  design  architecture  culture  environment  housing  health  nature  cognition  attention  intelligence  neuroscience  mind  boston  biodiversity  behavior 
january 2009 by robertogreco
Actions List | CCA Actions
"Actions: What You Can Do With the City presents 99 actions that instigate positive change in contemporary cities around the world.
future  design  cities  sustainability  urbanism  fun  green  via:adamgreenfield  tcsnmy  projectideas 
january 2009 by robertogreco
Homophily in Social Software - O'Reilly Radar
"The Washington Post has a brief article called "Why Everyone You Know Thinks The Same As You". In short, you hang out with people who are like you, a phenomenon known as homophily. This happens online, and indeed the Internet can lower the costs of finding people like you. But homophily raises the question for social software designers of how much they should encourage homophily and how much they want to mix it up."
homophily  socialnetworking  via:adamgreenfield  socialsoftware  browsing  serendipity 
december 2008 by robertogreco
The Frontal Cortex : Credit
"one of the reasons credit cards are such a popular form of debt is that they take advantage of some innate flaws in the brain. When we buy something with cash, the purchase involves an actual loss - our wallet is literally lighter. Credit cards, however, make the transaction abstract, so that we don't really feel the downside of spending money...Perhaps the real goal of the Paulson plan is precisely that: encourage people to use credit cards as a way to jump start retail spending. Because we've got a shiny new Visa card, we'll be less sensitive to the fact that our 401(k) is down 40 percent, the value of our home is down 20 percent and the unemployment rate shows no sign of stabilizing anytime soon. Call me crazy, but ludicrously expensive debt (rates of 25 percent or more aren't uncommon on credit cards) hardly sounds like a sound long-term solution."
psychology  via:adamgreenfield  money  credit  debt  cognition  brain  bailout  economics  tylercowen  crisis  2008  policy 
november 2008 by robertogreco
In Which We Were All Situationists Once « This Recording
"It wasn’t until college that I found a number of other guys — always guys — who’d been equally enamored of Paris ‘68 and the Situationists as adolescents. Our infatuations were comparably superficial: we weren’t practicing daily acts of resistance and we certainly couldn’t tell you much about Marxist critical theory, but we did think those guys in the pictures building barricades in the streets of Paris looked cool. How depressing: we went ahead and proved Debord right. The Spectacle appropriates all; we young would-be Situationists were entranced by images and slogans; the revolution was a bunch of dandies chucking rocks. In my case, at least, those nights reading Situationist graffiti eventually led down some worthwhile roads, aesthetically speaking, even though those roads are populated almost exclusively by dead French dudes. Moreover, there are a few of us, tattooed psychogeographists mostly, who’ve managed to take those youthful leanings and turn them into something good."
situationist  via:adamgreenfield  psychogeography  activism  music  politics  society  1968  anarchism  marxism 
november 2008 by robertogreco
YouTube - robot generates a conception of itself
"it looks like a four-armed starfish, but so far it's unaware of its own shape. After flailing its arms for a while, however, the robot gets a sense of its design and begins to walk. The real feat comes when engineers remove a part of its leg: The robot senses a change in its structure and begins walking in a different way to compensate. The demonstration is the first proof that a robot can generate a conception of itself and then adapt to damage, a handy skill to have in unpredictable environments."
via:adamgreenfield  robots  intelligence  robotics  ai  consciousness 
october 2008 by robertogreco
“Resistance is Futile”: Reading Science Fiction Alongside Ubiquitous Computing [.pdf]
"Design-oriented research is an act of collective imagining – a way in which we work together to bring about a future that lies slightly out of our grasp. In this paper, we examine the collective imagining of ubiquitous computing by bringing it into alignment with a related phenomenon, science fiction, in particular as imagined by a series of shows that form part of the cultural backdrop for many members of the research community. A comparative reading of these fictional narratives highlights a series of themes that are also implicit in the research literature. We argue both that these themes are important considerations in the shaping of technological design, and that an attention to the tropes of popular culture holds methodological value for ubiquitous computing."
via:adamgreenfield  everyware  ubicomp  pauldourish  genevievebell  scifi  sciencefiction  technology  culture  research  design  fiction  storytelling  filetype:pdf  media:document 
october 2008 by robertogreco
Insert ____ Here | rethinking your neighborhood
"project which invites community members to post signs recommending things like “insert a green roof here”...capitalizing on community awareness of place/environment and optimism in the face of climate challenges."
activism  classideas  urbanism  urban  space  planning  social  community  socialnetworks  crowdsourcing  via:adamgreenfield 
july 2008 by robertogreco
Tikkun olam - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Hebrew phrase that means "repairing the world" or "perfecting the world." In Judaism, the concept of tikkun olam originated in the early rabbinic period. The concept was given new meanings in the kabbalah of the medieval period and further connotations i
repair  hebrew  words  judaism  terminology  via:adamgreenfield  language  optimism  acitivism  justice  repairing 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Urban procedural rhetorics — transcript of my TWAB 2008 talk (Leapfroglog)
"Although I have great faith in the hackers & makers of this world, I do not think things need to be made harder for them than they already are. You can all (partly) influence the future shape of mobile technologies. I have one simple request: Please make
play  games  urbanism  ubicomp  cities  urban  arg  gaming  interaction  surveillance  public  theory  gamechanging  activism  via:adamgreenfield  mobs  flashmobs  space  place  creativity  innovation  psychology  parkour  skateboarding  location  location-based  ubiquitous  streetart  graffiti  gamedesign  interface  ux  skating  skateboards 
june 2008 by robertogreco
No signal: The mobile phone refuseniks - Features, Gadgets & Tech - The Independent
"We chat, we text, we roam and we run up huge bills. Most of us couldn't imagine life without them. But there remain a smattering of rebels who refuse to adopt mobile phones. Why do they resist? And how on earth do they manage?"
mobile  phones  society  behavior  via:adamgreenfield  technology  luddism  culture  attention  continuouspartialattention 
may 2008 by robertogreco
chris woebken I selected projects - a new relationship to e-money
"I designed devices for different spending behaviors, imagining new parasitical services sitting on top of bank accounts that create feedback mechanisms and a new relationship to our bank-account as an extension of ourselves. I am interested in exploring
currency  via:adamgreenfield  money  transit  transport  urbancomputing  design  rfid  datamining  economics  ecosystems  future  payment 
may 2008 by robertogreco
all streets | ben fry
"All of the streets in the lower 48 United States: an image of 26 million individual road segments. No other features (such as outlines or geographic features) have been added to this image, however they emerge as roads avoid mountains, and sparse areas c
maps  visualization  mapping  us  streets  transportation  processing  via:adamgreenfield  geography  roads  datamining 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Chi.mp
"building a flexible, permanent home for your online identity on your own domain. You own and are in control of the facets of your digital life, not any one service provider. One place for your profile, your contacts & content, where you have control over
identity  open  openid  platform  social  socialnetworking  via:adamgreenfield 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Names That Match Forge a Bond on the Internet - New York Times
"A feeling of connection between people with the same name is, in a way, little more than sharing an affinity for a brand — like two car owners who give each other friendly toots because they both drive Mini Coopers."
names  identity  via:adamgreenfield  internet  search  psychology  people  online  naming 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Whimsley: Mr. Google's Guidebook
"Mr. Google is lying! His Guidebook no longer reflects the paths set out by travellers as they navigate their lives. It is no longer an outside observer of people's wanderings....Mr. Google - far from being a butler and travel guide - was more a master th
fiction  google  humor  search  technology  networks  power  web  internet  via:adamgreenfield 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Urban Computing » Blog Archive » Reading list
I’m personally particularly fond of selections marked with a (!). Not to say that all the other selections aren’t genius, but these are books I think of as foundational either in and of themselves, or because they’re canny distillations of other wor
everyware  ubicomp  urbancomputing  urbanism  urban  computing  reference  art  design  lists  books  via:adamgreenfield 
february 2008 by robertogreco
The end of the bus timetable | MetaFilter
"Helsinki City Transport is currently fitting *its entire fleet* with Linux servers. Not only will each bus or tram become a travelling wireless hotspot, but you will be able to see exactly where in the city your new bus actually is. Meaning that you only
everyware  helsinki  public  transit  urbancomputing  locative  mobile  phones  linux  maps  mapping  transportation  buses  technology  via:adamgreenfield 
january 2008 by robertogreco
Command tones: Digitization and sounded time
"Rather than splitting world into “real” & “virtual” domains of perceived experience, digital technologies might better be considered in terms of disconnect between perceived and imperceptible modalities through which they organize social practice
sound  social  time  thesis  reality  media  interface  via:adamgreenfield 
january 2008 by robertogreco
new museum | varnelis.net
"Manhattan is following Paris into becoming a "classic city," full of money but void of potential? If Donald Judd, George Maciunas, or Gordon Matta-Clark were 25 today, they wouldn't live there."
architecture  art  gentrification  place  urbanism  nyc  cities  kazysvarnelis  via:adamgreenfield  matta-clark  gordonmatta-clark 
december 2007 by robertogreco
Ballardian: the World of J.G. Ballard » ‘Seeing everything makes you sad’
"Modernism brings out the dark drives that slumber in us. It reserves no place for the unexplainable or the mysterious – and for precisely that reason causes a return to barbarism."
modernism  depression  jgballard  society  psychology  mystery  religion  barbarism  human  philosophy  via:adamgreenfield 
december 2007 by robertogreco

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