I will be speaking with Gerd Leonhard, Andreas Wiegand, and (hopefully) Jamais Cascio at an event in San Francisco, 10 April 2012, sponsored by Swissex.
The theme is Data is the New Oil: The Journey from Privacy to Publicy. As every web page we visit is logged, and every comment and tweet analyzed for sentiment and intention, more data is being logged weekly than existed on earth a few years ago, prior to the rise of the social web. We will explore the connections between our connected world and the complexities and challenges of a data economy.
If you are interested in attending, please register quickly, since there are only 150 or so seats.
A plain, wooden yardstick traveling with the speed of light- 186,000 miles a second- would shrink into nothingness; a person moving faster than a ray of light could see history going backward like a movie film in reverse. These statements may seen like scientific hocus-pocus, but they are everyday logic to Albert Einstein.
Newsweek April 4, 1938
Oh Newsweek Archivist, we would love an image of this article so we could read it, please…Just a couple pages?
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Ariel Schwartz reports on new research, suggesting that working in a moderately noisy environment — like a coworking space or a café— can lead to a low level of distraction, a state that prompts abstract thinking. So, if you want to do some creative thinking, move to a slightly noisier corner of the office.
“SXSW Interactive is, in a way, one big conflicted mishmash of openness and exclusivity. In this context technology, both hardware and software, is about enabling communication for worldwide social networks and individuals alike. Share your location with 50 million others, but keep your password to yourself. There are the panels about privacy and anonymity, and there are ones about transparency and universality. There are parties hosted by companies eager for attention, where you can drop in, uninvited and rolling 10 deep — and those other parties that you’re probably not getting into, no matter what the affiliation dangling from your neck may say. There are the BBQ joints within walking distance for any curious and hungry attendee, and there are those taco spots on the outskirts of Austin, inaccessible to anyone without a car and a local friend willing to share these secret gems. As it turns out, there is pretty decent free Wi-Fi around the convention center that is open to all. But then there is that locked, much better Wi-Fi presumably available to whomever SXSW deems a VIP. At the end of the day, everybody is welcome to sit, stand, listen, eat and drink, talk or dance at least somewhere within the city limits. A small subset were able to do some or all of these things with a much more curated, if you will, pool of attendees. — Andrew Kueneman”—NYT @ SXSW (via susanmernit)