Monday, June 28, 2010

How Cognitive Surplus will change us

Clay Shirky teaches New Media as an associate teacher[3] at New York University’s graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program.

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

PLATO - An Early Online Community

On June 3, 2010, the Computer History Museum hosted a 6-session conference on the PLATO learning system. Session 6 was entitled "An Early Online Community: People Plus Computing Grows Communities."

Session 6 Description:
The developers of PLATO didn't set out to build an online community. So how did it turn into one? In 1972 few suspected that a human community could grow and thrive within the electronic circuitry of a computer. But two years later the world's first online community was flourishing on PLATO, using technologies that didn't become widely available elsewhere for decades: discussion forums, email, chat rooms, instant messaging, presence awareness, screen sharing, and multiplayer games. Today's social computing is different -- but not all that different than what existed "back then" on PLATO. This panel will explore the similarities and differences, including the early elements in place at PLATO that led to its success. How did the community organize itself? Why was it so successful? What was missing? What can we learn from these experiences? What's next? Discussion panelists are: Lili Cheng, Kim Mast and Dave Woolley. Moderated by Charlene Li.

PLATO Overview:
PLATO was a centralized, mainframe-based system, with very sophisticated terminals connected to it. Its mission was to deliver education electronically at low cost. But it became much, much more than that. It quickly became home to a diverse online community that represented a microcosm of today's online world. Much of what we take for granted in today's hyper-active, always-on world of social media, blogs, and addictive computer games could be applied to what life was like on the PLATO system beginning in the mid-1970s.

PLATO, an acronym standing for "Programmed Logic for Automated Teaching Operations," started as a project of the Coordinated Sciences Laboratory (CSL) at the University of Illinois in 1960. The original goal was to build on the mechanical "teaching machine" work of B.F. Skinner and instead see if it was possible to build a computer that could teach. In time they discovered not only was the answer yes, but computers could be extremely effective, and economically viable, at teaching large segments of the population.

In the 1970s, Control Data Corporation entered into a series of agreements with the University of Illinois to commercialize the PLATO system and bring it to the marketplace. The result was a great expansion of PLATO throughout the U.S. and the world, with systems installed in Canada, France, Belgium, Israel, Sweden, Australia, South Africa, United Kingdom, and elsewhere. Fifty years on, PLATO has left its imprint across a wide range of computing activities, from e-learning to social media, from online multiplayer games to major hardware and software innovations.

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Singularity University GSP '10 Opening Ceremony

Singularity University Graduate Studies Program opening ceremony, featuring Larry Page, Larry Brilliant, Peter Diamandis, Ray Kurzweil and NASA Astronaut Dan Barry. Singularity University is an interdisciplinary university that aims to study and use technology growth to address the greatest challenges facing mankind.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

BAVC Producer's Institute 2010 - Always in Season Island

For almost a century until the mid-1960s, tens of thousands of ordinary people attended the lynchings of over 4,700 African Americans that often included hours of torture, mutilation and photographs.

The documentary "Always in Season" examines the impact this form of racial violence still has on Americans today with intimate accounts from spectators, their relatives, and family members of lynching victims.

Developed at the Bay Area Video Coalition in San Francisco over the course of 10 days in early June, the proof-of-concept "Always in Season Island" in Second Life gives visitors a personal sense of the choices and circumstances that brought men, women, and children out to watch lynchings in every state across the U.S. but four.

As visitors learn about this intrinsic part of American history and share the experience in an interactive environment, students and educators can gain strategies for preventing targeting and group violence in their own communities today.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

A Conversation with Jon Rafman

Second Life served as the setting for art podcast Bad at Sports’ recent interview with Rafman/Kool-Aid Man, where the artist’s rumbling autotuned voice muses on a series of fascinating existential subjects as we float through the technicolor backdrop of “the ultimate tourist destination… turbo-charged Las Vegas and Dubai combined. Where every possibility and combination of landscape and architecture can exist.”

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Monday, June 14, 2010

UK Pavilion - Expo Shanghai 2010

Heres a movie of British designer Thomas Heatherwicks UK Pavilion for the Shanghai Expo 2010.

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

David Byrne: How architecture helped music evolve

As his career grew, David Byrne went from playing CBGB to Carnegie Hall. He asks: Does the venue make the music? From outdoor drumming to Wagnerian operas to arena rock, he explores how context has pushed musical innovation.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

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Saturday, June 05, 2010

Economic Hitmen

An animated interview of John Perkins, author of 'HoodWinked' and 'Confessions Of An Economic Hitman'
Copyright of the audio belongs to John Perkins.

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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Yoko Ono: Inspired By Iceland

Yoko Ono would like you all to know how beautiful Iceland is, and how much I love the country and its people.

"Thank you, Iceland and Icelanders for being what you are - a family of wisdom, showing the world how we can protect our Earth and its spirits."

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John Underkoffler points to the future of UI

Minority Report science adviser and inventor John Underkoffler demos g-speak -- the real-life version of the film's eye-popping, tai chi-meets-cyberspace computer interface. Is this how tomorrow's computers will be controlled?

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