During the upcoming week I will be working in Berlin with 6 super smart people (Adam Hyde, Mike Linksvayer, Michael Mandiberg, Alan Toner, Aleksandar Erkalovic, Marta Peirano) on writing a whole book from scratch titled “Collaborative Futures”. The format for this collaborative writing was developed by Adam Hyde and the Floss Manuals community which is devoted to extending the accessibility of free software through the compiling free and liberally licensed manual books. The books are published online and their PDF formatting allow for an easy print on demand option.
Apparently, there’s a certain parasite in cats stool that makes us love them. What does it tell us about cats as pets? about LOLCATS memes? about free will?
Radiolab, a popular-science radio show and podcast from NPR had a show about parasites. The whole episode was great, but the one segment that really blew me away was about cats and this Toxoplasma gondii parasite.
In the second day of Wordcamp NYC last month I was asked to repeat my Open Source Design presentation in a 5 minutes version for the whole of the conference audience. I just realized somebody uploaded a video of it to YouTube, but since it’s a bit shaky and the image quality could be better I decided to extract the audio from it and post it with my slides. I am blasting through it, but I still thought you might find it valuable. Enjoy and definitely comment if you would…
Kevin Connor & Matthew Skomarovsky from LittleSis.org (an involuntary facebook of powerful Americans, collaboratively edited by people like you) & David Nolen and myself of ShiftSpace have teamed up and together with Eyebeam have submitted an application for the Knight News Challenge. It is a cross between what LittleSis and ShiftSpace do best, applied to a rethinking of social media meets local journalism. We’re trying to get the best of both centralization (of collaboration and databases) and decentralization (of data sources, contribution and consumption) – combine what makes both the centralized Wikipedia and the distributed blogosphere. From the application:
Eyebeam will hold Open Studios for Artists In Residence, Student Residents, and Senior Fellows
Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24, from 3-6pm.
A two-day presentation at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center allowing a rare, inside look at current research. Guided tours of artists’ work will be given every hour from 3–6PM.
Eyebeam is pleased to host Open Studios for its 2009 Senior Fellows, Resident Artists, and Student Residents at Eyebeam’s state-of-the-art design, research, and fabrication studio; showcasing video performance, wearable technologies, code and humor, party technology, and sustainablity design.
Tom Igoe will be updating many of the core examples for Arduino, a platform that he helped develop. He'll also be working on Plantr, a project to use discarded cell phones as environmental monitors, research new methods for monkey tracking for primatology research, and work on a few small interactive works, involving clocks and lighting fixtures.
Mushon Zer-Aviv will continue working with the open source ShiftSpace.org team to develop their parasitic web platform. Mushon will also continue his research into open source design and the possibilities of introducing distributed networked production in the Middle East as a progressive vehicle for social, economic and political change.