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Little Brothers and the Rebels’ Island

December 15, 2006

*Update*: There’s a long and interesting discussion in the comments’ section, including Jamais Cascio, the man behind the Mic

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“Soon, probably within the next decade, certainly within the next two, we’ll be living in a world where what we see, what we hear, what we experience, will be recorded everywhere we go. There will be few statements or scenes that will go unnoticed or unremembered; our day to day lives will be archived and saved. What’s more, these archives will be available over the net for recollection, analysis and even sharing. And we’ll be doing it to ourselves”

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So starts a daunting yet highly important and certainly interesting lecture by Jamais Cascio, who describes a future where everything will be not only recorded but also verified, a future governed not by a single “Big Brother”, but rather by billions of little brothers and sisters that will voluntarily and eagerly capture, upload, share and explore sights, scenes and conversations using their ubiquitous multi-modal, nomadic, capturing devices (and see the previous post on Anina and the Nomads).

As Jamais Cascio points out, this is a world where lies are almost impossible, and errors are detected on the spot, hence dramatically reduced. How can you lie if you are constantly recorded by multiple devices? How can the recordings be tempered if hundreds of different recording devices are creating hundreds different representations of the same event? It’s practically impossible. You can temper one or two, you can destroy another couple, but you cannot fight the statistics of an infinite number of recorders.

In other words, we’re creating a world of timeless (real-time) truth, which is what we’ve always been after, at least since Plato.

Personally, I think it’s the right moment for a Cyberpunk time-out (more to be posted soon in my alter-blog, and seeds could well be found already here)

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podcastIcon.gif Jamais Cascio: Participatory Panopticon, 37:09 min, May 2nd, 2005

Original Podlink: Jamais Cascio: Participatory Panopticon

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Anina and the Nomads

November 12, 2006

nerdtvpng.jpgI listened to Anina with great pleasure and interest. Pleasure – because hearing a bright, passionate, unpatronizing and communicative person is always a pleasure; interest – because for the first time I could really taste and experience the mobile life-style, and could therefore fully realize how mobile people are dependent on their mobile device.

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Anina, ~24 years old, demonstrates a rare unison of yin and yang. She was born in the US but is currently living in France – two different cultures; she communicates in five native languages, and one mobile, synthetic language. She’s deep into the mobile standards and technologies – programming-level – and yet she’s working as a top-model and an artist, bridging the right and left hemispheres, the mental and the physical, the individual and the social, the functional and the aesthetic.

And she’s got the eye of the observer, that which is open for the other. In several occasions, Anina illuminates the socio-political implications of the computer vs. the mobile device, the former being a representation of the “knowledge is power” paradigm, encrusted with cryptic symbols and letters – the marks of the literate dominance over the illiterate (those lacking knowledge and, consequently, power), while the mobile device, which employs universally understood visual symbols such as the red, green, + and – signs, represents hope and belonging in this flat world, even to technophobes, illiterates and all those who are, relatively speaking, weak.

The nomads, who represent constant change and instability, and are usually alienated by the institutions, finally got their symbolic, nomadic device, which speaks in a different language than that of the computer. Anina’s project and ambition is to provide the nomads with that platform which will allow them to connect, as equal citizens, into the matrix.

The mp3 is available here, but there’s also a video recording of the session at NerdTV, for those preferring video over audio.

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podcastIcon.gif Anina: High Fashion Meets High Tech, 62:16 min, Nov 9th, 2005

Original Podlink: Anina: High Fashion Meets High Tech

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