I’ve contributed to Issue 2 of Hack Circus with a story about my bot alter-ego on Twitter, created kindly by Henry Cooke. Henry’s explanation of the tech behind it in the article is what makes it way more interesting, if you ask me. He spoke about bots and suchlike at the Hack Circus event in… More You guys! Buy @hackcircus Issue 2!
Advertising isn’t just the disruption of aesthetics, the insults to your intelligence and the interruption of your train of thought. At every company that sells ads, a significant portion of their engineering team spends their day tuning data mining, writing better code to collect all your personal data, upgrading the servers that hold all the… More WhatsApp, circa 2012 (via @andjelicaaa)
Thinking for the Future – NYTimes.com. David Brooks on Tyler Cowen’s ‘Average is Over‘ (which I have not yet read but will make every effort to remedy). He lists a number of ways in which we can check whether our skills complement the computer, because we’ll need them. Obviously some of these are already true:… More Thinking for the Future (via @NYTimes)
I first heard about Keiichi Matsuda when I chanced upon his project Cell a couple of years ago. So it was a pleasant surprise then when I heard from him this week with information of his latest project Hyper Reality. Hyper Reality is a series of short films that he is hoping to make very… More CANNOT WAIT to see @keiichiban’s #hyper-reality films get made, support it on @kickstarter http://hyper-reality.co
Native advertising inherently makes sense to me because of its potential for spread and recall over clickthroughs and the more murky pageviews of banners and buttons; 77% of display ads are apparently never seen, especially those below the fold. If native ads allow marketers to reach out to their audiences in meaningful ways that go beyond… More Generation N and beyond
Like many of you, I’ve been getting increasingly frustrated by spam emails in my inbox. So I was quite interested to hear from Yale Fox, a 2011 TED Fellow, about a new project of his: a Google Chrome extension called SpamBlocker. It basically does what it says on the tin – allowing you to block… More Keeping the spam out of your inbox: SpamBlocker from 2011 TED Fellow Yale Fox
Via the always-smart-if-now-infrequently-updated Snarkmarket, where Tim Carmody talks about Bezos and Amazon, I found a link to Epic, Robin Sloan’s 2004 project for the Museum of Media History, which I missed when it first came out. It evokes 2014 – just 4 months from now (FOUR – where ON EARTH is time flying?), and brings… More Epic 2014 (re)-visited (via @tcarmody & @snarkmarket)