Don Tapscott is author of 15 books about aspects of how digital is shaping the fundament of civilization. The talk provides a good insight into how a more open network is providing collaboration, transparency, sharing and empowerment to voices that normally wouldn’t have the chance to express their opinions, and how this support democracy and innovation.
Ever wish pizza could magically appear at the press of a button? A pizzeria in Dubai has unveiled a new refrigerator magnet that actually orders pizza in a single tap. A really interesting take on the much fabled internet fridge. Augmenting the fridge through adding small data connected objects seems like a much more interesting, sustainable and sellable way to embed the internet in a fridge, as opposed to a trying to sell a whole one-size-fits-all type of unit. Impulse eaters beware!
RSA Animate - The Power of Networks from The RSA on Vimeo.
For the longest time, trees have acted as a metaphor for the way we classify things and share knowledge, justified by our need for visual order, symmetry and simplicity. In this RSA Animate, Manuel Lima, senior UX design lead at Microsoft, speaks of a paradigm shift in the way humans map information. Lima argues that this simplistic view of the world has developed into that of interconnected webs – networks. These visually complex, albeit organized webs can be found all over, from the neuro–networks of mice to the cosmic structure...
Sarah Lewington and Michelle Hughes study and teach fashion communication at Nottingham Trent University. In the 5-minute Ignite talk above, they talk about designing with empathy for a project they’re doing with Unilever, with more questions than answers, such as: what is the relative importance of data and functionality vs. emotional attachment to a device? What do you think?
The data-citizen driven city project was presented for the 4Th ADVANCED ARCHITECTURE CONTEST “CITY-SENSE: Shaping our environment with real-time data” by The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia. The proposal focused on a technological, social and urban process would take place over ten years time. Citizens would get deeply involved into expanding the Internet of Things, adopting an active prosumer role, instead of perpetuating passive postures. In the end, data-citizen driven cities would enable local direct democracy processes that could enhance their sustainability and efficiency.
In this talk, Beau Gunderson shares a way to bring all of your disparate data sets, from Facebook to Twitter to Foursquare to Zeo to Fitbit to Runkeeper, together in one collection to be accessed through simple APIs. It’s part of an open source development effort called The Locker Project. The hope is to be able to see new patterns and correlations by bringing these sources of data together. Beau learned some interesting things about himself, and had fun playing with different questions he had about his data.
Gareth MacLeod is a developer/entrepreneur interested in making quantified self techniques easy to incorporate into daily life. He built an app that sends him text messages to ask about his sleep, mood, romantic encounters, tooth brushing, etc. He then looks for correlations among the different data streams, and even spent 100 hours building a correlation heat map. In the video, Gareth talks about how to engineer the perfect day, and interesting things he has learned, like if he watches TV before bed, he feels grumpy the next day.
In this presentation about the "Villes Vivantes" project with the City of Geneva, Lift and Interactive Things, Benjamin Widerkehr describes how the huge quantity of data generated by mobile phone usage can be employed to visualize urban flows. Benjamin focuses on how to create meaningful stories based on these data.
This video shows Ben Bashford's ambient data experiment DisplayCabinet in a domestic setting. DisplayCabinet is the output of 24 hours with Tim Burrell Saward and Dan Williams “connecting up our things to the web, our environments to our things, and our things to us” as part of the Pachube Internet of Things Hackathon. The aim of this project was to tackle turning data into information that’s easy to digest and act upon. They set out to avoid screens that draw focus and create a prototype “calm” projected display for the data created by, for and about the people, products and services...
Over the past few years, there has an explosive growth in open data with significant uptake in government, research and elsewhere. Open data has the potential to transform society, government and the economy, from how we travel to work to how we decide to vote. But wehave only just begun down this road, and the going, even so far, has not always been easy.In his talk, Rufus Pollock introduces the idea of open data, explains how, and why, we are where we are today, and, finally, looks to the future of the rapidly evolving open data ecosystem.
Simon Frid moved to California last year because his data told him he was smarter here than in New York. Well, not really. But this funny story begins his journey of figuring out how to track one of the simplest things that we don’t generally know about ourselves: our own posture. Simon designed a wearable sensor shirt with ten built-in accelerometers, and was able to improve his posture significantly from December to January. In the video, he shares how he trained the shirt to recognize good posture, why he didn’t want immediate feedback, and what question he most wants to ask people.