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#ifIhadglass

Google Glass: a wearable heads-up display and camera, linked to your mobile device, able to do live recording, searches, route guidance, and more. Available soon for about $1500, and in "explorer" testing now. (The title hashtag -- #ifihadglass -- is...

42 Minutes into the Future

Last December, at the Humanity+ event in San Francisco, I sat down with filmmaker Adam Ford for an extended interview on a wide variety of subjects, including the participatory panopticon, the possibilities around AI, geoengineering, even the role of art...

Participatory Panopticon On Its Way (Maybe)

Picturephoning gives a heads-up on "Recognizr" (you know it's cutting-edge when they leave out the "e"), an iPhone app that will supposedly recognize faces seen by the camera. Here's the promo video: It's a prototype from the Swedish group The...

Participatory Panopticon: The Official Version

The Institute for the Future's 2007 Ten-Year Forecast included, as one of the forecast items, the Participatory Panopticon. IFTF is now making past Ten-Year Forecast materials more readily accessible to the public, and I was pleased to see that the...

Topsight, May 26, 2009

Because this blog isn't just links to stuff I've done elsewhere. Honest! • The Participatory Panopticon In Action Police Slog Through 40,000 Insipid Party Pics To Find Cause Of Dorm Fire From The Onion, of course. As tongue-in-cheek as this...

Topsight, April 8, 2009

Participatory Panopticon edition! I've been pounded with work, and haven't been keeping up with my bloggy duties. Here are some of the issues I've been following: • Sigh, Eyeborg: Yeah, "eyeborg" -- a guy in the UK Canada (thanks @clothbot)...

Rise of the Participatory Panopticon

I'm at a future of video workshop at the Institute for the Future today, and the topic of the participatory panopticon has come up. For people who are new to the concept, here's the original discussion of the participatory panopticon,...

Futurist Scaffolding

This Thursday, I'll be delivering the morning keynote at the Art Center College of Design Sustainable Mobility Summit. My talk will cover the big picture context for the kinds of debates and discussions swirling around the event. There will be...

TED Talk, 2006

So, yeah. My talk from TED 2006 is now up on the TED site. (There's a higher-res downloadable MP4 version, as well.) The subject matter is ostensibly Worldchanging, but I use the platform to talk about the environmental participatory...

This May Not Be the Droid You're Looking For

So, through a series of unlikely events, I have a T-Mobile G1 "Google phone" on my desk right now. It arrived yesterday; beyond the jump are my 24-hours-later observations. (More pictures can be found here.) Short version: it's not even...

Do Not Taunt Massive Quake Ball

Image by Guillaume Paumier / Wikimedia Commons, CC-by-sa-3.0 As anyone who has built a tower out of blocks or LEGO knows, as they get taller, the more small movements at the base can be magnified into catastrophic motion at...

The Participatory Decepticon

What happens when not only have the tools of documenting the world become democratized, so too have the tools for manipulating our interpretations of reality? The rise of technologies of ubiquitous personal observation -- what I've termed the "participatory panopticon"...

On the Record

Whenever I talk about the participatory panopticon, one issue grabs an audience more often than anything else -- privacy. But the more I dig into the subject, the more it becomes clear that the real target of the panopticon technologies...

Waking Up in Austin

My travel from Wisconsin to Texas went with fewer than expected hitches, and I'm now camped out at Jon Lebkowsky's flat in Austin, here for South by Southwest Interactive. I head back home on Wednesday, and thankfully have few travel...

The Big Picture: Climate Chaos

Thermal Inertia. Get used to that term, as it drives the relationship between climate disruption and human civilization, now and over the next twenty years. Its meaning is simple: even if we were to stop all greenhouse gas emissions immediately,...

Touchy, Touchy

Although I tend to focus on social impacts in my discussions of the participatory panopticon, and the related Metaverse concepts of augmented reality and lifelogging, I'm not immune to the siren song of gadgets. If I'm going to argue that...

Tuesday Topsight, December 18, 2007

Hey there, folks out there in Internet-land -- do you find these "topsight" posts useful or interesting? I sometimes puzzle over whether the various individual entries would be better off as individual short posts, rather than as a catch-all post....

Monday Topsight, December 10, 2007

Let's see what's bubbled up through the Intertubes recently... • Oh, No: In their never-ending quest to make ordinary citizens rise up and destroy capitalism, the advertising community has discovered a new place to put hard-to-ignore ads: in your skull....

Make It So

How soon until we see one of these? The "artifact from the future" shown above is my visualization of a bluetooth headset with an embedded cameraphone-style camera, able to send the video to one's handheld for recording and display....

Visions of the Future conference, Budapest

The point of my trip to Budapest, the Visions of the Future conference brought together representatives from two different Hungarian technology institutions and representatives from the Institute for the Future: research directors Alex SK Pang and Anthony Townsend, along with...

Singularity Summit Talk: Openness and the Metaverse Singularity

The following is the text of the presentation I'm giving today at the Singularity Summit. I've set the post to go live at the same time I go onto the stage. Update: this is now the corrected version, with the...

Begging Your Indulgence

Home now from the mini-vacation, sad that I actually didn't have time to blog while away but relieved that I actually got a chance to relax for a bit. But I digress. If you're at all hooked into the cultural...

Technology as Political Catalyst

It's become almost a cliché to observe that the Internet is changing the face of electoral politics at the national scale. The use of the web for fundraising (and to observe fundraising) is an obvious example, but for me a...

Talking Cyborgs & Revolution

The R.U. Sirius Show about augmentation mentioned below is now available (here's the MP3). Half of the program is a discussion of cyborgism, gene-doping, and what it means for a culture when some people can make themselves "better than normal."...

Tuesday Topsight, June 5, 2007

My month of travel is over, and I look forward to sleeping in my own bed. • Vote Early, Vote Often: I recorded my KQED Perspectives piece earlier today, and once again was told that I have a voice for...

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