Friday, 26 February 2010

Living in the Internet of Things

There's a talk on the 4th March in Bristol that should be interesting. Well, I would think so because I suggested that it happen. Rob van Kranenburg is coming to talk about Living in the Internet of Things, looking at the potential impact of the "near invisible network of radio frequency identification tags (RFID) [that] is being deployed on many consumer items. These chips can connect to the Internet in an instant, creating a global network of physical objects or the 'internet of things'. Is this the ultimate convenience in supply-chain management, the ultimate tool in future surveillance, or the real enabler for a grassroot local new politics?"

Tickets are £6.50 full, £5.00 concessions.

The following day Rob is participating in a one-day symposium, Pervasive/Invasive, at the Digital Cultures Research Centre which will be a day of presentation and discussion on ethical issues around pervasive media. The aim of the day will be to develop some principles for consideration by designers and application developers. Outcomes of the day will be appearing on the DCRC website, and I will put links to any publications here too.

Thursday, 18 February 2010


Another website where you can choose what information you share about yourself.
"Blippy is a fun and easy way to see and discuss the things people are buying"
Register a credit card and all your purchases will be posted to the site for comment about your decision. Of course, you could just register one card and then buy only the sort of things that you want your friends to know about.

Friday, 5 February 2010

watching yourself

Stumbled across the yourflowingdata website via twitter. It allows you to record data that you think is interesting via twitter, visualise it in some way, and choose how much you want to share. It suggests that it helps you develop self-awareness of the patterns in your life. I suppose in that sense it functions like keeping a journal, in that if you read through past musings you can get a sense of where you are repeating yourself, what you might want to change in your life. I haven't had a go at it yet because I am already using my twitter account for other specific purposes so would have to set up a separate twitter account, which involves generating a different email address etc etc etc. Could be interesting as a tool for self-reflection, if I get the time. I like that it allows you to choose how much to share.