After two decades in tech, I realise phones and social media won’t be going away, so we work with them. My take is that I now need to seek positive digital tools that connect more of us to the non-digital world and really benefit our lives.
On the 50th anniversary of Vannevar Bush’s As We May Think, Tim Berners-Lee delivered this address in 1995.
To a large part we have MEMEXes on our desks today. We have not yet seen the wide scale deployment of easy human interfaces for editing hypertext and making links. (I find this constantly frustrating, but always assume will be cured by cheap commercial products within the year.)
Videos for the whole first season of James Burke’s brilliant Connections TV series.
Internet Archive and chill.
When it seems like all our online activity is being tracked by Google, Facebook, and co., it comforts me to think of all the untracked usage out there, from shared (or fake) Facebook accounts to the good ol’ sneakernet:
Packets of information can be distributed via SMS and mobile 3G but also pieces of paper, USB sticks and Bluetooth.
Connectivity isn’t binary. Long live the papernet!
How the printing press led to the microscope, and chlorination transformed women’s fashion—Steven Johnson channels James Burke.
This is quite an astounding piece of writing. Robert Lucky imagines the internet of things mashed up with online social networking …but this was published in 1999!
This remains one of the greatest pieces of documentary footage ever filmed.
The web demonstrates its loosely-joined nature yet again; a photo of mine from a science hack/design fiction exhibit results in Dave discovering his family crest.
An extremely addictive bit of fun with small world network theory as applied to music.
Dirk is back. The interconnectedness of all things returns as in App Engine form.
Browse trough your twitter friends, and your friends' friends, and your friends' friends' friends...
An ongoing comic on Flickr where the subject matter comes from the "missed connections" posts on Craigslist.