Yes, I’m on vacation and still acclimating to time zones. I’m also blogging via my phone, which seems apropo and trying to capture the interesting stuff.
My first experience of Virgin America was great (and it didn’t hurt – okay, bad joke). I can see why people love flying VA!!
Red: An Interactive Experience really did engage me. Why? I believe it was due to the humorous caricatures going through the in-flight instructions to the multitude of games. Essentially, the flyer has a choice when it comes to food, entertainment, or even partaking in social metworking via seat-to-seat chat functionality.
Then again, is this much convenience necessary? Everything available at your fingertips? Yeah, sure (in moderation, of course). Again, more to follow…
Actually, I do, I’ll be back in San Francisco before Halloween!
Anyway, I wanted to catch up on posts amd make sure you were able to check out the current exhibition, Revolutions per Minute: The Evolution of the Record, at SFO near the Virgin America gates. Pretty rad!! Also snapped a photo of some installation art as well. Enjoy and More to follow!!
Driving into work, I was listening to John Markoff (on NPR) talk about Steve Jobs. It’s pretty difficult to get away from the innovator’s passing. Witnessing the stream of articles, memorials, re-tweets, and posts sprawling through the virtual landscape, it was inevitable writing about it today.
Jobs passing reminds me that 30/40 something year olds fall into a very interesting place in technological history. He was a visionary with a relentless pursuit of improving and changing the world. He succeeded in his quest. As I think back to when we had mixtapes, used slambooks instead of Facebook and Tumblr; before Friendster, Tribe, MySpace, and Twitter, there were gargantuan mobile phones, tons of wires running along my parent’s living room floor, and dial-up. I wrote stories and played games in my grammar school computer lab using an Apple Macintosh. Growing up, Jobs along with other technologists, collectively, worked to connect the world. As an adult, it’s a bit mind-boggling to see the rapid growth and cross-pollination of the arts and technology. Much of this due to the past 30+ years of advancements in computing, programming, and people around the world innovating through connection. Jobs was definitely one of the original connectors.
Death is tragic no matter what form (yes, even the Darwin Awards make me sad but happy that the gene pool is a tad bit cleaner, it may sound awful but you know you agree) but it is the only certainty we have in life. As much as Jobs changed the face of technology and innovated change, he was also (very) human. I think most people in the tech industry find his death a bit jarring not only because of his age (56 years old is rather young) and his terminal illness but because he forged a path in a multitude of industries (i.e., music, digital media, arts, etc.) and accomplished quite a bit in his life. Yet, with the ability to be rather venomous to those that failed him (i.e., team behind MobileMe) or generous to a stranger with pancreatic cancer seeking advice from Jobs (and Jobs recommending his physician), he was, above everything, a human being. He was just like you and me.
The difference: He worked really hard and probably learned and processed from his mistakes (a lot more quickly than most). He was himself and knew what he wanted out of life.
Call me a complete slave to work and mental productivity but I just had to do it. The online course is free and in partnership with Stanford’s Engineering Department. I’ve gotta say I’m a bit more partial to MIT’s Open Courseware BUT Stanford did get a lot of Press for this Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (AI) class so I couldn’t resist the hype. Then again, my Mom reminds me that nothing is ever ‘free’. By the way, I acknowledge this endeavor will be time-consuming and I’m hoping my beloved doesn’t read this because she’s going to wonder about my already busy schedule and commitments. However, participants have the option of taking an advanced track (with homework and exams) OR basic track (logging onto the course site from time to time to learn more about the content). Easy! I’m not going to get into how I will approach the course and the subject matter but I’m hoping that it will give me a bit more insight into the world of AI as well as the infinite possibilities within the arts and technology realm.
Click on the image above and check out Google’s new application, Google Goggles. The introductory video showcases Google’s new visual search application for Android phones. Basically, you can take a picture of ANYTHING and Google Goggles will provide the information you’re looking for. For example, don’t know the name of a landmark or a mysterious painting, say no more, you can launch your Google Goggles and it gives you all the info you need. It can even give you information from a business card. Pretty insane if you ask me. The video is a couple of minutes long (2:02 minutes to be exact). Yes, it can even translate text from a menu if you’re travelling and don’t know the language. Writing this makes me think of the work of Tim Roseborough, specifically, his latest work – Englyph. Imagine the information Google Goggles would retrieve for you based on this logographic system!! Technology is wild. I’m telling you!
Related to this topic, I have a post regarding Art Project by Google. Click here to view.
Feel free to tell me what you think of these applications and the future of social interaction, human memory, etc. So much to discuss. 🙂