Science’s Signals – Week 42
This weeks selection contains parts that all have got something to do with empowerment. A big theme is DIY, Do It Yourself, grab the power back over your own life. Online, offline, in your house. All part of the bigger mentalitytrend Cool Hope that keeps flourishing during insecure times of recession. With articles from amongst others: The Financial Times, Design Taxi, Good…
Big Data, Transparency & Privacy
This week the Financial Times states that Google (have seen the pictures btw?) published disappointing third-quarter earnings. Is this the ongoing burst of the online bubble? As the technological innovation keeps moving away from the established Social Media as we now it we keep wondering what ‘the next big thing’ will be. Not AppCulture if we must believe Simon Caulkin but ‘Big Data’: ’more data have been created in the past few years than in the whole of human history, and the volume is increasing exponentially’. This growth helps us to get insights on the world’s demographics and movements (and maybe also helps the would-be evil empire designers for which big data is the first weapon of choice). We know a lot on macro-level but the clever storage also helps us to know (maybe more than you want) on a micro/1-person-level: the resolution of information is getting better.
We see this in daily life for example with the Field Trip app Google launched last month. Combine it with the Google glasses, Google+, Gmail, Google Calendar…. Sure Google isn’t on its way to world-domination?
Apps like these help us to zoom in on more personal, focussed and filtered information. It helps that we all give our information away freely thanks to our online curated identity.There’s now a shift towards more transparency on the topic of privacy: what do we share online? What happends with it? Your online info is worth money for companies like Google and Facebook. The browser add-on Privacyfix helps to give you (disturbing) insights on your online privacy-status and also helps you to fix the danger zones.So what about getting back this power (and money!) by joining Pheed: a new Twitter-like network that helps you with sharing your content. But: ‘wouldn’t be cool if we can offer users a way to monetize their content if they wanted to?’. Pheed gives you the option to monetize either by applying a monthly subscription fee to your channel or setting a pay-per-view live broadcast event. In both cases, you select the pricing and earn directly. Or, you can always share and hang out for free, it’s up to you.’ In this way they want to create qualitycontent. Could be a useful filter! Or a new way the earn money with your own online information.The anarchists when it comes to sharing information, The Pirate Bay, moves completely to the cloud to become virtually invulnerable. That’s Cool technological resilience.
The merge of senses is getting a virtual side as well. Connect the Chat Perf to your iPhone to send sents to each other. Or what if you need to get away of the overload of stimuli? ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meredian Response) is a big hit on Youtube at the moment: girls whispering to you, making little sounds or pretending to give you a massage. Sensory deprivation by watching a girl whispering in a vid for 45 minutes, a Cool relaxation that could cause a ‘brain orgasm’, they say…
DIY biologists, home farmers and urban gardeners now can get started quite easily with Eliooo: an instruction book about how to build a hydroponic system to grow plants, herbs, or vegetables in your apartment, using IKEA components.
Or become a Freegan: ”Freeganism is creative living outside of capitalism.” – Cindy Rosin - Sane Recession meets cool sustainability in their lifestyle. Learn about their strategies for practical living and explore why they take limited participation in the conventional economy and minimal consumption of resources.
Levi’s helps you with the Waste<Less jeans.
Innovation sometimes gives us a brighter look on the future, like with the sports bra that helps to detect breast cancer in an early stage.
Disney wants to inspire young girls: they are all princesses!
Maybe a little too sweet for the western parts of the world, but it could be a very empowering vid for girls in countries where women still are the weakest sex.
And last but not least, if you’re sick of it all here on our own rotten planet: you can now apply for the first human settlement on Mars in 2023. You will lose your privacy because you will be part of an interactive, reality TV style broadcast, but hey does that matter if you won’t see all those people on earth ever again?