Science’s Signals – Week 52
Science’s Signals is a weekly selection. It contains some of the insights found during our desk research. Signals we use in our continuous trend research, combined with the examples from our network and the results of the International Cool City Hunt research.
Hereby we present this year’s last Signals. With a focus on the merge of on and ofline: The Internet of Things, Poking Privacy and Open Source. With stories from amongst others the NY Times, the Financial Times, Blend, TIME, Wired, FastCo, Gizmodo and Venture Beat.
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The Internet of Things
Not new, but still developing. The wonderful internet of things. Berg + Google Creative Labs were working on a project called Lamps, back in 2011. Now you can read their entire story here. On FastCo we found a selection of 20 tech trends, listed by Frog. More intelligent machines, for instance. Which is also Wired’s main theme for january, ‘robots are already replacing us’.
An interesting Facebook story we read at Venture Beat. Randy Zuckerberg, Mark’s sister, posted a photo on Facebook. The photo shows Mark Zuckerberg in the corner, while his family members try out the new Poke application — a mobile app that allows you to take a self-destructing photo and message it to friends. In the photo everyone stands around a kitchen island making funny faces into their cameras, expecting that the photos will soon no longer exist. So, she posted this photo and tagged the ones in the picture. What she didn’t knew was that friends only is not ‘friends only’ when you’re tagging. Someone responded at Twitter and the picture went public. Long story short: the Zuckerbergs were not amused by Mark’s privacy settings.
According to most sources, Digital Natives do not exist. But still, there’s discussion about the term. Erika Smith gives us eight arguments to stop using it.
Open Source: Apple vs. Google
Working Open Source is thé method to make your business future proof. Google knows and that is the exact reason more and more developers are using Android instead of IOS, so we read in the Financial Times. Web icon Tim O’ Reilly tells us something similar in Wired: “if companies don’t think systemically enough – if they try to capture too much of the value- eventually innovation moves somewhere else”. He also thinks the Google metric ‘Don’t be Evil’ should be replaced by something more measurable like ‘Create more value than you capture’. And not make decisions for you, which is happening with Google Now. It might come in hand, but there’s also a lot of resentment against tracker software. Apps like DoNoTrackMe are gaining popularity. In some cases, browsing anonymously can mean the difference between life and death.
A lot of internet news this week, but there’s more. How about these longreads about the reform of Chinese factories in the NY Times and the history of fraud in the Economist. Or this interesting book and short film about ‘Forever the New Tattoo‘, the new tattoo underground:
Alex Binnie and Duncan X: The Art of Pain – Forever: The New Tattoo
And what do you think of Tweeria, the Twitter powered World of Warcraft-like game? Or these indoor clouds, spotted in our Lyon Coolhunt and selected as one of the best inventions of 2012 by Time magazine. Same day delivery is increasing, as an alternative to outsmart Amazon. Instant Gratification, also with Library Genesis which allows you to download whatever literature you like. And this realtime Firewall allows you to create fire-like visuals and play music:
Aaron Sherwood – Firewall
Speaking about fire and infernos. Last week the earth did not vanish, the Maya’s were wrong. We. Were. Wrong. But with the help of computers we were able to figure it out: the world ends at 15:30:08 UTC on December 4th of the Year of Our Lord 292,277,026,596.
That means we still have a lot of years to come. We wish you all the best and see you in 2013!