I’m a strategist and contributing author for The Civic Beat.
I research and make media. I've written and presented on the international intersections of technology, media, politics, and culture at SXSW, Salon, the ACLU of Northern California, Hyperallergic, SFAQ, YBCA, the de Young Museum of Art, and more.
I love collaborating and I'm always looking for interesting work.
“Rialto’s randomised controlled study has seized attention because it offers scientific – and encouraging – findings: after cameras were introduced in February 2012 public complaints against officers plunged 88% compared to the previous 12 months. Officers’ use of force fell by 60%. “When you know you’re being watched you behave a little better. That’s just human nature,” said Farrar. “As an officer you act a bit more professional, follow the rules a bit better.””
*Did they really have to 3DPrint “Austin, Texas” right on the barrel, placing Austin squarely as the World Capital of Fabricated Gun Enthusiasts? Currently awaiting the first murder with a printed handgun, pretty sure I won’t have to wait long
I invite you to join me on a little experiment. A week ago I made my phone’s background the image of the iPhone Girl (above). I had realized that although I abstractly knew about where my phone came from, how it was made, the parties involved, the politics of the technologies in use, etc… I so rarely thought about any of that, and I consider myself a rather thoughtful person… It had simply become, you know, my phone.
So, I chose the iPhone Girl as an obvious rupture with my lack of thought about the product I use everyday, and after a week of this, I am working on an essay on the decision, and how it felt to look the iPhone Girl in the face Every. Damn. Time I used my phone… It was very interestingly unnerving.
SO! I invite you to:
A. Choose an image you think embodies a strong rupture between the corporately constructed/designed experience of your phone and the phone’s true making/background/politics/sources/etc… it could be iPhone Girl, or a Congo copper mine, or the NSA logo, or a data center, or?? B. Make your iPhone/smartphone background that image for at least a week (pls be honest), and send me a screen shot. C. Send me a couple paragraphs or more about how that experience felt and why you chose the image you did, or let me call/meet/skype with you about it.
I want to make this into an article, or… a website? idk, I’d be very interested if anyone is excited by this idea and wants to make it into something more than an article.
Hope to hear from you, and please feel free to invite anyone you think would be interested in participating.
This incredibly projection mapping + robot + human robot dance video looks like it’s entirely CGI, but it’s not. Aptly ending with the famous quote, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” - Arthur C. Clarke
It’s incredible that currently, for this performance to work, it must be performed by robots, the accuracy required to be perfect in alignment with the projection is impossible for any human. I can’t wait for a day when we see projection mapping that is responsive enough to redo this performance so it’s more interactive, while maintaining the completely artificial feel.
A robot conducts a happening for an unsuspecting audience wearing Google Glass; showing them everything it knows about everyone they see. A light show of facial recognition, a text explosion of private Google docs and emails, a history lesson of everything they’ve posted, a social map of their relationships, an orgy of Snapchats long forgotten. The subtle horror of knowing someone, somewhere is getting the same show with you.
"An Alaskan airport has closed an aircraft access route because of a flaw with Apple’s Maps app. Fairbanks International Airport told a local newspaper that in the past three weeks two motorists had driven along the taxiway and across one of its runways. Apple’s app directs users along the taxiway but does not specifically tell them to drive on to the runway."
We are increasingly outsourcing our logic to our machines, which I believe allows us to think about bigger and better things most of the time. But at what point do we need to hear a direction, look at our surroundings, and say, “No”? Knowing when and where to keep our agency when using tools deeply invested in being ubiquitous and effortless will an increasingly important skill.
We are talking about Miley Cyrus on twitter more than the potential war with Syria, read on. Of course, our leaders are playing poker during the debate… Dialogue about sexuality, appropriation, and race is important, but how can we, as a nation, make a decision on something so colossal as whether or not to go to war, when we are talking about a nobody-celebrity so much more?