Steven Johnson’s opening keynote from dConstruct 2008 in Brighton. Deals with local mapping of topic and the ability to zoom between levels of information based on geo and time. Also about relationships between data sets. Begins with cholera but has other good examples later on, including doing more than just restaurant reviews
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The Takeaway: How information spreads in our interconnected world. By John Hockenberry, Farai Chideya, Jim Colgan. Guest: Steven Berliner Johnson
Experts said our interconnected world was going to make outbreaks like H1N1 far worse than those that came before. But author Steven Johnson says that information spreads faster than people do, and that’s what will keep us safe. This is thanks to what he calls "information ubiquity," which is the same force behind the decline of newspapers and the rise of e-readers like the Kindle. Johnson is the author of a recent book about the 1854 cholera epidemic in London called The Ghost Map as well as Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software, and his most recent book is The Invention of Air. He is also the founder of hyper-local reporting site Outside.In.
The Media Squat with Douglas Rushkoff Podcast on WFMU.org from Apr 6, 2009 (with guest Steven Johnson)
Brian Eno, musician, artist and author of 77 Million Paintings and Steven Johnson, author of Everything Bad is Good for You and The Invention of Air, come to the ICA to talk about how innovations happen and new platforms for creative thinking.