On the Map author Simon Garfield speaks with NPR’s Steve Inskeep about the history of maps, how they can be used as political tools, and how GPS and modern mapping applications are changing the way we see ourselves and our place in the world.
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We look into a Tumblr account that lends perspective to the drone war by using Google Earth. Joining us is blogger and artist James Bridle, creator of Dronestagram.
Last week the OpenStreetMap community came together in Denver, Colorado for The State of the Map. Our editors dig into the news from the event and ponder the future of this crowdsourced map of the world.
UX designer Amber Case will share insights from her research in cyborg anthropology and talk about what really makes us human.
Amber Case is a Cyborg Anthropologist currently working at Vertigo Software. She founded CyborgCamp, a conference on the future of humans and computers. Her main focus is on mobile software, augmented reality and data visualization, as these reduce the amount of time and space it takes for people to connect with information. Case founded Geoloqi.com, a private location sharing application, out of a frustration with existing social protocols around text messaging and wayfinding. She formerly worked at global advertising agency. In 2010, she was named by Fast Company Magazine as one of the Most Influential Women in Tech.
The transition from physical to virtual spaces means that there is less opportunity to physically interact in public spaces. Historically public spaces were used for celebration, today they are used for anonymous mobile calls. We would like to explore the ways in which the tangible aspect of physical space might be re-introduced into our virtual interactions through an exploration and discussion of - among other things - responsive architecture.
- Mouna Andraos, Electronic Crafts
- Francesca Birks, Arup
- Molly Wright Steenson, Princeton University School of Architecture
- Ben [neb] Cerveny, AFK Stamen Gamelayers etc
In a prior job, Yahoo researcher Elizabeth Churchill wanted to build relationships between colleagues in the Bay area and in Tokyo. In this talk at eTech 2008, Elizabeth discusses a project undertaken to accomplish this. The implementation was a large public touchscreen display where employees from both locations could post content of their choice to share with colleagues. The project allowed colleagues to window shop into an online world at a public display where people in the physical space could interact with the digital content and with each other, strengthening weak ties and creating ice breakers.
Elizabeth shares some of the challenges faced during the project and poses questions about the possible trajectories of uptake and success of such installations in the marketplace.