I posted a ‘podcast’ yesterday. Here it is again. And here are some links and pictures of the things we talked about. And a couple of things we should have. Alex is here. Matt blogs here. Alex does IOT London….
In Our Own Time 2 - The Internet of Things, with Russell Davies, Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, Matt Webb
Nine years ago me and a couple of friends recorded the first episode of In Our Own Time about Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And now it’s time for episode two. This one’s about the Internet of Things and it features…
Twittering plants? A plastic parrot informing you about traffic jams? In his keynote speech at NEXT Berlin 2012, Russell Davies humorously and cleverly illustrates his idea of what will be next: the network of things, which will irrevocably change the way we use technologies and the purposes we use it for. Davies’ post-digital world is a “making world” in which people use networked things to produce analog objects – personalised and on demand.
Audio rip, original here: http://nextberlin.eu/2012/05/russell-davies-theres-a-walrus-in-my-fridge-and-it-wont-shut-up/
BERG has been developing products and inventing the future since 2005. They began life as a design consultancy, working hands-on with companies to research and develop their technologies and strategy, primarily by finding opportunities in networks and physical things; or in other words, the Internet of Things.
At the beginning of November 2013 they opened up their operating system to the public following an £ 800,000 investment. BERG have moved from design consultancy to fully fledged tech company.
Hear all about BERG’s transformation in the second of the TechTalks@Cass. Matt Cowan hosts Matt Webb, Chief Exec at BERG.
Audio rip, original here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyqVoinGtcs
This week we are joined by Russell Davies (the author and organiser of the Interesting conferences) and discover that he was once in a band.
We also hear from Karen (wife and nightly documenter of the infamous Sleep Talkin’ Man) and eat some festive snacks with Dave Green.
Four Thought talks include stories and ideas which will affect our future, in politics, society, the economy, business, science, technology or the arts. Recorded live, the talks are given by a range of people with a new thought to share.
After the internet and social media, what will be the next technological revolution? Writer, blogger and social entrepreneur Russell M. Davies argues that like the early days of blogging, we are about to witness another flowering of individual creativity. This time, he says, it will unleash "all sorts of interesting gadgety things", and determine our relationships with them. "It’s about making your own stuff, which might be a bit silly and a bit trivial and pointless, but you get the satisfaction of making it yourself," he says. This revolution in individual gadgetry - and designing our relationship with them - will prove "exciting, radical, life-affirming stuff". Four Thought is a series of talks which combine thought provoking ideas and engaging storytelling. Recorded in front of an audience at the RSA in London, speakers take to the stage to air their latest thinking on the trends, ideas, interests and passions that affect our culture and society.
As a point of departure, Matt Webb introduces us to the concept of Generation C, a generation not defined by age but by a mindset shaped by the internet. People in Generation C are connected in communities, are creatively involved, and like to control their surroundings.
Designing products that appeal to Generation C involves looking at the experience that products produce and treating experience as a design surface on which to work. Using entertaining examples, Matt illustrates the colors in the experience pallet. He discusses the enjoyment we get out of watching familiar things happen, why we like to work with semi-autonomous things, and the pleasure we get from conceiving complex activities as a single object.
This design philosophy tends to blur the boundaries between hardware, software, and the Web. Concepts like desktop widgets can be abstracted to new products that transcend the computer desktop. Pixels can become plastic.
It’s a new Who’s Round, Toby Hadoke’s Doctor Who 50th anniversary quest to get an anecdote about every single episode of Doctor Who to date. In this latest instalment, Toby continues his chat with Russell T Davies.
The cat is out of the bag - the day after The Web of Fear was released on iTunes, Toby had Russell T Davies for tea and grilled him for over six hours. This is part two of an extensive and exclusive chat with the man behind the resurrection of the series.
Matt Webb is CEO and Principal at BERG, and co-founded the studio in 2005.
BERG designs products for the near future: "Mag+", the magazine concept for tablet computers in 2009 with Bonnier AB, went on to become the first digital magazine platform on the iPad. And, with Dentsu London, the "Suwappu" project is inventing a new kind of digital storytelling with cute, augmented reality toys. The studio also works in its own new product invention, notably "Here & There", a new map projection of Manhattan (now exhibited in the New York Museum of Modern Art), and SVK with Warren Ellis, a comic book printed with invisible ink.
Matt is co-author of the book Mind Hacks (O’Reilly, 2004), a popular collection of explorations into the workings of the brain. It has since been translated into 7 languages. In 2011 he was named by Wired UK as one of Britain’s top 100 digital power-brokers.
Audio rip, original here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0YdK_Tds4Y