August 29th, 2005 | Filed under: Internet, Mapping, Social, Urbanism | 1 Comment » meshes physical locations in a virtual network of nodes. The project takes its que from the expanding use of cellphone cameras as barcode readers as users not only read existing barcodes, but place custom encoded barcodes into physical locations. These tagged locations are then store in a database allowing users to play with the territorialisation and re-appropriation of public spaces.

Virtual World Muggings + Real World Arrest

August 20th, 2005 | Filed under: Future, Internet, Social, Virtual Reality | No Comments »

A man has been arrested in Japan on suspicion carrying out a virtual mugging spree by using software “bots” to beat up and rob characters in the online computer game Lineage II. The stolen virtual possessions were then exchanged for real cash. . . There are also reports that some online scammers are using “sweatshopsâ€? in countries such as China and Indonesia in which people monitor teams of bots in order to generate money whilst avoiding bot traps. [NS article]


August 19th, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Fabrication Tech, Health, Social, Sustainability, Urbanism | 20 Comments »

Lifestraw is a $2 water filtration device contained in a straw currently under development by Torben Vestergaard Frandsen, Rob Fleuren and Moshe Frommer. The straw is composed of two textile filters and iodine impregnated beads. There are several similar devices on the market like the Frontier™ Emergency Water Filter System , but none as efficient or with profoundly world changing potential as the Lifestraw.

Thanks, Pete.

Days in a Day

July 29th, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Internet, Social, Urbanism | No Comments »

| DAYS IN A DAY | by Une Heure Cinq constructs a story through snippets in Flash. Brown, a primate with an existential crisis, wanders through a city or “monkeys in an anthill”.”When I was young I would have never imagined to belong to an insects society, I wanted to be a mountains gorilla.”

NEW-TIES : Counter Strike + The Ultimate Question of Life

July 18th, 2005 | Filed under: AI, Internet, Programming, Social, Virtual Reality | No Comments »

The NEW TIES project, an acronym for New and Emergent World models Through Individual, Evolutionary and Social Learning, is a virtual society (graphics base on Counter Strike’s source engine) of about 1000 agents with complex behavioural programs that may, but probably won’t answer the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything. The programming interface is planned to be available to the public, allowing reasearchers to conduct their own experiments on a virtual society. The project’s goal is to evolve an artificial society capable of exploring and understanding its environment through cooperation and interaction. The agents are sufficiently complex and their environment demanding, which enables them to develop a communication system to learn how to cooperate and to adapt.

via NS

iSee : Getting Away with Murder

July 17th, 2005 | Filed under: Internet, Mapping, Social, Urbanism | 2 Comments »

Surveillance in public urban environments are unregulated and continue to proliferate as security concerns remain a priority. A small price to pay for more security? Keep in mind that video footage of your deathly embarrassing moment in public may be distributed freely without any disclosure. Now, finding the path of least surveillance is a click away with iSee, a website by the Institute for Applied Autonomy, which plots your path through Manhattan around areas that have the least amount of CCTV surveillance.

via Pruned

The Scratchpad

July 7th, 2005 | Filed under: Internet, Programming, Social | No Comments »

The Scratchpad | Whiteboards + free speech gone wild.


July 6th, 2005 | Filed under: Internet, Photography, Science, Social | No Comments »

Ingenious is a new website that brings together images and viewpoints to create insights into science and culture. It weaves unusual and thought-provoking connections between people, innovations and ideas. The “See” section host over 30,000 images collected from the Science Museum, the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, the National Railway Museum, the Science & Society Picture Library and the Science Museum Library.

Santiago Ortiz : Spheres

July 5th, 2005 | Filed under: Internet, Mapping, Programming, Social | No Comments »

Santiago Ortiz‘s Spheres is a project in continuous growth as a community of users build poetic, descriptive or completely arbitrary pairs between 122 words. This could get quite interesting as the database grows. What’s the relationship between power and hunger? Find out what people have said and add your two cents. Currently, Spheres come in Spanish, English, Portuguese, and a trilingual complex sphere. Other language spheres are planned for future release.

Oritz has also create several interesting Sound and Energy pieces exploring the interaction of audio and graphic elements.

via dataisnature

Noise Mapping : London

July 1st, 2005 | Filed under: Health, Mapping, Social, Urbanism | 2 Comments »

Noise sucks, especially that omnipresent drone that goes unnoticed until you leave the city with ringing ears. Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) has taken the first step in the Noise Mapping England project (part of the National Ambient Noise Strategy for England) with a road traffic noise map for London and plans to map all of England. (Don’t know any street names to launch the map? Try Trafalgar.)

Related: YourAir (London’s air pollution forecast)