Thomas Wendt, Information Cartilage

stoweboyd: via Information spaces are changing more rapidly than we can design for them. As context-aware computing and artificial intelligence are advancing into consumer markets, the need to structure information and meaning around adaptive systems has never been more important. The past century has seen significant variation in the ways that information is ordered, disordered, …

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emergentfutures: ‘Medical Instagram’ helps build a library of reference photos for doctors The power of the visual sharing that makes platforms such as Instagram so popular has been harnessed by retailers like Ask CT Food to share knowledge about cooking, but could the same be done for the medical world?  Full Story: Business Insider

laboratoryequipment: Collaboration Aims to Support Smart CitiesCEA-Leti today announced that a group of European and Japanese companies, research institutes, universities and cities will work together in the ClouT project to deliver ways for cities to leverage the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing to become smart cities.ClouT, which stands for “cloud of things,” will …

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futuramb: Finland Writes History With Crowdsourced Copyright Law Ernesto, torrentfreak.com Since last year the Finnish public has had the option of suggesting the kind of laws they want to be governed under.A recent modification of the national Constitution allows citizens to make legislative proposals for Parliament to vote on, providi… Interesting development, even if this …

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Why Does Summer Make Us Lazy?

newyorker:                            Maria Konnikova on humidity, productivity, and the link between sunshine and happiness: http://nyr.kr/16VABHX “In a 2013 study of perceived well-being, the economist Marie Connolly found that on days when the temperature rose above ninety degrees, the negative impact on happiness levels was greater than the consequences of being widowed or divorced.” Illustration by …

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Prototyping the Future

parislemon: Kwin Kramer: Think back just a few years ago to the Time Before The iPhone. We’d seen a number of touch-screen cell phones and PDAs. (Remember that acronym?) But the conventional wisdom among tech pundits was that touchscreens weren’t really workable for mobile devices. Certainly, it was thought, touch screens couldn’t replace keyboards and …

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