Far and Smooth – “Popadantsy” is what Russian fandom calls accidental travelers in time and space. On the internet, we’re all popadantsy, and one of the wormholes is satellite imagery – a way of seeing that’s gone from top secret to our phones in a generation. Charlie Loyd has been working with satellite images, and this talk is partly a report on how weird they are. From there he cruises around themes of distance and familiarity, continuity and resolution, and obviously frogs.
How to Coax Soul from a Machine – As artists working with computers, how do we produce work that feels soulful in the musical sense? In an attempt to answer this question Darius Kazemi takes a look at jazz improvisers, hip hop producers, information theory, and an obscure turn-of-the-20th-century American philosopher named Ella Lyman Cabot.
Finding Data Invisibles: Addressing the Data Gap with Callboxes –
As the UN Data Revolution report highlights, “Too many items that need to be known remain unknown.” One key concern is the growing number of “Data Invisibles”– individuals who are not counted within the formal or digital economy. These often include women, the elderly,children, migrants, indigenous populations and slum dwellers. Not being visible can mean that the ability to address domestic violence, the vulnerability of children, human trafficking and many other social concerns are absent or at best uninformed. During crisis events in particular, not listing individuals accurately in data records can have catastrophic consequences. Question Box is an innovative ICT-for-development approach to addressing the data gap. Through the deployment of networks of free community call boxes in remote and rural areas, individuals can access information and services using their local language. Question Box networks are designed to attract specific subsets of a community through targeted service offerings. This approach promotes community-based reciprocity – information is exchanged in two directions – and local resilience, while producing unique data streams on “data invisible” populations.
Digital Analogues – How does a magazine that covers advances in science and technology illustrate emerging ideas before the technology being described is ubiquitous? Jen Christiansen shares examples of how Scientific American illustrated topics in innovation and information at the dawn of the digital age and beyond: a time during which technological advances in imaging were being reported on before the technology was mainstream enough to produce—or share—the magazine with it.