4 or 5 things

Wind Map.  A visually stunning representation of wind patterns across the US built from nearly real-time data from across the country, mesmerising.

Fernanda Viegas and Martin Wattenburg.

We come to visualization from separate paths: Fernanda via design, Martin via mathematics. After admiring each other’s style from afar, we joined forces in 2003—and discovered the thrill of thinking and creating as a team. Together, we set off to explore the possibilities of visualization as a medium; it has become our tool for asking scientific, social, and artistic questions. Today the two of us lead Google’s “Big Picture” visualization research group in Cambridge, Massachusetts. And in our artistic work, visualization is used to excite and provoke.

From wind to waves. From the digital to the physical.

David Bowen, tele-present water

This installation draws information from the intensity and movement of the water in a remote location. Wave data is being collected in real-time from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data buoy Station 46246 (49°59’7″ N 145°5’20″ W) on the Pacific Ocean

Kevin Kelly, incisive and insightful. It’s an old article, 2008, but still the best summary of what to focus on in a market made obsolete by abundant copying technology. The 8 generatives listed should be on the wall of every new business trying to make its way in this world.

When copies are super abundant, they become worthless.
When copies are super abundant, stuff which can’t be copied becomes scarce and valuable

And finally.

The fully licensed world. Doc Searls raises some important issues about current ownership (or more exactly non-ownership) models for digital products, and the proliferation / expansion of walled garden business models, and app culture. He specifically examines the negative aspects here, sounding cautionary notes but acknowledges that there is value also, asking for balance, not abolition.



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