22 May 2006

Mechanical Sheep

The Sheep Market – a brilliant borderline use of Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (via)

10 May 2006

Deep Quote

Potentially useful for quickly capturing thought snippets of others and/or passing them along to a friend: Deep Quote which lets you create persistent links to specific quotes on the web.

7 May 2006

Zero

Interesting observation from Siggi Becker (my translation):

All Web 2.0 applications and blogs I know don’t try to solve the attention problem, but to win it.

There are a lot of indicators that he is right (just listen to any podcast with the term attention in the title). It seems like there is a reentry of the old school zero-sum logic of big media (generate, package, sell access to your content in a way to grab as much of the market share as possible) into the universe of microcontent (microchunk, aggregate, drive access to your platform in a way to grab as much of the attention share as possible.)

4 May 2006

Simplicity

is this years topic of the Ars Electronica

SIMPLICITY is a complex topic that has no single, simple answer.
We live in an increasingly complex technological world where nothing works like it is supposed to, and at the end of the day makes all of us hunger for simplicity to some degree. Yet ironically when given the choice of more or less, we are programmed at the genetic level to want more.“Would you like the big cookie or the smaller cookie?” or “Would you like the computer with ten processors or just one?” The choice is simple really, or is it?
For the Ars Electronica Symposium on SIMPLICITY we think together about what simplicity (and complexity) means in politics, life, art, and technology. Expect more than you can ever imagine, and less.