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30 MAY 2010

Software is increasingly making a difference to the constitution and production of everyday life

"The reason that a focus on Web 2.0 is significant and needed is because the popular web applications it represents are driven by users providing endless and virtually unlimited information about their everyday lives. To put it in Lash's terms, they are clearly on the inside of the everyday, they are up close, they afford direct and routine connections between people and software. We have not yet begun to think through how this personal information might be harvested and used. A starting point would be to find out how this information about everyday mundane lives is being mined, how this feeds into 'relational databases', and with what consequences: the very types of question that are being asked by the writers discussed here. Alongside this it is also important that we consider how the information provided by users, and other 'similar' users, might affect the things they come across. If we return to, which 'learns' users' tastes and preferences and provides them with their own taste–specific online radio station, it is possible to appreciate how the music that people come across and listen to has become a consequence of algorithms. This is undoubtedly an expression of power, not of someone having power over someone else, but of the software making choices and connections in complex and unpredictable ways in order to shape the everyday experiences of the user. How we find the books that shape our writing could be a question we might ask ourselves if we wish to consider the power that algorithms exercise over us and over the formation of knowledge within our various disciplines. (I know of at least two occasions when Amazon has located a book of interest for me that has then gone on to form an important part of a published work.) This is not just about Amazon, it would also include searches on Google Scholar, the use of the bookmarking site, the RSS feeds we might use, or the likely coming applications that will predict, locate and recommend research articles we might be interested in. Readers based in the UK will also by now be considering the power of algorithms to decide the allocation of research funding as the role of metrics in the forthcoming Research Excellence Framework (REF) are finalized."

(David Beer, 996–997)

Beer, D. (2009). "Power through the algorithm? Participatory web cultures and the technological unconscious." New Media & Society 11(6).


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Simon Perkins
22 JUNE 2006

ShotCodes: Browsing The Web On Camera Phones Through Offline URL Barcodes

"Hardly a week goes by without another company unveiling a new service (often based on barcode or RFID scanners) to facilitate the interaction between people and physical objects. Still, Dutch ShotCodes has managed to take a original shot at this market with a visual approach that will appeal to consumers because, well, visuals always appeal to consumers.

What is it? In their own words: 'Today, businesses cannot get people to use their mobile phones to browse the internet. This is because typing in domain names on a phone is a time–consuming and frustrating process. ShotCodes change all of this, radically. ShotCodes are offline web links. When captured by a mobile camera, ShotCodes instantly and effortlessly take users to any desired location on the internet on their phones. ShotCodes are easy to make and can be tied to any web address.'

Businesses can make their own ShotCodes and add them to existing print media or turn them into brand new tools for sales and customer interaction. End users can download free software (via sms/texting) and install it on their mobile phone. This software, which is available for major mobile phone brands and types, enables phones to act upon ShotCodes. For a demo, see:

ShotCodes is a new technology that allows users of camera phones to access Web pages on their phones without having to enter URLs into their handsets. The system works in a similar manner to barcodes: users snap circular barcodes; that are recognised by Java software on the host phone; that references (looks–up) a database of associated Web addresses. In this way the placement of printed ShotCode patterns in the concrete environment could provide a means for phone users to access associated online content.
Review list of compatible camera phones."
(Springwise, 2006)


24 MARCH 2006

Servo Controller Phidgets: Enabling Control Of Devices For Interaction Designers

Phidgets USA, A division of Trossen Innovations, LLC (Illinois, USA)
Phidgets can sense pressure, light, motion, and touch. Phidgets can also receive data from switches, sliders, knobs, other programmes, and more. For instance, if you want to interact with a persons hands waving around you can use motion sensors or light sensors to detect hand movement. If you want to interact with them touching a sculpture you can embed pressure sensors into the sculpture to detect where they are touching and how hard!
Phidgets are communicated with via the Phidget Library which can be used as a COM object in common languages such as Visual Basic, C++, Java, Script Languages, and More.

Examples of School Projects created through using Phidgets.



automata • device control • Phidgets • programmable deviceRFIDrobotsensorservo
29 JUNE 2005

VeriChip: injecting microchips as an anti-kidnapping device

"A Mexican company has launched a service to implant microchips in children as an anti–kidnapping device. ... The company envisions placing walk–through scanners –– similar to metal–detector portals used in airports –– in malls, bus stations and other areas where a missing child may appear. The chip also could be used to identify children who are found unconscious, drugged, dead or too young to identify themselves. Critics said kidnappers could circumvent the device easily."

(Julia Scheeres, Wired News reporter)



child protectionidentificationidentity disclosureinjection • Julia Scheeres • kidnapping • Mexicomicrochippersonal privacyprivacyRFIDsurveillanceuse of private information • VeriChip

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