Below a video from Google TechTalk. Some highly innovative applications are highlighted related to mobile LBS visualization apps, OCR software with automated integration into Google Docs and Spreadsheet, edgy video/movie editing software, a HTML PC doc to Flash Mobile doc conversion tool and a push-delivery system for real-time web content with scheduling features.
Below a short presentation from TED 2008 which inspired me a lot. For the first time, the universe becomes more accessable, knowable, personal and sharable to all of us spurring different innovations going forward.
Just finished my favorite week of this year encompassing two key events : Mobile Monday Amsterdam (MoMoAMS) and PICNIC / PICNIC07 (also known as Cross Media Week Amsterdam). In one word: inspiring ! Both were in the second edition. Below some recommendations and sharing from my side...
Mobile Monday Amsterdam : Mobile Communities As one of the founders and organisers I found it very thrilling to see around 230 internet, mobile and marketing professionals in one room. Among them many of the leading twitterazi, thinkers and innovators in the Netherlands. The presentation by Tomi T Ahonen - author of Digital Korea and Communities Dominate Brands and leading mobile thinker (Mobile as the 7th Mass Medium) - was impressive. You can find in presentation and video format on our blog : presentation and video by Tomi T Ahonen on Mobile Communities. Some take-away case studies: Kart Writer, Flirtomatic, CyWorld, Any Question Answered (AQA), mobile idle screen tickers and OCR recognition/translation software for mobile phones. The presentation above contains more mobile community examples than the video. It also includes the best mobile internet sources around as recommended by leading thinker Tomi T Ahonen. PICNIC / PICNIC07
Presentation of Jyri Engestrom from Jaiku the next stage for social objects/networks/graphs and FaceRank instead of PageRank. FaceRank is based on social proximity (same connections), physical proximity (offline closeness), shared social objects and shared taste/values. Jyri was our first keynote spreaker at Mobile Monday Amsterdam. I was enthrilled by his deepening of his vision in just a few months. Definitely, one of the leading thinkers on social networks in my view.
PhotoSynth with a incredible zoom-in and zoom-out function with breathtaking beauty and precision. Good to combine with Pixsta and Etsy.com
Pablos Holman with a terrific and funny talk on different practical hacking stories and cases
Stefan Sagmeister with an outstanding and highly creative overview of his work, just stunning !
Alex Steffen with heartfelt stories on the environment and practical and positive case studies helping our world to be a better place. This video from TED by Steffen shows us the way
Jack Meyers on branding and marketing in virtual worlds. En passant he gave a terrific overview of digital marketing trends worldwide, even on behavioral targeting !
David Burden with a sublime presentation on the Metaverse Roadmap, Second Life, Augmented Reality, Mirror Worlds/Google Earth and Lifelogging. And how they interact and converge. One second favorite speech of this great week. Thrilling ! Soon you can download his presentation in this link from Platform Virtuele Werelden (PVW) and Jack Meyers prezzie is already here. Staggering to see a live presentation of real-time flight information fed into Second Life from Google Earth, opens up huge possibilities. Also, communicating with your 2L avatar using RSS. David will speak later this year on the Metaverse Summit where I can see him again :-)
Portable Social Networks: a great workshop with Jyri Engestrom, Marc Canter, Dick Hardt, Biz Stone, Yme Bosma and many other leading thinkers. This was highly content driven (moving/synching/federating social networks, Identity 2.0, microformats, openID, lock-in, business models) and inspiring. I felt like witnessing the leading edge worldwide in social networking brainstorming for yet unknown solutions to complex, urgent and important problems and issues. No final answers as yet while I left the room but it was very special. I really hope these kind of sessions will become more commonplace going forward.
Dennis Crowley on social networks, tagging the real world with cases like Sharkrunner and Plundr. His prezzie resonated strongly with the one from David Burden integrating real time, real data within games, virtual world and alternate reality games.
Adam Greenfield on Urban Landscapes, Gaming and Computing. Mobile Devices + Shared Visualisations+Tagging = Social Object = Jyri's presentation :) Extending the insights of Jyri Engestrom on social objects on location as a social object. More later in my blog and presentations
eLens from MIT as an insightful example of city guides with personal and social overlays
The Urban Garden: self organised bus stop with user generated content/tagging, craigslist data, narrowcasting and feeds from ubiquitous computing
Emotion Maps and Biosensing
Ben Cerveny on serious gaming, game culture, simulations, multidimensional and visual representations of pervasive and ubiquitous computing combined with augmented reality and GeoWeb. This was my ultimate highlight of this week. Shivers all over ! Complexity Science applied to games and real life. An extension of David Weinbergers' presentation on Everything is Miscallenous integrating different external data sources and categorizations on real life and serious gaming case studies. Here your can see his video from the LIFT Conference this year. His talk on PICNIC07 was different however, in my view even much better.
And of course all the dinners, talks and networking before, in-between en afterwards. Thanks to all who contributed, helped and organized ! See you soon at another inspiring web 2.0/3.0 or mobile event. I am planning to go to the next Mobile Monday Amsterdam (november), LeWeb3 (december) and Metaverse Summit 2007 (december; as a speaker, my first international speech on an inspiring event on lifelogging, augmented reality, web 3.0 and virtual worlds together with a.o. Jamais Cascio and David Burden).
Thanks to Yme Bosma for this great web app on real-monitoring the clickstream data of your friends and all others. It is called Cluztr. Fits nicely with trends like Lifelogging, Lifestreams, Smart Mobs and Subscribe-to-a-friend-trend. What do you think : is this complementary to Twitter and Jaiku or a substitute ? My take it is complementary. Cluztr is about clickstream data only, not about sharing other parts of your (offline and online) life with your social network like in Twitter. And to Yme, I believe privacy is not an issue in this respect. I think this is a valuable extension.
"Cluztr builds a detailed profile of each user’s surfing habits by
tagging the sites and pages a user visits. This “attention data” is
displayed live as a clickstream on each user’s profile page as well as
aggregated with other users and shown in a public clickstream. The site
uses this information to recommend webpages and people which may be of
interest to the user. Users can also subscribe to other users’
clickstreams, to track what their friends are looking at.
"Cluztr is a collection of browser histories - yours, your friends’
and everyone else’s", said Jon Cianciullo, the founder of Cluztr. “This
tells users what people, including their friends, are paying attention
to right at that moment, so there’s a good chance you will want to
check it out for yourself. There are other programs out there that
offer a similar mechanism of social discovery - Digg, del.icio.us and
StumbleUpon, for example, but what makes Cluztr different is the unique
element of real-time.”
This screencast from Particls shows us new functionalities like attention driven RSS feeds presented in different ways based on relevancy. It is similar to NetVibes, yet more advanced due to prioritization of feeds. It is about attention instead of just plain information. Clearly, in line with the current work and thinking on Intention Economy, Social Networking, Personalization and Attention.xml. And it can be integrated with the service of Jaiku which is similar to a lifestream - centered around users - with photos, twitter streams, locations, blog posts etc. In my view you can segment websites in different ways: themes/categories/verticals, user/people, time/historic/futuristic, location/places and data. Clearly, Particls is built up from the user inside out. What I like personally is the option to integrate granular LinkedIn search categories. Thanks to Jeremy Wagstaff from Wall Street Journal. The whole post is here. Recommended !
looks simple enough: a downloadable ticker that runs across the top of
your screen, pumping you information. Nothing new about this; the
difference lies in what information it presents, and how
it appears. Instead of shoveling data at you, Particls tries to figure
out what you're paying attention to. Enter a few keywords of things
you're interested in and Particls scours millions of blogs and news
sources to find stuff that matches them. You can then tweak this flow
by raising or lowering the relevance of any particular feed or keyword
(from strongly like to strongly dislike).
like about Particls is that it starts not from an "information" point
of view but an "attention" one: matching and presenting the information
according to the time you can give it, so the amount of information you
receive varies, as well as the type of information. Particls doesn't so
much grab armfuls of stuff for you as cherry pick it."
I invite my readers to see a stunning video from Z Corporation on their newest 3D printer in this website. On the right side of the screen you'll find the video. To me, it seems like science fiction but it is real.
The implications of this development are interesting. Printing 3D personal objects and avatars from virtual worlds like Second Life or Laguna Beach comes to mind.
Jeremy Wagstaff from Wall Street Journal on blog spam, CAPTCHA and bots in this post. Clearly a relevant issue, even my own blog is comment spammed occassionally :-( On a broader scale, this could make authentic comments in the blogosphere less apparent or visible. It might blur interesting conversations. However, I do believe this co-evolutionary battle will be won by the authentic and real people boosting the interesting conversations throughout the blogosphere. It is the relevancy of the comments by real users that prevail. "Spammers send millions of emails every day, just by pressing a
button. The same is true of comment spam. And yet my Indian spamming friend Mr.
Kumar isn't a bot. It might not be his name, but I'm pretty sure he's a real
person. He's part of the world of sweatshop spam, and a sobering reflection of
just how bad the spam wars have gotten.
How do I know he's real? Well, first we need to look at the
ongoing battle against comment spam, a problem that could be as big as email
spam. As much as 95% of comments posted on blogs are spam, according to Akismet,
a company that filters comment spam using a basket of methods similar to those
used by email providers to filter email spam. The problem is bad enough for
other filtering methods to appear: forcing people who want to comment on a blog
or site to register first, for example, or allowing the owner of a site to
approve comments before they appear. Or making the would-be commenter complete a
test called "Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and
Humans Apart," or CAPTCHA. If you have ever come across a box where you have to
type in the letters or numbers you see in a distorted image, you'll know what
I'm talking about. CAPTCHA has become popular, not just on blogs but on many Web
sites that are attractive to spammers. Most humans, unless they have visual or
reading difficulties, can distinguish the characters even if they're behind a
maze of lines, or at odd angles, or in different colors. Bots cannot.
Or can they? It is possible to decode some of the images by
running them through an optical character recognition program -- the same sort
of software used to convert a scanned document to text. Enterprising individuals
like a Chinese programmer who goes by the name Wangrun have developed software
to decode different CAPTCHA systems. Depending on the complexity of the CAPTCHA
image, Anhui province-based Mr. Wangrun charges between $500 and $5,000 per
decoder. He declines to say what his customers use the decoders for, but says he
has "very many" of them."
Google Tech Talks on Google Video is similar to TEDtalks and both are an infinite pool for high-end inspiration on many many fields and it encompasses all the tags in my blog. Both are very highly recommended ! This is the future of eLearning. Kevin Kelly's talk on Google Tech Talk on the Scientific Process is interesting due to his reference to Synthetics/Simulations as ways to expand ourselves and our understanding.
The coming weeks I will report back on some of the most outstanding videos on Google Tech Talk.
Increasingly, we can spot different tools on the Web for polished self expression and presentation. Slide clearly is the market leader in the space of pimping your social network or blog profile. Recently, there is competitor called RockYou. Both provide ways to publish and share slideshows on different social networking sites and blogs. Millions of users adopt these services as to differentiate themselves from other users and to convey status skills.
Some questions pop up: - Will these services dominate resumes in recruitment processes in the future (integrated professionally on LinkedIn or a blog) ? - Will these services be integrated into Web 2.0 PPT sites like SlideShare (one of my favorite sites for research nowadays) ? - How will social networking sites like MySpace, Bebo, YouTube and Flickr react to their success ? Acquisition ? Blocking them ? Competitive offerings ? - From a business perspective, do these services raise the bar for eMarketing / promotional activities using Social Media Optimization ? And will the special FX migrate to traditional means of communication and marketing or the other way around ?
Just ran into an interesting innovation called Fring. It is a mobile application that allows you to make mobile calls and send instant messages to other fring users and PC-based VoIP services such as Skype, Google Talk and MSN Messenger at no extra cost beyond your existing data plan. Calls cost nothing extra because they utilize GPRS, 3G and Wi-Fi mobile internet connections.
Fring roams seamlessly between Wi-Fi and 3G networks while bypassing traditional mobile voice and SMS text messaging services. This means that Fring enables mobile-to-mobile calls, mobile-to-landline calls, and mobile-to-PC calls including integration into Skype, Google Talk and MSN Messenger wherever you are.