Comic and animation museum by MVRDV

http://www.dezeen.com/2011/05/05/comic-and-animation-museum-by-mvrdv/

Dutch studio MVRDV  have won a design competition to build a Comic and Animation Museum in Hangzhou, China, formed of eight giant balloon-shaped forms.

Each balloon will contain a different function within the museum, including two exhibition spaces that will display cartoons, comics and animations.

Article on Obsolete Gadgets

The New York Times published an article last week on which gadgets we can get rid of because they are becoming obsolete or being replaced by other technologies. It seems that mobile phones are replacing most older technological devices such as GPS, cameras, and MP3 players. Can mobile devices eventually replace all of the items on this list?

 

Collaborative Filtering

The topic of collaborative filtering was brought up in class today. This  is great for businesses to try and connect with users and recommend items which they may like. Although, as a user I feel my information is being used without my consent. There are huge privacy concerns with collaborative filtering. Even when I come back to a site like amazon it remembers me and is storing information on me. I feel my privacy is being invaded and that my permission should be asked of in order to store information about what I like, buy, or am interested in. The internet and technologies which go along with it just seem to not be a safe in keeping ones identity/likes ect  safe .

This topic brings me to the idea of Facebook. Facebook is being used a networking tool, but again has the same privacy concerns and can be detrimental to many. Those who post interesting pictures of partying should really question if they want that information to portrayed of them especially to potential employers. It seems if something is put on the internet about you it will be there forever.

Is it possible to shut down the internet?

CNN recently posted story questioning whether or not the U.S. could shut down the internet the way that Egypt did last week. Egypt’s government did so by oredering the five main internet providers to reroute IP addresses. The U.S. could technically do the same if legislation was in place, but the robust and rhizomatic nature of the system does not allow it to just simply be shut down. The article says that “certain links break and other links are opened”.

CNN ARTICLE

Pachube – The YouTube of Data

I am having trouble completely understanding Pachube; nonetheless it is a very powerful concept that allows people across the world to link their data devices. Pachube allows users to “store, share & discover realtime sensor, energy and environment data from objects, devices & buildings around the world”. They claim that it is like the YouTube of data, instead of watching videos, you are watching the data streams occurring all over the world.

The Power of Social Media: Overthrowing Governments

Many researchers are looking into the power that social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook are having on organizing the overthrowing of governments such as Tunisia and potentially Egypt. An NPR story Social Media gets Credit For Tunisian Overthrow reports a young tech-saavy popoulation staging the world’s first “cyber-net revolution”.