Posts Tagged ‘TED’

Siftables – New Dimension of Computer Interface Design

February 12, 2009

What if…. when we use a computer… instead of using a mouse cursor on a flat desktop… what if we could reach in with both hands and grasp information physically and arranging it the way we want it?

Siftables are cookie-sized, interactive computerized tiles you can stack and shuffle in your hands. These future-toys can do math, play music, play video, talk …

A new generation of tools for interacting with digital media.
MIT grad student David Merrill demoed this new kind of computer interface at the TED Conference 2009.



The Evolution of Video Games

October 11, 2008

Once again a TED talk… sorry for that. But this is a really great one, even though it`s from 2006.
Game designer David Perry shows that tomorrow’s videogames will be more than mere fun to the next generation of gamers. They’ll be lush, complex, emotional experiences — more inclusive and meaningful to some than real life.

A highlight is the video inside the talk by a student Michael Highland who describes his life as a video game addict.

The video game market is the fastest growing entertainment market out there and there is no end in sight. Why? It`s the only market where the product itself, the technology, can develop  year after year in new spheres…
And at the moment we have no idea where it will stop…
It just seems to be a question of time, when there is a convergence of blockbuster movies and games…

As we know, games can be much more than heading for the highscore or killing some monsters. Some games are more like a virtual reality…. more and more developers think about emotions, purpose, feelings, meanings, humour, learning, socialization… they are able to use  completly new ways of storytelling… and of course you can`t beat interactivity…

… many out there are laughing right now about the second life hype…. but they probably don`t think about the time when these “virtual life” graphics, 3D effects et cetera get really really good. When they are on a level of a movie production, where you never know if this scene was shot real on location or just a 3D animation…
Multiplayer games are already a huge success…. but the graphics are still quite poor…

But there is a second important point that the video of Michael Highland reminds me of…
Game developers have a tremendous responsibility in the future… “brainwashing” was never as easy. If you don`t know what I mean, watch the video of Michael Highland.

The Free Digital Library

September 12, 2008

Brewster Kahle has a dream. He is trying to build a truly huge digital library — every book ever published, every movie ever released, all the strata of web history … all free to the public.

As he shows in his TED talk, we are not far from it … well technically… of course there are some other “challenges” to overcome…

What could this mean to the media industry? Is there any chance to get this through? How should publishing/content industry and the library coexist? What´s the model?

When we go digital, there will be the point where everybody will have access to all knowledge that was ever released to the public. That´s where we are heading. Don`t know how long it will take, but we will get there.

So we should start adressing the questions above.

The Next 5000 Days

August 15, 2008

… and some laws of media:

“Copies have no value.
Value is in the uncopyable.
Media wants to be liquid.
Network effects rule.”