Sunday, September 18, 2005
This is my last note for Daily Relay
In the last two years, I've posted here about 3 notes each week. And these short notes all contained links to longer versions on one of my blogs, Roland Piquepaille's Technology Trends.
But things have changed this last month, when Dan Farber, editor-in-chief for ZDNet, itself part of CNET Networks, asked me to continue this blogging activity for the ZDNet's blogging portal.
As you can guess, I've accepted this offer, and my blog is now hosted by ZDNet as their new Emerging Technology Trends blog.
Obviously, I informed Donald Melanson here at Daily Relay about this evolution. And he told me that linking to ZDNet several times per week would go against Mindjack's independent spirit.
I respect his decision and this is why it's my last note here. If you want to follow me through daily discoveries about emerging technologies and new findings in science which may affect our lives in the future, please be sure to bookmark my personal blog (for short stories) or ZDNet's Emerging Technology Trends (for longer ones).
It has been a pleasure to be with to you during these past two years. But things always change. Thank you for your support and good bye.
Friday, September 16, 2005
The Loud Report: Pest, "Slap on Tap"
This UK act is some kind of mix of your typical hip-hop production setup, and live instrumentation; it ends up sounding like a party... a malfunctioning party... that really, really wants to be your friend. They've got a new album coming out; this is from the previous one.
Sunday, September 11, 2005
Future computerized lie detectors
According to vnunet.com, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is investing $3.5 million to develop future computer-based lie detectors. Read more...
Electric power from cows?
Using cow waste to produce electricity has been done before, for example by using the methane released by this waste to power farm machinery. But now, researchers from Ohio State University (OSU) have found new ways to turn cow waste into electricity. Read more...
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
An instant and mobile wireless mesh network
Today, several companies have products able to create wireless mesh networks with the help of fixed access points. But now, a California-based start-up company, PacketHop, is about to launch a software to enable mobile and instantaneously reconfigurable mesh networks. If you have a 802.11-enabled laptop or PDA, you will be able to send, receive and route data.
According to InformationWeek, this could be primarily used by police officers "caught in a dangerous situation that requires teamwork and fast communication."
And even if the company wants to sell its applications to businesses and consumers, it won't come up cheap. NewsFactor Network reports that each client will cost about $2,000, while the gateway software will cost around $25,000. Read more for other details about this intriguing and expensive new technology.
The Art of Cooking is evolving fast in this 21st century. New food products are being designed with the help of molecular technology, genetic discoveries or space research before arriving in our kitchens.
For example, here is a Pravda article which says that NASA is preparing sandwiches which still be good in seven years. And companies such as Kraft are using nanotechnology to create food products tailored to users' needs.
This is a booming market and, according to Associated Press, dozens of universities in the U.S. are offering degrees in culinology, attracting creative students in their food and science programs. This overview contains more details about what we'll eat in a near future.
Friday, September 02, 2005
The Loud Report: Saul Williams, "List of Demands (Reparations)"
I won't blame you if you're not in the mood - I'm sure not - but since Schlomo made me aware of this track a few weeks ago I've been obsessed with finding it. You can get it at SXSW.com. I have no idea if it's old or new or played out or what, but it's got the power to rebuild something.
Thursday, September 01, 2005
Hosting company still online in New Orleans
Wired News has the story of a hosting company that's still up and running in downtown New Orleans despite the loss of most public utilities.
With buildings reduced to soggy ruin just a few blocks away, Zipa's data center -- built by Enron in its expansionist heyday -- still operates, powered by a 750-kilowatt diesel generator and connected to the rest of the world by a fiber optic connection buried deep underneath New Orleans' flooded streets.DirectNIC's "crisis manager," Michael Barnett, is also maintaining a Live Journal with regular updates from the scene.
That makes the employees of Zipa and sister company DirectNIC, which is just upstairs, some of the only flood victims in New Orleans with the ability to communicate with the outside world.
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january 26, 2006
Telephone Repair Handbook
Mark Pesce & Angus Fraser
In a three-part feature, Mark Pesce
and Angus Fraser propose a complete rethinking of a technology that
everyone depends on: the telephone.
may 30, 2005
Burgess: The Mindjack Interview
Melanie McBride recently caught up with Broken Saints creator Brooke
Burgess to talk about long form Flash and the way of this Broken Saints
may 13, 2005
is Good? How Battlestar Galactica Killed Broadcast TV
by Mark Pesce
the first part of a two-part article, Mark Pesce looks at how a re-visioned
70s camp classic changed television forever.
may 21, 2005
is Good? Part Two: The New Laws of Television
by Mark Pesce
the final part of a two-part article, Mark Pesce lays out some new rules
for television, which he says are good for everyone unless you're
february 01 , 2005
Future of Money
by Paul Hartzog
Paul Hartzog examines the changing nature of money and what might be in
store for the currency of tomorrow.
november 05, 2004
Without Borders: Digital Culture and Decentralization
by Paul Hartzog
Hartzog rethinks sociologist Saskia Sassen's idea of the Global City and
how it may or may not apply to digital culture.
august 31, 2004
Ads Invade Gamespace
by Tony Walsh
do you get when you cross the world's most measurable medium with the
world's most immersive medium? Video games peppered with Internet-style
banner-ads. This new method of marketing allows measurable demographic
data to be collected from the elusive online gaming community, targeting
dynamically-downloaded advertisements at specific demographics. The promise
of a new revenue stream is obviously attractive to advertisers and game
publishers, but will the idea win over gamers?
july 20, 2004
Gaming's Quiet Revolution
by Tony Walsh
Today's avatars in massively multiplayer environments like
Second Life are giving their users the gift of expression and infusing
games with something more, soul.
june 25, 2004
by J.D. Lasica Reports
collaborative work tools and the drawbacks of social software took center
stage at this year's Supernova. The third annual tech-in-the-workspace
conference "Where the decentralized future comes together!"
drew more than 150 technology thought leaders, software startup CEOs and
other heavy hitters (alas, fewer than 20 of them women) to the Westin
Hotel in Santa Clara, Calif., on June 24-25.
may 24, 2004
Digital Radio Be Napsterized?
by J.D. Lasica
Recording Industry Association of America has discovered that digital
radio broadcasts can be copied and redistributed over the Internet. The
so the RIAA, the music business's trade and lobbying group, has asked
the Federal Communications Commission to step in and impose an "audio
broadcast flag" on certain forms of digital radio.
may 17, 2004
by Mark Pesce
the earliest days of television, writers like George Orwell in 1984
and Ray Bradbury in Fahrenheit 451 projected television as the
instrumentality of a totalitarian future - a monolithic entity dispensing
propaganda. And, if any of you occasionally watch Fox News, you can see
they weren't that far off the mark. But here's the thing: the monolithic
days of television are numbered. Actually, they've already passed - though,
as yet, very few people realize this.
april 19, 2004
Blogging, Equality, and the Future
the mainstream media's interest in blogging at a fever pitch, Mindjack's
Melanie McBride takes a critical look at the future of blogging and talks
to some of the bloggers trying to shape it.
april 12, 2004
Copyright Law and its Challengers
A profile of Jed Horovitz and his documentary Wilfull
Infringement, about his struggles with Disney over copyright laws,
and other individuals who have run into similar problems in their creative
march 11, 2004
Is Nothing Sacred?
Digital Music for a Digital Age
by Ian Dawe
nothing sacred?" This was the rallying cry, some years back, concerning
sampling. Pioneered by the fledgling hip-hop artists, with its roots in
music concrete, sampling is the art of extracting snippets of music from
other recordings and re-assembling them into a new piece, usually based
around some kind of electronic beat. Theft, it was called. Another phrase
applied to it was "art".
december 12, 2003
by Donald Melanson
software is the latest "next big thing" to get technophiles
excited and VCs interested. What exactly it is, few can describe.
In some respects, it is nothing new at all, but rather a means of connecting
and defining previously disparate elements. Mindjack editor Donald Melanson
takes a look at one group that has taken this idea and run with it, before
the idea ever had a name: film and DVD enthusiasts.
october 29, 2003
Variables for Understanding Online Communities
by Andrea Baker and Bob Watson
article is an attempt to discuss some of the qualities that define virtual
communities. It is a work in process, an exploration. The twelve variables
we've selected are most likely not all that exist, just the ones we find
most important in our thinking right now. These variables struck us as
important ways in which communities are differentiated despite the type
of software chosen to carry a given community.
october 29, 2003
by Nicholas Carroll
was puzzled the first time I read about "knowledge management." How can
you manage knowledge -- much less shuffle it around an organization --
when knowledge is a construct in an individual mind? People in information
science and neurobiology were of the same opinion: you can manage information,
but not knowledge. Knowledge is something that lives between your ears.
It has to be reduced to information to be organized, stored, and transmitted."
september 18, 2003
The Myth of Fingerprints
newest contributor, Ian Dawe, examines the history of identification technology,
from passwords to fingerprints to DNA.
The Trouble with e-Voting
is one of those things Iíve been dreading for several years. Since it
first became a technological possibility, the thought of all of the security
risks involved has been swarming in my head like a hornetís nest. On the
surface, it sounds like a beautifully democratic thing Ė each person anywhere
in the world just needs to get him or herself to a computer in order to
vote. But when one puts together the current legal ramifications and the
technological flaws, itís actually rather scary.
Have iPod, Will Travel
reviews the iTrip FM Transmitter for the iPod from Griffin Technology.
Alexander on The Matrix Reloaded
to The Matrix faces a series of challenges. It must satisfy, then exceed
its audiences appetite for imaginative fight scenes. It needs to
work with the science fiction concept of split-level reality, going further
without undoing the premise. Fidelity to an ambitiously defined alternate
world isnt crucial, yet unlike the situation of the Star
Wars and Lord of the Rings movies. However, a sequel is bound to plumb
the first movies underworld of technological fear and cultural theory
riffing. The Matrix: Reloaded attempts all of these, but diffuses, throwing
itself into an open, unsettled finale
may 26, 2003
examines the online, interconnected groups of people that you turn to
for advice on music, art, fashion, books, etc., and the broader implications
of these taste tribes.
may 05, 2003
Outside The MUD
CEO Stewart Butterfield on the Game Neverending
Sugarbaker talks to Stewart Butterfield about his company's take on massively-multiplayer
march 21, 2003
State of Digital Rights Management
Bryan Alexander reports from the
Berkely DRM Conference.
February the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology held a conference
to demonstrate and push the limits of DRM. For a sunny weekend in northern
California, representatives of computer science, entertainment, media
companies, Congress, the FTC, European copyright law, and the occasional
cypherpunk, offered their versions of DRM, while holding each other's
notions up to fierce scrutiny.
march 21, 2003
Two Degrees of Separation
In an entirely
unscientific study, Sarah examines the uncanny social connections that
sprout from the Silicon Valley populus.
march 10, 2003
Machine Than Flesh
essay of Rodney Brooks' Flesh and Machines: How Robots Will Change
february 17, 2003
reputation management" is reminiscent of the political term "spin control."
But the Internet is not traditional media, and opportunities for controlling
one's reputation are quite different – in theory unlimited, but in practice
limited by an almost inherent lack of focus, and the countervailing weight
of mainstream media.
november 04, 2002
The Internet Archive
away in one of the seediest neighborhoods of San Francisco is a roomful
of over two hundred computers with a terabyte of data stored on every
october 28, 2002
The Transmetropolitan Condition
An Interview with Warren Ellis
has never been a better time to read the work of comic book legend Warren
Ellis. From the formulaic pornography of news coverage to the on-going
ineptitude of our world "leaders", Ellis delivers an intelligent and savagely
funny antidote to global idiocy. The creator of Transmetropolitan, Planetary
and Global Frequency talks to Mindjack about his work, our times and the