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Reimagining Work: Collaborative Authorship, Coordination, and Version Control

New Tool Paradoxes

One of the paradoxes of technological change is that as new tools are introduced, people often remain tethered to their existing tools and practices. It's a paradox because new technologies can be significantly beneficial, yet we are loath to incorporate them into our daily routines. As people, we don't tolerate losses too well. If we lose a technology we've come to rely on, even to replace it with a better version, that can feel like a big source of pain. 


Migration's Magical Realism

The experience of migration, of moving to a new habitat or locale, brings with it a magic-like experiences of the new environments. The relationship between cause and effect breaks down, and it takes more (or less) effort to do things that once seemed easy (or difficult). Alice's experience in Through the Looking Glass has a migration-like feel to it as she runs with the Red Queen in the Garden of Live Flowers.

Reimagining the Future of Higher Education: From STEM to SEAD

Design and art have long been viewed as distinct fields of inquiry from science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), but the contemporary perspective is that these modernist institutional distinctions are rapidly eroding now more than ever. For more than a decade, new residencies, institutions, collaborations, and projects have pushed the expectations and outcomes of working across both the sciences and the arts. Today, it's almost a given that science, design, engineering, and art are closely linked in product as well as practice.

Machine-Motivated Ethical Behavior

I'm a fan of technology that gives people more latitude in their social and physical relationships. We live in societies (and environments) laced with norms and expectations, and while many of our behaviors are focused on keeping the peace, they can conflict with personal motivations. 


Civic Labs: Bangalore

Bangalore, Karnataka, India

On June 16th


Civic Labs: Bangalore

Learning in the Algorithmic Age: Understanding the Links Between Behaviors and Outcomes

Not long ago, I wanted to consider how we could provide better tools for foresight, insight and action for individual people to use in their everyday life. The FICO score seems like a great case study. 


The Internet Immune System

Recent news around the Stuxnet computer virus and Kapersky Lab's discovery of the Flame spyware have heightened public conversations Internet security. 


What if the Internet were able to patch itself against threats and vulnerabilities? 


Recipe Networks and Combinatorial Cuisine

The field of network science continues to find new data sets for exploring technology, economics, biological systems, and social relationships. Two recent articles use recipe ingredients and foods from different cuisines to demonstrate how the lens of network science can create analytics to provide us with new insights into how we eat and what gets eaten.

Who is the Internet Human and what is the Human Internet?

For most of its history, using the Internet has involved conforming and contorting to the logic, architecture, and input/output mechanisms of machine networks. Humans have genuflected before immobile computer screens, tethered our limbs to mice and keyboards, and craned our necks to use the smartphone screens in our hands. The human experience of the Internet, however, will change dramatically in the next ten years.  The technical and network foundations are being laid that will allow humans to interface with the network much more naturally and effectively.

Report from San Francisco: Art Hack Weekend

Last weekend I participated in Art Hack Weekend, where many of San Francisco’s leading web designers, developers, artists and hackers converged to exchange concepts, projects, and to create the next phase of cutting edge web apps using emerging web technologies from HTML5 to Kinect sensors, new javascript libraries, and WebGL.

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