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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.

What the Internet of Things Means for Food Choices

Via Geek Wire comes word of a Seattle-based cloud texting company, ZipWhip, that has built a coffee maker that can take orders from employees via text message and automatically brew whatever the company's employee has texted--latte, cappuccino, and so on--and finish off the order by writing the employee's name with edible ink in the foam of the drink.

Video Game as Design Fiction

Design fiction is a powerful tool for helping us think about the future. Often times, the goal in creating a design fiction is to explore what a future technology looks like, how it feels, and how we might interact with it. Noah Radford recently wrote two blog posts about design fiction. On Glass and Mud criticizes corporate design fictions being short-sighted and for disregarding the human element.

Apps Are The New Blogs

Remember blogs? Sometime back in those post-traumatic stress syndrome-laced 2000s known as the early aughts, noughts, or (my favorite) the ooze, the web became usable on a mass scale. Blogger, TypePad, and Wordpress all launched or relaunched in 2003. In that same year the CSS Zen Garden introduced us to html styles and web site themes that changed with the seasons.

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