Monatsarchiv für August 2003

 
 

Fruits that want to be eaten by bats: »We assume that the environment is largely static, other than the changes we intentionally inflict on it. There’s more plastic in the ocean than plankton, but we assume that the ocean is static and infinite, so we can dump as much of our crap as we want into it. In a much more prosaic way, when individuals walk through an environment, we assume that it’s static. We can observe it, and make changes to it ourselves, but other than that, even if it does change, it does so beyond our notice.

In a profound and fundamental way, that basic assumption will change over the next five years. A whole host of technologies, from smart sensors to software that can interpret human posture and movement, will not only provide a lot of important and useful data and services, but change the way we conceptualize space. Space will change from an empty void to a fully inhabited, dynamic, responsive computational fabric. No changes will go unobserved — we’ll hear all those trees falling in the forest — but more importantly, the environment will change in response to us, changing light, heat, information displays, eventually even reconfiguring furniture and walls. But it’s not any specific applications; certainly there will be unexpected and innovative uses. The point is that our basic ideas of space, action, and change will be shaken and rebuilt in a way that’s only vaguely clear.«
Smart Environments (Coherence Engine)

»Wer durch die gröberen Maschen des sozialen Netzes fällt, wird sich also nach alternativen Einkommensquellen umsehen müssen. Die naheliegendsten sind da naturgemäß Diebstahl, Einbruch oder Raubüberfall. Bei Lichte betrachtet handeln deshalb die als besonders blöd geltenden Neuköllner Hauptschüler überaus klug, wenn sie, statt zur Schule zu gehen und sich für einen Job als Abschmecker in der Klärgrube zu qualifizieren, sich lieber mit ihren Freunden treffen und sich schon mal aufs wahre Leben vorbereiten, indem sie ihre ersten Brüche durchziehen oder in den Drogenhandel einsteigen.« Q

Susan Willis, Empire’s Shadow

Communist Store Windows

David Hlynsky