Link: “Google Health: Why It’s Ending & What It Means”

“Google’s quest to organize the world’s information will no longer include one of society’s most important and sensitive sources of data: our health records. The company announced this afternoon that Google Health will be closed forever and deleted in 18 months, along with a thematically similar and also formerly ambitious project, Google Power Meter.”

Artikel von Marshall Kirkpatrick > Weiter bei ReadWriteWeb

Link: Convergence vs. Specialization: Which Will Win Out? [ReadWriteWeb]

“One of the enduring themes of technology is convergence, when different products evolve to do similar tasks. The smartphone is the prime example of convergence in this era, bringing together voice and data (web) applications. Plus, in recent times, high quality photography and video. However, we’ve entered an age where we have multiple Internet-connected devices within our grasp. Many of these are specialist devices, such as the Kindle and Xbox. We’ll see many more examples soon, as specialist household objects such as toasters and fridges get connected to the Internet. So, does that mean specialization will win out over convergence? ” By Richard MacManus. > Weiter bei ReadWriteWeb

Six Dream Projects of the 3-D Printing Pioneers [PopSci]

“3-D printing is a young technology, but its pioneers and champions aren’t satisfied with printing cars, airplane parts, or tiny edible spaceships–they’re always looking down the road at what’s next. We talked with some of the best minds in 3-D printing about their dream projects–not what’s possible now, but what their current work might lead to in five or ten years.”

By Dan Nosowitz > Weiter bei PopSci

Link: Print me a Stradivarius

“Three-dimensional printing makes it as cheap to create single items as it is to produce thousands and thus undermines economies of scale. It may have as profound an impact on the world as the coming of the factory did.”

> Weiter bei The Economist

Klipp — Kamera der Zukunft

Ein Designkonzept von Mac Funamizu. > Mac Funamizu bei Neue Gegenwart

Link: Thomas Thwaites: How I built a toaster — from scratch [TED]

“It takes an entire civilization to build a toaster. Designer Thomas Thwaites found out the hard way, by attempting to build one from scratch: mining ore for steel, deriving plastic from oil … it’s frankly amazing he got as far as he got. A parable of our interconnected society, for designers and consumers alike.” Zum Video auf TED.com

Bruce Sterling talk on “vernacular video”

“Here’s a very stern and sardonic Bruce Sterling at the Vimeo Festival discussing “vernacular video.” Bruce notes, “This speech goes on for 56 minutes, practically forever by vernacular video standards.” Despite that, I was riveted by all 56 minutes’ worth — Bruce takes an unexpected turn through the history of the Dick Van Dyke show on the way to explaining how to predict the future and then wraps it up with a sinister turn around the morality of cigarette sponsorship and what it is that vernacular video does that runs parallel to selling coffin nails.” Via Cory Doctorow/Boing Boing

Notabilia – Visualizing Deletion Discussions on Wikipedia

M. Stefaner, D. Taraborelli, G.L. Ciampaglia (2011) Notabilia – Visualizing Deletion Discussions on Wikipedia.
http://notabilia.net

Link: “Top 10 Real-Time Web Products of 2010″

“Last year, when we looked at the top real-time Web products of 2009, we predicted that in 2010 the real-time Web was “likely to become a standard expectation on sites all around the world”. Indeed, as we look back on the last year we find that many of the big innovations in terms of the real-time Web come in the form of implementations by companies like Google and Facebook. At the same time, there are still smaller players in the realm that have changed how (and how fast) we expect information on the Web to move and people interact.” Weiterlesen bei ReadWriteWeb

Link: “Facebook Makes Big New Move to Capture More User Data”

“Facebook today unveiled an incredibly simple new service that will allow any website owner to hand over user registration for their site to Facebook, undoubtedly something countless independent sites have considered since seeing the disaster that resulted from the hacking of Gawker’s user account info earlier this month.” Von Marshall Kirkpatrick, weiterlesen bei ReadWriteWeb.

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