Hi all. This was a crazy week. Still is. As I schedule this post end of Monday evening or so it might happen a lot when you read this on Tuesday. How important is everything? It is a feeling you probably all have. On the other hand; stopping everything is also not helpful, terminating normal life from a distance does not feel right too. There is of course also always discussion about how genuine these responses are, posting a flag or something on social media. I do not like to judge. If it helps to express something that is not possible in another form, then it is fine I think.
Should I say anything or remove this? I leave it for now. And I think I keep on living here, proceeding with my normal activities, and at the same time keep aware, donate something more, be open to real needs. And hope for the best…
Updates of last week
In between the news not many events to report from. I attended STRP scenarios on ‘Hybrid Infinities’
in the online space. A different tool this time: Ohyay
. A kind of mix of Mibo and Spatialchat but more straightforward. And the makers did tune it nicely. Having all participants play a game with your mouse pointer felt a bit like these warming-up routines at (TEDx) conferences that you have to stand up in the room and be spontaneous with your neighbor; not my cup of tea normally but it worked ok this time.
The talks delivered nice art examples shaping the notion of hybrid infinities. For me, there was an extra hybrid layer watching from the couch. I did not take notes, just experienced the examples :)
The works of Leo Scarin showed for instance his project where he merged reality in the virtual space; having to add real touch sensations to the things so experienced in the VR: “Variations in a Remote Room”
. It plays with the physical experience depending on virtual behavior; what will that do for your experience?
The session of Radicle Civics can be rewatched here
. The first 25 minutes have the presentation of Indy Johar.
If you are into Stephen Wolfram, you might think this a nice conversation
on his physics project diving aspects like “Universality, the Principle of Computational Equivalence, and undecidability” and more.
I also watched a presentation
“Creativity in Multiplayer Mode Introducing Metalabels
” by Yancey Strickler (one of the founders of Kickstarter) that I think is an interesting interaction/reflection on the discussion on DAOs. “Metalabels are groups of people using a common identity for a common purpose on public releases that manifest their point of view”. This is very near the idea of the Cities of Things Knowledge Hub concept (2nd paragraph
Plans for this week
Next to usual activities I am looking forward to the start of the students of HvA AAI minor (responsible AI) working on interactions with vocal things in the city.
I am invited to share thoughts on trends again for a class of students of the MILE program
News of the week
This week some new human-intellitech co-performance, autonomous driving, and the weekly Web3 critique.