Article about the decision to make the WWW protocols free, how CERN gave up the rights.
“It took some time to decide what to do, because the arguments were complex, the models untried, and it was not clear what would happen to WWW in either case. Finally, as we were more interested in the excitement of making something useful than in getting rich, we opted for using the old CERN model for technology spin-off: make it available.”
The cultural foundation for today’s web was not created by Tim Berners-Lee, Mark Zuckerberg or Tom Anderson, but by its users, inside the tiny spaces they were assigned by Internet Giants.
The exhibition One Terabyte Of Kilobyte Age showcases thousands and thousands of amateur home pages from the free web hosting service Geocities, last updated during the second half of the 1990s. Established in 1995 and purchased by Yahoo in 1999, Geocities was suddenly shut down by Yahoo in 2009. Realising its cultural significance, the Archive team managed to rescue an incomplete
portion of Geocities which now lives on as a massive downloadable Torrent file.
The interactive chessboard is a new human computer interface design. I use tic-tac-toe and chessboard as a platform to conduct a study of verifying which kinds of features attract people most. The game requires two players. The chessboard triggers LED lights and sounds when players press the button sensor. It is made of junk candy box, Arduino, and some button sensors. The aim is to show the basic features for improving HCI. Imade it just for giving a good experiences for players when playing computer chess game.
Surely an Algorave should feature spontaneously mixed narcotics (most likely pro plus, traces of MDMA, dirty amphetamine and bicarb in various measures) as well as computer-generated wardrobe choices of pink, yellow, AND orange fluorescent clothing panels in various combinations… not to mention the automated choice of motorway or A-road lay-by destination tweeted or SMSed out to all crews by 5pm on the day.
I trust we all know who Lanier is, and as budding academics we should be very grateful that there is someone as damn cool as this guy for us to look up to! His book ‘You are not a gadget’ crossed into the mainstream and got a lot of people who never stop to think to start some really important conversations about how our digital reality is working out for us.
His new book is a further cry to stop and question the dominant narratives of the technological age. I’ll let you know how it goes.