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Links related to technology presented in somewhat random fashion:

Recommended Listening

2017 Boyer Lectures: Fast, Smart and Connected: What is it to be Human, and Australian, in a Digital World

How do you watch and listen at home? – Your desire to listen to music and watch movies and TV shows has probably not changed much in your life-time but the connected home has changed the way you do it.

@dweinberger @NPR @feraldata @roughtype @ajkeen

Technology and Education – Antony Funnell, presenter of RN’s Future Tense, talks about our relationship with technology and what it means for education.

Where Can Technology Take Us? – The digital revolution has already reconfigured almost every aspect of our lives, but with new innovations appearing on the horizon every day, the landscape is still set to change beyond all recognition. Alasdair Blackwell,Tom Chatfield, Debbie Forster and Matthew Taylor explore the transformative technologies that have the potential to offer us a radically new future.

Buzzword Bingo
App – Apple TV – ATM – Chromecast – Computer – Drone – Machine – Relationships – Smart – Technology

Do smartphones facilitate the discovery of local tips whilst travelling?


average footprint of an American home.
are they neutral? no
are they active agents … more complicated discussion
this moment in time: behaving as if this is new as if we’ve never had to go through questions of ownership or privacy or risk … Interested in the way we dilegent about the histories of things because it’s easy to erase them. The arc of human history is a dance … and we are changed by it. We went from being storytellers to readers.
Less than a decade of high-enough speed internet to …20% US households still not connected. It’s not a lived experience for everyone and for those who have lived it, it’s new. Australia 1956, in the 70s just gone color and grandparents and parents were still arguing. What is it bad to eat in front of it? Was the preponderance of Australian TV – shoutout to A-Team, Love Boat and Wonder Woman ….
We arguing about the mechanics, social relationships … We’re on a particular arc and it’s unclear if it’s going to go like this or this
Go all in and then go back to doing the other thing. How digital will we be?
European car company – shutdown email friday afternoon and turns it back on until monday
Imagine a world where email is not 24/7
You can’t know a place until you are knee-deep in it.
Being connected good … creates other issues
Harder was keeping people connected
most people don’t use technology frequently
you need a hard password
put all the work on the front, not the bad
what does it mean being not connected
sarah google
workarounds high touch socialability, relationships that matter
libraries, community centers
just because you have a connection doesn’t mean that everyone will use it
navigate ideas about tech power , tk and need

The enduring allure of retro tech – Vox


Let my machine talk to me.
– R.E.M., World Leader Pretend

Cars carry us not only from place to place but situation to situation.
Genevieve Bell – Intel’s Intrepreter

Any technology that threatens to do three things always invokes a moral anxiety. If it threatens to rearrange our relationships to time, our relationships to space and our relationships to other people. And as soon as a technology has that potential we immediately imagine nothing good will come of it. And it is usually followed by phrases like ‘it will be the end of our society’, ‘it will be the death of our culture’, ‘have you seen what the young people are doing’. It’s never good.
– Genevieve Bell, Many Internets, many lives (James Tizard lecture)

I’ve come up with a set of rules that describe our reactions to technologies:
1. Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.
2. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.
3. Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things.
– Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt

Brother MFC


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