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Immersive journalism: What if you could experience a news event in 3D by using an Oculus Rift?by Mathew Ingram AUG. 21, 2014 – 3:16 PM PDT 4 CommentsA Aphoto: Oculus RiftSUMMARY:Journalist and documentary film-maker Nonny de la Pena is using the three-dimensional virtual world technology behind the Oculus Rift headset to create immersive journalistic experiences based on major news events

via Immersive journalism: What if you could experience a news event in 3D by using an Oculus Rift? — Tech News and Analysis.


What distinguishes Rheingold’s work here is the attention to, well, attention. He’s talking about metacognition, or making ourselves more aware of what we’re doing online. We often divide our attention online, but at any given moment make “micro decisions” about what we’re going to do — write emails for work, watch a YouTube video, get lost in Twitter. Rheingold says we have to connect our attention to our intention and be more aware of how what we’re actively doing relates (or often doesn’t) to what we need.

via Howard Rheingold on how the five web literacies are becoming essential survival skills » Nieman Journalism Lab.

////Our focus needs to be on developing new literacies, new competences, to effectively use technology. The techniques of mind training in Buddhist meditation are quite helpful in reducing the tendency to get lost in media (monkey-mind on steroids). Owning our attention, practice honing our attention, is essential now more than ever. -lw

HumTech2014 will provide a forum for scientists, engineers, technologists, field workers and policymakers to discuss current research and exchange technical ideas that have a global humanitarian impact.

via Humanitarian Technology: Science, Systems and Global Impact 2014 | 13 – 15 May 2014 | Boston MA.

This is a fabulous tool to clarify the complexity of the world; you don’t have to go all over the Internet to understand something; this gets it all together,” said Philippe Destatte, Director of The Destree Institute (Namur, Wallonia) and a sponsor of the Brussels launch of the Global Futures Intelligence System held at Royal Academy of Belgium along with the Club of Rome European Union Chapter and Deloitte.

via Digital global intelligence on the future of the world in the palm of your hand | KurzweilAI.


Posted: November 10, 2013 in InfoNet, web

Medium. Somewhere between Twitter and the New Yorker

Tim O’Reilly

If we’re going to get science policy right, it’s really important for us to study the economic benefit of open access and not accept the arguments of incumbents. Existing media companies claim that they need ever stronger and longer copyright protection and new, draconian laws to protect them, and meanwhile, new free ecosystems, like the Web, have actually led to enormous wealth creation and enormous new opportunities for social value. And yes, they did in fact lead in some cases to the destruction of incumbents, but that’s the kind of creative destruction that we should celebrate in the economy. We have to accept that, particularly in the area of science, there’s an incredible opportunity for open access to enable new business models.


The Emergence of Distributed Cognition – a conceptual frameworkleave a comment »We propose a first step in the development of an integrated theory of the emergence of distributed cognition/extended mind. Distributed cognition is seen as the confluence of collective intelligence and “situatedness”, or the extension of cognitive processes into the physical environment. The framework is based on five fundamental assumptions: 1 groups of agents self-organize to form a differentiated, coordinated system, adapted to its environment, 2 the system co-opts external media for internal propagation of information, 3 the resulting distributed cognitive system can be modelled as a learning, connectionist network, 4 information in the network is transmitted selectively, 5 novel knowledge emerges through non-linear, recurrent interactions. The implication for collective intentionality is that such a self-organizing agent collective can develop “mental content”  that is not reducible to individual cognitions.

via The Emergence of Distributed Cognition – a conceptual framework « Learning Change.

Good synthesis of the function of connectionist networks.

Rheingold is not alone in his ideas about how meditation can help focus attention when online. Researcher David Levy recently provided evidence on how learning how to meditate can train the mind to focus. Read How Meditating Helps With Multitasking. In his study, Levy said those who learned how to meditate were able to keep on task better than those who didn’t. “They realized they didn’t have to respond to everything right away, not everything is urgent,” Levy said. “They felt more in control, less tense, less afraid.”

via What Will You Click On Next? Focusing Our Attention Online | MindShift.

via A connected world – YouTube.

Interesting big picture, needs serious discussion. lw

The 3 pieces that are turning WordPress into a platformBy Adii Pienaar, WooThemesGigaOm, 23 July 2012These days, WordPress acts more like a development framework or a PaaS Platform as a Service, says WooThemes CEO Adii Pienaar. And in the last year, several new services have sprung up to help make WordPress a platform in the truest sense of the word.

via Michel Bauwens: 3 Pieces Turning WordPress Into Global Platform « Public Intelligence Blog.