Dec 29, 2009

the war against/for waste

bin with a promise

This waste bin on the Sandymount DART station in Dublin promises that 70% of its content will be recycled. Nice to see, but far from a perfect solution.

From the marriage of increasing primary resource scarcity, hiking landfill prices, growing social awareness on one side and cheap-accurate-invisible object tracking on the other, hopefully soon we will see a transparent and precise, granular yet simple solution.

Today you pay for waste disposal at home, by the bin. Not when using public bins.
Imagine:
- paying for throwing away anything, anywhere.
- different micro-payments for each piece of waste at disposal, based on recycling-ease, material-value, total-volume-per-person-per-month, sorting.
- paying the harshest price (unsorted, etc..) up front at purchase for everything, to then get refunded for the difference (if any) at disposal.

Such system could encourage:
- making the effort to sort over not-sorting,
- buying (therefore also producing) packaging-light products, favoring easily recyclable materials, methods,
- fixing, reusing goods over throwaway culture,
- growing local, composting-biodegrading.

Dec 15, 2009

transparency, using social media

Businesses use the web and social media for communicating with customers in colorful ways, and with various purposes.

A particular purpose of such communication can be transparency, revealing section(s) of the background process(es), that usually remains hidden.

Some examples that I saw recently:
- Angavallen, a Swedish eco farm shows its pigs proudly on flickr
- Pastrami, a restaurant in Budapest offers a live webcam feed from their kitchen on their website.

pastami restaurant - attentiveness
Photo: extra attentiveness on Pastrami's website shows that parking is free, dogs are welcome and served with water, wifi is free, mobile chargers are on stock, there is place for changing diapers and of course there are child seat and toys available, and also that bike path leads to the restaurant.

Dec 7, 2009

tweeting in your sleep

ryan waking

being off the grid.

for you:
how many hours a day? days a year?

for you:
not tweeting/blogging/chatting/following for some time by choice? versus deprived of connection and truly hard/impossible to reach due to circumstances?

sleep = off the grid. now maybe.

but how long before your unconscious will write posts and tweets, chats around while you are asleep?

what risks/opportunities are involved in opting-in to a true 24/7/365 connectedness? what changes will the connected unconscious bring to social concepts such as political transparency, corruption, crime, trust, faith, business, etc.

photo: long exposure experiment on a midnight rooftop, Hyderabad, India

connected: adam wilson tweets using brainwaves.

Dec 4, 2009

body embedded technology

lake song-kol above kochkor in the mountains
photo: basic words in kyrgyz, written up on a napkin, kept in back pocket for a trip.

language skills are essential. fluent english is a must, mandarin, spanish, japanese, german and others come as a plus.

how long until good enough autotranslation is integrated real time into any conversation via voice recognition, text-to-speech technologies (in the cloud) and invisible devices?

when can we expect such solutions becoming mainstream enough to render language skills as something nice-to-have, as opposed to must-have today?

having a voice recognizing device, connected to the cloud, invisibly and constantly available for you, also enable possible side effects, such as:
- all your conversations recorded for you in the cloud
- tweets, posts, status updates are born through dictation on-the-go
- you can ask your questions any time in any language, you will get the answer from Google instantly, read out for you, in your language. imagine the perspective for illiterate people.

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