Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Physical/Digital :: our intimate web - sensors, speech, and a physical digital future

Tangerinie Internet Meets Build with Chrome
Notes and the deck from a talk I gave recently about some possibilities for the future of physical digital technology.
Thanks to Creative Morning Sydney; to AXIS & CAANZ in New Zealand, and to Qantas & TEDx

I'm increasingly fascinated by the journey we are on and how quickly we will move through the 'screen-age' of technology into the augmented, or physical digital age.
So this is a talk, some research for a book project and just, well, interesting brain food I hope.

As a summary:
Digital can be enchanting, personal & intimate
Life filled with information that flows around you like magic.
This talk is sort of about...

What information looks like at the moment :: Streams and Tools and Signals.

How we find it :: sensors, speech, and the quantified self

How we consume it :: wearable tech, intimate technology,  and enchanted objects.
And what that means - about being relevant, useful and simple.

Last slide has a dozen videos if you're into that.

if you like more than pretty pictures - here are the notes:

Friday, April 12, 2013

The Art, Poetry & Music of Data Viz. Or. What do you mean when you talk about data?

This could be one of my favourite talks.
I think it's fun because it's a bit irreverent but with lots of work I  love from people around the world. That's always nice to talk about isn't it? So, it's sort of about data visualization.
Many many hours appear to have been dedicated to questioning, interrogating, correcting and recontextualizing information graphics, data visualizations and generally pictures involving statistics.
Not to mention all the effort that has gone in to telling David McCandless how wrong this or that is.

So, when I was asked to put together a talk introducing Data Visualization to Elmar Trefz's students at the University of Sydney I took some delight in starting from a principal that the real truth in a data set disappears when you put pen to paper. That through the act of representing the data set and analysing the data set you arrive at a set of conclusions. That those conclusions are impossible to truly balance because a) pattern-recognition is interpretive, but mainly b) we expect our visual to communicate more than just the data. In other words we want a story - just like we do from a newspaper. And normally we want that story to confirm our own assumptions and prejudices. Unless it's the weather... Hmm. Maybe with the weather too.

So instead I wanted to look at the increasingly good art made with data. Or interpretations of literature, or music, or history being taught using the same methodology. Can data visualisations be pedagogic, or contemplative, or raw and emotional, or fun?  It's interesting when you don't know enough about your subject to be comprehensive, but hopefully enough to inspire. That was one of these talks. Forgive me if I have sinned. I hope you like the examples.

Video :: a little talk about the future of the internet.

I kinda think this makes more sense in text. But some people like to be read to: