What we read this week (30 Mar 12)

The world is one big data problem.

Gilad Elbaz

[…] divergence in the strategy business is not in the process, but in the things that make a process magical.

Clay Parker Jones

  • Wired: Weavrs: the autonomous, tweeting blog-bots that feed on social content
    We’ve been extremely fascinated by Weavrs ever since we sat down with David Bausola for the first time. Weavrs are bots that trawl the world of online maps and social networks, creating identities for themselves as they go. You, the creator of the Weavr, plant the seeds: you define certain attributes that the bot will have, what and where it associates with certain emotions, etc. Weavrs are a mad experiment from the labs of the Philter Phactory, and are on the threshold of the visible future. We still get headaches from thinking about what can do and what we might use them for.
  • Gizmodo: The Case Against Google
    “Don’t be evil” has been Google’s motto from the start. Their actions of late have been questionable though to say the least. As the behemoth corporation adds more and more services to its repertoire, linking them all together for a supposedly more fluid experience, it is going against its very foundations. Gizmodo explains step by step why the “don’t be evil” maxim is failing.
  • The Guardian: Father of the email attachment
    Twenty years ago, Nathaniel Borenstein standardized email attachments so that they could be sent across different systems. He has a few regrets, one of them being that every attachment contains an astonishing 19 bytes of redundant code. The Guardian asked him about the thought that went into the development his thoughts on the future of the medium.
  • HD Guru: Is Your New HDTV Watching You?
    In our increasingly open culture, we are frightened about threats to our privacy. Samsung has brought out HDTVs that can, in addition to their more traditional functions, collect HD visual information as well as audio. While this opens up possibilities for new kinds of interaction with the TV, it raises a few questions: who can see and hear the data that is being collected, how secure is the system from hackers, and how do we know if we’re being recorded or not? These kind of questions will have as much effect on the success of the TV as the features themselves.
  • Wired: How One Response to a Reddit Query Became a Big-Budget Flick
    A great read about reddit and someone doing what he enjoys and then finding himself writing Hollywood scripts. Look for the fine details of future networked storytelling vs. oldschool storytelling in the movie industry.

Author: Johannes

Johannes is a strategist and consultant for digital communications. His work is informed by his experience of working with brands like Deutsche Telekom, MTV, Postbank, Maggi and Nike and by his insatiable appetite for finding the bigger patterns behind current developments in technology and science. Holding a diploma in Media System Design, Johannes is a regular speaker at web and marketing conferences like Republica and the Social Media Summit.