Year: 2014

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    Big Data and Twitter Flight

    Oct 31, 2014 12:41pm | by jesse

    Do we really know what Twitter is? Sure on the surface we see it’s about little bits less than 140 characters that describe events in the news or mundane thoughts spoken out loud. Yet the real value of Twitter is in the data as a whole, the big data. The metaview that predictive analytics and […]

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    Is technology making us lonely?

    Oct 26, 2014 7:05am | by jesse

    The human mind seeks out stories to help explain our emotions and behaviors, but sometimes we focus on false causes when the reason lies elsewhere. Technology is an easy target due to its ubiquity in our lives, and for those who cannot appreciate or understand emerging environments its easy to dismiss their potential by focusing […]

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    Do you feel empowered by the Internet?

    Oct 22, 2014 9:11am | by jesse

    There is a paradox to our relationship with the internet when it comes to empowerment and agency. Does it empower us or does it enslave us? Perhaps it depends who you ask. Celebrated filmmaker and one of the “women shaping the 21st century” Tiffany Shlain phrases the answer as more of a challenge: “you’re creating […]

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    Are you addicted to the Internet?

    Oct 16, 2014 1:14pm | by jesse

    Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is a concept in psychology that describes the series of conditions that humans need to be happy and healthy. Represented by a pyramid, the concept has been modified by many on the internet who place wifi or connectivity as the new base by which we can measure basic human needs. While […]

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    Avatar Secrets and Life After Digital are live

    Oct 15, 2014 1:30pm | by jesse

    Avatar Secrets is now available in Canada via the App Store Life After Digital is available via TVO Related posts: The Agenda: Avatar Secrets & Life After Digital Almost ready to launch Join the conversation via #tvofuturenow What does it mean to live in two places simultaneously?

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    Almost ready to launch

    Oct 1, 2014 3:38pm | by jesse

    Future Now is an exciting fusion of the issues contained in two exciting documentary projects, Avatar Secrets, and Life After Digital. We’ve spent the better part of the summer designing, researching, and now writing content to help extend ideas, concepts, and debates beyond these two documentaries into the broader web and public discourse. We hope […]

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    Love in the era of the internet is complicated

    Sep 21, 2014 8:33pm | by jesse

    Love in the era of the internet is complicated. That should come as a surprise to no one. The desire to find and share our lives with others is never ending, and the power to do so exponentially increases in the digital age. We’re no longer limited to the prospective matches in our village or […]

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    Nothin’s ever free. Read the fine print. Did you just give it away?

    Sep 21, 2014 6:23pm | by jesse

    While it may be absurd to think we will read the complicated legalese that comprise usage agreements and terms of services, we are bound to them anyhow, and from this sweeping social contract the companies behind them make millions. Have you ever stopped to think about how much your data is worth? Take a moment […]

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    What does it mean to live in two places simultaneously?

    Sep 21, 2014 6:02pm | by jesse

    What does it mean to live in two places simultaneously? This is a question we could ask the teenager of generations passed who spent their social time on the telephone rather than at the five and dime. Electronic communication and then digital communication has allowed our voice and our imagination to travel elsewhere while the […]

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    Does technology help you, or does it make life more chaotic?

    Sep 10, 2014 9:35pm | by admin

    As a society we’re in an extended period of transition. Only it’s not clear what the transition is, or whether the future we seek is what we’ll get. On the one hand you can offer your personal information to the web in the hopes that it may bring you attention and friends. For some this […]