Press Clippings: Technology in Popular Culture

This initial listing of news on how technology is used by consumers or in popular media is culled from a variety of sources we monitor on a regular basis.

We'd love to see your clippings here as well! Please use the edit this page button to add more, or add comments on how or why you think they may or may not be important. As is the convention throughout the Horizon Project Wiki, we ask you to identify items you think are of high interest to us, as I have done here by typing 4 tilde (~) characters-- - Sam Sam Apr 14, 2011 (note - to keep the wiki clean, please put spaces on either side of your marks). This will help us to sift through the articles and determine which ones resonate most strongly with the board as a whole.

Recommended Reading

  • 10 Smart Clothes You'll Be Wearing Soon the emerging Internet of Things, everyday objects are becoming networked. Clothing is no exception. It's still early days for Web-enabled clothes - the best example so far is the Nike+ running shoe, which contains sensors that connect to the user's iPod. But expect to see everything from your shirt to your underwear networked in the not too distant future.
  • Dante's 'Inferno' turned into video game
    Dante's Inferno uses the 700-year-old poem taking some liberties to make it more exciting and the hero more active.
  • The Data Driven Life
    This New York Time article gives an overview of how data on a very personal level can lead us to change or monitor our behavior like never before. The technologies do this will soon become more ubiquitous than ever. - Larry Larry Apr 25, 2011
  • The Future: Microsoft Demos A Kinect-Driven Armchair
    "Lazy Boy" takes on a whole new meaning which a new reclining arm chair that's driven by gestures.
  • The New Games People Play: How Game Mechanics Have Changed In The Age Of Social
    The crux behind game mechanics is the feeling that you’ve accomplished something; “Whether you’re clicking on a plot of land or a musical note, that is an accomplishment” says Social Gaming Network’s Shervin Pishevar. Social gaming gives you the opportunity to share these goals with your social graph so that many people see them, as well as the chance to work on these accomplishments collaboratively. - Larry Larry Apr 25, 2011 --Social gaming also offers more opportunities for real world issue simulations. In reality, when a crisis emerges, for example, it is very rare that a person will have to act alone to solve the problem. Social gaming encourages the development of important community skills in this sense.- Sam Sam Apr 25, 2011
  • On 'Jeopardy!' Watson Win Is All but Trivial
    Watson, an IBM "question-answering machine" defeats famous past Jeopardy champions. --This is certainly significant, but still does not replace the need for real human thinking. Highly specialized computers, such as the question-answering machine do not have much of a role in education yet.- Sam Sam Apr 25, 2011
  • OnSwipe Brings Tablet Publishing To The Browser
    OnSwipe is a new digital publishing tools company that wants to make mobile browsing as swipe-friendly as a tablet app.
  • Peer-to-peer tech now powers Wikipedia's videos
    As a new method of streaming video, Wikipedia partnered with the P2P Next consortium to develop a peer to peer service using a new Swarmplayer browser plugin that is powered by a hybrid Bittorrent/HTTP technology.
  • Scientists Develop Brain-Computer Interface for Cellphones
    A group of researchers in San Diego have developed a system that allows users to dial a phone number on a cellphone using only their thoughts. --This is certainly the next step after gesture-based computing, but I highly doubt there will be widespread adoption of this kind of technology soon. It's just not ready.- Sam Sam Apr 25, 2011
  • SixthSense - Pranav Mistry's Wearable Gestural Interface
    MIT's Pranav Mistry has created a wearable system that uses gestures to activate and interact with everyday objects allowing one to gain additional information about one's surroundings through his system. -- I was amazed when this appeared a few years ago, but it seems to have gone nowhere. He even released the code into open source. Anyone heard more about this? - Larry Larry Apr 25, 2011
  • Stanford offering updated iPhone dev course on iTunes U
    Like it did last year, Stanford University has posted the complete lecture and presentation slides for the Winter 2010 term's iPhone Application Development course. If you aren't in school or your local center for higher education hasn't jumped on the bandwagon and offered its own course, the Stanford course may be a good substitute. - Larry Larry Apr 25, 2011
  • Yes, People Still Read, but Now It’s Social
    This article by noted writer Steven Johnson looks at how reading is changing in the rise of social networks.
  • Wedding Invitation Turns Into a Paper Record Player
    Yes, it's actually what it sounds like.