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“Un jour viendra où les armes vous tomberont des mains, à vous aussi ! Un jour viendra où la guerre paraîtra aussi absurde et sera aussi impossible entre Paris et Londres, entre Pétersbourg et Berlin, entre Vienne et Turin, qu’elle serait impossible et qu’elle paraîtrait absurde aujourd’hui entre Rouen et Amiens, entre Boston et Philadelphie. Un… » read more

 This work is in the Public Domain. I wrote this in January 2003 to try to describe the kinds of things you would see at a Social Computer building (a Civil Sandbox). The name Prototype comes from the name of the event we were proposing to explore the Social Computer. Please bear in mind that… » read more

This work is in the Public Domain. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/p__tQFLsN-Y” width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] “I really like the idea that you can have an environment in which you can test technologies, products and see feedback and see a lot of things happen. You could see a lot of new things get developed, and innovations. Almost like… » read more

This work is in the Public Domain.  This was the first document I wrote that people started to see what I was trying to do. It was finished in October 2002, before the ist2002 brainstorm document Social (Network, People, Community) Computing (System, Process, Result) The Social Computer is a potentially revolutionary thematic arts research project.… » read more

This work is in the Public Domain. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://uk.youtube.com/v/Nxq4q1UCvKM” width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] In 2002, Mathew Lowry was website manager for IST 2002. I think, although he was a science journalist for many years, this was the first time he was interviewed. I shouldn’t say interview because we talked most of the time haha.

Playful experiments

[kml_flashembed movie=”http://lads.myspace.com/videos/vplayer.swf” width=”320″ height=”346″ fvars=”m=881568;type=video” wmode=”transparent” /] I think a good event reminds people that there are new possibilities out there. It is warm and friendly and gives people a nice backdrop to meet new people and explore common interests or discover new ones. It is open to new ways of thinking and gives room… » read more

This work is in the Public Domain. I was trying to describe a science for the concept of Societal Computing. I realised that Social Computing didn’t really cover the high-level stuff like redesigning the processes that make a society function. Again, a lot of thought and a lot of talk, but not much action. My… » read more

[kml_flashembed movie=”http://uk.youtube.com/v/YYREeoGCmGQ” width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] In 2001 we were mostly busy with opening people up to new kinds of art form and expression. It is true, however, that most of our research is useful for other industries as it represents creativity towards approaching change. You could say that designing society is also an art… » read more

[kml_flashembed movie=”http://uk.youtube.com/v/af3Nu0d1M2Y” width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] This was the project that initially sparked the idea of a building with a very special function.  This festival is the basic format I will use for the Sandbox festival which is a city wide experimental Civil Sandbox within an event. For me, this is the best way to… » read more

This work is in the Public Domain. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://uk.youtube.com/v/d6z-Tc1Kd_8″ width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] “Even though it has the agenda of promoting R&D, the European Union, the companies and all that, thats at one level the level that people would see is just a hip and happening place, would be nice to go to there and… » read more

This work is in the Public Domain. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://uk.youtube.com/v/pcx_XjHRoYM” width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] Aladdin  Ayesh and Karina discuss ideas of how to use a Social Computer in terms of intelligent buildings and usage of congnitive technologies. They are looking at what we could use the building to help the citizens deal with civil decisions. Some… » read more

This work is in the Public Domain.
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This is an explaination of what happened after the Blue Moon project and a brief interview with Pete Kercher …

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