links for 2010-04-13

  • Pretend for a second that you can predict the future
    In fact, you have just been sent through a mental wormhole 100 years into the future. What do you see? How are people communicating? Traveling? Eating? Now bottle those visions up and bring them back to our present-day with you. Oh, what’s that, you can’t? Why not? The technologies don’t exist, you say? Hmm… Ok, how bout this – come on back and write some stories about it. Or better yet make us a ton of prototypes that each hint at some part of the future! How do you suppose an interaction designer might take on this challenge differently from say Arthur C. Clarke? This is what interests me: predictive art and design that is essentially indistinguishable from magic. I’d like to clarify my meaning of the word “magic” a bit. Historically magic has meant many things, ranging from illusionists’ glamorous stage performances to wizards and witches casting spells. The “magic” I’m referring to is more of an abstract concept I suppose – one t

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