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Britain in 2010 as seen in 1990, London in 2030 as seen now

  • 2010: Nigel Coates
  • “In 1990, the architect and designer Nigel Coates took a more whimsical view of the future, trusting in London’s capacity to mutate and treating prediction as a licence to fantasise. He foresaw dizzy roofwalks for wafting commuters, with weathershield blimps overhead to redistribute the rain, and prescribed a monorail for Oxford Street.”

  • 2030 : Ian Sinclair
  • “There will be serious talk of bringing back a riverbus service for the Thames. There will be more white ghost-bicycles than any other kind, cycling being compulsory for those who want access to the National Health Service . Privileged lanes for VIP non-participants will have expanded and public lanes shrunk. Tickets will be at a premium for permanent show trials, inquiries into inquiries, after terrorist outrages and botched judicial executions. Film, television and other forms of electronic communication will happen on fingernail-size screens and be without content, other than re-runs of Dad’s Army. Locality won’t exist, the slab or vertical stack being the universal form. West Ham FC will debate a move into the part-demolished Olympic stadium. The late Ken Livingstone, in computer-generated form, fresh from his triumph in Celebrity Big Brother, will be re-elected as mayor.”

    The Guardian

    Brain scanners, Ian Jindal and predicting how we will consume!

    hitachi's brain scanner

    hitachi's brain scanner from Tech-On

    Heard an amazing talk at Sense Towers the other week where Ian Jindal came to speak to us about e-commerce and the future of how we will consume! A brilliant and very frank presentation that he has given to a variety if audiences around the country but this time it was to us Sensers. Check out his presentation.

    He spoke of issues that are changing thw way we shop online. Data has been mashed up in such ways that now real magic can be performed as more intelligent methods of using data are being applied to predict or maybe even affect our shopping habits. Using APML: attention profiling markup language , hypodata and epiphonomenology (esp), “digital businesses can now make use of behavioural data and interaction to propose a model to consider, anticipate and exploit the phenomena that arise from new uses of data,  the ‘attention economy’ as it has now been coined.”

    He also pointed out an amazing article that was discussed in Nature Neuroscience  about brain scanenrs being able to see your decisions before you act on them, suggesting free will does not exist and how we unconsciously make decisions before our bodies realise and react: AMAZING!!!!   NS link or WIRED link

    By scanning the brains of test subjects as they pressed one button or another – though not a computer mouse – researchers pinpointed a signal that divulged the decision about seven seconds before people ever realised their choice. The discovery has implications for mind-reading, and the nature of free will. “Our decisions are predetermined unconsciously a long time before our consciousness kicks in,” says John-Dylan Haynes, a neuroscientist at the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience in Berlin, who led the study. It definitely throws our concept of free will into doubt, he adds.

    This schematic shows the brain regions (green) from which the outcome of a participant's decision can be predicted before it is made. Courtesy John-Dylan Haynes.

    This schematic shows the brain regions (green) from which the outcome of a participant's decision can be predicted before it is made. Courtesy John-Dylan Haynes and Wired.

    More Twittr Mashups





    Both these mash ups make use of an individuals twwiter updates.

    Twistory maps your daily/monthly twitters across your calendar to act as your own diary for you to look over : autodiary making over time.

    TwttrStorm makes uses of wisdom of crowds and mass colaboration where you can ask the twitterers a question and receive an answer. It suggests a way to get mass opinion in an instant whether its to spark debate, get feedback or validate a prediciton. This also suggest the opportunity to make a self fulfilling prohecy. This predicitve feature is similar to the way inklingmarkets works and in some ways a paired down version of  the more indepth MMORPG simulation environment that SuperStruct offers.