Its in Dutch, good, 10 minutes long and the first item in the program. After the click on the cue image you’ll be taken to the broadcast website (the dont do embeds…)
The item is about the fact that its not allowed to do VOIP over 3G. Skype and other apps display a message telling you that its not allowed when you try this. It is allowed over wifi. And it does work with a hacked phone.
SPRX thinks its logical that operators do this yet they inhibit the use of the phone which has so much more value which will be benifitial to the individual as well as the corporate entity. Its a short sighted rule. Its like the railroad company forbidding taking a bicyle on the train becuase its also a transport mode and might be used instead of the train.
In the program the helpdesk of all operators are called to ask them about VOIP over 3G. None of them knew what they were talking about.
Patrick J. Gyger is the director of the Science Fiction museum in Switzerland (”Maison d’Ailleurs is located in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland. It owns over 60,000 books and thousands of pulp magazines, as well as many other items related to science fiction and its imagery”). He did a great overview of futuristic graphical and images material from the past. And had some intriguing insights.
Last night, Lawrence Lessig, a close ally and former board member of EFF, chatted with Stephen Colbert about Lessig’s new book Remix, and how America’s broken copyright laws are criminalizing our kids:
Colbert: You say our copyright laws are turning our kids into criminals, because they’re keeping kids from doing all the remixing they want of pre-existing art and copywritten material, right?
Isn’t that like saying that arson laws are turning our kids into pyromaniacs?? They’re breaking the law! You can’t just throw the law out the window!
Lessig: “Totally failed war.” Is that familiar to you?
Colbert: No. No. You’re saying we need a surge?
Lessig: We tried the surge. For ten years we’ve been waging this war. Artists have not gotten any more money, businesses have not gotten any more profit, and our kids have been turned into criminals.
The whole thing is great - watch it!
Colbert also makes his personal stance on remix culture clear:
Colbert: Nobody should take my work and do anything with it that is not approved! Ever ever never ever take anything of mine and remix it! For instance, I will be very angry and possibly litigious if anyone out there takes this interview right here and remixes it with some great dance beat. And it starts showing up in clubs across America.
Lessig: Actually, we’re joint copyright owners. I’m ok with that. You can totally remix this. I’m fine with that.
And Mobile will help break this old copyright system. By recording, sharing and remixing everything you want… You will add value.
Bots are automated/autonomous programs that do things. And their power and their numbers are growing. Growing a lot. This combines to an intelligence like system enabled by ubiquitous connectivity and computation which in turn leads to paths like Kevin Kelly’smachine (article) and Kurzweilssingularity. How this will be in detail we can not see, yet the direction is clear. But that is the far future.
A bit closer is what we can do now. Now, today, the Project VRM is developing projects to make their vision happen. A vision of a set of tools, technologies and services that help individuals go to market and manage relationships with vendors. And, in turn, vendors who align themselves to these tools, technologies and services will have the opportunity to build better relationships with their customers.
Projects like the Mine or even Dataportability and OpenID which are ‘outside’ of Project VRM are working towards making the VRM vision happen. These are the tools in development in order to make a VRM world. And these tools, these protocols enable us to ‘talk’ VRM. To build our conversation between individuals and vendors.
The trick is how to cope with the ever complexifing world. As you experience the overload of email and tweets every day this will also happen with a VRM situation full of requests, feeds and api links enabling VRM. So how do we cope? I see that bots will be the answer.
Bots that know where we are, how we feel and what we do, that now our context and manage our incoming and out going conversation, that manage our reputation and ping us humans when needed. They do it already in World of War craft as Suarez tells us (select chapter 7: The Sophistication of Game Bots). In your email you have started already by making filters, the next step is that you make a Yahoo pipe or a Apple script to help you cope. And SPRX is doing its bit by developing Zcapes which will know your context and help you use your shared situation.
Today the tools, protocols and rules of VRM are being developed. Tomorrow the VRM conversation will start and lots of the talking will not done by ourselves, it will be done by Bots. The VRM Future will be Mediated by Bots.
Just scan the QR-code on the grave stone and see the profile of the person, including pictures, video and who else visited the grave recently. It sounds weird but is it? They do it in Japan already:
SPRXmobile is doing a national campaign in the Netherlands with the Governamental Food Authority (Voedingscentrum) including a billboard campaign with QR code and believes in 2009 QR-codes will take off.
Just tried out a new service called 12 seconds. It let’s you make mini clips of 12 seconds(duh..) and post it to twitter. Also they have an iPhone app. I love that they limited the videos to 12 seconds. Just a new handy tool to distribute micro video content.