I’ve been looking at HTML5 as a way to get video to all those people who have iPads, iPods, and Touches. Up to this point all my audio and video web based players have been Flash based. Until now, that has been OK. The HTML5 standard isn’t widely adopted yet, so I will continue to default to a Flash player with a downloadable file that can be viewed “locally” on the reader’s personal device.
While at the BlogWorld and New Media expo, I got to play with Layar, the augmented reality tool for mobile phones. I was very impressed by what it did. Others are not so impressed at the state of the art right now. But, I could see the potential beyond the tool. Augmented reality will be huge.
Here’s another prediction. The new AR tools will have to allow for temporal search of the “augmented” content. It won’t matter for Wikipedia content, but it will matter for near real-time Twitter Tweets. No sense “seeing” where someone tweeted three hours ago, if I want to find and meet them now.
Here is my brain dump of links I sent out to others today:
- Twitter Creators Video – Robert Scoble inteviews.
- Robin’s Twitter – If you know what this is, follow me.
- Taxes and Podcasting – Wired Magazine article
- Association for Downloadable Media – Proposed Standards for Advertising and Audience measurement
- New Media Expo Registration – Click to register. I am a paid speaker, but have to refer people to be in the paid speaker pool.
Give me your thoughts on any of the above in the comments.
I just read an article in Technology Review about Microsoft’s new Photosynth software. The quote that got me was by Alexei A. Efros from Carnegie Mellon. He said “As you get more and more visual data, the quantity become quality. And as you get amazing amounts of data, it starts to tell you things you didn’t know before.” The Photosynth software is able to infer 3D information from 2D photos. “This is something out of nothing,” says Alexei. I am impressed. “Quantity becomes quality.” With the capabilities of the network and SO much data available, I think there will be a proliferation of software advances mining this data and refining it into information that wasn’t there before. Or taking information and mashing it together in huge quantities to derive a new knowledge. This fits with the concept of Wikinomics.
As we connect more and more, in ever increasing numbers, bringing disparate data, information, and concepts together, we will create “something out of nothing.”
Is that stating the obvious or what?
When are you reading this? It’s not when I wrote it. If you leave a comment, when will I respond to it? We could have a protracted “conversation” via the comments. Am I with you? When did the “conversation” take place? Is it real? Absolutely. Just like technology has allowed conversations from different locations, it also allows time shifted conversations. The sense of time is changing.
I know in times past conversations would be protracted because of the time to deliver a hand written letter. The collection of letters between Jung and Pauli spanned 26 YEARS! Talk about a time shifted conversation. Although we think we are changing things with new media, time shifting isn’t one of them.
From Jung and Pauli’s time conversations advance to be more “in the now” with telegraphs and telephones. Asynchronous convesations could only be done with the written word. With the advent of answering machines and voicemail, we have RE-entered the world of time shifted conversations. We can now have time shifted conversations.
So when is now? What is your frame of reference? Is it when you are listening to a message or when the message was recorded? I favor when it was recorded. It is just a snap shot of that moment in time.