Manything, Emmatoc, ‘Pataphysics and Industrial Perception

Manything are a very interesting UK startup for turning your old iPhone or iPad into a CCTV device. A small step to broadcast I’m sure.

Another kind of broadcast, “Writtle Calling: 2emmatoc“:


“Writtle Calling: 2emmatoc is a temporary radio station and structure that will be sited in the Essex landscape during September 2012. The station will host a series of broadcasts by artists, writers, musicians and scientists, culminating in a live public event on the 15th September. The structure will be sited in the grounds of Writtle College, Essex, near the site of the first regular public radio broadcasts by Marconi Engineers in 1922. Transmitting under the call sign ‘2EmmaToc’, the original station broadcast live performances every Tuesday evening from an ex-army hut in the fields around Writtle.”

A guide to ‘Pataphysics.

“The London Institute of ‘Pataphysics has more than 100 fee-paying members, if no formal premises. Mostly artists, they engage in regular activities that can only be described as outrageously pretentious. There’s a Committee of Hirsutism and Pogonotrophy determined on fertilising their beards, a Department of Reconstructive Archaeology building model time machines based on Jarry’s writing and, best of all, the Department of Pottasons whose project is to satirise the other projects.”

Industrial Perception are an interesting company:

Industrial Perception, Inc. (IPI) is a leader in 3D vision-guided robot technology and enables industrial robots to assume challenging logistical tasks such as truck and container unloading, e-commerce fulfillment and package sorting.

IPI is home to some of the world’s foremost authorities and pioneers in machine vision and artificial intelligence, working with a team of industrial automation experts to deliver cutting-edge logistics solutions.

The company’s patented software and advanced sensor technologies provide the capability to scan and model a dynamic 3D environment, identify and precisely locate objects, and optimize (sic) the robot’s trajectory to safely pick and deliver each object to its destination.

Building a Moonshot Factory, Glass API and Collective, Wavelet Trees

Astro Teller‘s talk at SXSW Interactive 2013 – all about Google [x].

Elliot Woods (@elliotwoods)
09/04/2013 08:46 Mirror API demo makes Google Glass seem like a @bergcloud Little Printer for your always-on peripheral vision…

“Google Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers have teamed up to form the Glass Collective.

We’re excited by the promise of the Glass platform. Developers are already dreaming up new experiences for Glass, and we want to help bring those ideas to life.

The Glass Collective investment syndicate will provide financing and support to entrepreneurs shaping the future through Glass.”

Wavelet Trees – an introduction.

The Incredible Secret Money Making Machine, Half time on Anything and Zach Gage

“If you are willing to build your business on expertise, you can make a living instead of making a fortune — and occasionally the fortune comes anyway.”

So says Kevin Kelly reviewing the “The Incredible Secret Money Making Machine” by Don Lancaster. Keeping small, keeping nimble and spreading your activities seems to be a wise way to go.

I was reminded of my friend Lise Hansen of AHO telling the story of her friend Douglas Bevans. He advised never having any one skill or task or occupation that took up more than half of your time. “What would Douglas do?” is a useful tool.

“I gained a BFA in Printmaking (1970) from San Francisco Art Institute. I pursued a career as an illustrator, first in the US, and from 1985 in London, with clients such as BBC Education, EMI, Harpers magazine, OUP, and Warner Bros. Since the mid 1990s I have combined my freelance practice with part-time teaching at a number of colleges including CSM and ENSAD Paris before taking on my present role at CSM in 2002. I also lecture at the Royal College of Art. A member of Designer Bookbinders, I am a regular presence at London Artist’s Book Fair.”

Zach Gage is someone who has been doing interesting things for a while. I met him at Eyebeam at an OF knitting circle. He is the creator of Spell Tower and part of the team that produced the frankly genius Ridiculous Fishing – the latter being undoubtedly my most played game of recent times.

A pair of choice tweets from Zach:

Zach Gage (@helvetica)
24/03/2013 03:28how did i ever do palettes before this? RT @golan: Beautifully minimal color picker & scheme designer: (big thx@_vade
Zach Gage (@helvetica)
19/02/2013 06:16everyone should read Sol Lewitt’s sentences on conceptual art. I think they’re my religion.…

MetaBroadcast, Walter Bosse and the Genius of British Woodwork

@HellicarLewis We loved meeting @MetaBroadcast today. Very very very interesting and lovely danishes too. #metaftw
@MetaBroadcast @HellicarLewis We had a lovely time, too, a serious case of ‘great minds…’. Also, we’ve a gift for you.

At MetaBroadcast, we saw a few examples of Walter Bosse‘s work. They are doing some very interesting research into looking at the social activity surrounding broadcast content – and what information and insight can be derived from it.

A few months ago, the BBC screened “Carved with Love: The Genius of British Woodwork” – the highlight videos on their site are well worth a look.

The Anti-preneur manifesto, Anscombes Quartet and Deep Learning

 publishes the anti-preneur manifesto:

“I don’t want to be a designer, a marketer, an illustrator, a brander, a social media consultant, a multi-platform guru, an interface wizard, a writer of copy, a technological assistant, an applicator, an aesthetic king, a notable user, a profit-maximizer, a bottom-line analyzer, a meme generator, a hit tracker, a re-poster, a sponsored blogger, a starred commentator, an online retailer, a viral relayer, a handle, a font or a page. I don’t want to be linked in, tuned in, ‘liked’, incorporated, listed or programmed. 
I don’t want to be a brand, a representative, an ambassador, a bestseller or a chart-topper. I don’t want to be a human resource or part of your human capital.”

A beautiful example of why data visualisation is essential:

The Anscombe’s Quartet shows how four sets of data with identical simple summary statistics can vary considerably when graphed.

Geoffrey Hinton has joined Google.

“Last summer, I spent several months working with Google’s Knowledge team in Mountain View, working with Jeff Dean and an incredible group of scientists and engineers who have a real shot at making spectacular progress in machine learning. Together with two of my recent graduate students, Ilya Sutskever and Alex Krizhevsky (who won the 2012 ImageNet competition), I am betting on Google’s team to be the epicenter of future breakthroughs. That means we’ll soon be joining Google to work with some of the smartest engineering minds to tackle some of the biggest challenges in computer science. I’ll remain part-time at the University of Toronto, where I still have a lot of excellent graduate students, but at Google I will get to see what we can do with very large-scale computation.”

Deep learning on a GooglePlex scale beckons…..


A Quantum Theory of Love

Is love a quantum entanglement? Do you start to share particles? When two are further apart, both feel the link just as strong. When someone passes away, is the entanglement still there on a quantum level?

Strikingly, Le Wei at Google and Openwashing

I read about Strinkgly on Forbes recently – imagine a blogging service that worked like this? A single page that went on forever – it seems it’s just being used for more website content at the moment – path to profitability I suppose.

Le Wei is at Google now – working on Plus apparently. More on the project from Golan Levin’s site.

Karen Day pointed out this Kyle Van Hemert article at Fast Company about Evgeny Morozov‘s recent piece for the Times

“For many institutions, ‘open’ has become the new ‘green.’ And in the same way that companies will ‘greenwash’ their initiatives by invoking eco-friendly window dressing to hide less-palatable practices, there has also emerged a term to describe similar efforts to read ‘openness’ into situations and environments where it doesn’t exist: ‘openwashing.’

Alas, ‘openwashing,’ as catchy as it sounds, only questions the authenticity of ‘open’ initiatives; it doesn’t tell us what kinds of ‘openness,’ if any, are worth pursuing. We must differentiate the many different types of ‘open.'”

EVO, Vale Tudo and Kilian Eng

How to watch EVO – the biggest digital fighting championship in the world. I don’t think it will be that long before real life boxing or American football is banned, is uninsurable or not taken up by the youth – EVO must be the replacement. It’s always a good sign when a subculture evolves its own slang. I guess I’m a “Stream Monster” now.

Vale Tudo seems to be the physical opposite of EVO.


Kilian Eng makes beautiful visual things. Wired Article. Behance. Tumblr. Clearly inspired (in the best way) by Jean Giraud a.k.a. Moebius.