Today's Mighty Oak

An art installation “sees” you walking down the street, scans your face, and pulls up what may be your Facebook and Twitter feeds, photos and even talks to you in what it thinks your voice will sound like.  All of this from information we freely put online.

Check out the Slog piece here.

JoHo points me to this article, touting the death of web 2.0 next October.  And truth be told, it’s hard to take the date seriously (more in a moment), it’s really a measure of the mentions of the phrase “web 2.0.”  And while that may be true, I think we’re here to stay, at least for a while longer.

Although, just to add, it’s hard to take the article seriously, since it seems to seriously consider Orkut a big-time social network.

Anyway, I tend to agree with JoHo on this, just because this period of the Internet is more focused on user-driven and user-created content, does not mean we’re going to leave that.  The Internet is a conversation, and this period is a time when those previously consuming are now engaged, for good or for ill, and actively participating in the conversation.

Will the conversation ebb back to the other side?  We’ll have to wait and see, although I’m thinking we’re going to see a mix, and something new, in the future.  I do like how the ending of the article was phrased:

The big question, of course, is what will Web 3.0 be like? And the answer, I suppose, is that if we knew that then we wouldn’t be here.

Just a quick post for two links really.  The first is something really cool I’m going to be keeping my eye on, the first ever collaborative symphony.  Youtube is asking for submissions to tryout for their collaborative online symphony.  Finalist will be flown to play in Carnegie Hall, and I’m hoping everything will somehow be edited together.  The piece is pretty cool, and of course, the French Horn part is in a wacky key (and way beyond what I could play with the time I would have to practice), but still cool nonetheless.  The web does work in mysterious ways!

Also related to Web 2.0, this article disucsses the state of user-generated content in video game.  It centers on consol gaming, so doesn’t take into account what I’m most interested in: URU.  A good read however, and fairly critical from what I can gather.

That’s it for now, a short update, but things I wanted to post before I lost them.  My office Christmas party is this weekend (scavenger hunt in Pittsburgh!) so look for pictures soon after, and then I’ll have the week to get caught up on more links, movies I need to see, and all kinds of other things!  Have a great one!

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