DJ Spooky has posted an incredibly lovely, Africa-themed mixfile. He explains...
Brian Eno once famously remarked that the problem with computers is that there isn't enough Africa in them. I kind of think that its the opposite: they're bringing the ideals of Africa: after all, computers are about connectivity, shareware, a sense of global discussion about topics and issues, the relentless density of info overload, and above all the willingness to engage and discuss it all - that's something you could find on any street corner in Africa.
I just wanted to highlight the point: Digital Africa is here, and has been here for a while. This isn't "retro" - it's about the future.
to "Ghost World: A Story in Sound," by DJ Spooky the Subliminal Kid, produced for the Dokolo Foundation at the Venice Biennial 2007. (thanks, Susannah Breslin!)
UPDATE: Some users have reported that the website crashes Firefox, though that wasn't my experience -- anyway, here's a direct link to the M4a file!
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
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