Musician Imogen Heap might be best known as a solo artist, but don't assume she's a lone wolf. On the contrary, Heap has worked closely with many artists and on many different projects throughout her career. Most notably and recently, she was part of the Grammy-winning production team for Taylor Swift's album 1989, and almost single-handedly created the music for the stage production Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. But her most exciting collaboration could be yet to come. Heap, a renowned tech enthusiast, is preparing to launch an app called Creative Passport, designed to verify and connect musicians all over the world, no matter what their niche, so they can find each other and create music together. Creative Passport will let musicians who've made real world connections with each other (and with Heap as she's traveled the world on her latest tour) share their data -- who they are, where they're based -- on a globe. Heap hopes the app gives musicians a toolkit that'll empower them … [Read more...] about Imogen Heap on digitally connecting the world’s musicians (Q&A)
Connect the world
For its fearsome size and confident leadership, Facebook seems strangely precarious. Maybe it’s my feeling that something that can grow so big so fast might disappear swiftly, too. Or the sense that world is revving up to take on Facebook. A hearing last week by a grand committee representing nine governments was brimming with anger, as politicians lashed out at an apologetic Facebook underling unlucky enough to be sitting next to an empty chair behind a Mark Zuckerberg placard. One Canadian member of Parliament spoke for the room when he concluded that, “While we were playing on our phones and apps, our democratic institutions seem to have been upended by frat-boy billionaires from California.” All solutions are on the table: fines, regulations, breaking up the company. And as serious as these inquiries may be, the real problem for Facebook is internal, not external. The mythology of Facebook as a well-meaning company doing good by connecting the world didn’t … [Read more...] about The Truth About Facebook’s Fake Quest to Connect the World
Previous Next 1 of 2 A photograph is a connection — to a person, place, or moment in time. But making that connection wasn’t always convenient. Before Aug. 19, 1839, taking a single photograph required at least eight hours just to expose the image. But when the French released the daguerreotype to the public 179 years ago today, photography started a journey from something only chemists understood to something many of us do on a daily basis — maybe to preserve a smile, maybe just to digitize a receipt. That journey has led to a world more connected by images than the pioneers of photography could have ever imagined. World Photography Day celebrates that connection, inviting photographers around the globe to share their images and stories with the international community. As smartphones have played a huge role in the surge of photographs being created, we worked with Apple to talk to some of the most prolific iPhone photographers around the globe … [Read more...] about How iPhone photographers connect the world using only ‘basic’ gear
Technical sessions The other key component of Sensors Expo is its comprehensive technical session program, which looks not only sensor technology, but also related implementation issues as concerns over transmitting and protecting the integrity of sensor data grow. Some advanced sensor applications lie in areas such mixed and augmented reality. In Wednesday’s keynote session, Marc Pollefeys, Director of Science for Microsoft, will discuss how sensors are being exploited in mixed and augmented reality applications, including 3D modeling, image and video analysis, gesture recognition, scene understanding, and power-efficient embedded computing. Pollefeys will discuss the use of these technologies in the development of Microsoft's HoloLens and shares his vision on the future of information access and machine-enabled human interaction. The myriad issues involved with collecting and storing data generated by cutting-edge sensors will also be explored in one of Thursday’s … [Read more...] about Connecting The World Through Sensors: Sensors Expo 2018 Preview
In August 2013, Mark Zuckerberg tapped out a 10-page white paper on his iPhone and shared it on Facebook. It was intended as a call to action for the tech industry: Facebook was going to help get people online. Everyone should be entitled to free basic internet service, Zuckerberg argued. Data was, like food or water, a human right. Universal basic internet service is possible, he wrote, but “it isn’t going to happen by itself.” Wiring the world required powerful players—institutions like Facebook. For this plan to be feasible, getting data to people had to become a hundred times cheaper. Zuckerberg said this should be possible within five to 10 years. It was an audacious proposal for the founder of a social software company to make. But the Zuckerberg of 2013 had not yet been humbled by any significant failure. In a few months, the service he’d launched between classes at Harvard would turn 10. A few months after that, he would be turning 30. It was a … [Read more...] about What Happened to Facebook’s Grand Plan to Wire the World?