From the BBC
From the AP
From USA Today
From the BBC
And then there's this ...
From The Independent
From Big Government
Girl Elf: Santa, it’s gone!
Papa Elf: It’s gone, It’s gone!
Santa: What’s gone?
Girl Elf: Tell ‘em, Dad!
Papa Elf: The North Peak.
Santa: A mountain? A mountain’s gone? How is that possible?
Ella the polar bear: Santa, sir, that’s why I’m here. That’s why we’re here. The ice is melting!
Santa: Yes, my dear, we know, the climate is changing. There’s bound to be a little melting.
Ella: It’s worse than that, Santa, a lot worse! At the rate it’s melting, the North Pole will be gone by Christmas!”
Santa: My, my…all of this gone by next Christmas? I don’t think so.
Ella: No sir, not next Christmas, this Christmas! The day after tomorrow!
The arrow points to where my father once lived. He loved that place. I think my father was a seafaring man in another life - he loved to listen to sea shanties and watch the waves roll in. He was afraid of the open sea - boats in general - but his perch up there in Pacifica got him close enough. He could see the whales migrate and all the shipping channel traffic headed into San Francisco. He even bought a telescope that once belonged to Captain James Cook, who discovered all the good stuff in the Pacific and died at the hands of natives in Hawaii.
... The Holy Grail (for the acquisition of personal data) is a filter which only serves up information which is relevant based on who you are, your social graph, what you or your friends are doing now, what you or friends have done before, and in context of other information you are consuming. It needs to be delivered wherever you are and on whatever device or display can deliver the ambient stream: mobile phone, laptop computer, TV, heads-up display in vehicle or inside your glasses.
One only needs look at a teenager today as they do their homework, watch TV, play a game, and chat while watching their Facebook stream to get a sense for humanity’s expanding affinity to consume ambient streams. Their young minds are constanty tuning and adapting to an age of hypertasking .A very useful metaphor is that humanity is constructing its own synthetic sixth sense. An ambient sense that perceives the context of your activity and augments your reality with related information and experiences. Increasingly, we will be sensing the world with this sixth sense and that will change the way we collectively experience the world.
The watershed event is when we will experience this “ambient sense” without being in a retrieval mode i.e. not when we go to the computer or our mobile device to find information but rather as a product of our activity, location, and profile in context with the events and information available to us in a wired world...
The author refers to our collective sensations and writes of this coming paradigm shift - this quantum leap of individual perception and interaction - as though it is inevitable we will all be somehow more closely connected. I suppose that will be true for meta data - the macro lens of our shared experiences. I think, with the coming of this more ubiquitous connectivity, we will also be refining our individual lenses with which we observe and examine the world as it affects us individually.
The homogeneity of information available to the collective is already quite apparent - consider the sameness of media today. There are memes from which there is no escape. The latest viral video, talking point or fad is instantly upon us and served up with plenty of agenda and bias long before it hits our inbox. I know the majority of information consumers will forge their thinking - their action - based on these most uncritical and poorly assembled streams of thought.
But it has always been thus - the masses will dine on the pablum most attractively served regardless of content. That applies to all media. The term 'glossy' is a pejorative to any thinking person - deep or meaningful thoughts are seldom found in glossy packages, but rather in old and dusty pages or fresh scribbles on loose leaves. Critical thinkers will always look further and will with this brave new deluge of data. So the author is correct as to mass consumption, but ignores the power of individual 'filters'.