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One of my Technorati watchlists pointed me to Smartspace, a newish blog (started in February, not long after this one) on

annotated environments, intelligent infrastructure and digital landscapes—the merging of technology with the environment around us, and the overlay of digital environments on the physical ones we inhabit.

Hmm, sounds like familiar stuff. And the banner is one of the most beautiful I’ve seen on any blog. Is that Hong Kong? Tokyo?

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Liam Breck, who I mentioned in an earlier post, has a blog on «the always-on-you Web.» Interesting stuff.

Though doesn’t this always-on-you Web stuff lead inevitably to the dystopian Library of Congress in a sugar cube scenario?

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Brazilian new media artist and NYU graduate student Juliana Yamashita (only in America!) has created something called Searchscapes, «an attempt to create a tridimensional map of Manhattan, using existing data from the web.»

Each person constructs his/her image of the city. This image is made out of facts, memories, experiences, stories, news — mostly invisible data, and not only of architecture, buildings and streets….

The objective is to compare the city’s «physical spaces» and «information spaces» (search results). This is an attempt to materialize information: to give it dimension and physicality.

[via cityofsound]

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Cyberspace, as a word, caught on because it is immensely descriptive and intelligent. Cyber comes from cybernetics, which comes from the greek word kubernetes, meaning governor. So, cyberspace is the “governor of space”, which describes very well how a collection of processes control world communications.

Cyberspace has not expanded or shrunk; it simply has more access points than it had 37 years ago, that’s all. It’s still not a physical space, it’s intangible, but it has succeeded in shrinking the Earth. (Life’s Weirder Than Fiction)

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We’re back up, after a brief outage.

Also, a quick thanks for the outstanding comments and suggestions for alternate terms, arguments about whether there’ll be another name for the warm blanket of connectivity and intelligence that will eventually surround us all, and claims that I’m just out of my mind. If I write a book on this, they’ll all become useful primary material.

BUT… it goes to show that this is a subject that, in many disparate ways, lots of people have been thinking about, for some time. I had a sense of this already, but not of the extent of the phenomenon.

As Microsoft scientist Marc Smith puts it, if you’re one in a million, there are 749 of you on the Internet, and you can find each other.

[To the tune of Dan Fogelberg, «Part Of The Plan,» from the album «The Very Best Of Dan Fogelberg».]

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When I started this blog, I figured it would be useful. But it’s not. It’s proved to be incredibly valuable.

It wouldn’t be quite accurate to say that my Budapest talk was written just by going through the blog, picking out quotes, and stringing them together using ideas I’d just tossed up in the occasional post; but it certainly was a lot easier to write the talk, having this digital notebook to draw upon.

I haven’t actually given up on paper notebooks, but I find that I tend to write more about the organization of the book, and the management of the project itself, on paper. I do some Big Thinking on paper, but increasingly the bits and pieces start out in digital form, and stay there.

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The blog has become a part of the new Corante Innovation Hub. You’ll notice a badge on the lower right hand side of the page, but otherwise I’m not doing anything differently. Dammit.

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One of the things I’m trying to learn more about is what cyberspace means in different countries— or more broadly, the ways people in different countries conceptualize the Internet as destination or medium. This is what inspired my collection of terms of cyberspace in Chinese, Danish, German, Japanese and Korean (and the hunt goes on— if you’re familiar with other languages, I’m happy to hear from you!), and more generally my attention to issues of language.

But of course, while language serves to help define the way people think about something as simultaneous compelling and abstract as the Internet, you also want to pay attention to what people, companies, and states are doing elsewhere. Fortunately, my colleague Lyn Jeffery, and former Institute intern Jason Li have started a new blog, «Virtual China,» which will make this easier for at least one important part of the world.

Lyn has lived in China much of her life, and Jason is from Hong Kong, so they have mad language skills, a lot of knowledge about culture and business on the mainland, and just good eyes.

Officially, the blog is «an exploration of virtual experiences and environments in and about China,» and is part of a larger research project we’re doing (and Lyn is leading) on the future of China. The URL is http://www.virtual-china.org/.

The blog is still young, but it’s got posts on Chinese plans for new top-level domains, massive multiplayer gaming, socialist realist Gucci advertising, and Web 2.0 in China.

Technorati Tags: Asia, China, future, IFTF