Monthly Archives: April 2011

The Web is legal today

18 years ago today CERN made the code for the web public domain.

"CERN’s decision to make the Web foundations and protocols available on a royalty free basis, and without additional impediments, was crucial to the Web’s existence. Without this commitment, the enormous individual and corporate investment in Web technology simply would never have happened, and we wouldn’t have the Web today." -Tim Berners-Lee, Director, WWW Consortium

Zimoun Collaborates with Architect for New Installation

Swiss sound sculptor Zimoun, whose work we first wrote about last year, has recently collaborated with fellow Swiss architect Hannes Zweifel to create another incredible sound installation. The structure, which stands nearly 30 feet high and uses 200 dc-motors and 2,000 sheets of cardboard, can be viewed at the Contemporary Art Museum MNAC in Bucharest, Romania until June 12, 2011.

Question for the Director: Will We Ever Fully Understand Life?

The Imaginary Foundation recently asked our fans (a.k.a. "imaginarians") for questions that The Director answered in an article in Juxtapoz Magazine, on newsstands now. This is the last preview of one of those Q & As. To read the rest of the interview (paired with art from The Imaginary Foundation), please pick up a copy of Juxtapoz.

Alexander D. Beckwith: 

Do you think there will be a point in human evolution where we can fully understand the very nature of life?

The Director: As we move from a world defined by objects into a world extensively defined by relations, the human experience will begin to dissolve into the greater universal flux of cosmic processes. We will cross the boundary into the extended reality of the virtualized grid, where the actions of body manifested through clicks and hyperconnected technology will become a field of mediated sense thoughts. The filters will be removed and the deeper metapatterns will become revealed. It will be then that the interdependent co-extensive nature of the omniverse will explode into being. A vision of the previously flawed but now upgradeable primate, once known as mankind, will finally emerge, understood in its true nature—a dynamic holographic pattern integrity, surfing the wholly extended wave-particle structure of the universe. Until then, I myself will be paying attention to all things with openness and wonder.

Henry Miller once said, "The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself." I don’t think grass gets much greener than the grass here in the Swiss Alps.

Copyright Isn’t Just Hurting Creativity: It’s Killing Science

"Harvard professor Larry Lessig gave a new talk at CERN last week about copyright and how it has affected open access to academic or scientific information, with a bit of commentary about YouTube Copyright School.

As usual, it’s blistering commentary. “It’s time to recognize that free access – as in ‘free’ as in speech access – is no fad, and it’s time to push this non-fad war broadly in the context of science,” says Lessig. Whereas copyright tends to focus on protecting artists’ ability to make money from their work, scientists don’t use similar incentives.

And yet, her work is often kept within the gates of the ivory tower, reserved for those whose universities or institutions have purchased access, often at high costs. And for science in the age of the internet, which wants ideas to spread as widely as possible to encourage more creativity and development, this isn’t just bad: it’s immoral." –Alex Pasternack, Motherboard

John Hunter on the World Peace Game

John Hunter puts all the problems of the world on a 4′x5′ plywood board — and lets his 4th-graders solve them. At TED2011, he explains how his World Peace Game engages schoolkids, and why the complex lessons it teaches — spontaneous, and always surprising — go further than classroom lectures can.