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  • Amber Case 10:45 pm on August 10, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: cybernetics, management, mike merrill, , , publicly traded person, ,   

    Community through Capitalism, a Personal Take on Cybernetic Management 

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    New Speaker Announcement!

    Portland Oregon’s Mike Merrill is a unique individual. He is the world’s only publicly traded person. What does this mean? It means that Mr. Merrill’s life is directed by his shareholders, and you can buy stock in him and vote on his future at http://kmikeym.com/. This means that his life and his life story is entangled in a cybernetic control loop of sorts. Because of this, Mr. Merrill will be giving a talk on Community through Capitalism, a Personal Take on Cybernetic Management.

    Speech Overview

    Norbert Wiener defined cybernetics as the study of regulation, control and communications in life forms and the machine. In a business context, such an approach helps managers understand and deal with complex situations. Mike Merrill argues that what works for business also works for the individual. He is a publicly-traded person that allows his shareholders to guide him through the complex situations in his own life. Complex personal decisions about things like procreation, professional affiliations, volunteer work, politics, and even his dating life are controlled by people who purchased a stake in his future.

    About Mr. Merrill

    Just as a person might say their parents want the best for them and are invested in their future, Mike Merrill’s parents are literally invested. As are co-workers, ex-girlfriends, and his community of friends and collaborators. And a handful of strangers. Mike Merrill has been a publicy-traded person since 2008 and a fan of applying the principles of business to his personal life since long before that. He is struggling to read Stafford Beer’s Cybernetics and Management writing up a Relationship Contract with the girl he is seeing.

    Invest in Mr. Merrill!

    You can invest in Mr. Merrill at http://kmikeym.com/ or follow him on Twitter at @kmikeym.

     
  • Amber Case 10:39 pm on August 10, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: bitcoin, cryptocurrency, cyberpunk, decentralized, , history, kyle drake, money, , , ,   

    Kyle Drake – Bitcoin, the Cyberpunk Cryptocurrency Unconference Session 

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    New Speaker Announcement!

    We’re excited to have Geoloqi platform engineer Kyle Drake give a deep dive into Bitcoin, other cryptocurrencies, and the past and future of money.

    Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies

    Bitcoin is touted for its many improvements to traditional currency. It is easy to transfer, requires no central authority to administer, works across political boundaries, and is easy to use.

    But beyond the practical niceties and technical implementation details is the true intention of its pseudonymous inventor, Satoshi Nakamoto, who has now vanished and is unwilling to tell his story. Bitcoin is trying to solve a much larger problem: the flaws of present-day centralized currencies that lead to economic instability.

    The Future of Cryptocurrencies and Money

    But will it work? In this talk, Drake will demystify currency and delve into the fundamentals of economic exchange. I will discuss how currencies work, what gives them their value, some of their flaws, and how these flaws manifest themselves in our world. Drake will discuss how decentralized cryptocurrencies propose to solve these problems, the rearchitecture of our economic lives that would happen if we used them for everything, and their potential flaws.

    About Kyle Drake

    Kyle Drake is a platform engineer at Geoloqi, Inc. He’s into Startups, Software Engineering, Economics, Bitcoin, GIS, and Low Power Radio. Want to ask Kyle any questions before his talk? Follow him at @kyledrake or visit his website at http://kyledrake.net/.

     
  • Amber Case 10:14 pm on August 10, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: app, dann stayskal, hud, jill burrows, , , superpowers, Synaesthesia   

    Dann Stayskal and Jill Burrows to talk on Computer-Aided Synaesthesia 

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    What’s it like to be Synaesthetic?

    Dann Stayskal is polymodally synaesthetic. He sees sound and hears light (among other crossed modalities). Superpowers is an app he’s been kicking around for a few years: an app simulates for other people what it’s like to have this form of synaesthesia that unifies hearing and vision.

    Programmed Synaesthesia

    Using a camera and a microphone, Superpowers pulls in a/v data, cross-modulates it (thankfully Dann’s form of synaesthesia is fairly mathematically straightforward to model), then outputs it through a display and some speakers.

    The purpose of this short 20 minute lightning talk will be to demonstrate how cyborg tech can bridge people’s sensory experience cross-modally.

    Try it Out!

    Superhuman will be demoed CyborgCamp on an Android device (or failing that, Dann’s laptop) paired with a head-mounted display. Come check it out! Until then, you can follow @danndalf and @jburrows.

     
  • Willow Bloo 2:15 pm on August 10, 2012 Permalink
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    DIY Cyborg Prize 

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    Sensebridge wants to sponsor a $1000 prize for innovations in wearable “cyborg” devices. It would go to a new or pre-existing DIY electronics/software device which augments humans in some way. This session is to discuss the details of how exactly the contest should work: the rules.

    Potential rules include: video submission requirements, working prototype requirements, Instructables requirements, writeup requirements, etc. What’s required, what’s optional, and what’s value add? Should there be money for second place? Different categories each with some prize money? Should people be able to vote on the coolest projects? (if so, is there good software to manage that?).

    About Eric Boyd

    Eric Boyd co-founded sensebridge.net and sensebridge.com, where he sells wearable electronic senses and electronic jewelry. Products include the North Paw, which is a compass anklet that vibrates to tell you where north is, and the Heart Spark, a pendant that flashes lights in time with your heart beat. Eric lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

     
  • Amber Case 8:59 pm on August 8, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: Bret Burnhoft, conference, podcast, , , recording   

    Bret Burnhoft to Podcast CyborgCamp Portland 2012 

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    We’re happy to announce that Bret Bernhoft will be podcasting CyborgCamp Portland 2012! If you’d like to do a quick recording with him, simply catch his attention at the conference! He’ll be putting all of the materials up on a special CyborgCamp media site after the conference is over.

    About Bret

    Bret Bernhoft is a podcaster living in Portland Oregon. He started tinkering with media in 2007 as a hobby, but today it is a professional commitment. He is currently working on The Portland Media Documentary which tells the story of the changes in Portland Media between 2009 and 2011. For more information visit http://www.bretevan.com/.

     
  • Willow Bloo 2:18 pm on August 3, 2012 Permalink
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    The Future is Now: Ambient Location and the Future of the Interface 

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    Wouldn’t it be nice if your colleague’s phone could SMS its location to you? If you know position and velocity, you know when they’ll arrive. The result: the interface disappears. No redundant actions or queries. The same software could turn your lights on as you approach the house. Or automatically “check in” to certain locations for you. Or leave a note for yourself the next time you’re at the store.

    In the presentation, Geoloqi founder Amber Case will highlight why developers of apps should look at what users want to do now, as well as what users want to do in the future, why social apps should try to mirror real-world relationships, why sharing should be about who you share with as well as how long you’re sharing, and why developers should think about how to make apps “ambient” and require less user interaction.

    About Amber Case

    Amber Case is a cyborg anthropologist studying the interaction between humans and technology. She is the founder of Geoloqi (geo-low-key), Inc., a company bringing the future of location to the world. She’s spoken at TED and around the world, and has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, WIRED and more.

     
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