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dyein2rib:

 I paparazzed him on patrol duty, @ Google Servers..
                           … sneaky pimp!!

dyein2rib:

 I paparazzed him on patrol duty, @ Google Servers..

                           … sneaky pimp!!

futuresagency:

20 Searches [through Glass] (by Project Glass)

Comments Gerd Leonhard: watch this video for a glimpse of the future - so how dependent on technology will we become …? Just like car navigation devices may have rendered many cab drivers useless if the GPS is not working, will we become ‘useless’ when the Internet is down or our devices are out of power?  Made me think, for sure.

If data is indeed a new kind of public resource (just consider the 100s of open data initiatives by cities and governments around the world) than we need to have collective authority over it, not leave our fate to some large corporations or, worse, the national governments that regulate them under their own secret agendas where we have no redress or opt-in whatsoever. Google, Facebook, Twitter, Apple, MSFT, listen-up: unless you fix these issues and significantly step up your efforts to defend the rights of your users you may very soon need to pay them to use your services. We trusted you and now it’s time to act on our behalf. In my view, it is indeed totally unacceptable that the U.S. government and its law enforcement agencies, and by extension its various allies around the globe, or some secret FISA court apparently get to define and enforce the global policy of ‘data-oil’, and in the process squash our civil rights. (via The coming data wars, the rise of digital totalitarianism and why internet users need to take a stand - NOW - Futurist, Author and Keynote Speaker Gerd Leonhard)

Google blimps will carry wireless signal across Africa (Wired UK)

marizannek:

amatsuki:

Search giant Google is intending to build huge wireless networks across Africa and Asia, using high-altitude balloons and blimps

This is so cool.

The recent incidents surrounding Prism, a large scale electronic surveillance program managed by the NSA, have sparked a new privacy debate in the United States and around the world. While alleged whistleblower Edward Snowden is hiding from U.S. authorities to avoid prosecution for possible treason, the discussion about the necessary trade offs between personal freedom and national security has sprung back to life.

Technology companies such as Google and Facebook have denied allegations that they granted the NSA wide-ranging access to user data. Both companies are currently seeking permission to publish aggregate data about NSA data inquiries, in order to maintain a large degree of transparency and regain user trust.

The Data Made Me Do It - nice MIT piece

There is so much more data out there that you can afford to tailor it to the individual,” says Patrick Wolfe, a statistician who studies social networks at University College, London. “Statistically, strength comes from pooling people together, but then the icing on the cake is when you individualize the findings.”

Google Now, Anticipatory Systems, and the Future of Big Data | MIT

If the last century was marked by the ability to observe the interactions of physical matter—think of technologies like x-ray and radar—this century, he says, is going to be defined by the ability to observe people through the data they share…”
Really not sure I am willing to extend the Faustian bargain that far (adds Gerd)

Big Data Gets Bigger: Now Google Trends Can Predict The Market - Forbes

Yesterday three economists, (Tobias Preis of Warwick Business School in the U.K., Helen Susannah Moat of University College London, and H. Eugene Stanley of Boston University) published an eye-opening paper that said Google Trends data was useful in predicting daily price moves in the Dow Jones industrial average, which consists of 30 stocks.

Gerd adds: yet another reason why the current form of stock markets won’t exist in 5 years;)

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The Guardian does the analysis of 39 shuttered Google offerings to find out how long do they get to live. It is a great little piece by Charles Arthur.

om:

The Guardian does the analysis of 39 shuttered Google offerings to find out how long do they get to live. It is a great little piece by Charles Arthur.

And how are we, whose egos are already more fragile than a porcelain potty, supposed to feel when we know that a glasses-wearer has one eye on us and another on our Klout score or teenage sexting pictures? The site explains: “Gradually people will stop acting as autonomous individuals, when making decisions and interacting with others, and instead become mere sensor/effector nodes of a global network.” (via Google Glass: The opposition grows | Technically Incorrect - CNET News)

Interesting debate and development

And how are we, whose egos are already more fragile than a porcelain potty, supposed to feel when we know that a glasses-wearer has one eye on us and another on our Klout score or teenage sexting pictures? The site explains: “Gradually people will stop acting as autonomous individuals, when making decisions and interacting with others, and instead become mere sensor/effector nodes of a global network.” (via Google Glass: The opposition grows | Technically Incorrect - CNET News) Interesting debate and development

In a move that would help Google (GOOG) continue its push beyond the Internet and into the realm of consumer electronics, the company reportedly plans to open its own retail stores ahead of the holidays this year. 9to5Google says a single “extremely reliable source” confirmed that Google will open stores in several major metropolitan areas across the United States. The stores will reportedly be used to showcase and sell the company’s Nexus-brand devices as well as computers running Chrome OS. The stores may also be a perfect place to show off Motorola’s upcoming “X Phone.” Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Data is the new Oil: 3 illustrations - which one do you think is best? The theme was coined by Clive Humby at AMA 2006, but I use it a lot in my talks and presentations, see the links here

The b/w piece was done by Sedat Oezgen, the green & cloud piece is by Gerry Alpern, and the people/cloud background was licensed from sevensheaven

Facebook: Graph Search Announcment (by Tilo Hensel)

Gerd adds: this is pretty amazing stuff. Watch Zuck speak - I think this is a very big deal in Facebook’s evolution … to be the next Google.

(via MediaFuturist: Facebook knows what we SAY but Google knows what we THINK - where does this leave us?)

Plus-One This: Proof That Google Plus Will Prevail | Fast Company

Google Plus is really Google’s version of Google. It’s the groundwork for a level of search quality difficult to fathom based on what we know today. It’s also the Borg-like hive-queen that connects all the other Google products like YouTube, Google Maps, Images, Offers, Books, and more. And Google is starting to roll these products all up into a big ball of awesome user experience by way of Google Plus, and that snowball is starting to pick up speed and mass.