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This short films goes into the creative process behind IBM’s data visualization campaign from last year. The artist’s take on how data is translated into code, animation and emotion is pretty superb. By shifting our awareness to the unseen spectrum of information that constantly surrounds us, we slice through the 3rd dimension and enter the invisible landscape.
And here’s the final product: Data Baby.
IBM has also put out some very good videos on the future of data. IBMer Jai Menon explains how recognizing patterns in data allows accurate predictions of future trends. A technology familiar to ALTA’s webbot project and the Twitter prophecy meter.
And as a final tie-in here’s a short video about IBM’s collaboration with NASA and 250,000 web volunteers to create Galaxy Zoo, a project classifying the shapes of the hundreds of thousands of galaxies captured by the Hubble telescope.
The 4chan based hacker group Anonymous has knocked down the Mastercard website as well as the operations of Swiss bank as retribution for disallowing donations to WikiLeaks.
Shortly afterwards the Visa website was knocked out of commission as well.
Meanwhile to combat the possible shutdown of the WikiLeaks website, hundreds of mirror sites have sprung up.
Additionally, Assange has widely distributed an encrypted ‘insurance policy’ that contains uncensored files on Guantanamo Bay, BP, and Bank of America documents. Assange will release the 256-digit encryption key to the doomsday files if WikiLeaks is taken off the Internet or he is personally threatened.
Just to make everything more exciting, there’s also something about UFO’s in the next WikiLeaks release.
Update: Facebook has shut down the Anonymous fan page in response to their DDOS attacks on major credit card companies. Twitter has removed WikiLeaks from it’s top trending terms despite the fact that the #WikiLeaks hash tag has been the most popular term over the last week.
If you personally believe in the voice of WikiLeaks and the right to information then consider the battle lines that have been drawn. Facebook, Twitter, Visa, Mastercard, and the US government on one side – WikiLeaks and proponents of transparency and justice on the other.
For more discussion and ideas surrounding this topic Datachurch highly recommends checking out Twelve Theses on WikiLeaks from Reality Sandwich.
It’s propaganda from IBM, but it’s aspirational, informative propaganda at it’s very best.
Tim Wallace-Murphy gives a dynamite lecture on the Western occult tradition. This is a must watch video for anyone interested in an intelligent and comprehensive lineage of the last 5,000 years of wisdom.
If you like this check out Wallace-Murphy’s new book Hidden Wisdom: Secrets of the Western Esoteric Tradition.
TURNING INTO GODS is a new feature length documentary exploring mankind’s journey to ‘play jazz with the universe’… it is a story of our ultimate potential, the reach of our intelligence, the scope of our scientific and engineering abilities and the transcendent quality of our heroic and noble calling.
What happens to all the data encoded on defunct digital storage devices? It disappears.
But not if the Swiss can save it! A superteam of European archivists have banded together to save archaic data formats by creating a “digital genome” timecapsule to be secreted away deep inside the Swiss Alps.
The timecapsule is the work of the Planets Project and contains the future-key to unlock defunct digital formats.
But as technological breakthroughs help people to live longer, the lifespan of technology gets shorter, meaning the European Union alone loses digital information worth at least 3 billion euros every year, they said.
Studies suggest common data storage formats like CDs and DVDs only last 20 years, while digital file formats have a life expectancy of just five to seven years. Hardware even less.
The project hopes to preserve “data DNA,” the information and tools to access and read historical digital material and prevent digital memory loss into the next century.
America tried something similar by carving a Hall of Records into Mt. Rushmore. The archive includes America’s founding documents, the story of the United States, and a bunch of golden plates explaining why we’re better than Mexico.
Make a note and save it to your ZIP disc! Then get outside and build some pyramids – that data lasts forever.