New media meets old media. Volatility meets eternity. Digital meets thinginess. Blurb's BookSmart (still in beta) is software that turns your collected blog entries into a bookstore-quality book. For those who blog for a living, this new service opens undiscovered distribution formats (the blog book!) to reach more traditional readers.
In the "attention economy," a term introduced by Thomas Davenport and John Beck in 2001 (also read Michael Goldhabers' essay), attention is the scarcest resource and the strongest value driver. The concept has been around for a while; what's new now is that businesses are beginning to understand attention as currency and are creating tools that help build and exchange "attention capital."
The NY Times recently ran an article about âproxemics,â a term that was introduced by anthropologist Edward T. Hall in 1963 to describe the phenomenon that social distance between people can reliably be correlated with physical distance. Hall identified four types of human-to-human distance:
I attended the Tech Awards last night, an annual gala hosted by the Tech Museum in San Jose that honors innovative entrepreneurs who apply advanced technology to solve problems in developing countries. While the event was surprisingly low-key despite the creativity and ingenuity of the honorees (perhaps due to the over-abundance of corporate sponsors that distracted from the evening's true purpose), Bill Gates's keynote speech (he received the James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award) was a highlight.
The founders of DNA 11 realized that the regalia of identity - DNA and fingerprint - not only provide legitimacy but also status. Consequently, their service, DNA 11, creates personalized art pieces based on DNA or finger prints. Using a simple method of collection, as easy as swiping the inside of your mouth with a swab, the company harvests a sample of your DNA to capture the genetic fingerprint and transform it into an artistic representation of your life code.
The MIT Collective Intelligence Laboratory and some partners (including the Wharton Business School and SharedInsights) have launched a wiki to publish a book tentatively titled We Are Smarter Than Me.
Inspired by an Financial Times article on social networking "priestess" Danah Boyd, John Hagel has sketched out an interesting typology of social network sites.
"Don't be afraid - be ready," says the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. "Fear is the price we pay for our constantly growing security needs," says Stephan Trueby, architect and author. Trueby has published a book with contributions from Noam Chomsky, Brian Massumi, and others about "5 Codes - Architecture, Paranoia and Risk in Times of Terror."