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OrchGard – a community digital orchard/garden funded by @natyouthagency

This month, The Environment Now, managed by the National Youth Agency, gave a total of £70,000 worth of funding to green tech projects. They’re all very interesting – check them out – but OrchGard especially caught my eye because it chimes with the growing interest in bringing nature and technology closer together.

Developed by Joshua Dean, OrchGard will be a community digital orchard/garden that will use the latest technology to keep the fully automated orchard as productive as possible. The project will be based at the YMCA Humber in Grimsby.  It aims to increase social cohesion as well as create awareness for the environment through shared medium of digital technologies. No more details as yet but follow  @YMCAHumber for news.

I love this idea and wish it well on its growing journey!

 

Technobiophilia Comes Home

Season’s Greetings! One year ago I started the Technobiophilia website as an experiment. I’d never set up a WordPress.org blog before and was curious to find out how it differed from the WordPress.com blogs I was very familiar with. Well, 12 months on and I’ve learned a lot, most particularly that although WordPress.org is a lot of fun,  I don’t want to maintain two blogs at the same time.

Migration

This is my main website. www.suethomas.net has been running since 2007 and is soon to be 10 years old. It contains a large archive of posts and information about my research throughout that period, including all my work on Technobiophilia: Nature and Cyberspace. It’s been fun writing a blog which focuses only on technobiophilia, but it feels odd to keep the two apart.

So I’ve been gradually migrating everything from Technobiophilia over to this site and repointing the domain name of technobiophilia.com over here too. Nothing will be lost, and everything will be tidy, I hope!

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I’m looking forward to reintegrating my research and fitting the pieces all back together again. In the meantime, thanks for your patience and I hope you won’t be able to see the join.

PS – one thing that’s neat about WordPress.com is that they offer you automatic website snow for the Christmas season. How can I resist? After all, it’s very technobiophilic!

Change

 

Will you be taking a vacation in virtual reality this holiday season?

In 1995, Nicholas Negroponte wrote: “Digital living will include less and less dependence upon being in a specific place at a specific time, and the transmission of place itself will start to become possible. If I could really look out the electronic window of my living room in Boston and see the Alps, hear the cowbells, and smell the (digital) manure in summer, in a way I am very much in Switzerland”.*

As founder of the MIT Media Lab, and an architect by trade, he knew what he was talking about twenty plus years ago. It’s taken quite a while to even begin to make his vision a reality, but we’re getting closer.  A while ago I wrote about virtual reality in cruise ships, where you’re actually on a real ship but in an upgraded cabin sporting a virtual balcony.

Now, as CNBC reports, a growing list of airlines and vacation spots are courting visitors with virtual reality vacation experiences offering digital options that nearly rival the real thing.

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