Streams, rivers, torrents and clouds @ Amplified08

Streams, rivers, torrents and clouds @ Amplified08

I had a great time at Amplified08 last week. 9 people came to my workshop to talk and draw together about metaphors of nature in cyberspace, and I tweeted the conversation as we went. This Flickr image has notes – you may need to click through to read them.

You can also watch a video of the beginning of the session here wild surmise Broadcast your self LIVE
but unfortunately it seems to run out before the conversation really gets going.

Continue reading Streams, rivers, torrents and clouds @ Amplified08

Streams, rivers, torrents and clouds @ Amplified08

I've decided to offer a session about The Wild Surmise at Amplified08 , to be held at NESTA in London on 27 Nov 08.  It's rather peripheral to the interests of the event, perhaps, but a friend suggested it and it seems like a good opportunity to harvest metaphors from an impressively knowledgeable crowd of people. So, hopefully, someone will come and chat with me about it! This is the blurb:

Streams, rivers, torrents and clouds: nature and cyberspace
– The web is already greener than you think. My research is showing
that users view cyberspace as an organic, holistic, evolving eco-system
of connectedness. To quote Bruce Sterling, 'if the internet were a
landscape it would be 'a bubbling primal soup full of worms and
viruses.' This somewhat light-hearted diversion from the serious
business of surviving the credit crunch requests your help in exploring
the surprising story of nature metaphors and the internet. Are you
swimming in the lifestream? And can this knowledge help you understand
the needs of your clients?

forthcoming – When Geeks Go Camping: finding California in cyberspace

I've had enquiries asking when this article will be available. It will be published in the February 2009 issue of Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies
but unfortunately you have to subscribe to get access. It's the first
full piece I've written for this project, and it examines the evolution
of nature
metaphors in computing and cyberspace via some examples of the
influence of
Californian outdoor life on computer culture in Silicon Valley and

I presented it in September at DRHA08 and will also give a talk on it at the University of California Santa Barbara on 24th February 2009.

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