Digital Book and Online Libraries

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class no. 6 - Digital Culture Course 2013-2014

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Digital Book and Online Libraries

  1. 1. - – 23/3/2014
  2. 2. Books - from Containers to Interconnected Media
  3. 3. MARGARET ATWOOD: Do new technologies change what plot devices are available for writers of fiction? The answer is, of course. So it has always been. How to move a character from here to there? (Horse. Boat. Coach. Dogcart, as in Sherlock Holmes. Train. Streetcar. Automobile. Plane.)
  4. 4. MARGARET ATWOOD: Do new technologies change what plot devices are available for writers of fiction? How to eliminate a character in a violent or murderous fashion? (Rock. Club. Knife. Sword. Own petard. Gun. Fooling with their GPS so they drive into the sea.) How to have them communicate? (Smoke signals. Drums. Cuneiform. Scroll. Postal Service. Telegram. Phone. Hole in a tree, if a John le Carré spy. E-mail. Writing on your hand so the mini-drones can’t see or hear it.)
  5. 5. Paul Otlet The Televised Book - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSyfZkVgasI Alex Wright: The web that wasn’t - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72nfrhXroo8
  6. 6. H. G. Wells World Brain (1938) "In a universal organization and clarification of knowledge and ideas... in the evocation, that is, of what I have here called a World Brain... in that and in that alone, it is maintained, is there any clear hope of a really Competent Receiver for world affairs... We do not want dictators, we do not want oligarchic parties or class rule, we want a widespread world intelligence conscious of itself."
  7. 7. H. G. Wells World Brain (1938)? “There is no practical obstacle whatever now to the creation of an efficient index to all human knowledge, ideas and achievements, to the creation, that is, of a complete planetary memory for all mankind. And not simply an index; the direct reproduction of the thing itself can be summoned to any properly prepared spot”
  8. 8. Google and the World Brain (2012) - http://www.worldbrainthefilm.com/
  9. 9. The Art of Google Books - theartofgooglebooks.tumblr.com
  10. 10. Turing's Cathedral - George Dyson -
  11. 11. Turing's Cathedral - George Dyson (2012) We are not scanning all those books to be read by people," explained one of my hosts after my talk. "We are scanning them to be read by an AI."
  12. 12. Turing's Cathedral George Dyson (2012) Google is building a new, content-addressable layer overlying the von Neumann matrix underneath. The details are mysterious but the principle is simple: it's a map. And, as Dutch (and other) merchants learned in the sixteenth century, great wealth can be amassed by Keepers of the Map.
  13. 13. Turing's Cathedral George Dyson (2012) “We call this a "search engine" — a content- addressable layer that makes it easier for us to find things, share ideas, and retrace our steps.” However, once the digital universe is thoroughly mapped, and initialized by us searching for meaningful things and following meaningful paths, it will inevitably be colonized by codes that will start doing things with the results
  14. 14. Turing's Cathedral George Dyson (2012) Computers have been getting better and better at providing answers — but only to questions that programmers are able to ask.
  15. 15. Bjork – Bachlorette www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJNOOBOyn2
  16. 16. Frederic Kaplan: How I Built an Information Time Machine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-Ev4rU27HY
  17. 17. “The Li(ve)brary” On the future of the library as an institution; speculative thoughts regarding its architecture, furnishings, mission and appliances; bridging the digital/analog divide in library design today http://metalab.harvard.edu/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmYHx9a5EHU

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