Posts Tagged ‘Maëlle Maillot’

According to a survey, in 2020 between 22 and 50 billions of devices will be connected at Internet in 2020. If we take a look at these prognostics we can notice that there will be more of technologies connected than human in the world ( 7 billions of humans at the end of October 2011 ) !

The European Union with the Information Society and the Media Directorate General, draw up a portrait of the daily european life in 2020 :

This video show us a world where everything is linked at Internet: your car, your health, your shopping… Every property will be touch by the amazing development of tehchnologies with a principal aim : make your life better and easier !

If all of our daily life is being connected to Internet, we should hope that a big bug will not arrive, because in this world without technologies you will have to do things by yourselves…so hard, isn’t it ?!

Read more :

http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/policy/rfid/documents/guidelinesforuserfidsign.pdf

http://www.iot-visitthefuture.eu/fileadmin/documents/researchforeurope/270808_IoT_in_2020_Workshop_Report_V1-1.pdf

Nowadays in our society of information we have a lot of informations per days… and sometimes you are so much buried through the daily news, your job, your differents appointments and so one ..that you forget the most important … like the birthday at one of your friend ! So why not have your own newspaper customized ?

GertCloud proposed it since January 2012 with is innovation called Little Printer a very cute multi-functional machine .

So what is Little printer ?

Little Printer is a thermal printer who works without ink. It is connected to the Internet by the wifi. An application on iPhone and Android lets you choose different news sources, like the headline of major newspapers, the flow of your friends on social networks (as Foursquare for example). You can also print your Sudoku or piece of your horscopeof the day, and your calendar for remind you the birthday of your friends !

With this innovation you can choose the frequency of publication : each days, several times in a day …All in a format sales receipt !

This new concept is very liked because of his lovely design and also because it links digital world and real world.

Read more :

http://www.thestar.com/business/sciencetech/article/1094685–little-printer-serves-up-your-own-customized-mini-newspaper

http://techcrunch.com/2011/11/29/the-little-printer-puts-your-customized-digital-content-on-a-slip-of-paper/

Shazam is an application for Android and Apple smartphones  which recognizes sound as information, instead of written language as a sense in other search engines.

Do you want to know how Shazam works?

Shazam is a knowledge creation tool that you can use right on the spot to recognize and find the soundwork that is rising curiosity for your ears, from databases in the World Wild Web. It has the power of  providing you all the information related to the song you are looking for. In this case algorithm mechanism’s ideology is to recognize commercial soundtracks that could be later link the user to Amazon or other commercial music database were the user of this app could express its Western “consumer humanism”.  Normally, nowadays one would go moaning “Oh, but it does not recognize this authentic underground artist or when I sing myself!”.  And you could not use it in your country residence or when travelling in Amazon or Africa as the application is Internet driven and would not recognize the local ritual music or the the analog sound of rainforest music. So, yes, it has got some physical limitations, you can only use it if you have Internet connection and it only recognizes digitally mediated sound.

What if the application had the option to record the sound offline in order to solve at least part of the physical limitation? Or what if the App would suggest similar songs when it doesn’t recognize the song you really want?

But in future, what if this “coding recognition mechanisms” could be used for other purposes, for example, sneaky detective work or collective surveillance??

References:

Shazam  official website

How Shazam works

Post by:  Clàudia Aragon, Carlos Bernal,  Zane Kanepeja,  Maëlle Maillot.

In all western countries there’s a big decline in amount of people voting in elections and referendum. There’s not enough discussion between politicians and citizens. Is there anything to be done for this situation?

The online participatory democracy or e-democracy could be a way how to involve people to make decisions concerning their society. The evolution of new media and technology makes it possible to break the chains of time and space and therefore it’s not maybe compulsory to have people representing you in desicionmaking when you can get involved yourself through the internet. There’s new ways and internet platforms to motivate people to participate in the public debates and decisionmaking.

For example in Latvia there is an internet platform called My Voice where people can petiton for policy changes. It has already made an impact on Latvian policy – some citizen requests has been discussed in Latvian Saeima (parlament). More information about this case you can find here

There is also tendencies in other countries to ensure citizens participate in e-democracy:

Reference:

e-Democracy and Participatory Decision Processes: Lessons from e-Negotiation Experiments