Posts Tagged ‘World’
Embedded: Kids, Technology and Our Digital World
Last Updated on Friday, 25 May 2012 02:48 Written by Celframe Security Team Sunday, 7 October 2012 01:48
I recently spoke at a conference on the risks that youth face online and found myself using the term ‘embedded’ to describe their relationship with technology. Why embedded? Simply put, their lives can’t be separated into an ‘online’ or ‘offline’ state, but rather as always on and constantly connected. They live in the Digital World. This is a reality that we, as adults, have created through the rapid adoption and wide-spread use of connected devices, but a concept I don’t believe we’ve fully embraced in terms of practice or infrastructure.
What do I mean by that? Specifically, while we’ve physically created this always on world – our homes are networked, our schools are wired, and our children are connected; our thought process and approach to personal responsibilities and safety are still very ‘online’ and ‘offline.’ Why are we still differentiating? The expectation of knowing and doing right from wrong doesn’t alter through the use of technology, nor does personal safety or parental involvement.
The Internet has been mainstream since the mid-90′s and has only become more ingrained in our lives through portability and ease of use. Yet, I find we are still discussing how to protect our children at a somewhat basic level. Overcoming this persistent lag will take the realization that we, as adults, must live in the digital world (we can no longer just visit or stay out altogether).
To embrace this mindset, we must embed those once Internet-specific actions, educational efforts and messaging into our everyday lives and the lives of today’s children as we have the technology. Let’s challenge ourselves – as parents, educators, and others who have a positive impact on young people – not to distinguish ‘offline’ from ‘online,’ but view it as one world. Why struggle with determining how we are going to fund or find time to teach our kids online safety when we should be teaching them how to be safe – aren’t they one in the same? The structure is there – we parent, we educate, we monitor, we guide, we instill values – let’s just tweak the infrastructure so to speak to reflect our digital world.
When the world sleeps, based on Twitter activity
Last Updated on Saturday, 14 July 2012 04:46 Written by Celframe Web Team Tuesday, 24 July 2012 10:32
Twitter engineers Miguel Rios and Jimmy Lin explored tweet volumes in different cities and found some interesting tidbits about how people use the service.
We see different patterns of activity between the four cities. For example, waking/sleeping times are relatively constant throughout the year in Tokyo, but the other cities exhibit seasonal variations. We see that Japanese users’ activities are concentrated in the evening, whereas in the other cities there is more usage during the day. In Istanbul, nights get shorter during August; Sao Paulo shows a time interval during the afternoon when Tweet volume goes down, and also longer nights during the entire year compared to the other three cities.
Notice the break during Ramadan in Istanbul?
NASA Perpetual Ocean: The Ocean Surface Currents around the World
Last Updated on Saturday, 14 July 2012 04:46 Written by Celframe Web Team Friday, 20 July 2012 09:31
Sometimes, particle animations work, such as with Perpetual Ocean [nasa.gov], developed by NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio. This visualization shows ocean surface currents around the world during the period from June 2005 through Decmeber 2007.
Interestingly, the visualization does not include any narration or annotations. Instead, the goal was to use ocean flow data to create a simple, visceral experience. The data was based on a high resolution model of the global ocean and sea-ice, that is able to capture ocean eddies and other narrow-current systems which transport heat and carbon in the oceans.
You can either hit your bandwidth allowance by downloading the 2GB versions at the NASA website, or watch the somewhat smaller, yet still HD version, below.