Since the first stirrings of the internet, artists and curators have puzzled over what the fluidity of online space would do to the experience of viewing works of art…online galleries have long been “making works of art widely available, introducing new forms of perception in film and photography and allowing art to move from private to public, from the elite to the masses.” The vast collections in the virtual galleries listed await your visit: 1.8 Million Free Works of Art from World-Class Museums: A Meta List of Great Art Available Online | Open Culture
Quantum computing is computing at its most esoteric. It’s an experimental, enormously complex, sometimes downright confusing technology that’s typically the domain of hardcore academics and organizations like Google and NASA. But that might be changing.
Today, IBM unveiled an online service that lets anyone use the five-qubit quantum computer its researchers have erected at a research lab in Yorktown Heights, New York. You can access the machine over the Internet via a simple software interface—or at least it’s simple if you understand the basics of quantum computing. READ MORE: IBM Is Now Letting Anyone Play With Its Quantum Computer | WIRED
It’s a bit odd that no one’s thought to fuse the virtual-reality, role-playing game centric anime Sword Art Online into a proper VR experience before now, but that’s the future we live in. No worries though, because IBM is using (Japanese) its Watson Cognitive Computing tech and SoftLayer cloud computing for Sword Art Online: The Beginning. It’s a massively multiplayer VR game, of course, and perhaps other details will clear themselves up come a Tokyo-based event running from March 18th to the 20th…
Ms. McKean started a campaign last month on Kickstarter, the crowdfunding site, to unearth one million “missing” English words — words that are not currently found in traditional dictionaries. To locate the underdocumented expressions, she has engaged a pair of data scientists to scrape and analyze language used in online publications. Ms. McKean said she planned to incorporate the found words in Wordnik.com, an online dictionary of which she is a co-founder…Before her analytics project gets underway next month, Ms. McKean is crowdsourcing a list of missing words for possible inclusion in Wordnik.
In my work as a web psychologist, I’m exposed to many different types of user behavior and online decision-making processes. Although each person is different and has an individual style, I have identified six recurring patterns of behavior that I identify as specific “online personality types.” In this piece, I’ll discuss the six pattern types, explain the psychological drivers of their behavior, and provide site optimization tips that online businesses can use to leverage each type’s unique desires. READ MORE: Designing for Different Online Personality Types | UX Magazine
A Japanese bookseller is fighting back against online retail giants like Amazon by buying up a staggering 90 percent of the first printing of a famous Japanese author’s new collection of essays. READ MORE: Japanese Bookseller Buys Almost Every Copy Of New Murakami Book To Protest Amazon | Huffington Post
A little discussed topic but an event we may all be confronted with at some point. Below are some resources I have collected regarding managing your digital afterlife or the memories of loved ones in the digital age. The resources provide information on preserving memories on social profiles such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and downloading data from Apple, Google and other services.
- What Happens to My Late Husband’s Digital life New He’s Gone? | July 4, 2015 | The Guardian
- A Blueprint for Your Digital Afterlife | April 22, 2015 and Planning Your Digital Legacy, Part II | May 6, 2015 | re/code
- Watch This Powerful Look at Death in the Facebook Age | April 14, 2015 | Esquire
- In Memory: A Film About Death and Grieving in the Digital Age | March 2015 | VIMEO
- By Sharing Death on the Web, Dying May Not Feel So Alone | March 17, 2015 | TIME
- Our Digital Lives Mean Memories and Life Online Can Continue Even After Death | February 14, 2015 | The Conversation
- How to Prepare for Your Digital Afterlife | | February 13, 2015 | Computerworld
Facebook lets you choose a social heir; What about Google, Twitter and Instagram?
- You Can Now Choose Who Will Manage Your Facebook Account After You Die | February 12, 2015 | Mashable
- Back-up Brains: The Era of Digital Immortality | January 23, 2015 | BBC
How do you want to be remembered? As Simon Parkin discovers, we may eventually be able to preserve our entire minds for generations to come – would you?
- Tweets From the Afterlife: Social Networking With the Dead | December 1, 2014 | The Conversation
- How to Prepare for Your Digital Afterlife | September 4, 2015 | VICE
- What Happens to Your Social Media Profiles When You Die? | June 24, 2014 | Mashable
One of life’s most perplexing existential questions gets a lot more complicated when you factor in social media. While there’s no definitive answer to what happens to us when we die, Dan Shaffer at WebpageFX put together a visual guide to social media life after death.
- How to Protect Your Digital Afterlife | May 28, 2014 | Bloomberg View
- Facebook Will Make ‘Look Back’ Videos for Deceased Users | February 21, 2014 | Mashable
- Dealing With Death In A Digital Age | January 19, 2014 | readwrite
What happens when someone dies, but her profile doesn’t?
- A Digital Afterlife | September 16, 2013 | SLATE
You’ve thought about a funeral. You’ve thought about a will. But have you thought about what to do with the Facebook account?
- Digital Death Day | 2012 | digitaldeathday.com
- Digital Memorials – How is Death Experienced in Social Media? | December 9, 2010 | Media Memory History
- Death Online Research | An International Research Network
- Death and the Social Network | Jed R. Brubaker and Janet Vertesi
- New Memory Cultures and Death: Existential Security in the Digital Memory Ecology | 2013 | Thanatos Journal
- Digital Death and Afterlife Online Services List | The Digital Beyond
- Your Digital Legacy | Facebook
- Inactive Account Manager | Google
- Report a Deceased Person’s Account for Memorialization on Instagram | Instagram
The Purposeful Gaming and BHL project recently launched its first two browser-based video games, Smorball and Beanstalk. Both are designed to offer players a fun online diversion while helping the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) enable full-text searching of digitized materials. Funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), which was awarded in December 2013, the project is exploring how games might be used to entice people to participate in crowdsourcing efforts at libraries and museums. READ MORE: Biodiversity Heritage Library Launches Crowdsourcing Games | Library Journal
During these summer months, we’ve been busy rummaging around the internet and adding new courses to our big list of Free Online Courses, which now features 1,150 courses from top universities. Let’s give you the quick overview: The list lets you download audio & video lectures from schools like Stanford, Yale, MIT, Oxford and Harvard. Generally, the courses can be accessed via YouTube, iTunes or university web sites, and you can listen to the lectures anytime, anywhere, on your computer or smart phone. We didn’t do a precise calculation, but there’s probably about 35,000 hours of free audio & video lectures here. Enough to keep you busy for a very long time. READ MORE: A Master List of 1,150 Free Courses From Top Universities: 35,000 Hours of Audio/Video Lectures | Open Culture.