The reason I set up an account there was actually to test a feature of their userpages… If you look at my userpage you’ll notice a green button that says GeoURL. This is a quick way to search for webpages by geographical location, which ties into a site that Luke and I like a lot called Headmap. Headmap is a project to connect cyberspace with “meatspace”, by mapping URLs to physical locations and then wearing computers around so that you can superimpose the internet onto the world around you. With this futuristic system, park benches can have blogs, roads can have songs attached to them, and you can walk up to a building and see its website. For an analogy, consider hypertext, or “linking”. Usually when you write words, they are isolated, they have no meaning aside from the meaning that they have in your head. However, with hypertext, words can be connected to all sorts of information through the World Wide Web. Just think how much more potential a living website has compared to a dead, static book, and you begin to understand the possibilities that wearable computing and enhanced or “mediated” reality offer.
If you want to know what this future might look like, you’ll want to read up on Steve Mann, the cyborg professor, one of the pioneers of wearable computing. Despite (or perhaps because of) his extreme geekiness, he has a wife, which means there may be hope for me someday 😉 He has an interesting idea called Subjectright… he thinks that if we have intellectual property over our writings or musical creations, isn’t it ridiculous that we do not have property rights on ourselves and our likenesses and personal data? Are songs more important than people? It’s a well thought out philosophy, and his claiming of the right to control both outbound information (privacy rights) and inbound information (right to not be disturbed by spam) is wonderful. I’m not sure how I feel about everything he says, but I think it is logically consistent with the idea of intellectual property. Does this demonstrate the absurdity of intellectual property, or is it a good use of IP as opposed to the abuses that we usually see?
Finally, as I mentioned on my last blog entry, I lost a black biking glove… have you seen it?