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Ambient Intelligence and the End of Code

Take a look at some of the latest ideas, products, and visuals for the week of May 22nd brought to you by our strategists, designers, and developers.


Ambient Intelligence: The next stop on the road to the fourth revolution is ambient computing or ambient intelligence, where we continuously interface to the always-on, interconnected world of things.

The Empty Brain: Your brain does not process information, retrieve knowledge or store memories. In short: your brain is not a computer.

The Post Office Almost Delivered Your First E-Mail: A few failed visionaries tried to turn the U.S. Postal Service into an Internet pioneer.

The End of Code: Our machines are starting to speak a different language now, one that even the best coders can’t fully understand.


Vicarious: Vicarious is developing a new way of processing data, inspired by the way information seems to flow through the brain. The company’s leaders say this gives computers something akin to imagination, which they hope will help make the machines a lot smarter.

Ross: The world’s first artificially intelligent attorney, has its first official law firm. Baker & Hostetler announced that they will be employing Ross for its bankruptcy practice, currently comprised of almost 50 lawyers.

Mover Kit: It’s a game, speed-activated bike light, disco bracelet – whatever a kid can make, move & code it to be.


What Is Radical?: As the booms and busts of our convergence culture accelerate to the point of incomprehension, we sometimes stop to wonder: Is “radical” here to save us, or destroy us?

The Nomadic Studio: In this interview featuring extracts from Doug Aitken’s visually stunning videos, the American multimedia artist offers insight into his captivating work and how he learns from “watching things become a car crash in slow motion.”

Thngs: A simple tool for the preservation and structuring of data about physical things.

Levi Brooks is the CEO/Co-founder of Use All Five.
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