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Monitor and Display: an image of the Ghost in the Machine – #Ljudmila #digitaldish

These are my notes from the talk by Nedine Kachornnamsong – Monitor and Display: an image of the Ghost in the Machine.


Copenhagen Airport project, In Place-Spective, 2005-2006

  • Airports are transitional spaces without special meaning to people – it’s a non-place. So how can we construct a place inside an airport?
  • So what’s a sense of place? It’s hard to share and compare your sense of place with each other. Architectural approach might not be the best way to do it.
  • Sense of place doesn’t have to be attached to a physical space. It’s more of a virtual construct based on social interaction.
  • The problem: you don’t want to socialize, because you’re in the transit; your’ve very vulnerable and you care only about your travels.


Posters inside washrooms, that you can use to share things with each other. The posters were placed inside toilet doors.

  • The Ghost in the machine is used to criticize the idea of dualism by Descartes. Dualism – the body is just a vehicle of the mind. By having a belief that body is a slave the mind, it’s the same as saying that we’re just a ghost in the machine.
  • It’s about how you define the humanity – separation of human and being, human vs. animal. Animals are locked into instincts while humans are of free will.
  • Animal is the machine, while human is the ghost in the machine; meaning that we’re ghost of the animal.

The Living Machine

Our best machines are made of sunshine; they are all light and clean because they are nothing but signals, electromagnetic waves, a section of a spectrum.
— Haraway, Donna. “A Manifesto for Cyborgs: Science, Technology, and Socialist Feminism in the 1980s.” The Haraway Reader. 1985. Ed. Haraway, Donna. New York: Routledge, 2004. 7-45.

This new machine becomes a problem because it comes very close to the concept of humanity. So we need to redefine what it means to be a human.


Pyshical event that takes elements from the online dating site:

  • Anonymity
  • Degree of interest
  • Object of desire (something that you can interact with)


Look for it in near future in Ljubljana.

Five online social behavior trends and what they mean for you [WidgetWebExpo notes]

Eyal Magen is Co-Founder and CEO of Gigya, a widget distribution network. These are notes on his Keynote talk at WidgetWebExpo London ‘08.

Social Graph Platform Wars
Image by davemc500hats via Flickr

Today is new area of broadcasting. People are messaging each other all the time, and you’re measured by the number of Facebook Friends/Twitter followers, etc. Everybody is a player, a TV station that broadcasts itself to the world all the time.

What’s the best and most successful widget ever? YouTube player, it’s just insanely popular with the people.

Trend #1 – Public Up, Private down.

Default method of delivery of Facebook gifts is “public”. I as a gift giver, want my friends to know that I gave someone a virtual gift. Link: Jeremy Liew blog, LightSpeed Ventures

  • In 2008 we’re seeing a huge jump in usage of Facebook for greeting friends on their birthday.
  • Wall posts, it’s a new form of “semi-public” conversations. The message is intended for one person, but anyone can read it.

The advice is to Make Widgets Social, add some capabilities to allow friends to follow what you’re doing.

Trend #2 – Stalking

Urban dictionary – Facebook stalk.


Portals -> Search -> News feeds. With news feeds, we’re seeing a new paradigm in social networks of online world. So the idea is to make users add data.

Trend #3 – Ambient Awareness

Broadcast, Broadcast, Broadcast. There are two ways to do this: active (users need to do something) and inactive (automatic inclusion into your news feed).

Trend #4 – Self Expression

6 billion widgets views, per category:

self expression : heart-of-stone
Image by cheeky needle via Flickr
  • ~40% – Just for fun
    ~20% – Media
    ~15% – Flash Toys
    ~8% – Utilities
    ~5% – Other
    < 5% – Video
    < 5% – Polls
    < 5% – Music
    < 5% – Communities
    < 5% – Games

How to make widgets more personal? Allow people to somehow customize it. Even changing colors mean a lot to people. Simpler the customization, the better.

The widget on average stays on page for 200 page views. The more personal and customize the widget, they stay above the average.

Trend #5 – Light Weight Relationships

Sociologist say that a person can have about 150 meaningful relationships in persons life – Dunbar’s number. How to make people say something, without having to say anything?

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Image by ken mccown via Flickr

What’s the #1 comment on MySpace? “Thanks for the add”. People thanking others for thanking them for addition as a friend.

Invites and Packaged Messages – people don’t have anything to say to others, so invites and funny things are great for not having to tell anything to anyone. You can also create packaged message, sponsored gift, pre-written message, etc. If you can do this, people will use your widget more often.

The Future – Beyond the Walled gardens

With the help of Data portability and Open Social, Google Friend Connect and similar approaches, widgets will allow you to connect your friends with your site.

You can then build social applications on your site where people can engage with friends on your site.

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