We need your help. The Counted is a project by the Guardian – and you – to count the number of people killed by police and other law enforcement agencies in the United States throughout 2015. Please share this post to help more people across the country become aware of this project. Thank you!
An innovative interactive documentary on coding and creativity has been released featuring many key figures in the field. Featuring 3D content which you can guide, the content can also be viewed with an Oculus Rift headset:
A generation of artists and hackers have emerged on the
internet using open source technologies for experiments in art and
CLOUDS is an interactive documentary and a portrait of this community
of digital pioneers, explored through the lens of code. The project
asks questions about the future of creativity at a time when algorithms
play an important role in shaping culture.
People featured in the film include 40 artists, designers and hackers
who participate in the co-creation of free tools for creative
expression: Processing and openFrameworks. Reflecting the story of these
online communities, the software behind CLOUDS was built in C++ using
openFrameworks, and includes real-time interactive visualizations by the
artists featured in the documentary.
In its revolutionary hybrid format, somewhere between a documentary, a
videogame, and data visualization, CLOUDS allows viewers to navigate a
web of ideas. It uses a data-driven Story Engine to present an endless
ever-changing conversation, where artists co-exist with their code,
presented through real-time interactive visual systems and lush 3D
Highly recommended - you can rent a stream for $5 or purchase a copy for $10 (for Mac and PC) for the interactive version.
“Using flat sheets of kiln-polished glass in layers separated by space, Huebner and Boucher’s Cathedral Series of sculptures perfectly captures the subtle shading and layering effect of fog-shrouded mountain ranges. The internal lighting further adds mystery and drama to this peaceful landscape.” H/T
The Counted is a project by the Guardian – and you – working to count the number of people killed by police and other law enforcement agencies in the United States in 2015, to monitor their demographics, and to tell the stories of how they died.
The database will combine Guardian reporting with verified crowdsourced information to build a more comprehensive record of such fatalities. The Counted is the most thorough public accounting for deadly use of force in the United States, but it will operate as an imperfect work in progress – and will be updated by Guardian reporters and interactive journalists as frequently and as promptly as possible. Contributions of any information that may improve the quality of our data will be greatly welcomed as we work from a dearth of available information toward better accountability. Please contact us to pass on tips, links and multimedia as well as new information on existing cases already recorded.
Why is this necessary?
The US government has no comprehensive record of the number of people killed by law enforcement. This lack of basic data has been glaring amid the protests, riots and worldwide debate set in motion by the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old, in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014. Before stepping down as US attorney general earlier this year, Eric Holder described the prevailing situation on data collection as “unacceptable”. The Guardian agrees with those analysts, campaign groups, activists and authorities who argue that such accounting is a prerequisite for an informed public discussion about the use of force by police.
Another announced project from Google ATAP today in collaboration with Ottica (and other partners) developing interactive method using small RADAR chips and finger gestures:
Project Soli is developing a new interaction sensor using radar
technology. The sensor can track sub-millimeter motions at high speed
and accuracy. It fits onto a chip, can be produced at scale and built
into small devices and everyday objects.
The richest 25 percent of school districts receive 15.6 percent more funds from state and local governments per student than the poorest 25
percent of school districts, the federal Department of Education pointed
out last month (March, 2015). That’s a national funding gap of $1,500
per student, on average, according to the most recent data, from
2011-12. The gap has grown 44 percent since 2001-02, when a student in a
rich district had only a 10.8 percent resource advantage over a student
in a poor district.
Project from Google ATAP looks into ways to turn textiles into interactive interfaces:
Project Jacquard is a new system for weaving technology into fabric,
transforming everyday objects, like clothes, into interactive surfaces.
Project Jacquard will allow designers and developers to build connected,
touch-sensitive textiles into their own products. This is just the
beginning, and we’re very excited to see what people will do with it.
The Waterlicht project of studio Roosegaarde
continues and takes place this time at the Amsterdam Museumplein. Still
on the concept of waving and artificial aurora borealis creations, this
installation of blue lights shows the DNA of this city : the power and
poetry of water. Via:fubiz