connectivity

Map of all devices connected via the internet

Redditor achillean writes:

I Pinged All Devices on the Internet, here’s a Map of them.

The data was generated using a stateless scanner used to create Shodan. A free, open-source scanner called Zmap is readily available for anybody that wants to do it themselves! And the map itself was generated using the Python matplotlib library.

It took about 5 hours to ping all IPs on the Internet, then another 12+ hours to generate the map.

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[John Matherly]

The earth is smaller than it has ever been before.
The human population grows and grows yet
internet connections and airports connect us in ways
both simple and wonderful. However, on nights
like this, when the space beside me is empty and cold,
I wonder how it could still be so damn difficult to
find another soul to call home.
—  Beau Taplin || T H E   S M A L L   W O R L D

“Mobile is unlike any technology that has come before it. It’s personal. For the first time in history, people have access to every part of their lives—from work, to entertainment, to friends and family—at every turn. And that access, all that intelligent connectivity and computing capability that is now available to all of us, offers incredible opportunity that we couldn’t have imagined even a few years ago.”—Steve Mollenkopf, CEO of Qualcomm Inc.

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Thingful

An online map that marks and records public Internet-Of-Things projects around the world:

Thingful is a discoverability engine for The Public Internet of Things, providing a geographical index of where things are, who owns them, and how and why they are used.

Today, millions of people and organisations around the world already have and use connected ‘things’, ranging from energy monitors, weather stations and pollution sensors to animal trackers, geiger counters and shipping containers. Many choose to, or would like to, make their data available to third parties – either directly as a public resource or channeled through apps and analytical tools.

Thingful organises 'things’ around locations and categories and structures ownership around Twitter profiles (which can be either people or organisations), enabling citizens to discuss why and how they are using their devices and data. Because, the 'who’, 'why’ and 'where’ are ultimately far more important in The Public Internet of Things than the 'what’.

Explicitly built for people, communities, companies and cities that want to make the data from these 'things’ available and useful to others, Thingful aggregates and indexes public information from some of the major IoT platforms and data infrastructures around the world, providing direct links to datasets and profile pages for the public things that it knows about.

While this is interesting to see the scope of a potential future of internet-controllable objects … you can’t help think that there would be a huge vulnerability and scale of cyber-attacks to home devices that would be unsettling (such as this story where a baby monitor was accessed by a hacker).

You can explore Thingful yourself here

Smoking cannabis every day ‘shrinks brain but increases its connectivity’

Regular cannabis use shrinks the brain but increases the complexity of its wiring, a study has found.

To some extent the loss of brain volume is balanced by larger numbers of connections between neurons, scientists discovered.

But they warn that those who take the drug for too long are likely to suffer damaging effects.

The brain scan study of cannabis users is one of the first to investigate the drug’s long-term neurological impact in living people.

Dr Sina Aslan, from the University of Texas at Dallas, US, who co-led the research, said: “What’s unique about this work is that it combines three different MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) techniques to evaluate different brain characteristics.

“The results suggest increases in connectivity, both structural and functional that may be compensating for grey matter losses. Eventually, however, the structural connectivity or ‘wiring’ of the brain starts degrading with prolonged marijuana use.”

The study showed that after six to eight years of continually taking cannabis the increases in structural wiring declined. Photograph: Mykel Nicolaou/Rex Features

Intimacy

I’ve been learning what intimacy really is. It’s not just two people nude, but people exposed, naked, stripped, sharing raw pieces of themselves.
It’s the closeness outsiders can’t really see. It’s inside jokes, soft touches, sweet words, long stares, warm smiles. It’s the closeness only the two can see.
At a young age we associate nudity with sexuality and that if not explained, it becomes what we perceive as intimacy. Showing someone something you don’t show many. When in actuality, it’s sharing something you can not have with other people.
I see you, you see me, Intimacy you see?
In to me you see.

What does intimacy mean to you?

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Omnipresenz

Startup project aiming to turn telepresence as a service to guide people as ‘avatars’ in the real world from a computer. They have launched an Indiegogo campaign - video embedded below:

It’s a new way of experiencing reality. Through Omnipresenz you can control the actions of an human Avatar (a teleguided actor/performer that represents you in the distance) located in a specific area of a big city anywhere around the world.

This telepresence tourist makes a live stream online of all of what he sees and hears, while the interaction with you this avatar is done trough an interface similar to a first person video game.

With this online system, not only your eyes and legs can be anywhere you want, but your emotions and decisions to guide and control an unique interactive social experience that can really make an immediate impact local contexts.

I think that some of the terms used here have been stretched a little to sell the idea, but I can certainly see a telepresence workforce in various vocations in the very near future. With recent issues regarding death via policing, systems like this would be necessary.

You can find out more about Omnipresenz and their aims (including some interesting and creative incentives) here