Hyperlocal telepresent information streams

I just watched in a bid to get my latest Ted fix, and am very excited by the potential that this technology represents, especially when combined with crowdsourcing.

What if people start offering their phones anonymously for specific requests?

What if you could visualise the swarm of mobiles available at any given time, at any given point in the world and request access?

There was a comment at the end of the talk  about the power of being able to shop without being present. Whilst this is one application, the power to be able to get news from the location is even more incredible.

A million eyes connected, with immediated (a term I recently heard from Gabriel Shalom) communication, creates the opportunity for unbiased and interactive footage by virtue of different viewpoints.

Will we watch the news on maps in the future, and track sideways and backwards in time, better connected to the global and historical context in which events occur?

The ramifications are world changing.


1 thought on “Hyperlocal telepresent information streams”

  1. Jay, you’re reverberating thoughts I’ve been having since last week about the role videography can play in our ability to communicate with one another.

    I’ve just published a “white paper” style essay which explores some of these ideas from a slightly more practical matter of marketing and making an impact on an audience, but the principles contained in the essay are the basis for a larger discussion of “Immediated Autodocumentary” — a process which has far bigger implications than simply documenting events. See:

    I’d like to see video enter into our basic skillset like reading and writing, and I believe that the foundation for this is being setup right now what with the proliferation of video-capable cameraphones. Certainly the hyperlocal telepresent information that Microsoft and Google are aggregating about the world wouldn’t be possible without us; “we are the web” as Kevin Kelly likes to say.

    For more on Immediation (its not my word) check out this chapter from “Networked: a (networked_book) about (networked_art)” —


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