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February 2010.

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3) The Illustrated Man: How LED Tattoos Could Make Your Skin a Screen
  • The title of this article is fairly overblown and self-important, but this is pretty neat technology. That it can work with sensors to allow for even greater variety is even better. Its easy to be sceptical of just how many people would be willing to get such tattoos beyond the people that already get them. The allure of changeability certainly will garner some greater level of converts. The ability to turn them off is a definite boon. Having explored the idea of moving advertisements myself, I question the timeline I had set out, which revolves back to who wants these as implants compared to those who can remain "pure" human and wear whatever versions of these they wish. The eye implant idea was definitely a nice touch, but again given the upgrade cycle, malfunctions, and other factors, do you really want these as implants? Watching the video begs the question, what kind of sensation is involved in the changing of the tattoo? What sensation can be created on purpose, which makes the events in that video even more provocative.
  • Tags: change, cybernetics, display, future, nanotechnology, sensors, technology, upgrade.

  • 2) People's Republic of Hacking
    • Subtitle: Panda Case Offers Inside Look at Underworld of Chinese Hacking
      This is a look at hackers in China and something of the business side of their culture. The compartmentalised nature, the building block structure of the programs, and the satellite of marketplaces for hacker paraphernalia are said to be unique to Chinese hackers, but that is no longer exactly the case. Still, the amount of detail here is inspiring for writing projects dealing with hackers, offers a look at the culture of these people (though as said the actual work end, not necessarily the mindset and customs of the hackers themselves), and hints at how this all useful to the cultivation of government spy hackers. {Ref#12 - HFK/SSH}
  • Tags: business, culture, distribution, hackers, identification, markets, military, software, spies, training.

  • 1) The Digital Dictatorship
    • Subtitle: The Myth of the Techno-Utopia
      The gist that a free Internet will lead to democracy in dictatorships is alluring but likely a false hope. This article looks at that delving into ideas such as government monitoring (causing fear to keep people silent), blocking service and isolating groups, insinuating itself into the online worlds with propaganda (including tainting the other sides rhetoric either to weaken it or cause internal friction) and ideas such as China's 50 Cent Army that skew the usefulness of social capital. The article covers a lot more as well. {Ref#11 - HFK/SSH}
  • Tags: Big Brother, government, Internet, loyalty, misinformation, politics, propaganda, social capital, social network, surveillance.

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