Digital Dust

Part 1. Becoming Dust: the fantasy of digital sensors everywhere

1.1 Smart Dust

Source: Catchupdates.com
Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2016
The Michigan Micro Mote, hanging out on the edge of a nickel. (Source: the team’s Flickr)

1.2 Neural Dust

Source: Waitbutwhy.com
Here is the sensor, hanging out inside a rat (Photo: Ryan Neely)

Part 2. Gathering dust: data, media and loss

“The truth is that computation has, from the very start, been built to rot.”

— Bruce Sterling

‘Synthesising Obama’. Artist & designer Tobias Revell laser-etched the Python code & supporting libraries required to synthesise fake video of the former US president in 5pt type on 48 sheets of 20X30cm black acrylic so that it can be stored — he hopes — for 40,000 years. (Source: TobiasRevell.com)
See your olde Twitter timeline here.

Part 3. The digital archive is just as dusty as the old one

3.1 Archive fever

“The archive always works, and a priori, against itself.”

— Jacques Derrida

A view of part of Jacques Derrida’s library in his home in Ris Orangis. Photo: Andrew Bush, 2001, via Princeton University Library

3.2 Big data: the dream of the end of forgetting

Concluding motes

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I'm interested in complex systems: media, environment, technology. Freelance researcher & writer in London. @hautepop on Twitter

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I'm interested in complex systems: media, environment, technology. Freelance researcher & writer in London. @hautepop on Twitter

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