"I shoot with my cellphone because it is like a periscope, allowing me to stare without being noticed. I look like everyone else who is texting, Web surfing or checking messages.
I also use my cellphone because it feels right to employ a ubiquitous 21st-century tool to record 21st-century city dwellers. Almost all of us have one, and for all I know, someone is recording me right now, as I write these words on my laptop at a small outdoor cafe (under the gaze of a surveillance camera)."
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"..A dominant impulse on encountering beauty is to wish to hold on to it, to possess it and give weight in one's life...There is an urge to say, 'I was here, I saw this, and it mattered to me." - Alain de Botton - Stendhal Syndrome."
"Imagine you’re walking around the British Library. Suddenly, your smartphone beeps at you. A library app is alerting you to the resources around you. You ask the app to search for a specific book. The app tells you where to go to find it. The smartphone goes to sleep. You reach the suggested reading room. The smartphone wakes up. The app tells you which shelf the book is on, posts up its publication details and reviews, and informs you about related events happening in the library."
on "Neil Harbisson (27 July 1982) is a Catalan-raised, Northern Ireland-born contemporary artist, composer and cyborg activist best known for his self-extended ability to hear colours and to perceive colours outside the ability of human vision. In 2004 he became the first person in the world to wear an eyeborg. The inclusion of the eyeborg on his passport photo has been claimed by some to be official recognition of Harbisson as a cyborg. Colour and the use of technology as an extension of the performer, and not as part of the performance, are the central themes in Harbisson's work. In 2010, he founded the Cyborg Foundation, an international organisation to help humans become cyborgs."
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"...Cyborg Tim’s power supply was running low and he needed to top up with biomass.
He stood in the dinner queue.
“Tim!” his friend Ben shouted. “What are you eating?!”
Cyborg Tim didn’t know yet. He switched his nasal sensors to acute.
Gravy, definitely gravy.
And he could detect meat – chicken, yes, chicken! he thought.
And sweat. Sweat wasn’t on the menu, was it?"
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"...buildAR was the world's first AR Content Management System with the first early version launched back in 2009 as a bit of a test to see if people were interested in being able to create their own augmented experiences. It turned out you were, so we then got busy developing new features and officially launched the new improved buildAR at the Augmented Reality event in Silicon Valley in May 2011."