November 5th, 2010
Forward Thinking Vol. 03
Our weekly update, where we share whats inspiring us:
Will Wright is behind the interactive technology that will bring the series Bar Karma to life on Current TV in 2011. The sci-fi series will rely on Current TV members to collaboratively turn a basic outline for each 30-minute episode into a complete story, which the online channel will then produce.
They may have arrived late to the smartphone-scannable barcodes game, but Microsoft has apparently differentiated their Tag barcodes from other QR code services in a tangible, profitable way by layering additional functionality on top of the basic, expected utility.
Cartelle Interactive Studio in Amsterdam created this highly entertaining mashup of Urban Dictionary and Google Images. In the process, they invented what might be the best possible way to go about browsing hilarious, random Internet memes.
ChatSquare is bringing chat rooms to Foursquare and Facebook Places, providing people with additional incentive to check into their current locations. Once checked in, an individual can see what sort of people he or she is surrounded by and whats on their minds.
The Oxford English Dictionary is inviting you to adopt a word and save it from becoming obsolete. As you browse them, words up for grabs excitedly squeak Pick me! Pick me!Upon adopting your word, Oxford asks you to commit to using it as much as you can. Were digging the suggestions listed under spread the word.
Scientist Nigel Leck has designed a twitter-bot that responds to tweets by global warming deniers, educating them with facts and linking to corresponding scientific articles. We did a Twitter search, which turned up a lot of retweets and #FFs- pretty impressive for a bot!