Links For July 27, 2015

Email-a-Tree Service Doesn't Go As Planned in the Best Possible Way

Officials assigned the trees ID numbers and email addresses in 2013 as part of a program designed to make it easier for citizens to report problems like dangerous branches. The “unintended but positive consequence,” as the chair of Melbourne’s Environment Portfolio, Councillor Arron Wood, put it to me in an email, was that people did more than just report issues. They also wrote directly to the trees, which have received thousands of messages—everything from banal greetings and questions about current events to love letters and existential dilemmas.


Possible Problems of Persona Politeness

And this is starting to feel weird, and makes me wonder if there’s an uncanny valley for politeness. Not one based on listening comprehension, or natural language parsing, but one based on the little rituals of social interaction. If I ask a person, say, what the weather is going to be, and they answer, I thank them, and they reply back to that thanks, and we part happy. If I ask Alexa what the weather is, and thank her, she ignores my thanks. I feel, insanely but even so, snubbed. Or worse, that I’ve snubbed her.


Novalia

We combine conductive print and capacitive touch to create smart surfaces that act as sensors and speakers. We wirelessly connect the digital world to the physical through the touch of your fingertips. Working across the media, advertising, music and healthcare sectors, we find innovative and exciting ways to connect brands to their target audience.


PICO-8: FANTASY GAME CONSOLE

PICO-8 is a fantasy console for making, sharing and playing tiny games and other computer programs. When you turn it on, the machine greets you with a shell for typing in Lua commands and provides simple built-in tools for creating your own cartridges.


Artist and Computer – The state of computer art in 1976.


Exhibit/Play | Shake That Button (W.I.P) – A list of festivals and venues for digital/physical hybrid games.