I'm Drew Breunig and I obsess about technology, media, language, and culture. I live in New York, studied anthropology, and work at PlaceIQ.


"New York Police Officers to Start Using Body Cameras in a Pilot Program" 

They’re not just cameras, they’re platforms:

The New York police will test cameras made by two manufacturers: a one-piece device from Vievu and a two-piece system from Taser International, in which the battery and activation switches are separate from the camera itself. The companies’ cameras were selected, Mr. Bratton said, because they provide “end-to-end” systems that include storage both on-site and remotely.

From the Vievu LE3 product page:

The high definition video evidence is managed by our free proprietary VERIPATROL™ software system to securely store and catalog video files. The LE3 camera and VERIPATROL software utilizes a FIPS 140-2 compliant Digital Signature process to prove that the video has not been altered and VidLock security prevents unauthorized access if the camera is lost or stolen.

It will be fascinating to watch the growth of video analysts and their legal affects.

Most of the futures I imagine involve a BitTorrent-like protocol backing a medium which looks like Today’s Twitter. A distributed client network that doesn’t filter feeds, recommend content, and has IRC-like channels.

Addresses were selected from lists of bombed-out buildings, and printers were engaged to put together letterheads for these fake groups, many of which “were littered with quotations that would act both as clues and as an inspiration to the prisoners,” as Clayton Hutton puts it. Some of these clues were pretty daring, such as a few lines from St Matthew, Chapter 7: “Ask and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you.” I am reminded, whenever I read this, of the story of the US prison escape attempt that was foiled only because the chef baking the cake with the file in it got a little carried away and wrote, “Good luck with the break-out!” in icing.

The NFL Morality

Galt’s Gulch Chile is (was) meant to be a modern and real-world replica of Ayn Rand’s objectivist hide-out in Atlas Shrugged. Wealthy investors (or at least folks with a lot of bitcoin) envisioned a protected libertarian community where they could ride out the impending social and financial downfall of American society. Unfortunately for those taken in by the project, it appears now that the whole enterprise was a greed-driven scam.

Sony Marketer: “Our radical camera designed for selfies needs a name!”

Sony Engineer: “Well we called it DSC-KW1…”

Sony Marketer: “Sold!” (snatches camera and runs out of room)

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