Kacie Kinzer’s Tweenbots in New York

I found this through MW on Facebook and it is absolutely adorable. Tisch School of Arts student Kacie Kinzer conducted a ‘social (art) experiment’ with “Tweenbots” to see if habitants of New York would pause in their busy lives to help out a robot.

The smiling 10-inch tall Tweenbots were made out of a cardboard body, and equipped only with a flag stating its intended destination. They can only move in one direction (forward), which made them reliable on the kindness of passing strangers to guide them. This means that the passing people would have to stop, read the flag, and then set the robot free to continue its journey in the right direction to reach their goal.

The mission was to get from the Northeast to the Southwest Corner of Washington Square Park. It took the Tweenbot 42 minutes, the number of people who intervened was 29 (!) Hidden cameras were then set out to capture the random acts of kindness.

What happened is actually quite astonishing in today’s fast paced environment, I would love to see this experiment being carried out in multiple big cities to see how people in different cultures react. What would happen if the Tweenbot was set free on Sergel’s Torg in Stockholm? I’m pretty convinced that the risk of this robot not making it is far greater in Stockholm than New York — something that makes me sad.

I’m especially fond of this encounter:

“One man turned the robot back in the direction from which it had just come, saying out loud to the Tweenbot, “You can’t go that way, it’s toward the road.”

Read more at Tweenbots.com.

Oh so true

crazy = talking to oneself (cell phone - ear piece)

MyP2P vs. C More Entertainment AB

In the background of the court case and preceedings against The Pirate Bay, one of the largest sports streaming forums in the world, MyP2P has been up against C More Entertainment AB. C More Entertainment AB is the Swedish company owned by TV4 Gruppen that is behind (among other things) the Canal+ brand in the Scandinavian countries.

So why is this important or even remotely related? MyP2P is according to themselves the best online Live Sports schedule site, something I would be willing to agree with. I’ve used it many times to stream football which I “should not be able to see” because I don’t have the right channel, the right package, the right digital box, or the right subscription. It’s a simple work around so to speak. How else would I be able to watch the Swedish national team play if I live in Ireland or Australia? Taking my own previous experience with this as an example.

So back to the related part. MyP2P also happens to have one of the most active forums in the world, where users post links to streams from channels around the world. These links can be seen as “copyright infringement” as media corporations lose out on money in subscription and advertising revenue. In the same way as The Pirate Bay connects user A and user B via their tracker, MyP2P connects user A and user B via their forum and TV-schedule.

MyP2P recently won the court case against C More Entertainment, and the question I have is; is this perhaps a peak of what will happen in the Pirate Bay case? All charges dropped? It wouldn’t surprise me.

This is the ruling the Dutch court came with, posted by an Admin in the MyP2P forum:

The Dutch court ruled that C More mistakenly initiated injunction proceedings because the case was to complicated, both factually as well as legally. C More was ordered to repay us all our legal costs. We know it has been a long wait so we would like to thank you for all the support in the past weeks. It was worth it.

Facebook Connect, check

It’s about time I mention this, I’ve had a draft laying around for almost 3 months with the title ‘Social Connect’ which referred to the release of Google Connect. Since then, a lot of things have happened in the “open social world”, Facebook launched Facebook Connect, which lets you sign in to an external site using your Facebook identity. This is useful in many ways; obviously people with a Facebook account will never have to register for your site, but it also creates additional sharing (and caring) opportunities.

As an example, if you sign in on Oscar and Friends using your Facebook identity and then make a comment to a post, Facebook Connect will ask whether or not you’d like to publish this comment to your Facebook feed, displaying what you wrote here in your Facebook profile, handy.

This is all made possible thanks to a nifty Facebook engineer named Adam Hupp and his Facebook Connect plugin for WordPress. There’s also another popular WordPress plugin called Sociable! which does the same thing, Sociable! also adds more community effects to your site. I found that the basic (and somewhat official) one is the cleanest and does not interfere too much with your normal ‘business’. There has also been similar plugins developed for a lot of other platforms.

Try it out and publish it to your feed to see what it looks like!