Review for “The Spatial Web: How Web 3.0 Will Connect Humans, Machines, and AI to Transform the World”

I had the privilege of being a pre-launch reviewer for “The Spatial Web: How Web 3.0 Will Connect Humans, Machines, and AI to Transform the World” by Gabriel René and Dan Mapes; can honestly say it’s a comprehensive, well written and engagingly written book about a wide ranging subject, and well worth a read. They are good at taking something complex and making it easy to understand. 

Link here. Definitely worth a read!

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Who you calling ugly?

I think this is hilarious. Outsourcing your presence via another human/body with a screen strapped over their face…how long before we’re just lumps of body slumped in a {comfy} dentist chair, living vicariously through a VR screen and an android?


Hearing without listening

I’m not a fan of the ubiquitous listening devices. Not that having a virtual assistant always on the standby to serve my every (ok, some) need wouldn’t be handy; it would be fun to be talk to my house. Seriously, I work from home. It gets lonely. But I digress.

It’s because of the growing interconnectedness of it all, combined with lax privacy laws and inadequate digital security. They *say* they’re only listening for your action word, but the Ts&Cs prove otherwise; as do recent legal events when it’s been shown that not only are they always listening, but always recording.

And the Amazons and Googles of the world will eventually be more than happy to sell your conversations to advertisers and others (yes, government – I’m looking at you. Who knows if  my recent (theoretical) conversations about microdosing LSD won’t some day be of interest to you, or the health insurance companies.)

So I recently revisited a favorite device, launched in 2005 (the ice age for digital devices). I  was rather obsessed with it at the time, but didn’t take the plunge  and have been sorry ever since.

karotzIt’s called a Nabaztag (rabbit in Armenian!). It was a listening device that wasn’t tied to any multinational conglomerate; it was an open source device that read your emails to you, the weather, stock market report, news, RSS-Feeds, MP3-Streams, acted as a walkie-talkie with another Nabaztag, and a few other things.

Point is: it did much of what Alexa and Siri do (other than order you things, although someone could probably program an app for it that would) without reporting back to anyone.

A device way before its time. And completely open source.

Why aren’t there any of these types of listening devices on the market now? Surely some independent company out there could come up with a current day equivalent? I bet it would sell like hotcakes – what an opportunity. I know I’d get one.

nabaztag fancy

And then kit it out like people used to do with the Nabaztags 😊 The viral potential for getting the word out about something like this is incredible.

Unfortunately I’m reduced to scouring Ebay for the occasional one that comes up for sale, and since the server’s been decommissioned, turning into a programmer to make it work (although there’s a very lively worldwide community of hackers/enthusiasts with a fair number of boards sharing code and “how to’s”). And that takes a LOT of time.

Someone get on this. Please.