Piers Fawkes of PSFK's Curated YouTube Playlist
We <3 PSFK here at The Creators Project, so we thought we’d point you over to the playlist curated on Youtube by longtime Editor-in-Chief Piers Fawkes. Here are our five faves out of his 70.
HEY YOUTUBE, see, we can make a list too. Why don’t you let us curate one? Hey everybody, would you like to see us curate a video list on YouTube? What do you think should be on it?
By now, we’re all familiar with the 5,000,000 barrels of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico and the many various inadequate methods that have been used to clean it up.
The MIT team in this video have a new idea — autonomous, self organizing, solar-powered skimmers that will move in herds through the ocean using a new nanotechnology fabric that sucks oil from water. They’ll also be able to comunicate with each other via GPS and Wi-Fi. The team behind the project estimates that 5,000 of these mobile machines could have the entire area of the spill cleaned in one month. Sound to good to be true? Check out the video. It looks at least reliable enough for a try. In fact, it’s the coolest thing we’ve seen in quite awhile.
2. Augmented Reality T-Shirt Rock Paper Scissors Game You Can Play Too
Ok, so we’re suckers for anything augmented reality ever since creator Cassette Playa turned us on to it, and we have a that old nostalgic weakness for rock paper scissors. Put them together and — you guessed it — it’s the perfect recipe for a new tech meme. Kids, do try this at home.
3. The Internet of Things
There’s about a billion people using the internet at the moment, and we’re all connected, this video argues, which means in a sense this planet has grown a central nervous system. Now a imagine a future where not only are people all using technology to communicate with each other, but objects as well. Your mind already starting to swim? Stay with us, and watch the video, which explains such heady stuff extremely simply. Soon, there will be more things on the internet than people, all sending data to each other and creating a human-less sea of information. The example they give: you wake up a the right time because your alarm clock knows the time of your first meeting from your e-agenda. The clock sends a message to your coffee machine to brew your coffee and your shower to start running your preferred temperature of water, as well as notifies you of which trains are running on time and which are late, so you don’t have to hurry for no reason…and on and on. It also gets into the idea of your washer and dryer “talking to each other” so it’s funny too.
4. *glisten HIVE
This interactive installation maps Twitter conversations that are happening about animal consciousness in real time, and displays them using software that mimics insect social swarming programs. When people approach it in a gallery, the installation senses them, and the twitter messages swarm around them. Being bombarded by little parts of messages about animal consciousness that act and sound like insects is supposed to help us feel empathy for them as sentient beings, the ageold, “if a flea could speak, the tales it’d tell,” idea. You can add to the text swarm by tweeting to @glisten_HIVE, or on the website at http: //glistenhive.ca. Oh, and it’s pretty too.
5. Possum Living (Part 1 of 3)
This is the first of 3 videos in a short documentary on Dolly Freed, the 17 year-old who wrote the hit Possum Living in 1978, about how to live comfortably on almost no budget at all. She took the earnings from the book, put herself through college and became and aerospace engineer for N.A.S.A. The book which has recently been reissued by Tin House as a response to the recession is a good reminder of how creativity, whether used to figure out how to live on no money at all and still be happy, or to dissect the cause of the Challenger disaster for a national institution, is invaluable.