Ideas for imaginary apps

Rising to the challenge in “Imaginary Apps”, here are some I would like to have. I don’t know if they are possible. I spent the flight home last night developing the ideas. 1. a range of privacy apps: starting with something that would allow you to read everything your system was sending back to someone,…

The best espresso this side of Milan…

How can the experience of drinking an espresso in Surrey simulate the same action in Milan? How can we judge whether the simulation is effective? Since I was sipping espresso in Milan this week, I was reminded of an essay, by Petra Ahrweiler and Nigel Gilbert, which was published in JASSS in 2005. Called “Caffè…

The Imaginary App

The Imaginary App is a collection of essays “giving people tools to navigate the theoretical terrains that apps have unleashed.” It describes some wild apps, such as I am rich (which cost $999.99, simply displays a screen saying ‘I am rich’, and sold 8 copies in 24 hours before Apple took it down, making $5000…

Clouds

This photograph was taken on Monday, whilst I was waiting for a taxi after coming out of the Gare du Midi in Brussels. The clouds could have been painted by Magritte – see The Empire of Light or Unveiling the Mystery. This is an interesting case where the referent (the Magritte painting) is being simulated…