I think Chairman Gruber asks the right questions, namely:
“5. Who is happy about this?”
i have envisioned the phone as a credit card for some time now. VISA (and others) have an RFID-enabled keychain fob that works as a proximity wand. putting an RFID into a phone that can be programed with your VISA info is not that hard to imagine. certainly the technology exists; it’s just a matter of someone doing it. but what are the security concerns?
my friend Travis Beacham once said, and i’m paraphrasing, “at some point Google stops being a company, and becomes something that we don’t even have a word for yet.” i’m not sure if that was out of robot-insurance-buying fear, or just his being impressed, but it is certainly true to some measure.
Kevin Kelly’s TED talk about the next 5,000 days of the web is a really remarkable look at where we’ve come from and where we’re going in the next few years with technology and the interconnectedness that is the Internet and the World Wide Web.
last night i had the incredible honor of being invited to come and guest teach a class at USC’s School for the Cinematic Arts. my good friend and colleague Jim O’Keeffe teaches one of the first-year undergrad production sections, and wanted me to share with his class about some of the emerging technology stuff i’ve been prattling on about. i found some public parking near campus and dodged all the cyclists on my way to the new $178m facilities. the new George Lucas building is gorgeous, like something out of an Indiana Jones movie.
new incarnation of the Sleepwalking webpage going up sometime tonight. this is a major step for us, as it will be the first time the film webpage will feature verbs.* i can’t wait to really spend some time on the website after production is over. i think it’s going to be really cool.
but feel free to go ahead and check out the site now. it’ll give me something to look at when i refresh my Google analytics dashboard tomorrow. also, be sure and click on the button that says “Donate” and do WHATEVER IT TELLS YOU. thanks.
one last thing! if you’re an iPhone owner, add sleepwalking.parabolos.com to your home screen… we made a little custom button for it. we did the same for the parabolos website as well.
parabolos is well into pre-production on Sleepwalking, a 20-minute short film that serves in many ways as a great test run for a lot of the processes we’ve been developing for a while. we’re working out the kinks in protocol, advertising, communication… and we’re one of the few groups of people i know actually using google wave. it’s still in beta, but has become a great tool for us. i really hope google and apple can keep their relationship amicable. that would make me a happy little filmmaker.
you can click on the link above for a teaser site. featured near the bottom is the paypal Donate button; if you’d like to contribute to our film production, we’d gladly thank you! i’ll posting every now and then over the next few weeks with updates about the production, and we’ll have a full website for the film up and running before too long.