Onyx Ashanti and Beatjazz

Every now and then an artist comes along so ridiculously far ahead of the curve that it is truly astounding to behold. His name is Onyx Ashanti and his creation is called the Tron Beatjazz Controller. He takes off the shelf technology, blends it with open source software and creates an entirely new art form that is absolute genius. For more on the man and his music go to http://beatjazz.blogspot.com/ you can also support his ongoing work at http://www.indiegogo.com/tronbeatjazz

“Transcendent Man” A Look Back Since The Debut

One of the most controversial documentaries of our time has been available for digital download for several months now, yet many in the mainstream are still unacquainted with the ideas, concepts, opportunities and challenges presented by the coming Technological Singularity. Perhaps this shouldn’t  be too surprising, many of us live in the mundane, harsh reality of the now. Day to day life, war, debt, unemployment, death and  taxes are difficult enough to grapple with without taking time out to contemplate the vast implications of a Technological Singularity predicted to emerge sometime between 2029 to 2050. Such a thing to the average man or woman can seem so distant, it may as well be ten thousand years away.  Despite the fact that many of the emergent technologies related to the Singularity hold the prospect to solve or (at the very least) reduce the severity of many of the major world problems we face; public interest in one of the most transformative ideas of our  time remains lackluster. Perhaps the answer is simple, maybe most people just don’t care about the accelerating technological change we are experiencing. Perhaps they reside in a part of the world where technology is not considered as great a priority in life as food availability, clean water or personal safety. Perhaps the answer is that plain old fear or religious concerns cause most to turn the page, change the channel or simply not pay attention to such things. When and if the Singularity is achieved it seems there will come a time when history will be divided into two eras; we can think of them as the B.T.S. and A.T.S. eras.  We currently live in the B.T.S era, Before The Singularity. We have the internet, rudimentary genetic engineering, basic nanotechnology, early AI and robotics.  The generations of human beings and machine intelligences to come after the current generation could reside in what may one day be referred to as the A.T.S era or After The Singularity. We can’t know with certainty how those living in the future will remember this time period, but when the history is written, Transcendent Man will stand large as a film that presented the material in an informed and elegant manner.

The Protect IP Act Another Proposed Anti-Internet Law

This is 71 year old Senator Patrick Leahy, one of the backers of  PIPA, the Protect IP Act.  It was designed to combat illegal online commerce and guard against copyright  infringement, but many high-tech entrepreneurs and investors believe its implementation would have a severe chilling effect on innovation and competitiveness. Ebongeek has covered things like this in the past, but nothing quite like PIPA. One would think that the DMCA was enough of an overreach, but apparently it is not enough. According to cnet “The Protect IP Act would hand the U.S. Department of Justice the power to seek a court order against an allegedly infringing Web site. The order could be served on search engines, certain Domain Name System providers, and Internet advertising firms which would in turn be required to “expeditiously” make the target Web site vanish.” Such an idea if it were to become law in the US would carry with it implications that extend well beyond its intended scope to merely protect intellectual property from copyright infringement. A letter sent to the US congress and signed by numerous tech savvy Silicon Valley entrepreneurs stated that PIPA; “will ultimately put American innovators and investors at a clear disadvantage in the global economy. For one, services dedicated to infringement will simply make their sites easy to find and access in other ways, and determined users who want to find blocked content will simply shift to services outside the reach of U.S. law, in turn giving a leg up to foreign search engines, DNS providers, social networks, and others. Second, PIPA creates a dangerous precedent and a convenient excuse for countries to engage in protectionism and censorship against U.S. services. These countries will point to PIPA as precedent for taking action against U.S. technology and Internet companies.” Source” Ars Technica

It is somewhat odd that PIPA is up for serious consideration given the fact that back on February 15th of  2011, Hillary Clinton spoke boldly on the topic of internet freedom when she said; “the freedoms to assemble and associate also apply in cyberspace; in our time, people are as likely to come together to pursue common interests online as in a church or union hall. Together, the freedoms of expression, assembly and association online comprise what I have called the freedom to connect.  The United States supports this freedom for people everywhere, and we have called on other nations to do the same.
Read more and you can also read the full text of the proposed law.

Ebongeek Visits The LTG Podcast Episode 23

Podcast Episode 23: From Semantics To Star Trek remember you can  listen to the show here or download it or subscribe to the LTG podcast in iTunes. For show notes and cutting edge tech news check out the Lazy Tech Guys
01:00 – Proposed Senate law could make embedding video illegal
15:12 – Apple iOS 5 has faster HTML 5 than Microsoft’s “Mango”
17:49 – Hands on with iOS 5
22:35 – HTC Facebook phones
26:33 – Google acquires Sage TV
32:15 – Best Buy’s UK music service coming to U.S.
35:45 – Seesmic dropping Blackberry support from Twitter app
39:24 – Sony pulls content from Netflix
41:51 – Excelbook – Facebook that looks like MS Excel
43:42 – Verizon unlimited data is ending, tiered pricing coming
48:35 – The Semantic Web – What it is and what is holding back adoption
1:09:08 – Future of gaming: MMO and Micro-transactions