WHAT IS COMMUNICATION? HOW DO YOU CREATE A SIGN THAT CAN BE READ 10,000 YEARS FROM NOW? A note in Slashdot.org linking to a newspaper story prompts this blogger to ponder -- what is communicaton? Will people read 10,000 years from now? "The Los Angeles Times discusses the problems with trying to leave a message for generations down the line.
MESSAGES TO THE FUTURE FROM THE PAST:
One of the first thoughts that comes to the mind of this blogger, Joyce Schwarz, emerging media and entertainment consultant at JCOM (www.joycecom.com) is pictographs. Here is a sample of the pictographs used at the 2004 Olympics in Greece:
Click on thumbnail to see the pictographs designed for the 2004 US Olympics.
The Mesopotamia site notes that, "Over time, the need for writing changed and the signs developed into a script we call cuneiform. What I find so amazing as a high tech consultant is how much the cuneiform sketch on this site looks like a PDA in a hand! Is that what Apple's Newton used as a prototype?
SYMBOLS: From that site I moved to www.symbols.com and found this symbol which was fascinating
Click on this symbol to see: Swedish hobo sign for here live angry dogs and brutal people
ON TO BARCODES & SHAPES...... Which took me on to the concept of barcodes and physical shapes in this case a zebra courtesy of an HP site in French....
And from the Barcode I linked to a book on text messaging -- reminding me that this is really another language created by the people of the people for the people in this century and in fact in the past decade!
|: - (||unhappy|
|I - O||bored/yawning|
|O-Z-<||man running (whole body figure)|
|LOL||laugh out loud|
WHICH IN TURN LINKED ME TO SOCIAL TAGGING concepts...Technorati & beyond...
AND ON TO TAGALAG.com -- which is a mash-up including Google maps....
and from metatags I thought about how robots could express emotion and went to an Aibo emotion site.....
AIBO -- DEATH OF AIBO???? which took me to a note that I did not want to see -- it looks like AIBO IS DEAD???? Following the Sony Corporation FY05 3Q announcement, the production of AIBO Entertainment Robots will be discontinued as of end March 2006. As for the sales activity, we will discontinue the sales of AIBO once all remaining stock runs out.
Dear AIBO enthusiast
Thank you very much for your patronage of AIBO and the European AIBO website.
Following the Sony Corporation FY05 3Q announcement, the production of AIBO Entertainment Robots will be discontinued as of end March 2006. As for the sales activity, we will discontinue the sales of AIBO once all remaining stock runs out........The last set of AIBO Custom Datas for AIBO ERS-7M3 will be launched in March 2006. The download service on www.eu.aibo.com will continue after April 2006 for these new downloads as well as all existing AIBO Custom Data and other AIBO software. In addition the user guides library (documents available in PDF format) will also remain available.
Sony Entertainment Robot Europe
*As each AIBO model has a specific production discontinuation date, the service operation will be terminated model by model. Please click here to view a model-by-model breakdown.
Further research shows that: About 150 000 Aibos have been sold since they debuted in 1999. The Aibo had a strong following among fans - some of whom owned whole packs of the machines that retailed for $2 000. According to ZDnet: said in a statement. Alas, belt-tightening at Sony forced the company earlier this year to dispense with its robotics unit.
WHICH LEADS ME TO OF COURSE ONE OF MY FAVORITE BLOG POSTS -- PIXELCHIX -- don't ask just believe it -- Pixelchix is proabably Holywood2020's favorite blog post ever in one year of posting! And can a 3d sculpture really convey concepts-- not unlike the pictogram is it? and so it goes...from writing to symbols to signs.....and shapes....will anyone read in the future...to be continued.