A t-shirt by James Bridle:
Everybody’s talking about “the cloud”, as if it’s some magical faraway place, instead of a bloody great shed on an industrial estate. You should set them straight.
It’s as if the human-computer interaction community haven’t really addressed (yet) cloud computing, especially in the context of personal cloud services. An exception is this workshop called “Designing interaction for the cloud” organized by a team from Liverpool John Moores University. Their goal was to bring together researchers and practitioners from various fields and “examine the impact of cloud computing on the design of the user experience at the individual and organizational level”.
The workshop introductory paper highlights various research issues related to the following challenges:
- Design for a fragmented user experience
- Interoperability – goals and reality
- Personal clouds and multi-sensory environments
- The cloud in non-commercial application domains, e.g. medicine, education
- Privacy and trust as UX issues
- UI standards and processes in Cloud design
“Data Center Grand Tour” by Silvio Lorusso is a project that aimed at showing the data center where the info flowing into your computer is coming from:
ʻData Centers Grand Tour (This Data Belongs Here)ʼ starts here and will be an ongoing project for which Silvio Lorusso will be purchasing domain names and hosting in each country across the globe. For each domain a single web page will be hosted showing a satellite view of the geographical site at which that particular domainʼs data is stored. The tour will start by clicking at a destination, one click will take you to the next domain in a different country where you will again be able to view where that domainʼs data is stored, and so on until all of the countries in the world are covered