Patrick White shows off the Here on Earth app. Please take notice of the pretzel sneakers.
One of the best days in putting this project together was the rainy day in Boston that we spent with the brilliant biologist, Edward Wilson. Professor Wilson has an easy charm about him, and a direct, thoughtful manner — I could have spoken with him for days and never rehashed the same idea twice…
In this excerpt, from the Here on Earth app, Professor Wilson theorizes that how we think about technology can impact our attitude towards the Earth. This clip is part of a larger argument he makes about the dangers of technophilia that, like Apocalyptic Evangelical Christianity, considers the Earth as a way station on the path to something greater (the colonization of the Universe, the merging of our intelligence with computers, or heaven after the rapture). As soon as we consider the Earth as such, it becomes something to use up — a means to a greater end. Obviously, the can be a very dangerous attitude. It is also, in Professor Wilson’s words, ‘hogwash.’
Here’s the first part of the interview:
Nice work by Visual Loop – the big takeaway here is that tablet penetration in developed countries is expected to hit 15-20% by 2015… Think that number is small? Consider that only 50% of the US has cable tv.
Four-and-a-half stars. Would have been nice to get five, but you can read the whole review here.
Here on Earth is an appadvice.com recommended for Earth Day app. We’re in good company — with the Natural History Museum’s Dinosaur app, Google Earth, and Fotopedia… The review calls the app ‘a benchmark for interactive books in any genre.’ So we’ve got that going for us.
Arcade Sunshine gets a strong mention in an article on enhanced eBooks in this week’s Technology Review blog… Check it out.
The final animation — part three of three — is up on youtube. This short looks at the big picture: how the earth came to be, what we have done to change it, and the hopes we have for the future. And all is 90 seconds or less. Hope you enjoy.