in accelerando charles stross’ writes about alot of interesting concepts we are just starting to work on and i am covering in my dissertation. it was one of the most important books for me in 2007. it shows how close science fiction and science get in these days.

my favorite feature is superplonk. it remixes the environment and filters annoying persons, objects and sounds. that’s an augmented reality version of what i practice today with special earplugs. but soon that should be possible with modified hearing devices and slim head mounted displays.

one experiment in my ongoing surveillance series simulates superplonk with images of network cameras. via motion detection i am reconstructing a place’s image without people and cars. all moving objects are becoming ghosts. only people and cars who are standing still are becoming visible. movement makes you invisible. jan covers this topic in his master thesis, too.

processing source code: cams_superplonk.pde

image source: earthcam

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