Today's Obsession: Popularity

“Numbers make intangibles tangible,” said Jonah Lehrer, a journalist and author of How We Decide, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009). “They give the illusion of control.” This is so true. The New York Times ran an article a few days ago …

Today's Obsession: Synthesizing Social

Here’s a lovely video I happened across at Vimeo by Belgian artist Gwen Vanhee, looking at flocking behaviors—that is, socially aware behaviors—in digital objects. It’s based on initial formulae by Craig Reynolds, whose site offers some intriguing ideas to the …

Today's Obsession: Your Value on Facebook

At the Daily Beast, technology editor Thomas Weber and a handful of friends have performed a semi-scientific experiment to see what gets you into your friends’ news feeds. An interesting question, to be sure, since Facebook isn’t telling. I’ve assumed …