Heading to Vancouver

Posted: February 2nd, 2009 | Author: Manuel Lima | Filed under: Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

I will soon be heading to Vancouver (after a short stay in Seattle) for the IxDA Interaction’09 conference. I will be talking about the current outburst of network visualization and some of the challenges in creating a taxonomy of the field. I will obviously make sure to share this presentation with you once I get back next week. But apart from my presentation I’m really excited to attend many talks on Interaction Design by prominent speakers, among them, John Thackara, Genevieve Bell, Dan Saffer, Fiona Raby, Jared Spool, and Kim Goodwin. I will also be occasionally posting on interesting topics that might emerge during the conference.

Interview with Albert-László Barabási

Posted: February 2nd, 2009 | Author: Manuel Lima | Filed under: Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Here’s an interesting interview by Seed magazine with Albert-László Barabási, author of Linked, one of the key figures in the science of complex networks, and a major influence on my own personal research.

In reference to the 21st century being seen by many as the century of networks, of complexity, Barabási points out how “students who in the past would have gone to physics and math, now are enrolling in computer science and biology, or are trying to understand networks and complexity”. And he continues his train of though saying that this “network explosion coincides with humanity turning inward”.

Interviewer James Fowler then ends the discussion by stating: “It’s an open question whether or not we are going to make it until the end of the century. But I think that if we are going to make it, it’s only because we’re able to understand ourselves better by using this new technology. That’s really going to be what helps us find solutions to these problems that we face in the century of networks”.

Check the interview video on the Seed Salon.