What if London’s buildings grew according to the amount of data they generate? This video by Stephan Hügel (@urschrei) and Flora Roumpani (@en_topia) at UCL CASA is the first step in an approach to visualising an urban landscape using the objects that already exist in it; instead of abstract swirling points, bars, and artefacts hovering in the sky, the buildings themselves become the medium by which the data generated in and around them are made visible.
"Welsh computer consultant Nat Morris put its IT skills to work, and developed an ingenious system that lets him feed his pet friend Toby with a single tweet. To make sure there’s always some dog biscuits in the bowl, all he has to do is to send a message to @feedtoby for the food to be automatically released"
Thousands of Twitter accounts apparently created in advance to blast automated messages are being used to drown out Tweets sent by bloggers and activists this week who are protesting the disputed parliamentary elections in Russia, security experts said.
"With the visualisation we are highlighting the way information disseminates through re-tweeting of messages. An RT message will show a thin yellow line between original sender and re-sender. The information travels at some speed, which is based on the time it takes between sending and resending."