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"The Networked Society City Index interactive tool lets you explore and compare the effects ICT has on society, people, and business - in major cities all over the world. Learn about a city, drag-and-drop two cities and compare, or discover initiatives happening in the cities right now."Here is the documentary and 2 other advertorial-style videos that tell us the direction that Ericsson is heading with this as well as gives us insights into where society itself may be heading in the near future. According to Stacey Higginbotham of Gigaom, "The 20-minute documentary looks at the past, present and future of connectivity and technology, and the impacts on people, business and society." 20-minutes may be considered long for an online video, but it's well worth your time. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7cuatm_bqw[/youtube] [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pzmvjf88Sfw[/youtube] [vimeo]http://vimeo.com/30848566[/vimeo]
"The installation, called "Flight Assembled Architecture", was conceived and built by teams led by my colleagues Fabio Gramazio & Matthias Kohler as well as Raffaello D'Andrea at the ETH Zurich. It illustrates a radically new way of thinking about materializing architecture: Use a multitude of mobile flying agents working in parallel and acting together as a scalable production means. As you can see in the video, the quadrocopters are programmed to interact, lift, transport and assemble small modules in order to erect a building."Mankind, rejoice, but keep don't turn your backs on them. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnkMyfQ5YfY[/youtube]