I presented this LIVE via Google Docs and Skype at 8am Monday. For blog readers, they were able to listen in through my live cam right here on the blog.
JM Goh, an Information Systems instructor (and fellow Singaporean PhD student), recently invited me to give a guest lecture on emerging web technology at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland College Park.
No, I’m not flying there.
Instead, I’ll be doing it remotely.
Entitled “Seduction of the Swarm: Understanding patterns of online participation“, I chose to build on the collective intelligence series I’ve been working on, helping to flesh out productive ideas on participatory culture. Much like a tour of online-centric ideologies, I’ll be making mentions from books like Wikinomics, Wisdom of the Crowds, as well as concepts of the gift economy, bits vs. atoms, Amy Jo Kim’s Five Game Mechanics, Leisa Reichelt’s Ambient Intimacy, as well as my personal stake: The Return of Walled Gardens.
Finally, I’ll take a gamble on the future in the final segment, by referring to lifecasters as a step towards the “human platform”. We’ve been moving towards the ubiquitous computing and what better way than to plug ourselves in the embodiment of collective thoughts, than to network ourselves constantly. Much like Facebook apps, we could develop specific social applications as firmware of wearable technology (e.g. networked watches).
Aside: I’ve never given an online lecture before, so I tested a few ideas with my buddy MrBig in South Carolina. I first tried using CamTwist to see if I could do a Skype video stream using the software video mixer to combine slides with live video of me talking (like a newscaster). The quality was so bad, the presentation text could not be read. I then remembered Google Doc’s presentation tool having the ability to conduct LIVE presentation to invited viewers, so having tried that successfully with my friend, I’ll be using it with Skype to run the lecture.