Media Futures 2006: 1/5 Automata: A Brief History of Automata: Cranking Away Since Alexandra

  If every instrument could accomplish its own work, obeying or anticipating the will of others.  If the shuttle could weave, and the pick touch the lyre, without a hand to guide them, chief workmen would not need servants, nor masters slaves. So wrote Aristotle of the possibilities of the automaton: an object acting of […]

Media Futures 2006: 1/5 Automata: A Brief History of Automata: Cranking Away Since Alexandra

  If every instrument could accomplish its own work, obeying or anticipating the will of others.  If the shuttle could weave, and the pick touch the lyre, without a hand to guide them, chief workmen would not need servants, nor masters slaves. So wrote Aristotle of the possibilities of the automaton: an object acting of […]

THE WAR FOR ATTENTION: SUMMER 2006

Foreward Since writing a series of essays on Media Futures in the Spring of 2005, I have spent the last year or so investing in and building out various data services.  These include: a lead generation marketplace at rootexchange.com, whose first vertical is mortgage;  a clickstream media platform at root.net, the command line for a […]