Writer and artist James Bridle should need no introduction to many of you. We have covered James's work many times in the past four years, but for the first time, we're giving you a chance to put questions to James yourself.

Germany's Fraunhofer Institute has adapted its proprietary real-time face detection software to work with Google Glass, suggesting future apps such as aids for people with autism.

Kim Asendorf and Ole Fach, partnered as NETRO, have built a fantastically elaborate game within Google Street View.

The risks posed to human beings by artificial intelligence in no way resemble the popular image of the Terminator. That fictional mechanical monster is distinguished by many features – strength, armour, implacability, indestructability – but Arnie’s character lacks the one characteristic that we in the real world actually need to worry about – extreme intelligence.

Every year, the Royal British Society of Sculptors awards a bursary to ten upcoming artists. This year's winners will exhibit at a group show in September. We chatted with three of the winners - Gillian Duffy, Beatrice Haines, and Ana Caterina Pereira – and asked them about what “sculpture” means in an era of interwoven media.

Cameron Sinclair has launched the Dead Prize, a celebration of the design wrongness which offends our eyeballs every day. Rather than just put things up for a cheap point-and-laugh shot, Sinclair's prize is all about celebrating failure - design which didn't necessarily seek to be horrific, but just... ended up that way.

Anyone who subscribes to an online hi-tech gizmo newsfeed can’t have failed to notice a certain preoccupation in the past couple of years on the part of developers to bring viewers close to the action of TV, films and computer games through virtual reality. Every other day, it seems, we hear of yet another allegedly ground-breaking solution in the quest for “immersion”. The next person to claim to have invented a Star-Trek-like Holodeck is going to get a Vulcan neck pinch from me.

Nielsen discusses the impact of viewability on the “success” of an online advert. Dan Beltramo, EVP, Product Leadership, Marketing Effectiveness at Nielsen, comments: “It’s easy to jump to the conclusion that viewability equates to success. But a viewed ad does not guarantee brand lift.”

I would agree that viewability is only the “first step” towards maximising ROI. Of course you want to ensure that your online display advertising constitutes part of the 51% of ads that are actually looked at, but this isn’t enough.


Becca Taylor has been looking at how many agencies credited their planners in this year's awards entries. The results make grim reading for planners, who are clearly not getting the recognition they rightly deserve. Some agencies don't credit their planners at all.


In the depths of night on August 5th 1914, the British Cable Ship Alert took the first significant action of World War I, severing the five German submarine cables that ran through the English Channel. This operation was a major blow, forcing Germany to use radio for international communications for the duration of the war.

Together with the increasing use of the new-fangled radio for communications between military commanders and their operational units in the field, the British and French could listen in to much of the enemy’s communications.

Reports of Google dropping a Play Store game called Bomb Gaza  have appeared across major media outlets in the past 24 hours. Although the game's title and objective is clearly offensive to many, it represents the tip of the iceberg in terms of mobile games related to the Israel-Palestine conflict... all of which remain on the Play Store at the time of writing.

I was hoping the world would sort itself out while I was away last week, but it didn't. Useless, the lot of you. THAT'S IT, I'VE HAD ENOUGH, I'M LEAVING. Not life, you understand, much as that might disappoint some of you; I'm just taking August off because, quite frankly, I realised that not spending disproportionate amounts of time glued to a screen is actually quite nice. And also because Imperica is CHANGING, of which more here. I'll be back at some point in September, presuming I don't die or have some sort of ludditic Damascene moment in the intervening weeks - hopefully the collection of stuff below will keep you entertained and occupied until then, but failing that I heartily recommend these books to accompany you through summer's dregs. 

So, webmongs, prepare yourselves to be smeared with the last dose of soothing web emollient for a while - close your eyes, and be aware that some of this will sting somewhat (and don't mind the smell, you'll get used to it); THIS IS WEB CURIOS. 


New book in the Imperica shop: "The Dark Net", an examination of the Internet and its many subcultures http://t.co/ADSqNpwv7w
Ooh MT @textfiles: A reminder this Labor Day that @internetarchive has 2,300 console games available in the browser. http://t.co/9QfLESYQ6O
@robmyers @wallacestroby We might use that as our Twitter bio.