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Resource Roundup: Things Agencies Should Know About

This week, we’ve got our heads in the cloud. Here are a few articles, videos and audiocasts that form a nice collection covering the continually evolving world of digital content, plus the obligatory Google-check-in, of course…

My latest column for PRINT Magazine is now out in their August issue. How Should We Contain the Cloud? explores the nature of what I call post-desk content, and how we should think about it as designers.

Read all about it: Google has declared war on Nonsense. Like we’ve been saying for a long time now, robots don’t read, people do, so, duh, write for people.

You think the web is big? Just wait. Cisco predicts 50 Billion Things on the Internet by 2020. Check out their infographic to see why the internet of things will blow our minds. (By the way, if you can’t get enough of this kind of thing, this is a concept I wrote a long post about back in January called The Web of Tomorrow.)

James Bridle, a UK publisher and all-around smart guy at the forefront of future-of-the-book stuff, mentioned the mixbook I sent him a few months ago in his Items Received by Post er, post.

Oh, and this is just an admonition that I need to hear as much as I bet some of you all do: You are Not Running Out of Time. Various free wisdom bits here…

If you’re more into listening/watching stuff, here are a few audio/video links worth your time:

Russell Davies gave a presentation at the Next Conference on Buttons, Behavior, Robots and Toys: What happens when we put data in things. It’s got it all. Check it out.

NPR’s OnPoint did a broadcast on Wednesday looking at Liberty, Security, and Biometrics Guests included Julia Angwing (Senior tech editor at the Wall Street Journal), Daniel Castro, Orin Kerr, and one of my favorite tech personalities, Douglash Ruskoff.

From CBC Radio’s Spark podcast comes a special hour of Marshall McLuhan-inspired stuff, Tomorrow is Our Permanent Address looking at various technology issues that you should be aware of, like why the medium is still the message, the networked city, the cloud, Google, etc.

Finally, if you can handle the “benevolently dystopian” worldview he puts forth, check out this Interview with Google’s Eric Schmidt in which he discusses privacy, politics, etc.

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