13.01.2012 Category: Weekly Reads « Previous Next » What we read this week (13 Jan) Written by: Maddie Tags: agency, airlines, design, internet, satellites, social media In the spirit of “less, but better,” we bring you our five favorite articles of the week. What a ‘cloud companion species’ should look like, what social networks have to do with airplane seating and one ambitious extraterrestrial plan to get around SOPA are among the themes addressed. Enjoy! Quotes of the week When you cut into the present, the future leaks out. - William Burroughs We don’t get to stop yet. In fact, we probably aren’t going to stop in my lifetime. I’ve made my peace with the idea that every solution I work on, every innovation I’m part of and every exciting development I eagerly enjoy is a step on the way somewhere else. Everything we are currently doing is temporary. - Mary Hamilton Articles of the week Popular Science: German Hackers Are Building a DIY Space Program to Put Their Own Uncensored Internet into Space In a somewhat larger-than-usual DIY project, a group of hackers and IT experts announced plans to build an alternative infrastructure for uncensored internet. Meet The Hackerspace Global Grid, a network of communication satellites that serves as the new backbone. Welcome to the future, everyone. BERG: Gardens and Zoos BERG Principal Matt Jones presents a good overview of the thinking behind their current work. A good briefing on AI, UI and a lot of other design-based concepts. The Verge: KLM to let airline travelers choose seating partners based on social media profiles Dutch airline KLM is taking some of the surprise out of air travel with Meet & Seat, a new program that will let passengers pick who they sit next to using social networking tools. This might turn out great or really quite annoying, but we expect to see more programs like this soon. Fast Company: This Is Generation Flux: Meet The Pioneers Of The New (And Chaotic) Frontier Of Business Excellent article about the way the world is changing with increasing speed, and in increasingly chaotic ways: “The next decade or two will be defined more by fluidity than by any new, settled paradigm; if there is a pattern to all this, it is that there is no pattern. The most valuable insight is that we are, in a critical sense, in a time of chaos.” Big Spaceship : 2011: What We Learned In a pretty neat summary of learnings of the last year, the Big Spaceship teams reflects on the day-to-day agency work as well as a litmus test for quality, cutting out distractions, the merits of offline time and saying “I don’t know” more often. 13.01.2012 Category: Weekly Reads « Previous Next » Stay up-to-date with what we do and what we read. Subscribe to our newsletter.