Month: May 2011

MIT Innovation generates persona from online behaviour

How the internet “reads” you and aggregates all your online stuff into a persona. Its simple and free- try it out!


In the next 24 hours, I’ll be dead. Don’t send flowers. Instead…

In the next 24 hours, I’ll be dead …dead silent that is…and I just wanted to let you know why.

Together with my team at AMP, we have created the world’s first Smartphone famine as an innovative fundraiser for the Amplify Festival community project we are supporting- One laptop per Child.

So……don’t send me flowers when I’m dead!


Sponsor me for the 24 hour Smartphone famine for every hour I last without my smart phone. I’m planning to do 25 hours- so you could  start with a $25 pledge (or more if you are feeling generous) Click through to



We are silencing the airwaves, our twittering fingers, and cold-turkeyeing our digital addiction in a symbolic act of abstinence. Enforced reflection on the privilege of what connectedness means in our quest to raise money for “One laptop per Child” Australia. Our project goal is to equip every child in a classroom at Acacia Primary School outside Alice Springs in the Red Centre of the Australian Outback with their own connectivity- a  laptop.  We need to raise $14000, and I am hoping to raise $1000.

By way of reward, you can laugh at me on YouTube anticipating the lockdown of my phone from midday tomorrow for 24 hours, and dreading the consequences of what it feels like to be “disconnected” and unable to participate in the digital life and economy which we’ve come to take for granted. The digital divide is real, and in Australia 400 000 children are condemned to life in the slow lane – with disconnectedness and digital illiteracy a new poverty trap that they are unlikely to escape for every day they are left outside of the loop.

And in case you haven’t heard of Tiffany Shlain’ s “CONNECTED: The Film” that premiered at Sundance Festival earlier this year, its worth checking it out.  Here were here goals in making the movie:

  • Our goal is to start a global conversation about connectedness and interdependence in the 21st century.
  • We believe that by engaging people to talk about connectedness in their own lives and in the world, the ripple effect of these conversations will have far reaching impact.

So…will you help please?


Thanks…;-))) knew you would!

ANNALIE KILLIAN, Catalyst for Magic





How curiosity and appreciation catalyses imagination

The above sentence has 4 of my favourite words in it (the only two missing would be serendipity and laughter).  

That sentence could suffice as my epitaph….it sums up my life’s work.

So imagine how joyful the serendipitous discovery of a video link featuring design genius Michael Wolff– via Facebook in a post on the wall of John Hagel ( discovered via a comment by Mark Zawacki on another of John’s posts about how red wine and chocolate are scientifically endorsed brain foods in which I was tagged seeing we are all three connected via the upcoming Amplify Festival that I am producing) in which he talks about these very words as “muscles” that he can’t operate without.

Without much further digression…let’s get straight to it. Wonderful stuff.

It’s Mother’s Day in Sydney today, and I have already had a sensory wake-up in the form of the cry of my next-door neghbour’s new-born baby. I was not grumpy….just reminded of what Motherhood means. ( And kids are taking me to see the new French film, Babies, for Mother’s Day!) 

This Mother has been spending far too much time connecting dots digitally lately ( blame the above-mentioned Amplify Festival) that this video’s visual imagery and messages reminded me of how I enjoy looking at the world from the scale of walking with my own two feet and appreciating what is there in front of my eyes. I am going outside right now to enjoy in the crisp autumn air on my skin, look at the ants scurrying on the pavement in and out of cracks delivering breakfast, smell the scent of the waves breaking on Balmoral beach and enjoy the sounds of my home suburb waking up. 

Have a beautiful Sunday, wherever you are. And thank you for taking the time to share a little magic via my blog. Hopefully, I have catalysed your curiosity to take a little exploration too on this day! 




Fat is out, the future is thin!

Professor Roel Vertegaal’s PaperPhone is best described as a flexible iPhone. The world’s first interactive paper computer is set to revolutionize the world of interactive computing. “This is the future. Everything is going to look and feel like this within five years,” says creator Roel Vertegaal, the director of Queen’s University Human Media Lab,. “This computer looks, feels and operates like a small sheet of interactive paper. You interact with it by bending it into a cell phone, flipping the corner to turn pages, or writing on it with a pen.” The smartphone prototype, called PaperPhone is best described as a flexible iPhone – it does everything a smartphone does, like store books, play music or make phone calls. But its display consists of a 9.5 cm diagonal thin film flexible E Ink display. The flexible form of the display makes it much more portable that any current mobile computer: it will shape with your pocket. The Queen’s University human media lab has more information.

And while on the subject of variations on a theme….check out this a raft of new innovations in materials and applications through which to make computing pervasive and ubiquitous! 

Hello Kitty! Augmented neural sensors could be the next Japanese craze


People think that our body has limitation,
however just imagine if we have organs that doesn’t exist,
moreover we can control that new body?

We created new human’s organs that use brain wave sensor.

「necomimi」is the new communication tool
that augments human’s body and ability.

This cat’s ear shaped machine utilizes brain waves
and express your condition before you start talking.

Just put on 「necomimi」 and if you are concentrated on,
this cat’s ear shaped machine will rise.
When you are relaxed, your new ears lie down.

If concentration and relaxing time comes at the same time,
your new ears rise and move actively.
In general, professional sport players demonstrate their abilities most in this condition.

If people show their feeling even they don’t express,
what differences will be happened?
Interesting? Ashamed? Scared?

In the beginning, people may feel strange,
however people are getting accustomed to control their new ears by brain waves
if they keep using. At this moment, 「necomimi」can be part of your body.