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I split my time between three accounts:
- Morning thoughts and dog pix: @trevorfsmith
- Maker/machinist/manufacturer chitchat: @trevorflowers@machines.social
- Web-ish XR for Transmutable News: @trevorflowers

Half of the window covered with an ad for gambling.

We worry that #AR could bring a distopia where our field of view is occluded, bombarding us with ads, so badly we didn't notice it's out there already, made of stickers, billboards and huge screens.

Via old.reddit.com/r/mildlyinfuria

Differential Privacy is an important framework that allows the inevitable data you need to send to have a known lesser chance of identifying you. Check this out to see what it is. desfontain.es/privacy/friendly

A reminder that Mastodon and the Fediverse do NOT use cryptocurrency, blockchains, NFTs, tokens, coins, mining, web3 or anything like that.

Masto and the Fedi run on traditional servers and use a sustainable network federation model somewhat similar to e-mail (that's why Fediverse addresses look similar to e-mail addresses).

Also a reminder there are no venture capital firms or other investors either. No one owns the network, each server is independent. Masto and Fedi server running costs are paid by their owners, sometimes with donations from users.

No one is getting rich from the Fediverse, it is all volunteers with some getting donations and a few getting modest grants from foundations. Please remember this when you interact with admins or developers.

(There might be some individual users who post about cryptocurrency/blockchain, but the infrastructure this place runs on doesn't use it at all.)

Tl:dr - Decentralisation does NOT mean cryptocurrency/blockchain

#Fediverse

This one has me excited. HTML in WebXR immersive VR mode.

Another demo using the giant computer.

This time I mocked up a simple interactive HTML page using the ideas described in the WebXRPress project.

playcanvas.com/project/873970/

I don't want to reimplement GitLab or even try to replace the need for a full repo+PRs+CI stack, more as a loose conversation about repos with the loose follow/follower system and local moderation of Mastodon.

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I've started to daydream about a few social coding features for the fediverse. Like, what if WiderWeb.org was, in addition to a Mastodon instance, a code repo host with UI for chitchatting about code, while coding (maybe with livestreams), and for technical fora of some sort?

The TAG has published First Public Draft Notes of Privacy Principles and Ethical Web Principles:
w3.org/blog/news/archives/9550

Two of my favorite intellectual infrastructure philosophers have released an audio recording in which they discuss (among other topics) Croquet, a browser-based "OS for the Metaverse".
voicesofvr.com/1088-croquets-b

Transmutable News Weekly issue 17 is fresh off of the presses (if presses were web sites) and in this issue I cover:
πŸ“° The Base Mesh
πŸ“° A switch
πŸ“° trustnets
Get in while the getting is good! πŸ‘‡
transmutablenews.com/issues/we

Ok, friends of the Wider Web. For the next hour or so I'll be editing the Transmutable News Weekly issue 17. If you have web-ish XR or agreement tech news, projects, or people to share then gently press the reply button.
transmutablenews.com/issues/

I know good people at both Fastly and Glitch so of course I wish them the best. I'm bummed that the union will be dissolved instead of widened to include Fastly workers. That said, it does open up many interesting and possibly positive avenues for the Wider Web. Global, multi-scale scene replication and messaging with edge nodes is a largely unexplored technology but could radically change the nature of shared online spaces.

Excited about the progress we're making with AngellXR's incubator. Quick facts about our intentions:
- 10 startups per cohort
- 2 cohorts per year
- 4 pitch nights per year
- encouraged to use and contribute to open source projects and standards (we're all part of the metaverse together for profit and not)
- 50% not-blockchain / 50% Blockchain (all part of this together)
- open portal for anyone to get the knowledge they need and benefit from our curriculum (not just incubations)

@digdeeper E-Mail was a decentralized system that Google almost monopolised. They could do it again with the Fediverse. Code is not the solution. We need many strong non profit organizations that build the infrastructure. The infrastructure must be owned by the people not by big business.

A friend makes VisiData and it's a dang strong tool for working wth tabular data. Check out this short demo of diving data with maps:
youtu.be/N1CBDTgGtOU

Dear LazyWeb, please create a Wider Web site with boxes and maps as defined by @baldur in this lovely essay about notes.
baldurbjarnason.com/2022/the-d

πŸŽ‰ It has been an entire year since I launched the Extended Collection!

I'm so grateful to everyone who visited the site and all the creators out there working hard to make so many great XR experiences.

extendedcollection.com/

Well, this is a bit amazing. The court treats copylefted code as both licensed and contractual, not just for developers but also for end users.
sfconservancy.org/news/2022/ma

Quite exciting to see more and more scientists joining the #fediverse!

If your colleagues ask you about this place, please let them know we have three mastodon communities with #academic focus:

πŸ”Έscholar.social
πŸ”Έfediscience.org
πŸ”Έqoto.org

I also participate as moderator in an academic Spanish/Portuguese speaking community:

πŸ”Έred.niboe.info

#science #scicomm :boost_requested:

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Wider Web

Wider Web is a Mastodon instance for people who Trevor Flowers knows and are of the open web and/or XR persuasion.