The OA

Most people won’t get this innovative form of storytelling, most people want a beginning, middle and an end to a story – that’s for the practically minded audience who likes things to be neatly wrapped up in the realm of normal. The OA does not offer a clear form of storytelling, and it lures the audience into an unnatural setting …

Netflix’s Choose Your Own Adventure

Have you played Black Mirror’s CYOA, Bandersnatch? I interacted. The first time was interesting and a good attempt at bringing audience participation to film and TV. I selected the interaction directing the characters,  storyline and outcome.  It minded me of an interactive film I saw in theater in 1995, “Mr Playback: An Interactive Movie”.  While watching the science fiction short …

Annihilation, a Feminist POV

I read Jeff VanderMeer‘s “Southern Reach Trilogy” with a great deal of enthusiasm. He embodies a dreamy genre of writing that entices my brain to crave more. Each book provides puzzle pieces to an unexplained phenomenon. Each story is part of a transformation, human, female, environment, nature, all interwoven. Annihilation the first story to the Southern Reach Trilogy was transformed …

Amorphic shape comes to life.

Borne, A Completely Mind-Blowing Experience

I was spellbound and compelled to finish Borne after only starting Jeff Vandermeer’s latest science fiction masterpiece this week. I describe Borne as a combination of Blade Runner, Planet of the Apes and Monument Valley. Vandermeer did it again, but differently than the Southern Reach Trilogy. This time he made me feel an overwhelming empathy for the characters, especially Borne. …

Primordial Soup Theory by Tery Spataro

Area X and The Southern Reach Trilogy

At the urging [suggestion] of Tom Lombardo and Jeanne Lombardo, whose descriptions of Jeff VanderMeer’s writing, persuaded me to put aside all other authors I was reading. After reading Annihilation, I was compelled to take in the entire The Southern Reach Trilogy, no lapse in time between each book. Jeff VanderMeer’s lyrical writing about Area X is stunning and poetic. He …

HoloDeck Stamford

Fully engaged and emerged mixed reality experience, HoloDeck Stamford, founded by brilliant entrepreneur, Todd Fuchs,  invites the user to become one with the digital universe. That is exactly what I did! I was thrilled that three of my five senses were fully heightened. Over the past couple of years, I had tried different types of mixed reality experiences; one earlier this …

Square Roots Farm Tobias Peggs

High Tech Farming

Solving the problems and challenges of providing highly nutritional food is not easy, there is a complex relationship between food, health, economics and the environment. Several urban farmers in the Greater New York Area are taking on the challenge. One such business is Square Roots Urban Growers, Brooklyn.  Square Roots grows highly nutritious leafy plants out of customized and super clean containers. …

Mixed Reality

I read about VR in the early 1990’s, mostly Jaron Lanier’s technology and research. Back in 2012, I experienced some trials of VR I thought the attempts were ok, but the technology lacked depth.  Last spring I got to try a VR creation of the universe, and it was an extraordinary experience. I believed I could reach out and touch Earth. …

Confluence the Connected Human

Continuing my exploration of humans at the confluence of technology and environment, in this segment I explore the connected human. Spataro, Tery, (March 14, 2014), “Confluence: The Connect Human” Institute of Ethics and Emerging Technologies Spataro, Tery, (January 12, 2014), “The Thoroughly Connected Human” KITEBA We can create almost anything! Our creations should have a positive impact on human life …