guess who wrote a cover story for Esquire Mexico, darlings? @esquirelat

darlings

we Are Impressed.

who-we-are-in-RL has written a Cover Story for Esquire Mexico (and we had no idea she even spoke Spanish……)!

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now – due to Syndication (in Other Languages – wait! does she speak Those Too? blimey) Issues and the fact that the magazine needs to be on the Newsstand for a while *saidvaguely* – we are Not Allowed to release the whole article.

so here are a few bits.

just for your edification.

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can you see where it says “Sophia Stuart”? – there’s a little red star on the top of the T – take a look.

and then in white – in verysmallletters?

*gasps*
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SHE CREDITS US!

para teamgloria inc.

indeed.

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so this bit says:

Horowitz is a good example of a “power user” of Google’s magic. He switches between the grand vision: “We’re building this for the ages,” to the prosaic and practical daily application: “I use Google+ 80% to do ‘considered social sharing’ amongst the people I choose to share pictures with. And the other 20% of my presence on the network is my work-based activity.”

William Gibson once wrote, “The future’s already here, it’s just not widely distributed” and that’s the bit Google really wants to change, taking expensive technology only used by large companies (like video conferencing) and making it available (and free) to everyone.

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translation =

Knowledge, and context, are important, but the real magic is that you can now talk naturally to Google and it replies: “Sequential conversation is now possible now with Google Search – but we’re still at the very early stages of what this can become,” said Huffman.

This means that instead of the quick fix answer, you can now carry on a conversation, of sorts. For example, if you want to know which movies Tom Cruise has been in, you click the microphone icon on Google search in the Chrome browser and ask the question directly. If you then say, “how old is he?” It will assume you’re still talking about Mr. Cruise and say, “Tom Cruise is 51 years old”. Ask “Whom is he married to?” and Google will say “Katie Holmes, Nicole Kidman – and Others” (sorry, Mimi).

Does all this natural language parsing mean that we will start to treat our digital devices as sentient beings?

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this is a very meaningful bit (after we Decoded it using Mr. Google Translate) *mistyeyed*

Kiyo Fujishiro, Senior Manager, Head of Digital Media, MTV Networks Japan, Viacom International Media Networks, saw Google step in after the terrible earthquake in 2011 when Google.org, the philanthropic arm of the tech giant, came to help Tokyo’s residents in distress.

“They set up Google Crisis Response to provide on-the-spot guidance including evacuation areas with maps, and Person Finder to locate those lost in the devastation. They also started Mirai no Kioku (“Memories of the Future”), to gather images, videos, digital memories, of scenes in the ravaged areas before the tragedy occurred, collating material from Street View, Picasa and You Tube, so what was lost can once again be shared with Japan, and also the world.”

It’s not just pre-earthquake Japan that Google is preserving and pouring into its Knowledge Graph for future generations. The World Wonders Project is re-creating 17th Century Paris in the digital sphere from scanned in old street maps, books and other ephemera. The Google Art Project has digitized many world-class museums. One complete project is a full rendition of Mexico’s Museo de Antropología’s entire collection, in situ, so you can do a virtual walkthrough as if you were there.

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and this is how the piece ends (with a quip and a wink, love – how darling of her.)

There are going to be a few glitches with this brave new world. In Minority Report when Cruise’s character runs from the Law his self-driven car is over-ridden – literally – by the police and he’s trapped inside.

Science fiction authors often took their devices into the dark side. A digital assistant, with enough intelligence (more than a human) might well start to appear to act as an independent mind.

Google is very tight-lipped about this. When asked, “Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night and worry that you’re building Hal from 2001: A Space Odyssey?” the conversation with execs swiftly veered back to describing the nice virtual assistant with the soothing voice who helps point out your flight is leaving for Zurich in an hour’s time.

But it doesn’t take a huge leap of the imagination to picture starting to dial a number from your contacts and Google asks, “Are you sure you want to call her? Based on our analysis of your emails, phone calls, her text messages and a cursory look at her updated Google+ profile, we’d say you’re asking for trouble, sir.”

w e l l .

*impressedlooktocamera*

that is all Rather Clever if you ask us (and we assume you would, as you’re here).

we hope we can share the whole piece with you if it gets syndicated to a magazine that speaks the former colonial overlord of the British Empire language At Some Juncture.

but it was Deeply Interesting.

and we ADORE Mexico.

especially our Editor-in-Chief in Mexico City – lovely chap.

*smiles*

we’ll be writing for them again “para teamgloria inc”

love that bit most especially.

scenes from a study, somewhere in los angeles.

darlings

shhhhh.

*lookstocamera*

who-we-are-in-RL is Studying. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

she’s reading all sorts of strange Texts. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

like the Financial Times.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and a lot of Mr. GibsonOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

who quotes many deeply curious Articles like this one written by Mr. V. Bush (no relation to the former presidents, apparently) in The Atlantic (a magazine, not the wide expanse of water when he was floating after a rescue from a large liner) in 1945 when he (V. Bush) “predicted” (we prefer to think “imagined in a glorious yet slightly troubling Vision of the Future”) the internet (he called it Memex which is sort of catchy when you say it out loud – try it – nice, right?) and hand-held computational devices that talked to a cloud (not a real one, a massive configuration of networked machines). OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

it sounds a little bit rude (or Cricket Terminology if you don’t quite catch what someone just said) but it’s actually a very clever speech that he gave. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and now she sits and Makes Sense of it All. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAor takes to the boudoir to call interview subjects (do you think they guess that we’re not at a desk? – that’s the beauty of the Princess Phone – it has no camera – and we know this because we took apart the last one to find out and couldn’t put it back together again).

*sighs*

of course with all this work (which is a Very good thing), we haven’t been to a (moving) Picture House or a Museum-with-Pictures for Ages.

the last one we saw was This:

yi_dai_zong_shi_ver3and it was jolly exciting (but we have a Sneaking suspicious it was also Research – especially as there was no review forthcoming for our friend Arianna).

so while who-we-are-in-RL is Sequestered in the Study, we’ve started doing some light reading of our own in preparation for our business trip to South Africa

gosh.

how’s Tuesday where you are in the world?

and have You managed to see any movies or great works of Art recently?

do. send. reviews and links.

we love to hear what’s going on out there.

*looksoutofwindow*

picture albums and reveries

darlings

so we’ve been looking through the collection of Photographs from our travels (because we needed to put together something of a slideshow for someone in our RL-existence) and here it is – on a special page called (rather helpfully, we thought): Photos. (or you can click on the picture and it will take you there (the miracles of The Hyperlink – we still remember the first day we learned how to make an “a” tag, ah heady days.)

so many places.

so many memories.

actually, if you’re curious about how we got into digital (and learned about the a “tag”) the story of our digital beginnings is here (but remember it’s about who we are in RL, not our teamglorianess so it’s all “I” and a bit British-in-tone not wonderfully-We as we are here ;-)

starting a revolution…….

darlings – we just got back from a cocktail hour (no, just evian, for us, sweet people ;) and found ourselves talking with some Lovely friends about revolution.

No! In new york – not some far-off land with burgeoning insurgency – new york – and not occupy wall st (although we Did pick up a Most Interesting “free sheet” from the aforementioned movement while at Think coffee shop en route for chez teamgloria for a small skim decaf beverage – and shall quote passages later – actually a well put together publication) but a revolution of the fairer sex (actually, we live Awfully Close to Chelsea so fairer is a not exactly true adjective for ladies in This Part of Town).

we’ll be direct (ED: “for once” ;)

In 1996 (ok, give us a Tiny leeway for a backStory!) we had a business – a side one – but deeply useful for building contacts – of teaching Very Accomplished (mostly female) Executives in hidden cafes in central london nowhere near their places of business:

how to use the INTERWEB

It was something we felt passionate about – and lead to some very interesting consultancy work later on………..

the main passion came from giving tools to people to whom these tools had been either denied (lower ranks trained but not C suite) or dismissed (“why would they need this?” – er, because it’s the future, love?)

but these were the days when many people felt the Interweb was a Passing Fad.

we gave a speech at the LSE in 1997 (yes, we were Very Young and precocious, darlings) and someone actually said:

“but WOMEN are Never going to put their credit card details onto the internet To Shop!”

we swear this is what people used to say.

Our (clever and witty) response was thus:

“clearly you haven’t attempted to shop on the high street with two children under five on a saturday”

the Truth was – neither had We.

but we observed that it looked Very Hard and if one could shop in one’s PJs, with the small people tucked up tight beneath their Laura Ashley comforters, it might be somewhat kinder to parents everywhere.

*btw, yes, LSE where Mick Jagger studied. Alas, he didn’t attend Our speech :(

so back to the revolution – this time it’s about the land-of-blogging (of which, you can see, we are Terribly Fond).

You see – if you teach a woman how to blog – you give her the tools to share her Voice with the World.
a blog is an independently published product.

which is another way of saying there are no gatekeepers saying “this is good” or “this is bad”.

she (or he, of course) can be read by the whole Planet (well, the bits that don’t block wordpress et al).

and That means their Voice Matters.

Because it does.

and that, darlings, is Delicious.

the world needs more voices.

especially Yours.