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From Karen Marcelo

Speaker Slides
From Raj Kumar (pdf)

time:
7:00pm drinks/snacks 8:00pm presentations
06 May 2015

place:
Internet Archive
300 Funston Ave, San Francisco CA 94118
San Francisco, CA
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The Internet Archive

300 Funston @ Clement
San Francisco, CA

Internet Archive Overview/Introduction by Brewster Kahle

Brewster is a passionate advocate for public Internet access and a successful entrepreneur, Brewster Kahle has spent his career intent on a singular focus: providing Universal Access to All Knowledge. He is the founder and Digital Librarian of the Internet Archive, one of the largest libraries in the world. Soon after graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied artificial intelligence, Kahle helped found the company Thinking Machines, a supercomputer maker. In 1989, Kahle created the Internet's first publishing system called Wide Area Information Server (WAIS), later selling the company to AOL. In 1996, Kahle co-founded Alexa Internet, which helps catalog the Web, selling it to Amazon.com in 1999. The Internet Archive, which he founded in 1996, now preserves 20 petabytes of data - the books, Web pages, music, television, and software of our cultural heritage, working with more than 400 library and university partners to create a digital library, accessible to all.

Mike Godwin - Current Work

Mike will talk about his current work ranging from intellectual property issues (patent and copyright) to international free-speech frameworks.

Mike Godwin is an American attorney and author. He was the first staff counsel of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the creator of the Internet adage Godwin's Law of Nazi Analogies. From July 2007 to October 2010, he was general counsel for the Wikimedia Foundation. In March 2011 he was elected to the Open Source Initiative board. Godwin has served as a contributing editor of Reason magazine since 1994. He is currently general counsel and director of innovation policy at the R Street Institute.

@sfmnemonic

Daniel Rosenfeld- Sleepwalkers

"Sleepwalkers is an interactive installation about beings that live inside the walls of a historic building. It was commissioned by Urban Putt, an indoor miniature golf course built by artists and designers in San Francisco.

In the piece, tiny creatures seemingly made of light, but interacting with the physical world, live inside the walls of the old mortuary that contains the course. Players drop their balls inside the wall and then work with the creatures to get their balls returned, energizing the beings from their fingertips and making platforms with their hands for the creatures to jump on.

Sleepwalkers employs depth cameras, custom built mechanisms, and a new visual technique, developed for this piece; this technique combines the pepper's ghost illusion and projection mapping to enable a computer generated character to seem to illuminate and interact physically with real-world objects.

http://danrosenfeld.com/
http://danrosenfeld.com/sleepwalkers

Raj Kumar - 20 Years / 20 Petabytes

Since 1996, the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine has been preserving the Web, helping ensure an important part of our culture is not lost to future generations. However, the Internet Archive's work does not end with just backing up with the internet. In order to fulfill its mission of increasing access to knowledge, the Internet Archive has built vast physical and digital collections of books, films, videocassette, images, TV shows, LPs, CDs, concert recordings, software, and video games, freely accessible to historians, researchers, and the public. Along the way, the Archive has had to custom-build digitization equipment, design storage for millions of physical objects and petabytes of information, and build new systems of finance and housing for nonprofit workers. This talk will focus on the technology behind the Internet Archive, and how artists and creators can utilize this amazing resource.

Raj Kumar has been helping build the Internet Archive since 2006. He loves libraries and open source software. http://archive.org
@rajbot

Jason Scott - The Largest Software Collection in the World

The Internet Archive software curator, Jason Scott, goes over the current holdings, the future acquisitions, and the race to make as much of the Internet Archive software collection playable on the web.

Jason Scott joined the Internet Archive in 2011, where his titles are free range archivist and software collection curator.

http://archive.org/details/software
https://archive.org/services/img/software
http://ascii.textfiles.com
@textfiles

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Press:

Epic DorkbotSF by Rudy Rucker March 2012

Knowing is Half the Battle - Jon Korn and Nerd Nite SF's Guite to Geeking Out in San Francisco   posted by Jon Korn the bold italic March 2012

BB Video: Tank Tour - One of the World's Largest Collections of Historic Military Technology   posted by Xeni Jardin BoingBoing June 2009

The art of living dangerously   by Annalee Newitz New Scientist July 2006 Issue 2560
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dorkbot: Warehouse of Wild, Weird, and Wonderful Projects   by David Pescovitz   Make Magazine Premiere Issue 2005

dorkbot-sf is a spinoff of dorkbot-nyc which is
"a monthly meeting of artists (sound/image/movement/whatever), designers, engineers, students and other interested parties from the new york area who are involved in the creation of electronic art (in the broadest sense of the term.)"

the purpose of dorkbot is to

  • give artists/programmers/engineers an opportunity for informal peer review
  • establish a forum for the presentation of new art works/technology/software/hardware
  • help establish relationships and foster collaboration between people with various backgrounds and interests
  • give us all a chance to see the cool things that our neighbors are working on

If you would like to speak at a future dorkbotSF contact Karen Marcelo (dorkbotsf [@] dorkbot [.] org)

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