Fun with IT. Fun with IT?

by Eszter Hargittai on June 23, 2004

Chicagoland has a lot to offer especially during the summer. Lucky for those not in the area, you can catch some of these without being there. From art made of searches to interesting book signings, the Windy City will keep you busy.

Last Fall, I visited Kris Hammond’s Intelligent Information Laboratory at Northwestern and saw some really neat projects. Luckily, on occasion, these projects are shown in a more public forum as well. Such is the case of graduate student David Ayman Shamma’s Information Environment. While watching a TV broadcast, the viewer sees images that come up as a result of image searches both online and in a picture data base on words mentioned in the broadcast. It can be viewed at Piper’s Alley in Chicago or here.

Another IT-related event tomorrow, Thursday, will be Siva Vaidhyanathan’s book signing of Anarchist in the Library. It looks like Basic Books is putting out some interesting material this year (they published Paul Starr’s The Creation of the Media as well). Siva will be at Old Orchard mall tomorrow at 7:30pm.



q 06.23.04 at 1:55 pm

We will be travelling to Chicago as tourists (visiting family) for a few days in August. Any suggestions, good places to visit for the newcomers, would be most welcome. Thanks in advance.


novalis 06.23.04 at 4:34 pm

I heard Siva speak last Friday at the Knowledge Held Hostage conference in Philadelphia. He’s an excellent speaker, and quite knowledgable. (I also met one of my intellectual heroes, Peter Suber).


eszter 06.23.04 at 11:42 pm

Q – I’m still quite new to the area myself, but would be happy to share some recent finds. If I don’t post about it in the next month or so, feel free to email me for suggestions. (I’m en route b/w Paris & London right now and can’t really look stuff up to which I’d like to include pointers.)

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