Tuesday, April 08, 2008

it's all about the benjamin[s].

no, you are not looking at a really badly pixelated $100 bill, but rather, ten thousand really pixelated pieces of a $100 bill.

my buddy Derrick just sent this to me (one of his friends Takashi/Aaron did it). a pretty cool web 2.0/crowdsourcing/microeconomy type project called "Ten Thousand Cents":
"Ten Thousand Cents" is a digital artwork that creates a representation
of a $100 bill. Using a custom drawing tool, thousands of individuals
working in isolation from one another painted a tiny part of the bill
without knowledge of the overall task. Workers were paid one cent each
via Amazon's Mechanical Turk distributed labor tool. The total labor
cost to create the bill, the artwork being created, and the
reproductions available for purchase are all $100. The work is presented
as a video piece with all 10,000 parts being drawn simultaneously. The
project explores the circumstances we live in, a new and uncharted
combination of digital labor markets, "crowdsourcing," "virtual
economies," and digital reproduction.

$100 bill prints are available for purchase, and all proceeds go to One
Laptop Per Child, formerly known as $100 laptop (Laptop.org).

neat stuff. always keen to see how people are innovating from a creative/artistic standpoint. that, and "crowdsourcing" is a really cool word.

and i think OLPC is way awesome, and is finally getting all the press it deserves (though far too much of it is of people trying to be "on trend"). i got one via the "Give One Get One" program last Christmas, but never got around to handing it off to some random kid a developing southeast Asian nation (rather, i plan to give it one of the kids in my neighborhood, who's relative living conditions can rival (but not match) the afore-mentioned kids

some interesting changes are a-coming (more related to the significant other part of my life). on an un/related note though, i've been having lots of epiphanies on things to write about. so no doubt, they are being "saved to drafts" in my my catalog so i can rant on when i later have the time, and am not making inane "forward posts"(with commentary of course).

more to come.


  1. Anonymous3:02 PM

    Wow! What an honor! I even got a hotlink to my P&G recruiting profile!

  2. yea, i couldn't find any afro-crazy pics from your OSU running days, mein freund.


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