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Message Delayed: Designing Interplanetary Communication Tools

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Oct 27th at 11:15 AM until 12:45 PM




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When communicating in outer space, large delays are the norm. For instance, the communications delay between Earth and Mars can vary between five and twenty minutes depending upon the positions of the two planets. Although there are designs for an Interplanetary Internet that is fault-tolerant to transmission delays, how will conversations evolve when every response is delayed? Can we imagine new modes of messaging that enrich the way we have conversations on Earth as well? What kind of data might fill these gaps in our conversations? In this session, we will explore how comm lags can inspire new communication tools. The attendees will create new messaging clients that imagine what conversations will be like at the limits of light speed.

This is a Shed session.

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