Mayor For A Minute


This was a pie chart where each viewer could shift the consensus of how conflicting priorities should be resolved. A computer graphic pie chart filled the screen. Each slice represented a portion of the city. A viewer could then pick a slice and reallocate resources from one slice to another. While the viewer worked on a slice video bytes advocating spending in that area showed through the slice. The idea was to have this video sent in by community groups on a daily basis forming a computer-based television network. After a while, a video face would come out of the pie and editorialize on the reallocation. NYU and Apple Computer cosponsored the project. A prototype was demonstrated at SIGCHI 92.

Technical Notes: This used a videodisc and later QuickTime controlled by HyperCard. The touch-tones were decoded by a BlackBox DTMF to ASCII converter.

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