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Bone and silk are inspiring Neri Oxman to invent new ways of construction (Wired UK)

Bone and silk are inspiring Neri Oxman to invent new ways of construction (Wired UK) | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Oxman, a designer and architect who heads the Mediated Matter research group at the Media Lab, is stealing nature's best design principles and applying them to architectural creations...

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Notes on Extinction,Emergence and Biochemical Design - Benjamin H. Bratto

[...] pleas to make technology serve humans, and to suit human needs, desires, and requirements are misguided and even suicidal. Staring upon the abyss of mass extinction, a drearily common refrain, variously explicit or latent, is to identify ‘modern technology’ as the main culprit, and to conclude that the most fundamental solution is to de-technologise the planet and to re-humanise ourselves, one presupposing the other in measure. This is among the worst possible plans, both philosophically and practically. First, it is tragically deaf to the priceless Copernican trauma of the Anthropogenic precipice: that our status as the dominant geologic actor is fleeting and that in order to ‘survive’ we will have to become something that is not necessarily and recognisably ‘human’. Second, it props up a psychotic misrecognition of what humans, humanity and humanism actually are. We are the brain-eating apes with weaponised hydrogen atoms, who organize our societies according to Bronze Age poetry on human sacrifice and ritual purification. Among the last projects to support is re-humanisation, in any sense of a direct return to historical norms.

I think the other species would agree.


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'Superfluid spacetime' points to unification of physics

'Superfluid spacetime' points to unification of physics | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Thinking of space and time as a liquid might help reconcile quantum mechanics and relativity.
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Unique capabilities of 3-D printing: Innovative manufacturing process holds unparalleled potential for engineering

Unique capabilities of 3-D printing: Innovative manufacturing process holds unparalleled potential for engineering | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated an additive manufacturing method to control the structure and properties of metal components with precision unmatched by conventional manufacturing processes.
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Large Wall is 3D Printed by Bot Laboratory in Just 10 Hours Using Euclid Robot 3D Printer

Large Wall is 3D Printed by Bot Laboratory in Just 10 Hours Using Euclid Robot 3D Printer | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
There are two main constraints preventing 3D printing from becoming a major factor in the manufacturing of large scale objects. First and foremost is speed, and

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Ebru Art @ American Islamic College - YouTube

Ebru Art @ American Islamic College - YouTube | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
http://www.aicusa.edu/ http://www.facebook.com/pages/American-Islamic-College/151437168221165 https://twitter.com/aicusa Watch artist Garip Ay perform the ar...
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Introducing Shape-Shifting Wood, Carbon Fiber and Plastics Materials with Minds of Their Own [Video]

Introducing Shape-Shifting Wood, Carbon Fiber and Plastics Materials with Minds of Their Own [Video] | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
An M.I.T.-led collaboration wants to show that programmable matter is no longer hypothetical—it is ready for commercial development
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D:GP 2012: Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Alisa Andrasek, Natalie Jeremijenko, Ed Keller - YouTube

http://www.designgeopolitics.org/dgp2012 Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Alisa Andrasek, Natalie Jeremijenko, Ed Keller at Designing Geopolitics 2. The 2nd Annual ...
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Welcome - Flood

Welcome - Flood | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Andrea Graziano's insight:

Flood beta is a parametric solid modeler in your browser. It provides:
- An intuitive, familiar modeling process
- Watertight meshes suitable for 3D printing
- STL export (accepted by Shapeways)
Further, because Flood is a fully-fledged programming language, you can create your own solid types and combine them however you want.

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Video: Rise of the nanorobot, with Brad Nelson | Robohub

Video: Rise of the nanorobot, with Brad Nelson | Robohub | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
The future is in the hands of tiny robots, really tiny robots — and the expectation is that they will perform miraculous tasks, such as eye surgery and environmental cleanup. Brad Nelson heads the Institute for Robotics and Intelligent [...]
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Watch Lab-Grown Heart Tissue Beat On Its Own

Watch Lab-Grown Heart Tissue Beat On Its Own | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
A team of scientists from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has created lab-grown human heart tissue that can beat on its own, according to a new study in Nature Communications.
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Drone racing star wars style Pod racing are back! - YouTube

This is a pre event that happend in france, organized by airgonay, a quadcopter racing fanatic association. Drones are not only for spying or doing the headl...
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Live coding in VR with the Oculus Rift, Firefox WebVR, JavaScript and Three.js - YouTube

I built a live-coding web app for the Oculus Rift where you code in JavaScript using Three.js and watch the world change around you in real-time. It's quite ...
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How One Boy With Autism Became B.F.F.'s With Apple’s Siri

How One Boy With Autism Became B.F.F.'s With Apple’s Siri | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
How one 13-year-old boy with autism became B.F.F.'s with Apple's Siri

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33rd Square | Artificial Intelligence On A Quantum Computer Demonstrated

33rd Square | Artificial Intelligence On A Quantum Computer Demonstrated | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
In a breakthrough study, researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei have demonstrated machine learning on a quantum computer for the first time.
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This Woman Sees 100 Times More Colors Than The Average Person

This Woman Sees 100 Times More Colors Than The Average Person | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
A unique genetic mutation and a well-wired brain mean that Concetta Antico is like no other artist on Earth.
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Pia Mancini: How to upgrade democracy for the Internet era - YouTube

How to upgrade democracy for the Internet era
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Solid nanoparticles can deform like a liquid

Solid nanoparticles can deform like a liquid | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Unexpected finding shows tiny particles keep their internal crystal structure while flexing like droplets.
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These Brain-Scanning Neuro-Toys Are About To Change Everything

These Brain-Scanning Neuro-Toys Are About To Change Everything | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
New technology that lets users control game avatars and music playlists with their brainwaves could give stroke patients and the profoundly disabled...
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Round Room | MIT School of Architecture + Planning

Round Room | MIT School of Architecture + Planning | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
Opening reception: 9/12, 5:00 PM On view: 9/12 - 10/15 Refreshments and light fare will be served. What would the Incas create today with their advanced knowledge of precision stone carving and our contemporary technology? Round Room is a translation of the Inca wedge method into a digital process that manifests in the Baroque tradition of the interior model. This mash-up of cultures and times productively reconsiders how we define space—volumetrically.

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Ionut Anton's curator insight, October 10, 6:21 AM

digital stereotomy. digital design of freeform surfaces made up by a number of unique digitaly fabricated blocks.

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Wearable Computing and the Veillance Contract: Steve Mann at TEDxToronto - YouTube

Wearable Computing and the Veillance Contract: Steve Mann at TEDxToronto
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Transhumanism and Politics

Transhumanism and Politics | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
I am a transhumanist, and I believe that politics is important. Let me unpack that a little: I believe that we can and should voluntarily improve the human condition using technology. That makes me a transhumanist, but aside from that single axiom I have in common with all transhumanists, we’re an increasingly diverse bunch.
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It’s Official: A.I.s are Now Re-Writing History

It’s Official: A.I.s are Now Re-Writing History | DigitAG& journal | Scoop.it
I pointed all this out to my friend Cory Doctorow. I told him that algorithms are, without prompting from their human designers or the owners of the photos, creating human moments that never existed.

He was somewhat nonplussed. He reminded me that cameras have always done that. The images they capture aren’t the moments as they were, and never have been. For example, he pointed out that “white balance” is an internal fiction of cameras, as light never appears quite that way when it hits our eyes and minds. He recounted that at one time there were webcams that were so tuned to particular assumptions, they simply ignored non-caucasians in their algorithmic refinements of images. White balance indeed: ironic racism, in algorithms.

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Incredible Flying Robot Dragonfly

The boys travelled to Germany to capture stunning footage of the free-flying dragonfly robots, or BionicOpters, at the engineers playground - Festo. To find ...

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