If it were possible to make a time-lapse film of the earth we would see that it was constantly moving. Yet when we build, we design as if the world were static.
This is because we imagine the world through machines. We problem-solve using the machine as our metaphor for understanding our environment and its resources. This approach has served us so well that we now almost exclusively use machines to solve all our problems. The monoculture of machine-inspired innovation means that we have effectively been building our cities for machines, not humans. People are not machines – we are living systems that radiate into and receive from our environment. We respond to on-going changes in our surroundings, sometimes in surprising ways. Because of the environmentally belligerent principles that underpin machine thinking, and the scale of development that has been possible through industrial practices, the recent global explosion in human development has resulted in extensive ecological damage.
Co.DesignStudent Makes Stools From A Butcher's Discarded Cow BonesCo.Design“The abundant supply and sustainable source of bone make it an ideal material” for furniture, Williams tells Co.Design in an email.
Co-Design: How to Include Users in Creativity-Based ResearchMashableThe practice of co-design allows users to become an active part of the creative development of a product by interacting directly with design and research teams.
Nokia hopes to jolt the personal electronics industry with a new patent for a haptic tattoo that transmits a perceivable impulse through a person's skin when he or she gets a phone call, text message or email alert.
Introduction to Wearable Computing by the father of Wearable Computing himself...
"Wearable computing is the study or practice of inventing, designing, building, or using miniature body-borne computational and sensory devices. Wearable computers may be worn under, over, or in clothing, or may also be themselves clothes (i.e. "Smart Clothing" (Mann, 1996a))."
Temperature Sensitive Rug Changes Colors To Match the SeasonsGizmodo... actually be fairly unique as it transitions throughout the year. Unless your home's thermostat always maintains the perfect temperature indoors.
The high-design lighting retailer Flos has partnered with Bio-on, an Italian biotech company, to reissue an iconic plastic lamp in eco-friendly bioplastic.Flos says Philippe Starck’s new Miss Sissi lamp is the world’s first design object...
WristQue wearable sensor connects you digital worldCNETResearchers at the Media Lab recently completed the first prototype of WristQue wearable sensor and described some of its potential uses yesterday here.
Open source is powering a revolution in medicine and health care in multiple ways. Open source software and methods make large-scale collaborative research projects feasible, multiplying the brainpower applied to a project, expanding the data pool, and creating transparency and accountability. This is a huge win for the advancement of new treatments and cures, and cutting the costs of research. Open source practice and records software cut the costs of running medical practices, and puts practitioners in charge instead of software vendors. This is a marked contrast to the traditional secretive, highly-competitive methods of research and medical product development. It's expensive to bring new drugs and devices to market. Research and testing can take years, and FDA approval is expensive, bureaucratic, and time-consuming. But keeping everything in-house promises big profits for the winners. So the old ways persist, but at a high cost to people who can't afford expensive patented treatments, in side effects and defects that are not discovered until after a new medicine or device is released into the market, and in entire categories of diseases that are not studied because the profit potential isn't big enough. It's not that one way is good, and the other is bad. There is room for both. However, the great power of open source is you never know where breakthroughs will come, which is the whole point of letting everyone play.
Covering open source medicine would fill a book, so here are some references to a few more worthy projects.
Co.DesignWhy Should Anyone Care About Design? And What The Heck Is Co.Design?Co.DesignPeople I talk to are always surprised when I tell them that Co.Design isn't even two years old. To be exact, we launched in July 2010.
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