Litterbugs beware: the DNA evidence you leave behind is now your new worst enemy. An environmental campaign called The Face of Litter is attacking Hong Kong's trash epidemic with some old fashioned public shame, taking DNA evidence left behind on old garbage to recreate digital portraits of litterers. We've seen this kind of technology in action before, when Heather Dewey-Hagborg used DNA phenotyping—which lets artists make an educated guess about what a face might look like—to create 3D-printed face masks from the DNA left behind on discarded cigarette butts and pieces of chewing gum in 2013's Stranger Visions. In this case, the digital results are being used to combat a major urban problem, with plans to post them on transit ads, social media, and print publications all throughout Hong Kong.
The importance of algorithms in our lives today cannot be overstated. They are used virtually everywhere, from financial institutions to dating sites. But some algorithms shape and control our world more than others -- and these ten are the most significant.
abstract: The body, the dance, the technology and the world are considered here semiotic and evolving open systems. And this comes from the hypothesis that these properties are the ones that could make possible the emergency of a new way from which contemporary dance would express itself: dance interactive technologies. These systems keep a constant exchange, transforming themselves and always tending to complexity. That’s why we appoach this here as Open Body: the carbon body’s media impregnated with silicon.
Researchers at the University of Wollongong, Australia have created a 3D printer-compatible hydrogel that is mechanically tough and able to repeatedly change shape in response to water temperature. The scientists have demonstrated the technology by 3D-printing an autonomous water valve, but the material could also be used to create soft robots, custom designed sensors and self-assembling macrostructures.
The aim of so-called "4D printing" is to extend additive manufacturing to the dimension of time. The idea is to create 3D-printed objects using special materials that are sensitive to heat, water or pressure that can autonomously change shape in very specific, purposeful ways in response to environmental conditions, long after they’ve come out of the printer. In some cases, the objects can even revert back to their original shape.
Examples of 4D printing have included simple self-assembling bodies that fold together when baked, polymers that bend into shape in response to water, heat or pressure, and smart strands inspired by self-assembling nanostructures. Admittedly, 4D printing is far from practical in its current iteration, but the technology is very young and will likely take big steps forward as 3D printing becomes more accessible.
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El intelectual hizo un repaso de sus 20 años de investigación en torno a esta idea. Sostiene que el buscador se aprovecha con fines comerciales de la masa de información a la que accede, pero confía en la democratización de ese proceso.
Hasan Elahi’s Thousand Little Brothers consists of nearly 32,000 photographs of mundane details from the artist’s daily life that he has sent to the FBI as part of a larger, ongoing self-surveillance project.
Digital artist and illustrator Istvan has created a series of maps which artfully imagine the affect of cities and their human inhabitants on the local environment. His colorful images aren’t scientific in nature, but rather a personal exploration of what it might look like if the energies of the metropolis flowed out of the city itself.
“I wanted to represent the influence of cities on their environment as a kind of invisible fluid that overflows from the city to its surrounding.”
The flow of each city map was digitally rendered using local terrain to simulate the erosion flow Istvan desired, then reworked in Photoshop to create a unique identity for each place. The final images were printed on 70cm square acrylic glass.
The National Intelligence Council has just released its much anticipated forecasting report, a 140-page document that outlines major trends and technological developments we should expect in the next 20 years. Among their many predictions, the NIC foresees the end of U.S. global dominance, the rising power of individuals against states, a growing middle class that will increasingly challenge governments, and ongoing shortages in water, food and energy. But they also envision a future in which humans have been significantly modified by their technologies — what will herald the dawn of the transhuman era.
After helping to define the digital era of architecture, Los Angeles-based architect and UCLA professor Greg Lynn has shifted his purview somewhat. Lynn can ...
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"After helping to define the digital era of architecture, Los Angeles-based architect and UCLA professor Greg Lynn has shifted his purview somewhat. Lynn can now be found conducting research on moving architecture, using the latest industrial technology to experiment with the possibilities of what it might mean for buildings to move, be moved, or take shape from a process involving movement."
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