Our peculiar image of the week is picture of a tree. No wait, a tree with an advertisement. No wait, a cellphone antenna tree with an empty billboard and a tiny label that reads: Media 24/7. One has to agree the whole scene exemplifies media 24/7 alright. Only in lovely Dubai.
Artist: Unknown. Photo: Van Mensvoort
Instagram accounts with young girls featuring stunning selfies are hardly unusual. However, 21-year-old Paola Antonini’s popular IG account is certainly beyond the ordinary. The Brazilian model uses her Instagram to show off her prosthetic limb, the result of a tragic car accident in 2014 when Antonini was hit by a drunk driver.
Some 500 years ago surrealist avant la lettre, Hieronymus Bosch, painted his ‘The Garden Of Earthly Delights’. The masterpiece is a warning on the perils of life’s temptations. To celebrate the 500 year anniversary for the painter, our friends at Studio Smack made a contemporary interpretation in a hallucinatory 4K animation.
Oh no! What do we have here? A map of The Netherlands with all its major cities – Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, Almere – flooded and vanished into the ocean. Must be a speculative rendering of what happens when climate change kicks in and ocean levels rise. Is this our future? Think again, this is what some historians believe our past was, long before people started building dikes in the lowlands.
Last weekend a team of experts from NNN, Deloitte and Bitonic gathered at Lowlands Popfestival to explore the opportunities for a local ECO coin implementation. The ECO coin is an alternative currency that aims to give people an economical incentive, rather than only moral, to add value to their environment. A festival is a perfect local setting to test-drive the concept. The idea is to link the ECO coin to the plastic cups scattered around the venue: one coin for every cup.
Behold food technologist Prof. Atze Jan van der Goot and his 3x30x60 cm mega steak! The taste is a bit bland still but the texture resembles animal muscle tissue, which gives it a great ‘bite’. The mega steak was grown in a laboratory at Wageningen University (The Netherlands) with a process that, according to the researchers, resembles the baking of bread. And it is vegetarian too.
The FarmBot Genesis is a farming machine designed for at-home automated food production. The autonomous robot can be installed atop and around a small garden – in your backyard, on a rooftop, or inside a greenhouse. FarmBot performs nearly the entire gardening process prior to harvesting, including planting the seeds, watering each plant precisely and on a set schedule, monitoring conditions and removing weeds. You can pre-order your own FarmBot kit for $3,900.
As technology progresses not only cleaners, taxi drivers and accountants, but also the president of the United States, may be replaced by intelligent machines. Especially with the imperfect 2016 candidates, Trump and Hillary, it is tempting to consider IBM’s artificial intelligence system Watson as the leader of the free world.
Regular readers of this blog know we closely monitor the “blind innovation” of shaving razors, as a symbol of our co-evolutionary relationship with technology. Recently, we stumbled upon a rare mutation: The Razorius Gilletus Blue III, is the non-disposable version of the disposable Gillette Blue III razor. It thrives in regions where people have less money to spend, but still want something durable.
Our peculiar image of the week shows a sign for Internet opening hours recently encountered in Cuba. At first you read it as a symbol of the stalled technological development in the socialist state, but then you realize the tidal approach to an Internet connection might just as well be interpreted as a deliberate design for silence, quietude and meditation. Back or forward to nature? We file it as Innovative Nostalgia.
Imagine you were a caveman living in 70.000 BC and a visionary caveman friend would predict that in the far future: “People will be able to fly, and there will one day be more people flying above the surface of the Earth than there are people on it now”. It would be an mind boggling caveman prediction. Still the numbers add up.
Our peculiar image of the week could have been a still from a dystopian sci-fi movie, in which a totalitarian leader imprisoned humankind in a virtual beehive where the thoughts and feelings of individual humans are fully regulated. Except this is not fiction, but a photo from Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg presenting his VR technology at the Mobile World Congress, in Barcelona.
That banana you buy in the supermarket is a product of nature, right? Not really. If you compare the supermarket banana with the original wild banana the differences in size, look and taste are striking.
Human design has turned old nature into hypernature: better than the real thing. But at the end of the day, the supermarket banana is not so much a product of nature, as it is a product of design.
Peculiar image of the week via Rebrn.
Next time you hear someone argue we are on the verge of becoming Gods, you might want to point them this image comparing the size of the Earth and the Sun. The realization that Earth would fit over a million times in the volume of the Sun kind of makes you modest, no?
Although humanity influences the Earth so radically that researchers now speak of a new geological era called the Anthropocene, all life on Earth including our existence still entirely depends on an entity on which we have no control whatsoever: the Sun. No, we are not the Masters of the Universe.
Peculiar image of the week via hstry.co.