Intimate Technology

Algorithm Tells You How to Dress

What should I wear today? The answer to one of life’s big questions could came from an algorithm created to solve all your fashion problems. Researchers from Spain’s Institute of Robotics and Industrial Informatics, along with colleagues at the University of Toronto, have developed a mathematical model that is able to assess whether a person is fashionably dressed and to give advice on how to make the outfit more trendy.

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Food Technology

Seaweed That Tastes Like Bacon

An algae with bacon flavor, high nutritional value and rich in protein? Sounds like a speculative dish from the Bistro In Vitro, but it’s already existing: it’s dulse. Scientists at Oregon State University have been working to engineer and harvest a unique variety of dulse that, when fried, tastes just like the fatty, tasty pork belly but with greater health benefits.

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Boomeranged Metaphors

Analogue vs Digital: Boomeranged Metaphors

The photo at the top is not captured in Google street view. It is a giant Google map pin in the middle of an analog city. At the start of the digital era, metaphors from everyday analog life – like map pins – were used in order to make new technology acceptable. Google could have come up with any icon to mark a location. But they didn’t, because they wanted us to understand their digital version of maps. Some years later, this typical digital map pin has proven itself. It has proven itself that much that it even pops up into the analog world. Is it analog, or is it digital? It’s a boomeranged metaphor!

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Hearing Colors

Neil Harbisson is an artist who sees everything in grayscale due to a condition called achromatopsia or total color blindness. He may not see the range of shades but he hears them in vivid colors, thanks to an antenna implanted in his skull.
“I’ve been a cyborg for 10 years now.  I don’t feel like I’m using technology, or wearing technology. I feel like I am technology. I don’t think of my antenna as a device – it’s a body part”.

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Forward to Nature

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Virtual worlds, printed food, living cities, wild robots – we’re so surrounded by technology that it’s becoming our next nature. How can we live in harmony with it? The Next Nature Network is a 21st century nature organization that wants to go forward – not back – to nature. We stir debate, create events, exhibitions, publications and products that bring biology and technology into balance. Because ultimately, we may not just have to save the pandas but the people too. Will you join us?

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Knotty Objects Summit @ MIT

The Knotty Object summit promises to be a paradise of anti-disciplinary delight. The event held at the renowned MIT Media Lab gathers designers, scientists, engineers and writers around the discussion of four complex and omnipresent objects and the stories they tell.

The knotty objects–brick, bitcoin, steak, and phone–are employed as lenses through which we examine the current state of our society as well as the crossovers between design and technology. Speakers include Paola Antonelli, Tony Dunne, Fiona Raby, Kevin Slavin, Neri Oxman, Isha Dahar, Revital Cohen, Daisy Ginsberg and our own Koert van Mensvoort.

Wednesday and Thursday, July 15-16, at the Boston ICA and Media Lab. Video streamed all over the planet.

Food Technology

Everything Stew from the Home Incubator

This dish, a stew made with thirteen different sorts of meat, is heaven for carnivores. It is made in the Bistro In Vitro home incubator, an appliance with a set of pre-programmed types of meat types, flavours and textures. For our adventurous chefs, the incubator is the ideal access to a culinary Walhalla in which the boundaries between meats are erased, with this dish as its crowning achievement.

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Analogue vs Digital: News, Now and Then

The digital revolution had a great influence on the publishing industry. Not only has the medium changed from paper to the screen, but also reporting has changed tremendously. We no longer hear and believe the authorized voices of a newspaper. And we no longer have to wait until the next morning to read what happened the day before. A news reaches us the minute it happens, by different channels, and from a lot voices. We are all journalists in a century in which Twitter is the main news outlet.

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Suburban Utopia

Surveillance Gulls

From far away Czech artist Jakub Geltner‘s latest work appears as a flock of seagulls gathered on rocks. Looking closer your realize they are not perched birds, but surveillance cameras the artist has set up as a part of his series Nest.

This installation, titled Nest 05, explores the notion of surveillance in even our most peaceful places, the areas we seek when we want to escape. Geltner focuses on the growing presence of cameras cities, letting viewers decide whether or not that presence is desirable.

Source: The Creators Project