Biomimicry

NOT (Natural) AND NOT (mechanical) = human

Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)

You dehumanize a man as much by returning him to nature – by making him one with rocks, vegetation, and animals – as by turning him into a machine.

Both the natural and the mechanical are the opposite of that which is uniquely human.

Nature is a self-made machine, more perfectly automated than any automated machine. To create something in the image of nature is to create a machine, and it was by learning the inner working of nature that man became a builder of machines.

It is also obvious that when man domesticated animals and plants he acquired self-made machines for the production of food, power, and beauty

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Calm-technology

Lifestyle pets

ALLERCA has produced the world’s first scientifically-proven hypoallergenic cats. These cats allow some of the millions of people with feline allergies to finally enjoy the love and companionship of a household pet without suffering from allergic symptoms.

The cat allergen is a potent protein secreted by the cat’s skin and salivary glands. ALLERCA has focused on naturally occurring genetic divergences (GD) already present in cats that do no harm to the cats in any way. The resulting ALLERCA GD hypoallergenic cats will now improve the health and quality of life for millions of cat-allergy sufferers.

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Hyperreality

Digital becomes physical. Move your cursor using this mouse cursor. You can buy one here.

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Calm-technology

Bird radio

Instruction for the Birds: Land on perch->trigger sound file->observe human response–>behave accordingly.

Instructions for People: Listen, you’ll be able to understand. The sound files translate bird concerns into English. Behave accordingly. If you choose to participate in accordance with the birds, we recommend supplementing the birds diet with the Bird Bar and other delectables available in the museum store.

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Hypernature

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

by Richard Brautigan (1968)

I like to think (and
the sooner the better!)
of a cybernetic meadow
where mammels and computers
live together in mutually
programming harmony
like pure water
touching clear sky.

I like to think
(right now, please!)
of a cybernetic forest
filled with pines and electronics
where deer stroll peacefully
past computers
as if they were flowers
with spinning blossoms.

I like to think
(it has to be!)
of a cybernetic ecology
where we are free of our labors
and joined back to nature,
returned to our mammal
brothers and sisters,
and all watched over
by machines of loving grace.

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Eat this!

Sushi made up of flavoured sheets printed out on an inkjet printer.

Using ink-jet printers and lasers in the kitchen may seem like a futuristic vision but at Moto restaurant in Chicago, it’s already a reality. Its chefs, who are also engineers, are transforming the traditional dining experience by using inventive technology to create their food and to provide diners with an interactive, multi-sensory experience. Tired of steak and a plate of vegetables? The philosophy of the restaurant is to push the boundaries of known taste, texture and technique and to change the way that people perceive and eat food.

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Fake-nature

Animatus

A new series of works by artist Hyungkoo Lee called “Animatus” features hand-fabricated skeletons of cartoon characters along with detailed anatomical drawings. According to the artist, the Animatus series started with the “intention to analyze anatomical structures and physical forms of animation characters, within the hypothesis to visualize their possible anatomical foundation.” Lee constructs the skeletons using a hybrid mix of real animal bones and synthetic materials.

More at Arario Gallery | Related post: Extinct Comic, PictoOrphanage

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