The first self driving boat in Amsterdam
Wild Systems

Roboat Ahoy: the First Autonomous Boats

Just when you thought the development of autonomous transportation couldn’t be any better, the Roboat arrived. This self-driving boat will be entering the canals of Amsterdam in 2017 with versatile ends. The Roboat will be used to transport goods and it will also be deployed as a temporary floating infrastructure, assembling itself into a walking bridge or a concert stage.

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Doge on windos operating system
Wild Systems

Computers Need Domestication

One of the most rewarding parts of our relationship with dogs is how we humanize them, they seem to smile at us, speak and understand our feelings. But in the end we are just putting a human layer on an animal with a brain that is still a mystery to us. What we know very well is how to train them, we study their reaction to certain basic stimuli and take advantage of it to get them to perform a specific task. This method was set thanks to the behavioural studies developed by physiologist Ivan Pavlov. Now, more that 100 years after, his research became relevant again because we have to deal with a new kind of mysterious brain that needs to be trained: deep machine learning.

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Back to the Tribe

Interview: Leanne Wijnsma, Designer for the Instinct Who Uses Smell as Medium

Consider this, early humans had a more developed olfactory sense. As we are slowly evolving, our sense of smell is degrading because we need it less to survive. Dutch experience designer Leanne Wijnsma creates for the human instinct and puts the sense of smell back to where it belongs, as modern hazards have shifted to the digital realm.

In 2014 she was nominated for the Bio Art and Design Award and has been a Future Emerging Art and Technology associate since 2016. She received an e-culture grant from the Dutch Cultural Media Fund to research and develop her current project The Smell Of Data in collaboration with filmmaker Froukje Tan. We recently spoke to her about olfactory design, digital bodies, the relationship between freedom and technology, and more.

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The People Walker Add
Suburban Utopia

Walk, Talk and Get Paid

A plain white backgound with just three sentences listed: “Can you walk and talk? Or are you just interested in being walked? Enter your email” followed by a submit button. This no-design website stands against the vividly coloured ultra-responsive web design we got used to. It praises simplicity aiming at direct personal contact. And so does the job it is advertising: walking people.

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solar energy currency

Solar Energy: the Hottest New Currency

Energy-backed money could help transition humanity to a more sustainable world, both environmentally and economically.

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Deze Robot Bouwt een Huis in Twee Dagen

Deze metselende robot kan laaggeprijsde huizen bouwen in slechts twee dagen. In eerste instantie is de robot ontwikkeld om tekorten aan arbeidskrachten te voldoen. Met zijn 1.000 bakstenen per uur is hij perfect in staat om zelfstandig te werken. De machine werd vernoemd naar Hadrianus, de veertiende keizer van Rome, die bekend stond om zijn grote bouwprojecten in de loop van het Romeinse Rijk. Deze nieuwe technologie zal goedkopere huizen in de toekomst betekenen, welke kunnen worden gevuld met zelfassemblerend meubilair.
Bron: Fastbrick Robotics