Tag: Anthropomorphobia

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The Great Cleaving

We usually just click ‘Ok’ on every update request, but perhaps the one proposed in this religiously uncanny video by Doctor AlexXross needs a bit more contemplation?…

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Squirming ‘umbilical’ phone cable

This umbilical cord-inspired charger cable by interactive media artist Mio I-zawa comes to life when connected to an iPhone. Don’t watch the video if you are anthropomorphobic. Via Pinktentacle. Thanks Cottonduck.…

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X-Ray Visions

Anyone who ever saw an x-ray picture of himself will probably recognise the uncanny feeling of staring at your own skull or bones and being confronted by one of nature’s grim realities: your body is an very vulnerable, beautiful and imperfect tool that will one day — inevitably — stop working. These x-ray photographs by british photographer Nick Veasey, are something else…

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Old People as Old Nature

Two grannies assessing the milk productivity of two goats by means of a chart: this is the story of the commercial behind this screenshot. The first granny is a data analysis savvy; the other is just a late (and most likely unconvinced) adopter. The product is of no interest here; what’s interesting is the discovery of yet another trend of biomimicmarketing. Advertisers, after exhausting every possible living thing as a symbol of originality and naturalness, picked up their next victim: old people. This is not an altogether brand new ad strategy, but recently there happens to be a twist in it.

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Clothes from a Can

Frequent readers of this website might be familiar with our claim that Next Nature emerges from a fusion between the Born and the Made. But now we can add another: the fusion…

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BMW’s Flexible Skin Concept GINA

This extraordinary concept model that came out of the batcave of BMW shows how textile might be the future of car design. By replacing metal bodywork with a strong but flexible skin…

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Go forth, Buy a Smartphone and Reproduce Thyself

It took some years of evolution to turn sex (between different sexes) from a stricly functional activity attuned to reproduction, into the recreational activity it is primarily observed today. And technology, like the anti-conception pill, did not play just a small role in that.

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Experiments in the Revival of Organisms

Experiments in the Revival of Organisms is a 1940 motion picture which documents Soviet research into the resuscitation of clinically dead organisms by Doctor Sergey Sergeyevich Bryukhonenko (1890–1960).

The British scientist J. B. S. Haldane appears in the film’s introduction and narrates the film, which contains Russian text with English applied next to, or over the top of, the Russian. The operations are credited to Doctor Sergey Sergeyevich Bryukhonenko (1890–1960), a Soviet scientist during the Stalinist era.

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Washable Tattoo

So we know now that we can embed the traces of our every day lives in our clothes. Well, some might find this strategy unsatisfying and would like to embed the traces…

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Another Happy Family

How could you ever be an anthropomorphobic after you’ve seen this peculiar image of the week. Thanks Maze.…

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HappyLife

As our everyday living spaces are packed with electronics and become increasingly sentient, we might one day wake up in a house that knows more about your family’s state than you do.

Designers James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau (remember their lustrous audio tooth?) are investigating if such technology would be helpful or too invasive. Their HappyLife project consists of a visual display linked to the thermal image camera, which employs facial recognition to differentiate between members of the family.

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Urban Dolls

The idea of altering your body for aesthetic purposes is still somewhat frowned upon today. But more than because the very idea of improving yourself, this is about its irreversible nature.

When a women has some silicons inserted in her mammary glands, she’s very unlikely to go to back to a petite 75B one month later, but that very same woman can simply throw her high heels in the corner and wipe of the lipstick after an important vernissage. Compared to plastic surgery, clothing and make-up are much more accepted ways of presenting yourself to the opposite sex as that hyper-attractive step up the evolutionary ladder.

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Social Avatar Beats Death

Avatars are commonly known as virtual characters in the digital realm representing a user. But what if avatars could house personal history, profile and ideas? Could that enable us to make decisions…

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Stelarc wins Prix Ars Electronica

Glad to announce that performance artist Stelarc – who already for some decades incorporates themes of cyborgization and other human-machine interfaces in his (very bodily) work – won a Golden Nica +…

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Battle of platforms

Ever wondered why there is so much competition in the world of operating systems? This video made by Leon Wang illustrates that “old nature” mechanisms like survival of the fittest, are not…

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