Tinder users beware: somewhere out there on the Internet, a mechanical finger is surfing the popular dating smartphone app, endlessly approving profiles. This could be your next match.
The Lonely Sculpture, by Australian artist Tully Arnot, calls into question our increasingly digitized networks of relationships, illustrating how communicating via machine strips our interactions of personality and individuality.
As we become more and more dependent on technology, the lines between people and products are blurred.
People have complex relationships with their own (and other’s) bodies. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it is believed that your feet are a map of your body and can provide valuable information about your physical condition – when you are able to read them, of course.
Some people experience ghost limbs that have long been amputated, or have out-of-body experiences, whereas prosthesis can feel completely natural. On the other hand, many people experience a sense of detachment, or alienation, by the technology that surrounds them. Will we ever experience technology not only as extensions of our body, but as part of our body? Peculiar image by Lieke de Blank.
Historian and writer Yuval Noah Harari takes us on a journey through the whole human history: from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical – and sometimes devastating – breakthroughs of the cognitive, agricultural and scientific revolutions.
If you like the lecture and discussion, you might want to move on to the online course on the history of humankind.
For centuries, racial differences have defined the borders between tribes and classes, feeding discrimination and xenophoby. But with the arrival of the global village, interracial relationships are becoming norm rather than exception.
In a matter of years we’ll have mingled ourselves into one giant amalgamated mega-race. But what will we look like? National Geographic built its 125th anniversary issue around this very question, calling on writer Lise Funderburg and Martin Schoeller, a renowned photographer and portrait artist, to capture the lovely faces of our nation’s multiracial future. Meet the people beyond race.
While science fiction taught us to think of robots as human-like beings, the ones that actually make it into your home will more likely look like furniture. A team at the EPFL Biorobotics Laboratory in Switzerland is developing multipurpose robotic building blocks, called Roombots, that put your regular furniture to shame.
The robotic furniture can self-assemble into a chair and move across the room with you in it, and reassemble into a table that delivers you a glass of water. The researchers created a video that shows them in action.
Back in the 1950s three robots, free from any human influence, were playing music for an amused audience.
Le Trio Fantastique — guitarist Wink, drummer Blink and saxophonist Nod — was the creation of a Belgian engineer with the nickname of Zenon Specht. The robot band was a feature of Antwerp’s Robot Club, but also appeared in fairs and made a tour of department stores in France between 1954 and 1959. The trio’s repertoire included not only bebop, but also jazz, tango and classical tunes, for only a nickel a song.
“These eccentrics don’t need pot of LSD to go on a blast. All they need to get turned on is plug ‘em in and keep ‘em oiled”, promoted their poster.
This retro-futuristic trio is exemplary of human distant longing for technology that integrates with our body and senses, to the point of taking our place!
Starting from Shakespeare quote: “We know what we are, we know not what we may be”, he dives in the complex systems of society, technology and human existence, in his energizing and enthusiastic distinctive style. Fasten your seat belts and enjoy the ride!