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Meet Humanity beyond Race, it’s Beautiful

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.

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Robotic Furniture puts IKEA to Shame

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.

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People Dancing To Robot Band In Paris

Retro Robot Band

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!

Source: io9


To Be Human Is To Be Transhuman

Idea DJ and performance philosopher Jason Silva has released a new video called To Be Human Is To Be Transhuman, another addition to his Shots of Awe series.

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!


Biological Bakery

Here is one for the niche of poppy-science-synthetic-biology-candy lovers.

For the Aussie pop band Architecture In Helsinki artists Lucy McRae and Rachel Wingfield made a edible DIY bio fab–lab called the Biological Bakery. Using familiar baking processes that merge the mass production of food with the representation of the body, a production line of miniaturized band members are transformed into edible, cloned body parts that are dipped and rotated on mass in huge vats of bacterial skin. Now try this at home folks!


Touching your Unborn Child

Forget passing around those black and white low definition ultrasounds of your unborn baby at dinner parties. You can now pass around a physical model of your child.

Imagine the excitement of holding your baby in your hands before he or she is born! Thanks to 3D Babies and a mere $600,-  you can now experience that excitement. Or disgust, depending on the fact if you like 3D printed unborn children. Perhaps the next step will be ordering an animatronic baby which moves like your unborn child, in real time?

Via FastCoDesign