Tag: Boomeranged Metaphors

Boomeranged Metaphors

Online Ads in Offline Locations

Ever stood in front of a mountain and wondered which other mountains you might like after seeing this one? No? Well, it’s what we do everyday. London-based artist duo Scott Kelly and Ben Polkinghorne are exploring decision-making processes in the age of Amazon to algorithmically recommend landscapes.

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Boomeranged Metaphors

The Human Smart Home Assistant

Amazon Alexa, Siri, Google Home or Cortana. Smart assistants are everywhere. They are useful, convenient, like a butler who never leaves the room. But wait, is it? Imagine a person sitting on your kitchen counter, waiting for orders. Of course, the fact that you can ask everything, hands-free, is very helpful. But that person stays there also when you don’t have any tasks for him or he and can listen to everything you talk about in your home. Would you like to have that person in your house? Would we question the concept of smart home devices if Alexa was a real person? That’s the question Los Angeles-based artist Lauren McCarthy asks with her project LAUREN.

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Boomeranged Metaphors

DNA Hacking: Catch a Computer Virus

We’re familiar with the term virus referring to both biological infections and to similar infections meant to affect computers. But researchers at the University of Washington have discovered a new and surprising conflation of these two ideas: the possibility of encoding a computer virus into a strand of human DNA. We know how it feels to catch a cold, but how does it feel to catch a malware?

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Manufactured Animals

Meet the Emoji Snake

From pets, landscapes and even ourselves, we love to remake the world to our “needs”. Our best friends are just as carefully designed as the latest piece of technology, think about the genetically modified glowing fish or the tattooed pigs. This time it is the emoji snake, designed to make you smile (wondering if the reptile is cheerful too). A python breeder really managed to create the so-called “Emoji Ball Python” after eight years of trying. This earned him a spot on our peculiar image of the week series.

Source: Iflscience. Image: Inverse

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Society of Simulations

Anime Characters at Your Service

Being friends with a cartoon character is a common childhood dream that is mostly forgotten in adulthood. Not in Japan! The Land of the Rising Sun always surprises the occidental world. Gatebox is bringing cartoons to reality in a way that seems to wink at the movie Her by Spike Jonze or to this Black Mirror episode. Just take a look at their video to get an idea of what life with a virtual anime assistant would look like.

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Society of Simulations

Flip-Flop Selfie

Taking a selfie is not as obvious as it might seem. About five billion people, of the 7.4 living on our planet, don’t own a smartphone. These two boys use the nap of their flip-flop as a camera to take an imaginary selfie. Still, their selfie went viral and became our peculiar image of the week.

Image via Volkskrant

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Open Bionics is helping children in need for bionic hands. With Iron Man, Frozen, or Star Wars-themed prosthetics, their fantasies become reality.
Augmented Bodies

Disney-Themed Prosthetics for Children

What was your childhood dream for the future? Many kids fantasize about becoming princesses, astronauts, or maybe superheroes. As part of the Disney Accelerator program, UK startup Open Bionics, is helping children in need for bionic hands. With Iron Man, Frozen, or Star Wars-themed prosthetics, their fantasies become reality.

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