Our peculiar image of the week shows a sign for Internet opening hours recently encountered in Cuba. At first you read it as a symbol of the stalled technological development in the socialist state, but then you realize the tidal approach to an Internet connection might just as well be interpreted as a deliberate design for silence, quietude and meditation. Back or forward to nature? We file it as Innovative Nostalgia.
How would you solve your son’s addiction to video games? This father in China hired some professional gamers to find his son on online games and kill his avatar. To him the situation was unacceptable, his 23 years old son was unemployed and spent all day in front of the screen, in a virtual reality world.
Nowadays telephone booths are obsolete objects. If you are a digital native you probably never noticed one of them. With the number of smartphone owners worldwide surpassing two billion, they have fallen into disuse. That’s why New York City decided to definitely say goodbye to neglected payphones and replace them with Wi-Fi hotspots.
Witchcraft is definitely not the first thing we think of when we have a problem with modern technology. Silicon Valley companies though don’t seem to think this way. They recently employed a Wiccan witch to help them deal with hackers, computer viruses and demonic possessions.
The whole world has become one big global village where English is of course the dominant language, but this does not mean that meaningful conversations cannot take place among non-english speakers with very different linguistic backgrounds. We have witnessed significant progresses in the field of real-time translation, and this new wearable translator, called ili, sums up perfectly this essence.
Games are typically played to escape our dull or stressful everyday reality, yet they are also made to become increasingly realistic. There is a paradox right there, with downsides that players of the multiplayer mod for Eurotruck Simulator 2 recently experienced when they were stuck in traffic jam for ten minutes.
It’s Christmas season, can you hear bells ringing and angels singing all around? No? That’s because you didn’t download WiFi Angels, the new free smartphone app that translates WiFi networks into singing angels.
WiFi radiation is everywhere, yet invisible to our human senses. The WiFi Angels app lets you sense electromagnetic radiations by turning the WiFi networks that surround you into a celestial choir.
Project Loon, the plan launched by Google two years ago to bring the Internet in remote areas of the globe through balloons, could be operative in India and Indonesia soon, according to the Wall Street Journal. We already presented the project a few years ago when Google announced it, but recently they revealed their intention to provide internet connection in Indonesia thanks to Project Loon.
Their aim is to connect more than 100 million people in a cheap, new and sustainable way, in a territory where only one person on three is able to profit of a network.
These paintings by Johnny Abrahams look almost computer made – except they are not. Working mainly with black and white acrylic paints and with a lot of patience, the American artist is able to create dizzying, hyper digital-like canvases by hand. Compared to the many examples of digital art that we see emerging these days, it’s hard to believe that these extremely organised paintings did not roll out of a computer.