Tag: Fake-for-Real

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Meat the Future

Meat Lovers Megasteak Delight

Behold food technologist Prof. Atze Jan van der Goot and his 3x30x60 cm mega steak! The taste is a bit bland still but the texture resembles animal muscle tissue, which gives it a great ‘bite’. The mega steak was grown in a laboratory at Wageningen University (The Netherlands) with a process that, according to the researchers, resembles the baking of bread. And it is vegetarian too.

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Manufactured Landscapes

Copy-Paste City: from Austria to China

As the saying goes “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”, so Hallstatt – a small UNESCO World Heritage city in central Austria – can feel really proud. Among numerous fake Italian villas and French palaces, it is the only village in the world entirely copied and rebuilt in China. State-owned developer Minmetals constructed it in the suburbs of Huizhou, in the southern part of the country.

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Manufactured Animals

The “Dog” That Will Save Lives

A very realist and graphic synthetic dog is currently being developed by scientists for medical training and practice for veterinarians. This weird-looking dog will be used as a replacement for terminal surgery, where actual animals, mainly from kennels, are anesthetized, used for practicing different operations, from neutering to brain surgery, and finally euthanized.

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Anthropomorphobia

How Technology is Becoming More and More Sensitive

Over the past decade scientists have tried to get technology surfaces to be as sensitive as our skin, especially as our fingertips. Human tact is a very sophisticate interface between us and the external world. It is incredibly sensitive and allows us to immediately store information about the reality that surrounds us on different levels, such as pressure, temperature and texture. Researchers in Korea are now experimenting a compress electronic skin able to multitasks, like the human one, feeling temperature, pressure and sound (sound is air pressure, after all), all at once.

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Wild Systems

Artificial Brain Able to Perceive, Learn and Forget

A team of international scientists, at Tomsk State University in Russia, has taken a next step in the development of artificial intelligence by creating a “brain” that is able to educate itself. The prototype has the shape of an electronic device and is based on computer and mathematical models of the human brain.

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Anthropocene

Art Installation Submerges Amsterdam

“God created the earth, but the Dutch created the Netherlands” Voltaire said in the 18th century. Waterlicht is a recent project by Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde that reminds us about this quote and therefore how humans have had an impact on the landscape of the Netherlands.

As a virtual flood submerging Museum Square in Amsterdam, Waterlicht shows how high the water could reach in the Dutch capital without human intervention.

“Waterlicht shows how the Netherlands looks like without waterworks — a virtual flood. Innovation is seen throughout our landscape, pushed by the waterworks and our history, but yet we almost seem to have forgotten this” says Daan Roosegaarde.

The Rijksmuseum recent acquisition of the 17th century painting by Jan Asselijndepicting the 1651 Amsterdam flood was the impetus for the exhibition over Museum Square. Both pieces reflect on the water history of the Netherlands and the interaction between man, nature and technology.

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Story via TheVerge. Photos and video via Studio Roosegaarde.

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Digital-Presence

Analogue vs Digital: Caught on Film

Digital cameras have made us think less about taking a snapshot. Why should you think twice? We are no longer limited to a film, which lets you take about 27 photos. The memories of our experiences are unlimited because of the number of photos we can take. Photographic memories never die! Or are our photographic memories being killed by quantity?

From the Analogue vs Digital Memory Game

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Fake-for-Real

Analogue vs Digital: Drone Wars

The use of armed drones has dramatically escalated during the war in Pakistan. Some in the media have referred to the attacks that started in 2004 as a drone war. The difference is hard to tell on these cards. The plane on the right is controlled by a pilot that bombs miles away from the actual combat zone where the plane operates. But still, some of the drone pilots even get post-traumatic stress symptoms from commanding these war machines.

From the Analogue vs Digital Memory Game