Tag: Fake-for-Real


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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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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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.


Story via TheVerge. Photos and video via Studio Roosegaarde.


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


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


Cybernetic Bugs

British artist Julie Chappell turns old circuit boards and hi-tech gadgets into a new species called Computer Component Bugs. Beetles, dragonflies, butterflies and bugs – made from recycled deconstructed computers, smartphones and consoles – bring back to life old electronic materials.

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Analogue vs Digital: All Art in the World

The Birth of Venus is one of the most famous paintings in the world. Definitely go see it yourself when you are in Florence! Oh, you don’t like tourists blocking your view? Don’t worry! Just visit the gallery online and get a much closer look then you could ever have in real life. Google’s Art Project brings you millions of artifacts from around the world in one virtual museum. It even has a microscopic view, so you can see more details of the painting than with your naked eye! Take an online tour, or visit a couple of museums from all over the world in a single day. The world’s most famous paintings are just one click away.

From the Analogue vs Digital Memory Game.


Don’t Trust Dictionaries and Maps

The definition of the word “mountweazel” is the following: “any invented word or name inserted in a reference work by a publisher for the purpose of detecting plagiarism”. In her funny and informative podcast on linguistic facts, English writer Helen Zaltzman from The Allusionist, explores the existence of fake entries in dictionaries and encyclopedias.

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Meet Yangyang, Actroid From China

Dressed in a full-length read coat, the humanoid robot Yangyang can function autonomously, talking and gesturing while interacting with people. Thanks to a number of tiny motors beneath her rubbery skin, she can display a wide range of facial expressions, move the head and raise the hands as a sign of greeting.

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Analogue vs Digital: Digital Value

Common currencies – like the Euro – are almost all controlled by federal institutions. The digitally born Bitcoin is different. It’s open-source and works peer-to-peer without a central repository or single administrator. This makes the Bitcoin a decentralized virtual currency. Never again you have to convert currencies, the Bitcoin is virtually anywhere. From the Analogue vs Digital Memory Game.