Tag: Fake-for-Real

Mountweazel
Fake-for-Real

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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yangyang
Anthropomorphobia

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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Coins
Digital-Presence

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.

Castle
Digital-Presence

Analogue vs Digital: Add, Browse, Destroy

Just like Lego, Minecraft is a game about breaking and placing blocks. In Minecraft, an online computer game, people used to build structures as protection against nocturnal monsters. But as the game grew, players worked together to create wonderful, imaginative things.

From the Analogue vs Digital Memory Game.

TOP UAV
Biomimicry

Drone Operated by Honeybee Brain

The Green Brain Project aims to create drones that will think, act and sense like a bee. In order to do this, the team of researchers from the University of Sheffield and University of Sussex in England is now working on recreating the brain structure of the European honeybee Apis mellifera. 

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Augmented-Bodies

The Future of Artificial Reproduction

The technology behind artificial reproduction is at a level that was unimaginable decades ago, we can now use artificial insemination or in vitro fertilization to create babies without having actual sex. In the future, according to researcher Dr Paul Turek and his team, we could go a step further and use artificial testicles to produce sperm cells.

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Selfie
Digital-Presence

Analogue vs Digital: Take a Selfie

No, the selfie on the left isn’t the latest post of Albrecht Du?rer on Instagram. It is one of the first self-portraits in the world by a German painter who lived in the 15th century. Du?rer is considered as one of the first artists fascinated by the portrait of the self. He painted a lot of selfies, wherever he was and however he felt.

From the Analogue vs Digital Memory Game.

Painting
Digital-Presence

Analogue vs Digital: Interactive Van Gogh

Did Vincent van Gogh ever imagine his paintings would be sold for millions? Sure he didn’t think of the fact that this painting from 1889 would be interactive, and available in the Appstore. Yes, you can touch this painting!

Petros Vrellis has created an interactive visualization and synthesizer that animates Van Gogh’s Starry Night. A fluid simulation gently creates a flowing fabric from Van Gogh’s impressionist portrait of the Milky Way and night sky using the thick paint daubs as the particles within the fluid. With a simple touch you can deform the image, altering both the flow of the particles and the synthesized sound, and then watch it slowly return to its original state.

From the Analogue vs Digital Memory Game.

War
Digital-Presence

Analogue vs Digital: War at Home

Ever fired an automatic rifle? Most of us are lucky and never had to in real life. First-person shooter games let you immerse in a battlefield from the moment you press play. Due to the first-person point of view and the high definition of these games, they look and feel very realistic. Yes! You are invading your opponent! Oh… You didn’t see that bullet coming? No worries! Fuel up your life, start again, or leave the war with the power switch!

From the Analogue vs Digital Memory Game.

Fake Beach Nautholsvik
Fake-for-Real

Geothermal Beach

A man made beach at the location of Nauthólsvík in Reykjavik, Iceland. The lagoon was build with seawalls combined with white sand. The sea water in the lagoon is artificially heated with hot water, merged with the cold water from the sea. In this way, it is possible to swim in the lagoon all year round, with an average water temperature of 15 – 19 degrees.

The Geothermal beach offers additional facilities, such as outdoor showers, hot tubs, steam bath, sailing school and a small restaurant. Nauthólsvík welcomes around half a million guests every year. A fake seaside, for a real vacation!

Source: Nauthólsvík