Tag: Fake-for-Real


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.


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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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.


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.


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

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

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Lab-Grown Horn to Help Prevent Poaching

Rhinos are an unfortunate species because of the high demand for their horns. South African Department of Environmental Affairs reports that, just in 2014, there have been 1215 cases of rhinos poached for their horns, unfortunately the high number record of the new millennium so far. Pembient, a West Coast startup, might have a solution to help end poaching with its lab-grown rhino horn project.

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