Tag: Global-Image-Economy

Wild Systems

If a Robot Buys XTC on the Dark Web, Who is Responsible?

The Random Darknet Shopper was an algorithm shopping on the Dark Web. Provided with a budget of $100 in Bitcoins per week, it selected one random item from deep web shop Agora and had it shipped to Switzerland to its makers, !Mediengruppe Bitnik. From counterfeit jeans and hidden camera baseball caps, to a passport scan and a Visa platinum card, everything was collected and put together in an exhibition that took place at the end of 2014. But there was one problem: on one of its shopping sprees the robot ordered a bag of Ecstasy pills.

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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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Food Technology

Junk Food or Tobacco?

Unhealthy diets are now a greater threat to global health than tobacco. Just as the world came together to regulate the risk of tobacco, a bold framework convention on adequate diet must now be agreed.

Here is an article from the opening address of the sixtieth session of The World Health Organization’s Assembly, Geneva, Switzerland, about the future position of junk food.

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Brand Territory

Minimalist Effect in the Maximalist Market

In the 21st century, where we are surrounded by huge amounts of data, it was almost inevitable to turn design preferences towards simplicity and less information overload. With this in mind, in 2010 the multidisciplinary design consultancy Antrepo Team created a project named Minimalist Effect in the Maximalist Market. Their goal is to meditate on the most desirable and simplistic packaging and labeling of well-known supermarket products.

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An Adblocker for Your Eyes

Most VR concepts and products are coming from big tech companies. With their ad-driven business models they are likely to fill your Glass, Hololens or Oculus with ads at some point. What…

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Zero-Waste Grocery Store

A four-strong team of young women from Germany launch a shopping revolution: with their crowdfunded supermarket Original Unverpackt they’re going to ban disposable packages. The shop will open its doors in late summer in Berlin Kreuzberg.

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Corporate Logos Zoology

Inspired by the fact that nowadays people know more brands and logos than names of animals, Dutch artist Gurt Swanenberg created a series of paintings, called Cryptozoology.

These corporate “species” refer to the influence of global branding, highlighting the loss of biodiversity across the planet.

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Pawel Kuczynski

Modern Society Contradictions

Polish illustrator Pawel Kuczynski  portraits today’s social and cultural reality through sharp art drawings.

At a glance, his illustrations might appear funny, but if you take a closer look you will see some of the contradictions of today’s world.

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Show Dem Guts

Sexy girls and organ meat was never a good combination to me, but the people from Black Milk Clothing that created this swimsuit seem to think it makes a pretty nice product. Am I too post-human already to understand, or is it just my anthropomorphobia that plagues me?

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