Tag: Humane-Technology

Wild Systems

The Biosphere Code Manifesto

As a result of a discussions that took place during the event The Biosphere Code in Stockholm on 4th October 2015, Stockholm University researcher Victor Galaz and colleagues outlined a manifesto for algorithms in the environment.

The precepts for an in-progress Biosphere Code Manifesto are a recommendation for using algorithms borne out of growing awareness that they so deeply permeate our technology “they consistently and subtly shape human behavior and our influence on the world’s landscapes, oceans, air, and ecosystems” as The Guardian wrote in an extensive article.

We are just starting to understand the effects that algorithms have on our lives. But their environmental impact may be even greater, demanding public scrutiny. Here the Biosphere Code Manifesto v1.0, with its seven principles.

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Intimate Technology

Modern Times Emergency Kit

In these modern times a traditional first aid kit won’t do anymore. As the world around us innovates, our needs in case of an emergency change as well. That’s the reason why a San Francisco-based design agency named Box Clever decided to redesign the classic emergency kit to suit the demands of life nowadays.

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Augmented Bodies

Modafinil Boosts Your Brain

A pill that makes you smarter without causing harmful side-effects? Modafinil might be this “smart-drug”. The substance is generally prescribed to narcolepsy patients. Narcolepsy is a neurological disorder involving the loss of the brain’s ability to regulate sleep-wake cycles normally. Modafinil is designed to keep narcoleptic people awake but, when taken by a healthy person, it might boost alertness even further.

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3D Printed Fish Remove Toxins and Deliver Drugs

Researchers at UC San Diego announced that they have developed 3D printed microrobots in the shape of fish able to detect and remove toxin from liquid. Smaller than a human hair – only 120 microns long and 30 microns thick – these little creatures multiply quickly: scientists can 3D print hundreds of these fish in seconds.

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Intimate Technology

Our Bodies, Our Fuel

There is certainly nothing new in our attempts to harness fuel from ourselves. In recent years, as bio-tech shifts from science fiction to applied science, we’re finding more subtle ways to harness that fuel potential. This piece from Ars Technica details the breadth in the variety of energy sources emitting from our every day interactions.

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Intimate Technology

Algorithm Tells You How to Dress

What should I wear today? The answer to one of life’s big questions could came from an algorithm created to solve all your fashion problems. Researchers from Spain’s Institute of Robotics and Industrial Informatics, along with colleagues at the University of Toronto, have developed a mathematical model that is able to assess whether a person is fashionably dressed and to give advice on how to make the outfit more trendy.

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Hearing Colors

Neil Harbisson is an artist who sees everything in grayscale due to a condition called achromatopsia or total color blindness. He may not see the range of shades but he hears them in vivid colors, thanks to an antenna implanted in his skull.
“I’ve been a cyborg for 10 years now.  I don’t feel like I’m using technology, or wearing technology. I feel like I am technology. I don’t think of my antenna as a device – it’s a body part”.

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Anthropo-scene #9: Sense, Sensors, Sensitivity

In 1928 Alfred Döblin, one of Germany’s great authors, wrote a book that in my eyes should become part of the official intellectual ancestry of the Anthropocene. It’s called “Das Ich über der Natur”, the Self Above Nature. But it’s not about human arrogance and domination of Earth, quite the opposite. Döblin describes ways how to immerse ourselves in Nature.

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