Tag: Humane-Technology

Read Nicholas Carr's essay on the transhumanist dream of having wings.
Augmented Bodies

I Want Wings!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I. Angels and Superheroes

In 2008, Samuel O. Poore, a plastic surgeon who teaches at the University of Wisconsin’s medical school, published an article in the Journal of Hand Surgery titled “The Morphological Basis of the Arm-to-Wing Transition.” Drawing on evolutionary and anatomical evidence, he laid out a workable method for using the techniques of modern reconstructive surgery, including bone fusing and skin and muscle grafting, to “fabricate human wings from human arms.” Although the wings, in the doctor’s estimation, would not be capable of generating the lift needed to get a person off the ground, they might nonetheless serve “as cosmetic features simulating, for example, the nonfunctional wings of flightless birds.”

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Augmented Bodies

The Bioengineered Elixir of Life

Are you considering doing some botox to look younger? Think twice! Scientists at the Salk institute of California found a new genetic manipulation technique to rejuvenate cells. Mice that got the treatment lived 30 percent longer compared to the ones that didn’t get it. Next step is to implement these cellular reprogramming techniques into the human body to set the biological clock back.

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EcoHelmet by Isis Schiffer
Back to the Tribe

EcoHelmet: Foldable, Recyclable and Cheap

It’s entirely made of waterproof recycled cardboard in a radial honeycomb pattern. After folding, it has the size and shape of a banana, which makes it easy to carry around. Moreover it fits most head sizes and works with the same efficiency of traditional polystyrene helmet. Feeling impressed? So was the James Dyson Foundation who announced Isis Shiffer, the EcoHelmet designer, the 2016 International Winner of the James Dyson Award in November.

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Jasper van Loenen developed a wearable that sends a corrective electrostatic shock to its wearer when visiting an unprotected website.
Intimate Technology

Web Training Collar

As Dutch experience designer Leanne Wijnsma has taught us, we need protection from our online behavior. Whereas Wijnsma uses the sense of smell to offer a secure connection, artist Jasper van Loenen developed a wearable that sends a small electrostatic shock to the wearer. Called Web Training Collar, this device is a modified dog collar that monitors the user’s Internet traffic and applies a corrective shock in case of unprotected websites. The intensity of the shock increases with each consecutive visit to a site that doesn’t offer a secure connection. Technology domesticates us, at least in this case the purpose is positive.

Peculiar object of the week. Seen at Rendering Realities.

Wild Systems

Cellphones Go Feral

In the wake of Samsung burning phones scandal, news websites promptly followed the development of the story. After reports of their flagship phone catching fire and causing serious damage, plane delays and even hospitalization, the company made a first recall to substitute the batteries with the ones of a different provider. Nevertheless, the new phones were still bursting into flames. After a second recall, a strong warning followed to urge consumers to turn off and stop using the device”.

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Water Bear Withstands X Ray Radiation
Hypernature

This Indestructible Micro-Animal Will Help Us

He can withstand enormous heat (up to 100°C) and cold (around minus 240°C), high pressure (7.5GPa), immersion in organic solvent, frozen vacuum of space and radiation. And he’s not just an imaginary superhero. Meet Ramazzottius Varieornatus from phylum Tardigrades, commonly known as water bear. This tiny yet powerful invertebrate may help humans to conquer the space.

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Babysitter robots
Intimate Technology

This Robot Takes Care of Your Children

As a parent you probably don’t always have time to entertain your children. One solution to the problem would be to hire a nanny. Another is iPal, the child-sized babysitter robot. With its height of 90 centimeters, big eyes and a tablet attached to its chest, this robot nanny is designed to take adult responsibilities.

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