Tag: Humane-Technology

human smart home assistant
Boomeranged Metaphors

The Human Smart Home Assistant

Amazon Alexa, Siri, Google Home or Cortana. Smart assistants are everywhere. They are useful, convenient, like a butler who never leaves the room. But wait, is it? Imagine a person sitting on your kitchen counter, waiting for orders. Of course, the fact that you can ask everything, hands-free, is very helpful. But that person stays there also when you don’t have any tasks for him or he and can listen to everything you talk about in your home. Would you like to have that person in your house? Would we question the concept of smart home devices if Alexa was a real person? That’s the question Los Angeles-based artist Lauren McCarthy asks with her project LAUREN.

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New iPhones Recognize Your Face
Intimate Technology

iPhones Are Happy to See Us

Passcodes are increasingly a thing of the past. Nowadays you can log in to your devices simply using your thumbprint. What if you could do the same by looking into your phone’s camera? According to Apple’s recent press conference, this is precisely how the new iPhone X will work. Will our phones soon greet us like pets happy to see their owners?

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relationship with technology
Intimate Technology

Our Relationship with Tech Is Growing Stronger

Long ago, technologically savvy people were the ones who used technology the most. In the 1970s, you only used a computer if you had exclusive access to one. In short, technology was a rarity in everyday life. Fast-forward to the world we inhabit today. It’s getting difficult to discern what’s technology and what’s not. Nature and society are becoming one. Wearable technology consists of pieces of metal and plastic. However, these circuits and the knowledge they give blurs the line between nature and man.

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bionic thumb
Augmented Bodies

Add-on Body Parts: Bionic Thumb

Playing an instrument, picking something up, holding your oversized phone in one hand. These are all things you might be better at if you’d have an extra thumb. By designing and creating The Third Thumb Project, Royal College of Art graduate Danielle Clode reframed prosthetics as extensions of the body, rather than replacements for missing parts.

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Google Cars Sniff Out Pollution
Suburban Utopia

Google Cars Can Now Sniff Out Pollution

Google Street View allows us to take a (virtual) look at almost any street in the world. Soon enough, it might also make us smell them. In partnership with Aclima, Google has been equipping its cars with various sensors designed to measure urban air pollution. Or, as Aclima CEO Davida Herzl put it: “It’s kind of like we’ve given the cars a nose”.

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3D printed ovaries help infertile mice to have a healthy offspring.
Augmented Bodies

3D Printed Ovaries

Bones, skulls, skin cells, 3D printing plays a big role in today’s medicine and its presence will continue to grow. Researchers developed a new 3D printed bioprosthesis: in vitro ovaries made of biodegradable scaffold that might one day help women struggling with infertility.

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The Pyramid of Technology kit and workshop
Next Nature

Pre-Order the Pyramid of Technology Toolkit

From stone axes to mobile phones, throughout history humans have given birth to a wide range of technologies that extend our physical and mental capabilities. Today it is almost impossible to imagine a world without technology. That’s why we developed the Pyramid of Technology kit, a workshop-in-a-box to visualize how technology becomes nature in seven steps. Launching this week at What Design Can Do in Amsterdam, now available for pre-order in our web shop!

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Augmented Bodies

Designer Babies: the Kids of the Future?

What if you had the choice of sparing your child from diseases and disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease or autism? Scientists are working on new DNA techniques that will allow you to choose embryos with edited genes. This gene technology can lower the risk of severe illness as well as increase certain desired factors, like a higher I.Q., athletic ability, eye and hair color and gender.

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blood sugar regulated through smartphone app
Intimate Technology

App Activates Cells That Manage Diabetes

Today around 422 million people are suffering from diabetes. The access to insulin is crucial for their survival. Until now this used to be done via a manually handled needle injection. This technique may soon become a thing of past, as Chinese scientists have recently developed a device regulated by a smartphone app switching on insulin producing cells implanted in the diabetic body.

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Artificial Eye in the Making
Augmented Bodies

Looking into the Artificial Eye

Sensor specialist iniLabs recently developed what they call a neuromorphic sensor able to mimic the human eye and the ways it processes information. Researchers at Kingston University in London, in cooperation with King’s College London and University College London, are working on possible applications for this new discovery.

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