From pets, landscapes and even ourselves, we love to remake the world to our “needs”. Our best friends are just as carefully designed as the latest piece of technology, think about the genetically modified glowing fish or the tattooed pigs. This time it is the emoji snake, designed to make you smile (wondering if the reptile is cheerful too). A python breeder really managed to create the so-called “Emoji Ball Python” after eight years of trying. This earned him a spot on our peculiar image of the week series.
From April 1st a virtual poetry museum will open “its doors” at Museumplein in Amsterdam, all jokes aside. The museum is a project by International Silence (Twan Janssen and Johannes Verwoerd) and counts as the fifth museum of the famous square. The first augmented exhibition, curated by writer Anna Enquist, will feature a selection of Dutch poets, such as Ida Gerhardt, Annie M.G. Schmidt, René Puthaar, Menno Wigman and more. Each artist will present six poems in a pavilion-like construction, which will be freely accessible via this link. See you there?
“An illegal theme park exposing the ideology of the aesthetics of hacking”. “A hybrid drone targeting technological domination”. “A psychedelic fridge to raise doubt about fake news”. Do these quotes sound artificial to you? Not so strange, since they are generated by an artificial intelligence. Predictive Art Bot is one of the many tweeting bots on the Internet. It is an algorithm that generates random combinations of recent headlines of online articles and publishes new non-human expressions of potential artistic concepts on Twitter. This results in funny, strange, alien and random headlines.
Since the introduction of computers and the Internet, the digital has been conceptualised as virtual, untouchable, and immaterial. The metaphor of ‘the cloud’ illustrates this very well. When you store your data in the cloud, you store your data on someone else’s computer. You might not see the computer and it might be on the other side of the world, but the fact that you can’t see it doesn’t mean it does not exist. Digital technologies are becoming more and more advanced, smaller, smarter, increasingly integrated with our bodies and environments.
Keeping in mind that 108 million people have correctable vision impairment, you can do the math to calculate the amount of eye doctor appointments this takes up in a year. Well, no more with this device. The EyeQue personal vision tracker is a smartphone app that allows you to test your eyes from the comfort of your couch and easily sends the results to your eye doctor.
Rain radars help us plan our everyday life and foresee natural disasters. In a world were the line between the technosphere and the biosphere becomes blurrier everyday, not even our meteorology instruments can tell the difference, like a local technician spotted in New Zealand’s official weather forecasts site. Apparently there is a WiFi network illegally configured that interferes with the rain radar creating a ray of “clouds” that won’t bring any water, but it surely became our peculiar image of the week.
Source: Met Service
Researchers at MIT are taking superfoods to the next level. By embedding spinach leaves with carbon nanotubes, a team of MIT engineers has converted spinach plants into biological bomb detectors. The introduction of “plant nanobionics”, a method to augment plants with nanomaterials, basically give them superpowers.
Since the earliest days of media players with visualization software, such as Winamp, we have started to become accustomed to not only hearing, but also seeing our favorite songs. The pulsating animations on the screen brought an optical sensation to our experience of music. Artist Matthew Hollings aims to turn these into physical sculptures.