Australia isn’t where you think it is! The continent is moving seven centimeters (2.75 inches) up northwards each year. From 1994, when the current coordinates of Australia were set, the land has shifted 1.5 meters (4.9 feet). It might not seem like a big deal, but it is still enough to disrupt global navigation satellite systems, putting Australia out of sync. This affects GPS, meteorologists, automated cars and even drones. For example, without updating the GPS, a delivery drone will leave the package at your neighbor’s house, instead of yours.
What happens when natural clouds are combined with cloud computing? Artist and writer James Bridle is exploring artificial intelligence, Brexit and the weather. By comparing vast amounts of historical weather data and polling results, Cloud Index uses machine learning in order to produce hybrid weather forecasts and questions on how communication technologies function in predicting, thus controlling, our future.
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The human olfactory system is capable of detecting one trillion different scents. The ability to smell not only lets us enjoy the fragrances of roses and perfume, it also warns us when something is not right. Take gas for instance, the addition of an artificial scent to the odorless matter allows our noses to function as a cautionary tool in case of a leak. The project Smell of Data has adopted this approach and altered it into a device that warns us against the unscented danger of our digital landscape: data.
On the main street of Ljubljana, Slovenia – green capital of Europe – artist Martin Bricelj Baraga set up a sculpture that measures the blueness of the sky. The self-sufficient installation fully operates on solar energy and functions both as monument and as open source software, which visualizes the air quality of the city. The work pays homage to the 18th century ‘Cyanometer’ attributed to Horace-Benedict de Saussure, a Swiss physicist who designed a circular tool to systematically document the blueness on a scale of fifty-three shades of blue, ranging from white to black. See for yourself!
Our planet is composed of millions of networks. The balance between the animal species and their habitats. The migrations in history. The financial flows between countries and continents. Everything that happens in the world, on a microscopic scale as well as globally, is potentially describable as a set of mathematical functions. The more accurate they are, the more useful they will be to depict not only the present but also the future reality.
Languages are in a constant evolution, but recently they are developing faster than ever. This is happening due to the unquestionable evolution of communication means. In this globalized age we often fantasize about a universal language, even more than English, one that can be used by people of all backgrounds, ages and level of education. This is where the phenomenon of emojis takes place as something verbal and nonverbal at the same time.
Researchers at the University of Southampton have discovered a way to store data in five dimensions on a nano structured glass able to survive for billion of years. Their first experiment with this technique dates back to 2013, when they successfully managed to record a 300 KB copy of a text file in 5D. However this time this high density, immutable storage is capable of storing up to 36 TB of data and will last (almost) forever.