Tag: Intimate Technology

thought collider, Mike Thompson and Susana Camara Leret
Next Nature

Interview: Mike Thompson and Susana Cámara Leret, Designers Exploring Alternative Ways of Thinking & Doing

Their work is rooted in design, has a flavor of art and a profound touch of science. It’s a blend of different types of knowledge that brings forth new knowledge. Central to their approach is an open-ended and all-inclusive mindset. Western science is as legitimate as indigenous traditions. In their opinion all knowledge is complementary. Their work ranges from the absurd to the scientific, from the experimental to the groundbreaking. Mike Thompson and Susana Cámara Leret are the minds behind Thought Collider, an experimental, critical art-design research practice based in Amsterdam.

Often their materials of choice are both everyday and completely out of the ordinary. In their project Aqua Vita they used urine as a source of information. With Fatberg, an on-going collaboration between Mike and Arne Hendriks, they are building an island of fat, which should one day roam the oceans. And their latest project: The Institute for the Design of Tropical Disease attempts to create a space where other types of discussion related to tropical disease can take place – discussions that are more imaginative than dogmatic.

We recently talked with them about their practice, their latest project and their views on society and our senses.

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Facebook suicide prevention tool
Society of Simulations

Facebook Provides a Suicide Prevention Tool

Let’s say an old schoolmate, whom you haven’t spoken to in ages but is your friend on Facebook, posts a status update that sounds like a suicide note. What to do? Message the friend? Then what to say? Facebook is setting up a tool that advises what to do and directly seeks contact with the person who might be on the brinck of committing suicide. Is a social network morally obliged to have such a feature or is it trespassing privacy borders? This is a sensitive topic.

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Payment by thumb
Augmented Bodies

Payment by Thumb

Forget about cash and credit cards, in the not too distant future we will need just one finger to shop: the thumb. For one person in particular this dream is getting closer to reality thanks to a near-field communications (NFC) chip embed in his hand. He is Australian biohacker Meow-Ludo Meow Meow (he legally changed his name) and he is part of a movement of people who are merging their bodies with technology.

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a cinema for millennials
Society of Simulations

The New Cinema Is Smartphone-Friendly

The use of smartphones is now ongoing and intense, especially among certain categories of the population. The addiction could becomes annoying when people are unable to disconnect even in a theater or at the movies. The urge to constantly take pictures or clips, chat or post on Facebook is what pushed American movie theater chain AMC Entertainment to introduce “text friendly” theaters. Strictly reserved to those who cannot stop texting.

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pay more securely through selfies
Intimate Technology

Goodbye Password, Hello Selfie!

Amazon has proven to be a pioneer in innovations and originality. After patenting the 1-Click Ordering system they plan to implement a new payment system, the pay-by-selfie, a technology that enables users to pay for items by taking selfies to confirm their identities.

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bio printed body parts
Augmented Bodies

Bio-Printer Creates Living Body Parts

Hopes for easier and more affordable transplant surgeries are getting higher thanks to a new bio-printer able to use living cells to 3D print body parts. US researchers described on Nature Biotechnology how they used this technique to grow ear, bone and muscle structures out of plastic-like materials and living cells matching those of humans, rats, mice and rabbits. The living cells would act as ink making it possible to produce human tissue in the laboratory.

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electronic contact lenses future of wearable technology
Intimate Technology

Turning Contact Lenses into Screens

The way we interact with technology is hanginhanging very quickly and is becoming every day more personal and intimate. Scientists from the University of South Australia’s Future Industries Institute transformed contact lenses into computer screens. They came up with a polymer film coating able to conduct electricity on a contact lens, with the potential to build miniature electrical circuits that are safe to be worn.

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Artificial intelligence and biological enhancement
Augmented Bodies

From Homo Sapiens to Homo Optimus

We are slowly but surely entering an age of technological singularity, in which artificial intelligence and biological enhancement are combined in order to construct the next stages of human evolution. The year 2050 seems to be the point when technological advancements will allow us to merge our biological bodies with computers.

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