Tag: Manufactured Animals

Drones
Fake-for-Real

Analogue vs Digital: Drone Wars

The use of armed drones has dramatically escalated during the war in Pakistan. Some in the media have referred to the attacks that started in 2004 as a drone war. The difference is hard to tell on these cards. The plane on the right is controlled by a pilot that bombs miles away from the actual combat zone where the plane operates. But still, some of the drone pilots even get post-traumatic stress symptoms from commanding these war machines.

From the Analogue vs Digital Memory Game

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Anthropomorphobia

Computer Generated… Errrmm?

Some days ago, this image was posted on Reddit.com with the alluring title “This image was generated by a computer on its own (from a friend working on AI)”. It portrays a computer generated representation of what seems to be some kind of squirrel-meets-sea-lion-meets-slug-type of creature.

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Manufactured Animals

MIT Lets Robot Cheetah Off Leash

Robot Cheetah has grown up! Scientists at MIT’s Biometrics Robotics Lab have now trained their robo-feline Cheetah to detect obstacles and jump over hurdles as it runs, making it the first four-legged robot able to run and jump autonomously.

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Food Technology

Grow your Dinner in a Kitchen Insect Farm

No, this isn’t another lab meat vision from the Bistro In Vitro restaurant. While today’s meat production will be hard to maintain as the world population increases, there are other ways to get our protein fix.

The Kitchen Insect Farm created by Katarina Unger enables you to grow your own protein source at home. The table-top device provides an environment for Black Soldier Fly eggs to grow into larvae that feed on bio-waste.

It takes the device 432 hours to turn one gram of Black Soldier Fly eggs into 2.4 kilogram of larvae protein. Once matured the larvae self-harvest and fall clean and ready to eat into the harvest bucket of the device. A few of the harvested larvae are selected to be dropped back into the top of the machine and start the cycle again.

We especially appreciate the clean medical look of the device, that subtly counterbalances the stereotypical associations people have with consuming insects.

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Biomimicmarketing

Cybernetic Bugs

British artist Julie Chappell turns old circuit boards and hi-tech gadgets into a new species called Computer Component Bugs. Beetles, dragonflies, butterflies and bugs – made from recycled deconstructed computers, smartphones and consoles – bring back to life old electronic materials.

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Made-to-debate

Puppy Delivery Drones

Puppies delivered by drones! For the National Adopt a Shelter Dog Day, celebrated on April 30, online community 3 Million Dogs released a funny video, envisioning a modern way of adopting a dog. Although this might become a reality in the future, you can go to your local shelter now to give unconditional love a chance.

Source: Design Taxi

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Anthropocene

Anthropo-scene #7: Anthropocene Bird

What does it mean to be a bird in a world massively altered by human actions? This White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus), a beautiful raptor, is finding it out while hovering above Baylands Park near Palo Alto, California.

Humans have made not only the Dodo, but dozens of bird species, vanish from Earth in the past decades, through hunting, habitat destruction and the spread of cats, rats and dogs with the help of ships. Globally, 1300 out of a total of 10,000 bird species are seriously in decline. Other birds have learned to live with humans and profit from their presence.

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Biomimicry

Drone Operated by Honeybee Brain

The Green Brain Project aims to create drones that will think, act and sense like a bee. In order to do this, the team of researchers from the University of Sheffield and University of Sussex in England is now working on recreating the brain structure of the European honeybee Apis mellifera. 

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