Tag: Nongenetic Evolution
Archaeology of Media
Rapid changes in technology and media, consumerism and planned obsolescence have resulted in a fast-growing surplus of electronic waste around the globe. Artists and engineers at PAMAL, a media archaeology lab in France, address this problem with the exposition Archéologies des Medias, where they turned archaic technology that was once cutting-edge into art.
MIT Lets Robot Cheetah Off Leash
The Phone That’s Just a Phone
We came to a point where it seems an innovative concept to design a mobile with identical functions to the phones we used two decades ago. This cell phone, called Light Phone, has been designed to be used as little as possible. Its selling point? It has just one purpose: making and receiving phone calls.
Apple Watch Evolution
Analogue versus digital: one is an old-fashioned watch which does nothing more than marking the time, the other is a super modern gadget with the power of a computer. In 1992, decades before the era of wearable technology, Apple produced its first watch: no apps and vintage design.
Dynamic Exoskeleton Chair
Prolonged sitting is a common feature in today’s society. Despite the amount of movements our body is capable of, we spend most of our time in sedentary mode.
To respond to the anti-physical modern technology trends, Eindhoven Design Academy graduate Govert Flint developed the Segregation of Joy project. He designed an exoskeleton chair that allows the body to move freely. The user can control the cursor on his computer screen by moving his body in the chair.
Solar-Powered Plane Starts its Five-Month-Long Flight Around the World
Solar Impulse is a Swiss project with the aim to enable long term flights using solar power. Last week, the solar-powered plane, called Solar Impulse 2, began its five-month-long flight around the world. The first aircraft, named Solar Impulse 1, was able to take off and fly depending solely on solar power.
Minimalist Effect in the Maximalist Market
In the 21st century, where we are surrounded by huge amounts of data, it was almost inevitable to turn design preferences towards simplicity and less information overload. With this in mind, in 2010 the multidisciplinary design consultancy Antrepo Team created a project named Minimalist Effect in the Maximalist Market. Their goal is to meditate on the most desirable and simplistic packaging and labeling of well-known supermarket products.
Poem Passes the Turing Test
Artificial intelligence has a long way to go and one of the challenges that stands on the road to success is the Turing Test. Developed by Alan Turing in the fifties, the test measures AI ability to exhibit intelligent behavior equivalent to, or indistinguishable from, that of a human. Zackary Scholl developed a program to produce a poem that passed the Turing Test, questioning the source reliability of creative materials.
Transportations Of The Future
Forced to leave into spacetime, humans always tried to improve the way of moving around. Since the invention of the wheel we travelled quite a distance, however transportation technology is progressing much slower than other sciences. Nowadays most of existing transports are still fossil powered or rely on limited energy sources.
Nevertheless great concepts have been developed around the idea of personal freedom and control, new ways to disconnect vehicles from the ground, expand explorable areas and reduce time-traveling distances. Below a selection of nine enthralling and striking concepts.
The Evolution Of The Desk 1980 – 2014
Over the past decades, objects that normally used to surround us became more and more virtual, radically changing the aspect of our workplace.
A team from Harvard Innovation Lab envisioned the impact of technology on our everyday life, creating a metamorphosis of the desktop through the last 35 years. Cluttered worktables full of tangible tools turned into a clean minimal space.