Tag: Symbolic-Overdrive


What Bits Want

Digital bits have lives. They work for us, but we totally ignore them. What do bits really want? Here are the life stories of four different bits.


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Back to the Tribe

Does Handwriting Matter Anymore?

Handwriting or keyboarding? The personal touch of pen and ink VERSUS the efficiency and productivity of digital word processors.

According to scientist, writing by hand carries particular cognitive benefits by stimulating parts of the brain that key-clicking doesn’t touch. But many educators think handwriting doesn’t matter that much.

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Show Dem Guts

Sexy girls and organ meat was never a good combination to me, but the people from Black Milk Clothing that created this swimsuit seem to think it makes a pretty nice product. Am I too post-human already to understand, or is it just my anthropomorphobia that plagues me?

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Information Decoration

Styles for Anti-Face Detection

Face-recognition technology is arriving. Surveillance cameras can already pick out individual faces of suspects, and soon even smartphone app may allow you to identify strangers on the street and look up their Facebook page.

Neo-tribal privacy loving make up style that helps you avoid face recognition
Neo-tribal privacy-loving make-up style designed to avoid face recognition

In anticipation of the emerging face-recognition technology, privacy-lovers have been developing anti-face-recognition camouflage strategies for some time now. More recently, designer and technologists Adam Harvey reverse-engineered the algorithms behind face detection.

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Welcome in the Real Unreality

Here is one for our Dutch readers. This Sunday our editor in chief and next nature maven Koert van Mensvoort is interviewed in what is arguably the finest show on Dutch television: VPRO Tegenlicht.

While playing a game of Fake For Real, the documentary investigates our Society of Simulations and its impact on journalism. An English version of the documentary should be online soon and we will of course post it once it becomes available.

If you happen to be in Amsterdam next wednesday you might also want to attend the Tegenlicht Meetup at the Zwijger. Keep it real unreal folks!