Tag: Symbolic-Overdrive

Green Blues

The Face of Litter

Not even anti-face-recognition camouflage strategies, such as these algorithm based make up styles will help you against DNA evidence.

In Hong Kong, an environmental campaign called The Face of Litter is tackling littering behavior in an innovative way. Collecting DNA samples from rubbish carelessly discarded on the street, they recreate the digital portrait of the person who dumped it.

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Back to the Tribe

MyWebwill Dead Before its Subscribers

Nowadays we live a large part of our lives online, but what happens to our digital identity after we are gone? Five years ago we wrote about a tech startup that serves your online wishes after dead. The company MyWebwill helped you to manage your digital afterlife. Unfortunately the company itself has now deceased.

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Hyperreality

Seconds for Sale: Domestication of Time

As society is moving more rapidly and people are busier than ever, a need arises to change the passage of time accordingly. Einstein showed how time is relative and influenced by gravitational force. Time Ingot, by experimental philosopher Jonathon Keats, is a first step to domesticate this relativity for practical human needs.

The ingot is a solid piece of lead alloy, neatly packaged. Due to the compact size, it can be used to manage time on a desktop or on a bed stand. Its mass slows down time in the immediate vicinity. Ideal for planning competitive business or slightly extending lifespan.

With less than one extra second every billion years, the effect is not directly noticeable, and the $19.99 Time Ingot is already out of sale. But at least, it gives us the small opportunity to literally manage time, instead of letting time manage us.

Story and image via The Atlantic

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Symbolic-Overdrive

Meet the Modern Miners

The good people of Motherboard gained access to a massive, secretive Bitcoin mine that is said to make 4050 bitcoins a month, which converts to some 800,000 Euro at the current rate. The mine consists of 3,000 computers specifically build to mine for bitcoins and is based in a re-purposed factory in rural northeast China.

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Biomimicry

Over 300 Sharks are Now on Twitter

Twitter is steadily growing its user base. Recently 338 sharks in Western Australia subscribed to the microblogging service. They are now tweeting out where they are.

Australian researchers have tagged 338 sharks with acoustic transmitters that monitor where the animals swim. When a tagged shark is about half a mile away from a beach, it triggers a computer alert, which tweets out a message on the Surf Life Saving Western Australia Twitter feed. The tweet notes the shark’s size, breed and approximate location.

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Biomimicmarketing

Palm Tree Antenna

These next natural palm trees species were spotted near Las Vegas and Hurghada, Egypt. Rest assured tourists don’t want ugly cellphone antennas spoiling their oases: they want an untouched landscape, but with cellphone coverage.

In case you know any cellphone tree antenna masts in your environment, use the Next Nature spotting app for iPhone to add them to our collection. The best picture wins a copy of our lustrous Next Nature book!

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Humane-Technology

Need to Unplug? There is an App for that

Although technology was originally employed to free us from the forces of nature – think about a roof to protect you from rain – over time it became a next nature that is wild and unpredictable as ever; and it needs to be domesticated.

The Offtime App wants to save us from our own devices. Following a successful crowdfunding, the public version of Offtime is now available on Android.
It helps us disconnect from our devices when we need it most. And the best thing: it’s free.

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