Tag: Technorhetoric

Suburban Utopia

Exploring Detroit’s Next Nature

Detroit: Car Cultures, Technomythologies, Networked Urbanism, Guided Growth, The City as Organism, Zombie Media, Ruin Porn… It is about time we explore it from a Next Nature perspective. What better way to do this with an exceptional bunch of people in an exceptional two-week program?

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Digital-Presence

Flights Delayed Due to iPad Crash

Do you ever feel you cannot function during the day without your tablet? Apparently, also American Airlines pilots cannot do without their iPads. The airline company has been using iPads instead of paper reference books for several years now. However, a recent system failure revealed a weakness in the company’s policy. Dozens of flights were grounded as pilots’ iPads crashed.

It was reported that several iPads used by pilots to receive flight plans had system failures as planes were getting ready to take-off. The devices screens went black for both pilots and co-pilots, and some flight had to return to the gate in order to establish a Wifi connection to fix the problem. American Airlines stated that the failure was due to a problem with the software application.

It still remains unknown whether the issue has been resolved properly, but the story is – once again – an illustration of our dependency on technology and our intimate relationship with it.

Source: Gizmodo

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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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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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Design-for-debate

NANO Supermarket Opens in Norway

Our lustrous NANO Supermarket just opened a 100m2 pop-up store in Norway. Come visit our glimmering new  franchise until the 1st of March at Article Bienale in the Stavanger Artmuseum. Test and taste the products and discuss the impact of new technologies on your life.

If you are interested in hosting our NANO Supermarket pop-up store at your venue or event and have a budget to go with it. Yes! do contact our production team.

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Intimate Technology

Australians Wake Up One Hour Early Due to System Error in Their Mobile Phones

Customers of the Australian Telecom provider Optus didn’t get as much sleep as they’d hoped last week. Due to incorrectly set switching units in Brisbane, some phones in the state’s south-east automatically switched their time zone.

The glitch meant many woke an hour earlier than usual, leaving not just phone customers but whole households unhappy about rising early.

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Technorhetoric

The Golden Quarter

Some of our greatest cultural and technological achievements took place between 1945 and 1971. Why has progress stalled?

By MICHAEL HANLON

We live in a golden age of technological, medical, scientific and social progress. Look at our computers! Look at our phones! Twenty years ago, the internet was a creaky machine for geeks. Now we can’t imagine life without it. We are on the verge of medical breakthroughs that would have seemed like magic only half a century ago: cloned organs, stem-cell therapies to repair our very DNA. Even now, life expectancy in some rich countries is improving by five hours a day. A day! Surely immortality, or something very like it, is just around the corner.

The notion that our 21st-century world is one of accelerating advances is so dominant that it seems churlish to challenge it. Almost every week we read about ‘new hopes’ for cancer sufferers, developments in the lab that might lead to new cures, talk of a new era of space tourism and super-jets that can fly round the world in a few hours. Yet a moment’s thought tells us that this vision of unparalleled innovation can’t be right, that many of these breathless reports of progress are in fact mere hype, speculation – even fantasy.

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Technorhetoric

Xmas Unwrapped

Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of Christmas? Buckle up for an expedition along the supply chain to visit the factory floors and productions lines of our fluffy red Santa hats, shiny baubles, tinsel and fake plastic trees.
Merry Christmas. Ho Ho Ho!

Video by Unknown Fields Division and Toby Smith

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Global-Image-Economy

Next Nature Emergency Blanket

In 1964, NASA developed a new material consisting of a thin sheet of plastic, coated with a metallic reflecting agent. A thin sheet of plastic coated with a metallic reflecting agent proved resistance to the hostile space environment, large temperature range and resistance to ultraviolet radiation. As a spinoff, this material is now widely used as ‘survival’ blanket in emergency situations or extreme sports, usually to protects its users against forces of ‘old’ nature (cold, heat, rain, wind).

This Next Nature Survival Blanket however, protects against the forces of next nature: drone attacks, electrosmog, internet fail, et cetera.

Concept: Koert van Mensvoort, Hendrik-Jan Grievink
Design: Hendrik-Jan Grievink

The Next Nature Emergency Blanket is especially developed for the exhibition Welcome to the Anthropocene: The Earth in Our Hands at the Deutsches Museum in Munich (Germany) which runs from December 5, 2014 to January 31, 2016.

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