Don’t Trust Dictionaries and Maps
The definition of the word “mountweazel” is the following: “any invented word or name inserted in a reference work by a publisher for the purpose of detecting plagiarism”. In her funny and informative podcast on linguistic facts, English writer Helen Zaltzman from The Allusionist, explores the existence of fake entries in dictionaries and encyclopedias.
Interview: Liam Young on Speculative Architecture and Engineering the Future
Liam Young is a speculative architect who, in his own words, “operates in the spaces between design, fiction and futures”. With his London-based design think tank, Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today, he explores the future implications of emerging urban developments. Named by Blueprint magazine as one of 25 people who will change architecture and design, Young uses fiction and film to discuss probable futures. He has also co-founded Unknown Fields Division with Kate Davies, an award winning nomadic workshop that travels on annual expeditions to the ends of the Earth, investigating unreal and forgotten landscapes, alien terrains and industrial ecologies. Unknown Fields have developed projects through expeditions from the Ecuadorian Amazon and the Galapagos Islands to North Alaska, the mining landscapes of the Australian Outback, the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Recently, Young gave an interesting lecture at the Sonic Acts Festival 2015 in Amsterdam. His visually engaging storytelling took the audience on a virtual trip with the infamous celebrity Kim Kardashian, whose derriere broke the internet recently. During his talk, he meditated on the emergence of virtual landscapes and hinted at new futures originated by developing technologies. On that occasion, we talked to Liam Young about his work in speculative architecture, the future, and our role as humans in relation to the nature.
Scientists could Reveal a Parallel Universe
One of the most expensive scientific instruments ever built, CERN’s Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland, will be driven to its highest energy levels in an attempt to detect or create mini black holes. If the experiment proves to be successful, scientists hope to reveal a new universe.
Drone Maps Christ the Redeemer
Christ the Redeemer is a famous landmark of Rio de Janeiro, standing on the 700-meter-high Corcovado Mountain. The current technology has not been able to replicate the statue perfectly, until now. PUC University of Rio de Janeiro teamed up with the 3D design company Pix4D and the Canadian drone company Aeryon to map out the statue in its most accurate state.
Browsing the Map of Space Ship Earth
Why use Google Maps when you can get GPS directions on The Death Star Instead? Mapbox Studio is a toolkit that allows apps and websites to serve up their own custom-designed maps to users. Companies like Square, Pinterest, Foursquare, and Evernote con provide custom-skinned Mapboxes instead, changing map elements to better fit in with their brand.
But Mapbox can do far cooler stuff. It can blast you to Space Station Earth, a Mapbox that makes the entire planet look like the blinking, slate gray skin of the Star Wars Death Star.
Up in the North: the Rising Kingdom of Google Earth
Nation states and geographical borders. But for how long?
Travel By Drone
Summer holiday season is almost here! Luckiest people might have already booked their vacation to a lovely chalet in France, a beach hotel in Spain, an amazing adventure in Asia or a chilled out week at a camping in Vinkeveen.
But for those less fortunate, without holidays, money or time, don’t be sad, you can always Travel By Drone!
Technosphere Monitors the Biosphere
We all know deforestation is a major global issue, but it’s hard to quantify just how serious the problem is. According to a wide spread anecdote, 36 football fields’ worth of forest is lost every minute, but this is only the beginning of the story.
Just where are forests disappearing, and where are they returning? The rise and fall of the Earths forests can now be tracked ‘real time’ through a new mapping tool called Global Forest Watch.
Amazon Tribe lacks concept of Time
A study, in Language and Cognition has shown that time does not exist as a separate concept for the Brazilian Amondawa – an Amazon tribe first contacted by the outside world in 1986.
The Amondawa language lacks the linguistic structures that relate time and space. There is no word for “time”, or indeed of time periods such as “month” or “year”. Furthermore, the people do not refer to their ages, but rather assume different names in different stages of their lives.