Tag: Wild-systems

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Design-for-debate

You Push the Button, It Does the Rest

A stand-alone physical button that connects to the internet. Alone, it doesn’t do much. But connected with the cloud servers at bt.tn, it can do pretty much what you want! Using this simple button, you can harness the power of various Internet technologies, such as HTTP, Twitter, Facebook, email, or SMS.

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Designed-by-Evolution

Why Robots Need Personalities

What if we could give our robotic friends social skills and charisma?
In this short video, social roboticist Heather Knight explains why we shouldn’t just limit machines to automation.
Knight affirms working with robots equipped with personality could make us more social. “We could work together with machines to be capable of doing things that neither of us could do alone.”
Are robots not supposed to think or do they need personalities? Which side are you on?

Source: BBC Future

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Anthropomorphobia

Robotic Furniture puts IKEA to Shame

While science fiction taught us to think of robots as human-like beings, the ones that actually make it into your home will more likely look like furniture. A team at the EPFL Biorobotics Laboratory in Switzerland is developing multipurpose robotic building blocks, called Roombots, that put your regular furniture to shame.

The robotic furniture can self-assemble into a chair and move across the room with you in it, and reassemble into a table that delivers you a glass of water. The researchers created a video that shows them in action.

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Drones Could Be the Next Dog Sitters

Drones seem to have many different applications: taking care of the Biosphere, delivering orders, attacking people, protecting rhinos, recording videos and now they could even become your dog’s best friends.

Jeff Myers, new yorker and owner of a dog and a drone, decided to use its AR drone to walk his pet. Attached to the end of the dog’s leash, the aerial vehicle flies guiding and monitoring the animal.
This video shows the possibility of creating an automated interaction between people and pets with the help of unmanned robotic systems.
There are still few things to consider about using drones to take dogs out for a walk: for instance, who clean up after the pet?

Source: Huffpost Tech

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Co-Evolution

Razorius Gilletus Flexball Subspecies

Regular readers of this blog know we closely monitor razor technology as a symbol of our co-evolutionary relationship with technology. This basically means that, like the bees and the flowers, people and technology are intertwined in mutual dependence: we serve our technology as much as it serves us. And just like humans, technology wants to prosper, propagate and grow. The blindness ‘innovation’ of shaving razors, with more and more blades, strips and grips, exemplifies this development.

The latest subspecies in the Razorius line is the Razorius Gilletus Flexball. While the Gillete Corporation proclaims they have reinvented shaving, others argue Gillette’s new razor is everything that’s wrong with America.

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Anthropocene

DIY Wire Networks In India

The growing demand of electricity and digital communication has a major impact on Indian urban areas.

The increasing use of electronic devices in daily life and the ways we relate to them affect also fast developing countries, like India. This modernization process has led to the creation of DIY electrical and digital communication network in some areas of New Delhi.

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Image-Consumption

How a Self-Driving Car Sees the World

Recently I got my drivers license, it took me a year and a half to get it so you can imagine I was pretty happy. It might sound like I’m a bad driver, but in Holland it’s not uncommon to take a lot of time to obtain the permit. Now I’m cruising the decorated highways of the Netherlands in my dad’s car. I learned to shift the gear, to steer and most importantly to drive safe, looking around and pay close attention to everything.

These days learning to shift gears is not necessary anymore, a lot of cars are automatic. And in the nearby future it might not even be required to get the driving license at all, if Google self-driving cars take over.

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