Tag: Wild-systems

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Design-for-debate

Graffiti Drones

Last month graffiti artist Katsu,  member of the online free culture and technology collective F.A.T Lab, presented his graffiti drone called the “spray copter”.
In his journey to find innovative ways to expand to previously inaccessible spaces, Katsu, took his art out from the material world and went into the digital sphere.

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Manufactured Animals

Drone Diver’s License? Get it Online!

Operators of military drones are trained before they can use them, why not to train domestic pilots too? Small drones can be bought online by anybody and a way to assure a minimum level of competence in operating them seems like a good idea.

There are already schools and universities with degrees in drone flying, but the news is an online course to get the drone driver’s license for civil use.
An Italian company launched the first virtual classroom for drone operators, and upon its completion it will be possible to obtain a certificate of competence and capacity. Maybe it will help to avoid accidents, such as this photographer drone crush.

While waiting for more courses, if you are flying a drone you should check out the Drone Survival Guide.

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Monster Machine Swallows Tree in 15 Sec

They are called excavator mulchers, but that’s an understatement. What they really do is swallow trees. The video is 3 minutes, but you really only need to see the first 15 seconds, which is the time it takes the mulcher monster to consume a 9 meter-tall, mature spruce – starting at the top, landing at the bottom.

The tree that was, suddenly isn’t. Technosphere vs Biosphere: 1-0, it seems. But then you calculate how many trees need to be burned to provide the mulcher with enough energy to swallow one tree. Not entirely cradle to cradle. We wonder if the monster mulchers also do Antenna Tree masts.

Via NPR

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Fake-nature

Blending with Nature

A parked car in Huayang village, China, was left for so long that thorny vines and ivy grew up all around it, turning it into a gigantic bush. After one year of abandonment, the old van, named ‘Zombie Car’, was towed away completely engulfed by foliage. Peculiar image of the week.

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Humane-Technology

Remote Surgery

The practice of using robots for medical purposes is taking a new step towards the complete surgery executed by robotic hands.
Some doctors, like Mehran Anvari, are performing surgeries without being physically present in the operating room. This physician is not using his own hands to perform the surgery. He operates through a robot controlled from a console situated miles away from his patient.

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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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