Tag: Wild-systems

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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Retro-Futuristic Drones

This postcard from 1925 imagines future New York, “The City of Skyscrapers”.
By that time many of the Big Apple’s skyscrapers were already present. Futurists of the past envisioned not only more high-rise buildings and a system of elevated trains, but also a sort of aerial civilization. Could it be a prediction of drones filling the sky? Via Paleofuture

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Wild Systems

Pyramid of Technology

How Technology Becomes Nature in Seven Steps.

From stone-axes to mobile phones, throughout history people have given birth to a wide range of technologies that extend our given physical and mental capabilities. Today, it is almost impossible to imagine a world without technology. Every human being on the planet employs technology of some sort, and every human has to cope with technological change at various points during his or her lifetime. Yet, despite our deep-rooted relationship with technology, and the fact that we are wholly surrounded by it, most of us are still relatively unaware of how new technologies are introduced, accepted or discarded within our society.

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Designed-by-Evolution

What Bits Want

Digital bits have lives. They work for us, but we totally ignore them. What do bits really want? Here are the life stories of four different bits.

By KEVIN KELLY

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Officegarden

Anti-Drone Tent

Sarah van Sonsbeecks Anti Drone Tent is a small construction of emergency blankets that blocks infrared sensing, making it invisible to drones.

Isn’t it ironic. While originally humans started employing technology to emancipate ourselves from the forces of old nature – think of a roof above your head to withstand wind and rain – these technologies over time caused the rising of a next nature. And we now need to emancipate ourselves from the forces of technology.

The Anti Drone tent is currently on display at the Drone Camping at Mediamatic.

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Bionics

Robot Swarm that can form any Shape

A team or Harvard researchers developed a self assembling swarm of 1000 robots that can form any shape. Inspired by flock behavior in old nature – think birds, fish or ants – the scientists created an algorithm that allows a flock of simple robots to assemble in any given shape.

The researchers expect that in the future such swarms of robots could help cleaning oil spills, provide immediate emergency help at a disaster site, or guide millions of self driving cars.

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Anthropocene

Watch Your City at Night from Space

There is an ambiguous luster in the satellite images of Earth at night. While on a ground level our cities appear as purely cultural artifacts, a traveler from outer space might just as well marvel at them as beautifully glowing organic fungi-like structures that sprouted on our planet. Less than a millennium ago, the Earth at night was all dark. Today it is all glowing and blossoming.

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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.