1. futurist-foresight:

    These emergency preservation medical trials (some will call it “suspended animation”) will produce interesting results.

    "The researchers behind it don’t want to call it suspended animation, but it’s the most conventional way to explain it. The world’s first humans trials will start at the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, with 10 patients whose injuries would otherwise be fatal to operate on. A team of surgeons will remove the patient’s blood, replacing it with a chilled saline solution that would cool the body, slowing down bodily functions and delaying death from blood loss. According to Dr. Samuel Tisherman, talking to New Scientist: “We are suspending life, but we don’t like to call it suspended animation because it sounds like science fiction… we call it emergency preservation and resuscitation.” (via Endgadget)”


  2. visualgraphc:

    SOMA for Catalogue


    Six & Five Studio

    (Source: behance.net, via visualgraphc)


  3. creatio-ex-materia:

    Juha Arvid Helminen’s Shadow People and Invisible Empire

    (Source: all-that-you-can-leave-behind, via infamousaccessories)


  4. prostheticknowledge:

    History of Art: Net Art

    Online resource by Thomas Dreher outlining the backround to Net Art from the 1960s onwards, from the design concepts that would make modern computing possible to examples by artists who explored what art could be created by this new technology  - sample quote below:

    In the sixties Joseph Carl Robnett Licklider and Douglas Carl Engelbart conceptualise the interface between humans and computers as a cooperation of several participants using the same “intelligence augmenting tool” 4 for operations with “symbols” 5: to store character strings, to retrieve documents from the memory, to process these data and to store the processed data. 6 A keyboard and an electronic pen or a mouse are the means to process characters presented on a monitor. With these means functions can be easily activated. 7 Computers formerly used as calculators can be used with these forerunners of menus´ icons dominantly to process text and graphics.

    The website is very simple Web 1.0, but an interesting primer on the subject (and is part of a wider History of Computer Art).

    Part One | Part Two | Part Three


  5. thisistheverge:

    Outfoxed: how protests forced Mozilla’s CEO to resign in 11 days
    On a rainy morning this week in San Francisco, newly appointed Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich sat down for coffee with one of the people calling for his resignation. Hampton Catlin, a prominent developer of apps for the nascent Firefox OS, announced he was abandoning the platform due to Eich’s handling of the disclosure that in 2008 he donated $1,000 to the fight against same-sex marriage. California’s Proposition 8, which passed with 52 percent of the vote in 2008, made same-sex marriage illegal in California until the law was overturned by the Supreme Court. Over the course of an hour, Catlin explained the suffering that Prop. 8 caused for him and his partner, a Brit who couldn’t immigrate until marriage became legal. Catlin asked Eich for an apology. He didn’t get one.


  6. prostheticknowledge:


    New Media art installation from 2011 by Bernd Oppl projects surreal gravity-defying activity in a convincing space (which is actually a rotating model) - video embedded below:

    The view is directed to an interior. There is a window, a heater, stairs, which neither lead up- nor down - stairs. You watch a door, which sometimes opens and you notice the empty corners of the room. You don’t see any people. The room seems quiet and still there is movement. There are traces of action, as if the room possessed memory, as if it could remember the ones, which have been gone for a long time with their spirits still being present. Dark shadows, composed of countless pixels, accumulate in the corners, wipe along the walls, seem to escape through the stairs. These pictures are produced by a digital camera. The model of the described room is being rotated around the lens of the camera by a motor. A projector shows the miniaturised room in the size of a real room on a screen. The changing perspective of the camera changes the mood of the projection as well. The atmosphere might remind you of Alfred Hitchcock`s cinematographic panic-rooms. The scary effects in the work of Bernd Oppl focus on movement. Taking a look at the interior reveals a simple reason, watching the screen produ - ces a scary medial effect. Both realities, the virtual and the analog one, fall apart. The weirdness does not dissolve by recognizing the cause. The artist shows the digital translation, the medial leap from the animated model to the moving image and leaves the effect of uncertainness, the observer looses touch with reality. The eye of Bernd Oppl’s camera shows how far human experience stays away from technical perception – and the other way around. (Brigitte Felderer)

    More about the work of Bernd can be found here

    (Source: vimeo.com)



  8. Google Flu Trends, which launched in 2008, monitors web searches across the US to find terms associated with flu activity such as “cough” or “fever”. It uses those searches to predict up to nine weeks in advance the number of flu-related doctors’ visits that are likely to be made. The system has…

    (via algopop)



  10. prostheticknowledge:


    Online collage webpage maker and social network with tools to create, share and remix. Whilst similar in concept to to-dot-be, this could emerge as an online magazine tool - video embedded below:

    Our blank canvas empowers you to create amazing content, simply. Drag + drop images, GIFs, text, video, audio, add links, shapes, + embed content. We give you limitless possibilities.

    Above is one example from maxcapacity, extending his Cityscape series featuring parts of the collection as one - if you wish, you could add, extend, or change this to make it your own.

    More about NewHive can be found at their website here



  12. thisistheverge:

    The internet is fucked
    Here’s a simple truth: the internet has radically changed the world. Over the course of the past 20 years, the idea of networking all the world’s computers has gone from a research science pipe dream to a necessary condition of economic and social development, from government and university labs to kitchen tables and city streets. We are all travelers now, desperate souls searching for a signal to connect us all. It is awesome. And we’re fucking everything up.



  14. prostheticknowledge:


    In-development indie game is a riot simulator based on real-world events - video embedded below:

    As the economical crisis advances, the discontent of an entire population cannot help but outburst in Riots, where the sounds of many voices get heard at once. The Director Leonard Menchiari has been experiencing this form of protest in person, and the game “RIOT” was born as a way to express it and to tell the stories of these fights. What is that triggers such a strife? What does a cop feel during the conflict? In “Riot”, the player will experience both sides of a fight in which there is no such thing as “victory” or “defeat”.

    The game is due to be released later this year.

    More Here


  15. sci-universe:

    Technology at it’s cutest — The Bipedal Cycling Robot

    In 2011, robot creator Masahiko Yamaguchi demonstrated a robot which can balance, steer and correct itself while riding a fixed-gear bike.

    Full video with more information here.

    (via brucesterling)