ARTHUR C. CLARKE DESCRIBING THE 21ST CENTURY

March 6, 2016 / 0 comments

Clarke was a great ambassador for science and technolgy in popular culture. He’s like your favourite uncle who can discuss groundbreaking ideas in a way that you’d imagine you’d talk to someone over a cup of tea. I’m sure he had a far more in depth grasp of many technolgies than he presented in many…

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THE ENCOUNTER

March 2, 2016 / 0 comments

Is Simon McBurney’s The Encounter the future of theatre? Some of us here are friends”, a voice whispers into your ear, so close you think you can feel the hairs inside curl. The voice is enveloping, other-worldly, cryptic – and not a little malign? Simon McBurney’s latest one-man play, a head trip into the depths of…

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SENSOR TAPE: 3D AWARE SENSOR NETWORK ON A ROLE OF TAPE

February 28, 2016 / 0 comments

Developed by the team at MIT Media Lab’s Responsive Environments group including Artem Dementyev, Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao and Joe Paradiso, SensorTape is a sensor network in a form factor of a tape that allows users to create large sensor networks. The ‘tape’ is composed of interconnected and programmable sensor nodes on a flexible electronics sub- strate. Each node can sense…

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GRAPHS AND QUOTES FROM THE BIG RETHINK

February 25, 2016 / 0 comments

Part 2: Farewell to modernism − and modernity too Here she contrasts three paradigms − or as she prefers, ‘cultural ecologies’ − Modernity, Deconstructionist Postmodernism (the transitory, hyper-relativist mode of thought usually referred to as Postmodernism) and Ecological Postmodernism, which she implies is the emerging long-term successor to modernity. Her vision of Ecological Postmodernism is…

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SMARTPHONE’S AS EXTENSIONS OF OURSELVES

February 21, 2016 / 0 comments

Apple’s recent refusal to abide by a court order to unlock the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone has brought to the public’s attention an argument over cybersecurity and encryption that has been raging throughout the tech world for years. On the surface, that argument has a particular and recognizable ethical character. But further down, it is…

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FaceDirector: Continuous Control of Facial Performance

February 20, 2016 / 0 comments

We present a method to continuously blend between multiple facial performances of an actor, which can contain different facial expressions or emotional states. As an example, given sad and angry video takes of a scene, our method empowers a movie director to specify arbitrary weighted combinations and smooth transitions between the two takes in post-production….

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INTERACTIVE BOSCH: GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS

February 12, 2016 / 0 comments

Teaching art history online can be tough, despite a wealth of tools and technologies it’s difficult to create an environment that compares to a great teacher who can make artworks engaging to a live audience. However, this new interactive exhibit of Hieronymus Bosch’s famous Garden of Earthly Delights completely nails it. This is the internet…

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DADA DATA

February 6, 2016 / 0 comments

LET THE SHOW BEGIN! FIVE WEEKS OF DADA MADNESS AWAIT! After eighteen months of hard work, everything is finally ready. DADA-DATA, the little documentary factory, has opened its doors. DADA-DATA is a digital cabaret that’s open 24/7. A place of encounters, hacktions, dark corners, noise, an anti-museum, and weekly events – through to March 5,…

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THE INTERNET SLEEPS AT NIGHT

February 5, 2016 / 0 comments

In much of the world, the internet regularly goes to sleep. What this means is that for web surfers in Asia and and Africa and South America, their internet connections get switched off at night. Internet cafes shut down, and so do home routers. “One of the strongest correlations we found is the poorer your…

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SOCIAL ARCHITECTURE

February 5, 2016 / 0 comments

David Cowlard explains how social-media channels have become dominant features of the digital landscape and the increasing influence of social media within the field of architecture. Whether we are keeping in touch with triends and family or actively engaged with an online community, social media now shape the way many of us communicate. Facebook users now number close…

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