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December 15 2015

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“CityHub is a central hub in the city from which travelers from around the world get in touch with the local environment. Right here, right now.”

November 18 2015

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“Logic control panel”

October 29 2015

Initiated from MIT Media Lab, BioLogic is our attempt to program living organism and invent responsive and transformable interfaces of the future. Nature has engineered its own actuators, as well as the efficient material composition, geometry and structure to utilize its actuators and achieve functional transformation. Based on the natural phenomenon of hygromorphic transformation, we introduce a specific type of living cells as nanoactuators that react to body temperature and humidity change. The living nanoactuator can be controlled by electrical signal and communicate with the virtual world as well. A digital printing system and design simulation software are developed to assist the design of transformation structure.

September 08 2015

The Japanese apprentice is taught that shokunin means not only having technical skills, but also implies an attitude and social consciousness. … The shokunin has a social obligation to work his/her best for the general welfare of the people.  This obligation is both spiritual and material, in that no matter what it is, the shokunin’s responsibility is to fulfill the requirement.
Tasio Odate

August 21 2015

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August 11 2015

July 22 2015

It is a central principle of sound editing that people hear what they are conditioned to hear, not what they are actually hearing. The sound of rain in movies? Frying bacon. Car engines revving in a chase scene? It’s partly engines, but what gives it that visceral, gut-level grist is lion roars mixed in. To be excellent, a sound editor needs not just a sharp, trained ear, but also a gift for imagining what a sound could do, what someone else might hear.
Rain is sizzling bacon, cars are lions roaring: the art of sound in movies

July 16 2015

When we’re designing systems that incorporate people, that are designed to draw those people in, that rely on their activity to even work, then we have a responsibility to those people. A duty of care.

People are more than just nodes in a social graph, to be co-opted and herded around at will for our own business ends.

Henry Cooke in prehensile/unintended-consequences-b2e23a9d0ba3">Unintended Consequences
Disruption is Silicon Valley’s current watchword. Startups are optimised for shaking up vulnerable industries rather than assessing the resulting social, legal and ethical impact. Progress itself is the yardstick; whether that progress is in a worthwhile direction is sometimes secondary.
Cennydd Bowles in The ethics of digital design

July 05 2015

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July 01 2015

IOTORAMA is a playful view of the Internet of Things by Alpha-ville with Fluuuid, Jonas Eltes and Giganta.

June 26 2015

En Plein Vol (création 2014) - Antoine Terrieux

Installation performed at La Maison Des Jonglages in La Courneuve (Paris).December 2014.

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Lorna Mills - Hand Job 2014 - CRT_20.gif (1.1 MB)  - Edition of 3

Cointemporary exhibits digital artworks (including editions) by international contemporary artists, which can be purchased for Bitcoin. Each artwork is a digital file that is protected through a cryptographic certificate of authenticity by using Ascribe to form a unique entry on the Blockchain. This method is like a secure, transparent ledger that tracks the chain of ownership and verifies the title of digital property through its individual address.

Following Cointemporary’s existing platform, each unique work or edition is on display for a limited time and sold in Bitcoin only.

June 25 2015

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T-shirt created from one of the images generated by Google’s image recognition neural network AI, as seen in this blog post Inceptionism: Going Deeper into Neural Networks.

By revdancatt

Notion is a single sensor that can be used to monitor your home, wherever you may be.

June 15 2015

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“The strategically placed cameras will scan faces at the Download Festival site in Donington before comparing it with a database of custody images from across Europe.“

The Police are scanning the faces of every single person at Download

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Cover Story: “Playdate”

Another amazing cover for The New Yorker drawn by Chris Ware

June 14 2015

The Aspirational Lamp - Creator Unknown

Made for the “Secret Life of Objects” course as part of IDP 2015 at CIID

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“MarI/O is a program made of neural networks and genetic algorithms that kicks butt at Super Mario World.” - Seth Bling 

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(via Henry)

I believe most designers are motivated by a desire to make people’s lives better. But it’s not enough to remember this motivation only at critical junctures: when switching jobs, reading an effusive review of something we designed, or seeing our client on the morning news. Design is a daily practice, and if we are to transform this motivation into a commitment, we need to consider the motivations and ethical implications of even our smallest decisions.
Chris Palmieri - A Practice of Ethics
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