Take a step back (and protect your eyes) for this illustration of emerging technology for 2012 and beyond by Michel Zappa.
It’s nice to see domains such as AI, Interfaces, Sensors, Ubicomp, Robotics and Biotech next to each other.
Envisioning emerging technology for 2012 and beyond
(via Maarten den Braber)
An interview with an amazing person. Manuel DeLanda knows how to zoom out to a level of abstraction like no other. It’s quite a read, but worth the time.
“Manuel de Landa: Yes, I believe a hurricane represents a form of non-organic life. It lasts long enough for us to give it a name. It assembles itself. It’s not living in the sense that it doesn’t breathe. But to ask it to breathe would be to impose an organic constraint on it. The thing doesn’t have to breathe, it doesn’t have to have a pulse. Even then, certain winds do breathe, say the monsoon, the wind that is most prevalent on the southern coast of Asia. It is a perfectly rhythmic creature: it blows in one direction for six months of the year, blows in the other direction for another six months, and every sea-faring people in Asia that made a living from the sea had to live with the rhythm of the monsoon. The monsoon gave those cultures their rhythm. If you want to go that way, well, you have to go that way in the summer, then you get there and you have to wait for the winter to come back. You have to plan your life to that rhythm. So the monsoon is a self-organizing entity, there is no command component at all, it is non-organic life, and it is a pulsing non-organic life. It even has the beat that we tend to associate without hearts.”
— Manuel de landa at Virtual Futures
Brilliant how this video describes robotics as an object that is subjected to nurture, or as it sounds to me, as a species.
The article is interesting too. In the years to come, I would not be amazed if we’d start to look at robots or AI as more than just devices, but more as personalities for objects.
“In the realm of learning robotics there don’t seem to have been many attempts thus far to go beyond the limited bounds of behaviorism. Clearly in animals classical conditioning does play an important role, but it’s by no means the whole story. ..”
— I heart Robotics
If it comes to creativity in streetart, Olivier van Herpt is lightyears ahead.
Time writer project page
Part two of a popular concept video on the future of computers. Clearly with a focus on glass, but appealing to the imagination.
A nice project in the category “Wearable Technology”: Facelogger. It is a video camera on a necklace. The cam is on constant recording and has the option to save the last 30 seconds. Once the necklace is connected to a computer, it loads the shot footage as a task to Amazons’ Mechanical Turk service for processing. The end product is a transcript of the short conversation, a name of a person and an image for future reference.
Read the full interview at Quantified Self