Would you use any of these ludicrous devices?
EXO by Tabor Robak
Part first-person game, part demoscene, part ‘experience’, all Sci-Fi, all worthy of 35 minutes of your time, available for free for PC and Mac. Here is a silent preview, embedded below:
If you don’t want to download the game, there is a 35 minute video to guide you through the experience here
You can get hold of the gorgeous piece of work at it’s website here
This post should be considered an appendix to my Rhizome piece posted today here
will.i.am, NASA team up for first song from Mars
“will.i.am listens to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Sciences and Exploration Directorate Chief Scientist Jim Garvin talk next to a mock up of the Mars rover Curiosity in Pasadena, Calif. Today at 4PM EDT, NASA will debut a new song by will.i.am.”
Will.i.am … you are hereby forgiven for the auditory misdeeds of the Black Eyed Peas, thanks to your tireless work to support science and expand education.
And because of the robots. You are a robot/science/art hero. Thank you.
Tune in later today (4 PM Eastern) on NASA TV to stream the event, where Mr. Am’s new song will be broadcast from the surface of Mars. It’s amazing that I just got to type those words.
Cory Doctorow: “The Coming Civil War over General-purpose Computing”, Talks at Google (August 2012)
Brilliant stuff from one of my fav writers – Cory Doctorow
“Welcome to my latest experiment. I am the Coquette, and I’ve carved out this little corner in the hallowed halls of Playboy to spread around a thick layer of brutal truth on the current state of modern masculinity in the hopes that some of it sticks to the back of your eyeballs.
This column is about your American manhood — whether you’re comfortable with it, still looking for it, or don’t know what to do with it — I’m here to shoot you straight. There will be no bullshit. There will be no coddling. I’m not your mother, I’m not your girlfriend, and I’m sure as hell not here to sell you anything. I’m only here to give damned good advice, and maybe bust a few balls along the way. […]
The real trick is that I won’t be telling you how to be a man. Fuck that. I’d much rather tell you why to be a man. The world is already full of authority figures and corporate interests trying to shape your definition of a “real man.” Almost all of them are full of shit, and I’ll do what I can to help you spot their hidden agendas.
If I do my job right, you’ll come away with a deeper understanding of contemporary sexuality, gender politics, and perhaps even your own identity. You’ll learn that sharpening your critical thinking skills is the secret to developing your own personal style, and you’ll start to recognize what parts of our culture are toxic in your pursuit of manhood.”
While everyone else out there is looking for Photoshop skills and interaction solutions. I’ll be looking, primarily, for curiosity. The thing is, I can look at a portfolio and figure out your Photoshop ability. And sure, we could (and probably will) whiteboard a design problem just to make sure you think critically. But if you’re not intellectually curious, none of that stuff matters.
The Millennial wants to tell people not just ‘I’ve made it,’ but also ‘I’m a tech person.’ ” Smartphones compete against cars for young people’s big-ticket dollars, since the cost of a good phone and data plan can exceed $1,000 a year. But they also provide some of the same psychic benefits—opening new vistas and carrying us far from the physical space in which we reside. “You no longer need to feel connected to your friends with a car when you have this technology that’s so ubiquitous, it transcends time and space.