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The Singularity in Our Past Light-Cone

The Singularity has happened; we call it "the industrial revolution" or "the long nineteenth century". It was over by theAclose of 1918.

Exponential yet basically unpredictable growth of technology, rendering long-term extrapolation impossible (even whenAattempted by geniuses)? Check.

Massive, profoundly dis-orienting transformation in the life of humanity, extending to our ecology,Amentality and social organization?ACheck.

Annihilation of the age-old constraints of space and time?ACheck.

Embrace of the fusion of humanity and machines?ACheck.

Creation of vast, inhuman distributed systems of information-processing,Acommunication andAcontrol, "the coldest of all cold monsters"? Check; we call themA"the self-regulating market system" andA"modern bureaucracies" (public orAprivate), and they treat men and women, even those whose minds and bodies instantiate them,Alike straw dogs.

An implacable drive on the part of those networks to expand, to entrain more and more of the world within their own sphere? Check. ("Drive" is the best I can do; words like "agenda" or "purpose" are too anthropomorphic, and fail to acknowledge the radical novely and strangeness of these assemblages, which areAnot even intelligent, as we experience intelligence, yet ceaselessly calculating.)

Why, then, since the Singularity is so plainly, even intrusively, visible in our past, does science fiction persist in placing a pale mirage of it in our future? Perhaps: the owl of Minerva flies at dusk; and we are in the late afternoon, fitfully dreaming of the half-glimpsed events of the day, waiting for the stars to come out.>


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Posted: November 28th, 2010
at 2:57pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: myninjaplease,life,weaponry,design,science,"ninja",development,internets,philosophy,education

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Battle of Britain : Dollar ReDe$ign 2010 Competition Winners

1st, 2nd and 3rd place.>

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Posted: November 24th, 2010
at 7:56am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: design,competitions,trade

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The Anti-Smartphone

Only capable of making and receiving calls,AJohn's Phone is dubbed the world's simplest mobile phone, specifically designed for anti-smartphones users.

It does not provide any hi-tech features. No apps. No Internet. No camera. No text messaging. All you have to do - in fact, all you can do - is call, talk and hang up.

Named after the company that created it - John Doe, a full-service advertising agency in Amsterdam - the phone is designed for users who are fed up with smartphones and their hi-tech functions.>

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Posted: November 18th, 2010
at 2:48am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: cell phones,design,development

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What is Chindgu ()?

Chindgu ()Ais the Japanese art of inventing ingenious everydayAgadgets that, on the face of it, seem like an ideal solution to a particular problem. However, chindgu has a distinctive feature: anyone actually attempting to use one of these inventions would find that it causes so many new problems, or such significant social embarrassment, that effectively it has noAutility whatsoever. Thus, chindgu are sometimes described as "unuseless" - that is, they cannot be regarded as ‘useless’ in an absolute sense, since they do actually solve a problem; however, in practical terms, they cannot positively be called "useful." via

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Posted: November 18th, 2010
at 2:45am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: gear,design,"ninja",et cetera

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The World is Not Flat : Ponoko

Ponoko is bringing the power of product design to the masses. We began in 2007 by offering laser-cutting and earlier this year added electronics to the mix. Today we are elated to announce that the new Ponoko Personal Factory 4 offers 3D printing! ACloudFab has joined our global digital making network, giving Ponoko customers the ability to create 3D printed designs. All with no set up fees, no minimum orders, and a free one year replacement policy. AWe've added five new 3D printable materials to our materials catalog including durable white plastic, superfine plastic, rainbow color plastic, stainless steel, and gold plated stainless steel.>

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Posted: November 17th, 2010
at 10:32pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: web,design,blogs

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EYEBEAM : Aram Bartholl

This a preview of "Dead Drops", a project by Aram Bartholl which he started off during his ongoing EYEBEAM residency in NYC. It is an anonymous, offline, peer to peer file-sharing network in public space. Aram "injected" 5 USB flash drives into walls, buildings and curbs accessable to anybody. You are invited to go to these places to drop or find files on a dead drop. Plug your laptop to a wall, house or pole to share your files and date. Each dead drop contains a readme.txt file explaining the project. I guess the most prominent location is right next to the New Museum, the other 4 locations are listed on Aram's website.>

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Posted: November 17th, 2010
at 10:21pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: computers,art,web,weaponry,architecture,design,contemporary,et cetera

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What’s New? : Ecodrive

Unlike motorcycles, there are no signal lights for bicycle.ASince dangers occur all the time when bicycle is turning left or right in the middle of the crossroad, many countries are advising riders to send hand signs when take make turns.AIt’s because getting hands off the bicycle can cause risk on the traffic road.ATo prevent this, they are trying to get rid of the risk of hand signs by mounting signal lamps on the bicycle.

As commute with bicycle attracts many people, traffic road and environment for bicycle are showing improvement.ABy mounting smartphone on the bicycle, riding distance could be measured and navigation is possible through GPS. ABy mounting a battery inside the aluminum frame of the bicycle, it provides electricity to mounted smartphone and signal lamps.>

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Posted: November 16th, 2010
at 6:08pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: green,cell phones,design,bikes,what's new?

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LightGraff Collective>

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Posted: November 14th, 2010
at 3:00am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: photo,design,contemporary

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Lost in Translation: Eric Karjaluoto

Rodrigo Teixeira of Brazil, interviews Eric KarjaluotoAabout design- the interview in Portuguese is here.

Nowadays, it seems that everybody is claiming to be "green." But when we dig deeper we often find that most of these changes are little than marketing. How can we convince our clients to make real change? And how can we separate one thing from another?

This is a huge and very complicated issue. Part of it relates to intention. Some organizations are simply unaware of the issue and what they can do. Others are concerned, but inadvertently greenwash, in spite of best intentions, because they don't understand the implications of what they are doing and saying. And then there are those organizations who simply don't care. They fully understand that they are doing damage to the ecosystem, but willingly greenwash in order to protect their brands.

All of these groupsaaside from the lastacan be worked with. Their challenge is largely one of ignorance. I want to be clear here: I don't mean stupidity, I mean that they simply don't have the required information to act in a more effective and fruitful fashion. So, to answer your question, it's our job as communicators to learn as much as we can on this topic, and then share this information with our clients both directly (one-on-one discussions) and indirectly (thought leadership). In doing so, we enable them to make real change.

And for those who greenwash with more nefarious intentions, we need another tactic. Ultimately, they are the enemy, and we must attack them as such. We can do this through both information and action. By asking the populace to think critically about the messages they are confronted with, we can better weed out those messages that are more dubious in nature. I sincerely believe that most people do care about this issue and will make good decisions once the path is made clear. Knowing which organizations are doing ill can enable consumers to boycott those brands and demand more sustainable options.

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Posted: November 12th, 2010
at 4:12pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: green,design

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