The 10 most beautiful ceilings in the world


"New techniques in firing coloured mosaic tiles allowed the Shah's architects to revel in wondrous displays of decoration, brought to perfection here in the Shah Mosque (1612-38). Designed by the master calligrapher and miniaturist Rezza Abbasi, the blue, yellow, turquoise, pink and green tiles catch and reflect the light of this bright and hot city, animating cool spaces under the great blue dome of Abbas's mosque." 

BBC


The sun in 4k

The sun in 4k


Absolutely stunning footage of the sun compiled from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. The movie runs for 30 minutes and represents a frame every 12 seconds. Hypnotic. Extraordinary.

NASA


Removed - Photographs by Erik Pickersgill

Removed - Photographs by Erik Pickersgill


The photographs in Eric Pikersgill’s tragically incisive exhibition ‘Removed’ cast us all as hopeless addicts gazing into empty digital mirrors. Absent, disconnected, silenced.

Family sitting next to me at Illium café in Troy, NY is so disconnected from one another. Not much talking. Father and two daughters have their own phones out. Mom doesn’t have one or chooses to leave it put away. She stares out the window, sad and alone in the company of her closest family. Dad looks up every so often to announce some obscure piece of info he found online. Twice he goes on about a large fish that was caught. No one replies. I am saddened by the use of technology for interaction in exchange for not interacting. This has never happened before and I doubt we have scratched the surface of the social impact of this new experience. Mom has her phone out now.

We can do better. We must do better.

removed.social


CogniToys

CogniToys


... A company called Elemental Path is developing a new line of smart toys for children which will be powered by the super computing system IBM Watson, enabling the toys to engage in real and personalized conversations with kids, and evolve with the child as he or she grows. CogniToys, as the toy line is being called, is today introducing its first entry into this space, with a smart dinosaur toy that supports full speech recognition and can chat with kids, tell them jokes and answer a wide variety of “who,” “when,” “where” and “why” questions. ...

CogniToys


Ghost Gunner - technology vs the power structure

Ghost Gunner - technology vs the power structure


"Wilson's latest radically libertarian project is a PC-connected milling machine he calls the Ghost Gunner. Like any computer-numerically-controlled (or CNC) mill, the one-foot-cubed black box uses a drill bit mounted on a head that moves in three dimensions to automatically carve digitally-modelled shapes into polymer, wood or aluminium. But this CNC mill, sold by Wilson's organisation known as Defense Distributed for $1,200 (£740), is designed to create one object in particular: the component of an AR-15 rifle known as its lower receiver."

Wired


dataSTICKIES

dataSTICKIES


Red Dot Design Awards, Design Concept winner 2013: "dataSTICKIES are the next generation of data portability. They are graphene-based flash drives that replace USB pen drives and hard discs." 

Red Dot Design Awards


Manufactured landscapes

Manufactured landscapes


"Edward Burtynsky finds the eerie beauty in the man-made landscapes that dot our Earth’s surface. As a photographer who focuses on the relationship between humans and nature, he travels to the hidden corners of the Earth to document the way people are ravaging our planet. Here are 13 of his haunting images of altered nature."

TED


Bot & Dolly: Box Demo (Gmunk)

Bot & Dolly: Box Demo (Gmunk)


The piece was essentially grounded on the principles of Stage Magic, invoking five of the basic categorizations of Illusionary. These Categories greatly informed the conceptual and aesthetic foundation and were fused with a graphic design aesthetic heavy in Minimalistic Form and Illuminated Geometry.. This direction was then placed into a projection-based Physical Installation, where all the 'magic' was captured live and in-camera, filmed documentary-style with no post effects or treatment; in essence the immense technology behind the curtain being completely masked from the viewer by the methods used to capture the performance.. This quote by Science-Fiction writer and Inventor Arthur C Clarke perfectly summarizes the film's foundation: "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

Gmunk

 


History of the World in 100 Objects

History of the World in 100 Objects


Over the past couple of years, the BBC and the British Museum have been steadily producing this exceptional radio series, retelling the story of mankind through 100 carefully selected physical objects. From a designer's point of view, I find it absolutely compelling.

All 100 programmes are now online, available to stream and as a podcast until some time in 2014. Go listen to them ALL...

BBC

 

 


Database of Future User Interfaces

Database of Future User Interfaces


Kit FUI is an IMDb-like database that makes it easy to find screenshots, videos and the designers of Future User Interfaces as seen in movies, television shows and corporate imagineering.

Noteloop


Autonomous & anonymous war

Autonomous & anonymous war


Daniel Suarez: The kill decision shouldn't belong to a robot. The rise of autonomous robotic weapons of war. Advanced drones, automated weapons and AI-powered intelligence-gathering tools, could take the decision to make war out of the hands of humans.

TED

 


Intelligence: a single algorithm & consciousness in babies

Intelligence: a single algorithm & consciousness in babies


Two articles worth reading side by side:

The man behind the Google Brain: Andrew Ng and the new AI

There's a theory that human intelligence stems from a single algorithm. The idea arises from  experiments suggesting that the portion of your brain dedicated to processing sound from your ears could also handle sight for your eyes. This is possible only while your brain is in the earliest stages of development, but it implies that the brain is -- at its core -- a general-purpose machine that can be tuned to specific tasks.

Wired

 


Emerging consciousness glimpsed in babies

The human brain develops dramatically in a baby's first year, transforming the baby from being unaware to being fully engaged with its surroundings. To capture this change, Sid Kouider at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, France, and colleagues used electroencephalography (EEG) to record electrical activity in the brains of 80 infants while they were briefly shown pictures of faces.

New Scientist