by Dr Mary Aitken. How does our behaviour change online, and what kind of internet do we want for the future? The average person now checks their phone over 200 times a day. That’s a serious addiction – but because we’re all doing it all the time, it doesn’t seem quite so scary…. The online world, but not as we know it I have been reading The Cyber Effect by Dr Mary Aiken, an Irish cyberpsychologist who specialises in the impact of technology on human behaviour. I have found this book interesting for a number of reasons: as a parent, as a … Continue reading The Cyber Effect
by GRACE EBERT An enormous aquarium with perpetually crashing waves has popped up amidst an urban landscape in South Korea, but don’t expect to hear the water sloshing around if you walk by. Designed by District, the elevated tank is actually a massive anamorphic illusion. The digital media company created the public project utilizing the world’s largest advertising screen that spans 80.1 x 20.1 meters. As shown in the video, the deceptive aquarium looms over the outdoor area and splashes repeatedly into the sides. https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2020/05/anamorphic-wave-aquarium-seoul/ Continue reading A Massive Wave Crashes in a Seoul Aquarium as Part of the World’s Largest Anamorphic Illusion
posted by Jason Kottke One of Rembrandt van Rijn’s most iconic paintings The Night Watch is currently undergoing restoration at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. As part of the effort, the team took hundreds of photographs of the Dutch master’s painting and stitched them together into a massive 44.8 gigapixel image, which they have released online in a zoomable interface. The level of detail available here is incredible. Here’s the max zoom level on the right eye of the gentleman in the middle, the captain of the company that paid Rembrandt to do the painting: Crazy right? You can see the brushstrokes better than if … Continue reading The Rijksmuseum Has Released a 44.8 Gigapixel Image of Rembrandt’s The Night Watch
by Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Guest Waking Times Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. wrote last week about Malibu police’s ticketing Point Dume surfers $1,000 apiece for using the ocean during the quarantine. Was this merely an appalling police judgment at which we will laugh post-quarantine? Or does anyone else feel that this is the first wave of compliance and obedience training for something more permanent? Are powerful state and corporate entities using the current crisis to remove basic rights, and intensify pressures to promote vaccines and surveillance? Does anyone else feel the suffocating darkness of tyranny descending on our nation? And finally, … Continue reading THE BRAVE NEW WORLD OF BILL GATES AND BIG TELECOM
DARPA DARPA is working with the U.S. Navy to create a class of ships that would be completely unmanned. If successful, it would represent a ten year leap over the current pace of technological development. The Navy is still working on a separate project to develop optionally, or lightly manned warships. BY KYLE MIZOKAMI The NOMARS ships would be entirely unmanned and totally impervious to pandemics. The U.S. Navy is teaming up with DARPA to develop autonomous, robotic ships that are completely human free. The NOMARS (No Mariners Required Ship) concept, if successful, would be a huge leap over current unmanned surface vessel … Continue reading The U.S. Navy Wants To Fill Its Fleet With Robo-Ships
BY RUCHI THUKRAL Whether we like it or not, masks are the new normal at least for the foreseeable future. It is now a universal guideline that everyone has to wear a mask when they step out. Designers, architects, fashion brands all over the world are using their software, laser cutters and 3D printers to make mask production faster (mass-k production, get it?) to fight shortages. New York-based designer Joe Doucet envisions the face shield creatively and takes it from being a symbol of our toughest days to a seamless part of our everyday fashion. When asked what influenced him to create the … Continue reading FACE MASK DESIGNED FOR A SURREAL FUTURE WHERE WEARING PPE IS HUMANITY’S NEW NORM
Explore the bouncy behavior of light beams by constructing a high-tech camera obscura. by Rhett Allain is an associate professor of physics at Southeastern Louisiana University. THE SIMPLEST WAY to project an image onto a screen is with a pinhole. What the heck is a pinhole? It’s a hole so tiny it has to be made with a pin. See, science isn’t that hard. People have been building image viewers with this trick for hundreds of years; it was originally known as a camera obscura, which means “dark chamber.” The idea was, you get some people in a dark room with only a … Continue reading Build Your Own Pinhole Videocam!