MachineMachine /stream - tagged with objects en-us LifePress <![CDATA[How big tech hijacked its sharpest, funniest critics - MIT Technology Review]]>

Bruce Sterling wasn’t originally meant to be part of the discussion. It was March 13, 2010, in Austin, Texas, and a small group of designers were on stage at the South by Southwest interactive festival, talking about an emerging discipline they called “design fiction.”

Sat, 22 Feb 2020 08:46:22 -0800
<![CDATA[Dying Alone in Japan: The Industry Devoted to What’s Left Behind - Bloomberg]]>

As the country’s population ages and shrinks, there’s increasing demand for services that clean out and dispose of the property of the dead.

Tue, 07 Aug 2018 18:32:13 -0700
<![CDATA[World's First Haunted Object 3D Scanning Project is Confusing Ghosts, Producing Paranormally-Active Prints]]>

The Traveling Museum of the Paranormal & Occult, the world’s only mobile museum of haunted artifacts, has launched the first-ever initiative to 3D scan and compile a database of paranormally-active objects.

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 05:50:28 -0700
<![CDATA[On Material Entanglements: an Interview with Morehshin Allahyari]]>

On Material Entanglements: an Interview with Morehshin Allahyari Although we both live in the bay area, I got to Morehshin Allahyari’s work through an internet rabbit hole. Some months ago I picked up ‘Cyclonopedia’ by Reza Negarestani and got pretty engrossed by the book’s mix of fact and fiction. The story suggests that petrol functions as a lubricant necessary to spread an ancient evil throughout the world eventually leading into what he calls a desertification of the earth. a place where all will be flattened and ready for some sort of re-boot.

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 00:52:10 -0800
<![CDATA[Marie Kondo's Life-Changing Magic and Hoarders - The Atlantic]]>

CHICAGO—It was Nordstrom’s anniversary sale, and Marnie couldn’t help herself. She ran to the shoe display, and, with a swooping bear hug, grabbed up an entire row of gemstone-hued Nikes. Marnie is a self-identified hoarder, and she was here as part of an intervention of sorts.

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 07:40:16 -0700
<![CDATA[Art and activism collide at Iraqi artefact exhibition in Toronto]]>

TORONTO, Canada - The mood is haunting at Morehshin Allahyari’s first solo exhibition in Canada, as a dozen reconstructed artefacts destroyed by Islamic State (IS) group fighters look up from ledges and beneath glass casings.

Thu, 17 Mar 2016 17:04:55 -0700
<![CDATA[Fascinating Photos from the Secret Trash Museum in a New York Sanitation Garage | Atlas Obscura]]>

On the second floor of a nondescript warehouse owned by New York City's Sanitation Department in East Harlem is a treasure trove—filled with other people's trash. Most of the building is used as a depot for garbage trucks, but there's a secret museum that takes over an entire floor.

Thu, 17 Mar 2016 17:04:53 -0700
<![CDATA[Our stuff is burying us alive: Hoarding and the mountains of garbage we call “collections” -]]>

Would you want to inherit your friends' stuff? Your valuables might mean just as little Look around the homes of loved ones whose objects you might at some future date have the opportunity to inherit or be saddled with sorting through, and lament how few of them have a meaning for you that is anywhe

Sun, 08 Nov 2015 08:24:03 -0800
<![CDATA[Collyer Brothers brownstone, 1947 - Photos - Inside the Collyer brothers' brownstone - NY Daily News]]>

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Sat, 24 Oct 2015 03:35:24 -0700
<![CDATA[Man sexually attracted to playground equipment banned from anywhere with a slide - Huddersfield Examiner]]>

Christopher Johnson, aged 46, of St Osburg's Road in Stoke, was arrested after simulating a sex act with a slide at Stoke Green Park in Coventry. It's his second slide-related offence.

Sat, 03 Oct 2015 10:37:59 -0700
<![CDATA[To Print a New Humanity]]>

In creating a thing, there is implicit a dream of making it appear spontaneously.

Sat, 03 Oct 2015 07:54:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Compulsive Decluttering: The Opposite of Hoarding - The Atlantic]]>

As long as she can remember, Annabelle Charbit has loathed “stuff.” She hated birthdays because birthdays meant gifts. And gifts meant finding a way to toss them. At 5 years old, Charbit would sneak toys into her younger brother’s room.

Wed, 09 Sep 2015 11:27:54 -0700
<![CDATA["Means Well" Technology and the Internet of Good Intentions — Thingclash]]>

So, let’s talk about the color-changing condom.

Sun, 23 Aug 2015 07:55:33 -0700
<![CDATA[The Fine Art of Forgery - The Atlantic]]>

In the radiant blue chamber of the ZPrinter 850, a skull is born. An ink-jet arm moves across a bed of gypsum powder, depositing a layer of liquid that binds the powder together in the shape of a cranial cross-section.

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 04:46:34 -0700
<![CDATA[The Call of Things: Jane Bennett Talks About Hoarders at the Vera List Center - WNYC]]>

“Les chose sont contre nous” ("Things are against us") is the wry slogan of Paul Jennings’ parodic philosophy resistentialism*. But Professor Jane Bennett of Johns Hopkins University doesn’t think so.

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:28:03 -0800
<![CDATA[The Creepy New Wave of the Internet by Sue Halpern | The New York Review of Books]]>

Every day a piece of computer code is sent to me by e-mail from a website to which I subscribe called IFTTT. Those letters stand for the phrase “if this then that,” and the code is in the form of a “recipe” that has the power to animate it.

Fri, 07 Nov 2014 09:38:27 -0800
<![CDATA[If This Toaster Could Talk - The Atlantic]]>

Narratives in the age of the smart object The cultural conversation about the Internet of things has tended toward a highly functionalist, utilitarian set of ideas: Connected objects can make smart homes a reality, where toasters will talk to alarm clocks so your toast is ready when you awaken, and

Mon, 03 Nov 2014 09:08:44 -0800
<![CDATA[The Revolutionary Technique That Quietly Changed Machine Vision Forever | MIT Technology Review]]>

In space exploration, there is the Google Lunar X Prize for placing a rover on the lunar surface. In medicine, there is the Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize for developing a Star Trek-like device for diagnosing disease.

Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:23:35 -0700
<![CDATA[Video: World's first 3D-printed 'Bump Key' can open most locks - Telegraph]]>

Does this key made using a 3D printer compromise your security? This video demonstrates a plastic bump key for the ABUS E20/E30 6-pin tumbler lock.

Sun, 31 Aug 2014 09:39:26 -0700
<![CDATA[10 Hidden Details in Your City and What They Mean]]>

There was plenty of outrage earlier this month when a London storefront revealed sidewalk spikes meant to keep the homeless from getting too cozy.













Sat, 12 Jul 2014 02:38:28 -0700