The Coming Fight Between Engineers And Druids

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Paul Saffo, na conversa anual do Edge.org:

There are two kinds of fools: one who says this is old and therefore good, and the other who says this is new and therefore better. The argument between the two is as old as humanity itself, but technology’s relentless exponential advance has made the divide deeper and more contentious than ever. My greatest fear is that this divide will frustrate the sensible application of technological innovation in the service of solving humankind’s greatest challenges.

The two camps forming this divide need a name, and “Druids” and “Engineers” will do. Druids argue that we must slow down and reverse the damage and disruption wrought by two centuries of industrialization. “Engineers” advocate the opposite: we can overcome our current problems only with the heroic application of technological innovation. Druids argue for a return to the past, Engineers urge us to flee into the future.

via Edge.org.

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Cem dispositivos telepáticos, reconstruídos

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“Reconstrução de protótipos de invenções usadas durante a criação do Filme Telepático das TRIBOS PERDIDAS.”

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Tea leaves

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via Rob van Kranenburg.

Datamining is a very old practice. Before people had computers to compute databases with, they read their tea. Or better the leaves left in the cup afterthey had drunk their tea. Hmm!

Mais aquie.

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Notes from the field: E-waste in Brasil - Lixo Eletrônico and MetaReciclagem

A convite do editor Soenke Zehle, um artigo que escrevi com a Dani Matielo foi publicado no I-R-I-E journal, edição 11. O PDF completo da publicação está disponível aqui. A íntegra do nosso artigo está em anexo (PDF, 104kb, em inglês).

Magic Box

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--- No site do Smartlab: The MAGICbox workshop is a SMARTlab research and development centre located in the MAGIC room. MAGICbox enables fabrication of computer-generated models, with the goal of developing accessible systems for desktop manufacturing, peer production and digital materialization. We are interested in the application of this technology to disadvantaged population groups. [...]

Magia no cotidiano?

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--- When Arthur C. Clarke went to the great geosynchronous orbit in the sky last year, he left behind a huge legacy, not least of which was a quote oft cited by Silicon Valley visionaries and wannabes. “Any sufficiently advanced technology,” the sci-fi master wrote in 1962, “is indistinguishable from magic.” But now my daydreams are different. [...]


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--- H3X3N is a collaborative computer witchcraft club from Chicago, Mexico City Mexico and Linz Austria, is currently composed of Mark Beasley, Sandra Rosas Ridolfi, jake elliott, tamas kemenczy, Alex Inglizian, Nina Wenhart and jonCates. viah3×3n.


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--- A criação do mundo em linha de comando: http://celobox.googlepages.com/god.html


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--- Scrying is a technique of divination and revelation, of producing visions, perhaps of the future, through prolonged gaze at an object, usually of crystal or liquid nature. Scrying was famously practiced by the 16th century astronomer, mathematician and alchemist John Dee with the assistance of presumed impostor Edward Kelley, using a mirror of obsidian amongst [...]


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--- Chamada do Medialab-Prado Madrid para o próximo INTERACTIVOS em Lima, no Peru. [Open Call] Interactivos? Lima’09: Magic and Technology Selection of projects for the collective development of software pieces and interactive installations that propose a rethinking of the usual scenario in magic tricks. The workshop will take place from April 13 through 28, 2009 in Lima (Peru). [...]