Search Engines eliminate the need for memory.

Fascinating article just posted on Wired. Check it out. “Thanks to search engines, most simple facts don’t need to be remembered. They can be accessed with a few keystrokes, plucked from ubiquitous server-stored external memory — and that may be changing how our own memories are maintained.” Really interesting when juxtaposed with the article Bora had shared about … Read more

Digging into Data Challenge

The idea behind the Digging into Data Challenge is to address how “big data” changes the research landscape for the humanities and social sciences. Now that we have massive databases of materials used by scholars in the humanities and social sciences — ranging from digitized books, newspapers, and music to transactional data like web searches, … Read more


A really interesting project by Ji Soo Han, posted on BLDGBLOG. The “Situationist Drawing Device” is a backpack-sized mechanism for recording the experience of landscape. Designed by Ji Soo Han and Paul Ornsby, and operating by way of mirrors, the Device “records a journey taken in an altered state of perception through drawing.” It is an “intermediary … Read more

Anatomy of a Computer Virus

An infographic dissecting the nature and ramifications of Stuxnet, the first weapon made entirely out of code. This was produced for Australian TV program HungryBeast on Australia’s ABC1 Direction and Motion Graphics: Patrick Clair Written by: Scott Mitchell


Computer to Read Minds They’re already predicting, mathematically, what you’ll want to watch, what you’ll want to wear, and who you’ll want to vote for. Obviously, the next step is for computers to read your mind—and that’s just what they’re working toward at Tufts University in Boston. Your computer won’t be picking up details about … Read more

An Urban Sensation Project

Human sensory infrastructure Project done by recent grad student at RCA interaction design demonstrates how it is becoming increasing possible to emulate the sensory environment of an individual at any location. This project collates data from CCVT Cameras, directional microphones and odor sensors in order to reconstruct peoples past visual, auditory and olfactory surroundings. Project … Read more

Behind the Scenes: A Glimpse to the Archives of the Future

A preservation view of the U.S. Geological Survey Record Group, including multiple file formats organized in diverse arrangements, show, in coded colors, the different preservation risk levels of the files. read article here

Some other interesting research

Nighttime Lights Clarify Economic Activity The use of nighttime lights visible on earth from outer space is one of the more innovative ways to measure social and economic activity in countries that have little or no reliable data collection programs.   Neuroimaging Chinese Social Cognition Sook-Lei Liew writes about the opportunity to conduct research examining … Read more

10 Profound Innovations Ahead

10. Read people’s minds 9. Travel the world in 90 mins 8. Create perfect artificial Limb 7. Know it all device 6. Regenerate the body 5. Protect important crops from temperature changes, drought condition, and insects 4. Eliminate waste 3. Control global climate 2. Energy efficiency through the sun 1. Hack the brain Read the … Read more

Humans 2.0

Replacing the Mind and Body Recent breakthroughs in bionics and lab-grown body parts — along with news last month that a Swiss research team aims to recreate the intricacies of the human brain within a decade — show science is rapidly creating many of the parts needed to build a fully functional human almost from … Read more