Workshop 5:New Organs of Perception by Susanna Soares

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New organs of perception

Download Susanna’s presentation> new organs of perception

Susanna Soares is a recent graduate form the MA Design Interactions course at the Royal College of Art, She is currently a researcher/lecturer at Syracuse University in Upstate New York. Susanna’s work explores the current and the future implication of nano, bio and genetic technologies and how it is changing our perceptions of evolution.

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‘Design and Futures Thinking’ by James King

The MRI Steak: The Meat of Tomorrow

Nanofilter: Fossil from a Nanotech future

‘Design and Futures Thinking’ by James King (designer)

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Dressing The Meat of Tomorrow

There is a real technology that allows us to take a small sample of animal tissue and encourage it to grow, separate from the original animal’s body, to form a piece of ediblemeat. Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr, who are two artists working with this technology call this food “disembodied cuisine”, but is also known as Lab-meat, Semi-Living Meat, In-Vitro Cultured Meat, and perhaps most importantly for vegetarians: Victimless Meat.

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‘Double Agents: Modern Design in the Cold War’

‘Double Agents: Modern Design in the Cold War’ by David Crowley (Royal College of Art)

Cold War Modern at the V & A: 1945 – 1970: Modern design as intellectual activity supports or disturbs the cold war.

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SpotShotter: New Technology Could Help Detect Gunfire

The SpotShotter tool is a gunfire detector gadget. Its wireless sensors pick up the sound of gunshots and differentiate sfrom other loud noises, such as fireworks. When a gun goes off, a sound wave registers on the device, which sends a message within seconds to the police dispatch computers. It can detect gunfire as close as 10 feet away in a two-mile range.

The SpotShotter provides law enforcement officials with an interesting means of forensic evaluation. By affixing acoustic sensors to trees, telephone poles, and other towering structures, the SpotShotter monitors the auditory signature of gunshots. When a shot is fired and detected, the SpotShotter calculates the position from which it was fired, based on acoustic information received by the sensors, then sends the data (via phone lines) to a central server, which law enforcement agents can access for their investigation.

A similar device used in the military is the “Boomerang” microphone, which is mounted to an army vehicle (HMMWV), and is an acoustic system designed to detect the range and elevation of incoming small arms fire. The “Boomerang” system is being developed by the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory in Quantico, VA and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Photo courtesy Marine Corps Warfighting Lab via Office of Naval Research

Read more about crimebusting at Law Enforcement News

via Bruce Schneier blog (thanks James King)

links for 2008-04-01

Guns for girls

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via buzzfeed and The Times


Top 9 political risk hot spots of 2008

In a series of nine reports, Eurasia Group identifies the key regions around the world where political risk will be especially acute in the coming year. Locations include the usual suspects including the US, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan/Afghanista, Russia, South Africa + Turkey. They also flag up some red herrings in the risk survey!  In addition, they look at several long term risks that they view as emerging political risk trends.

PricewaterhouseCoopers and Eurasia Group have also developed a more comprehensive, systematic approach for evaluating a country’s political stability and risk. Below you will see Screenshots from the online country stability ranking web tool: have a look yourself


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