This week in tech from Stephen Fortune feat: The Printed Internet, bad robot surgery and Twitter steganography
WEBSITE OF THE WEEK
Over two years ago (aeons, in internet attention spans) Oops provided a trippy dérive through a collection of camera fumbles caught on film. Caden Lovelace's Gifdrift.biz (presently exhibiting as part of Decenter, Armory's centennial show), is its equivalent in GIF form. The GIFs presently percolating throughout the internet provide an engrossing experience as they flash up in rapid succession.
And while on the topic of psychadelic GIF experiences you should really head over to gifmelter. This wonderful plugin adds a databending twist to your favourite gifs. Upload a gif, and have it become an animated paintbrush (protip, this works best with transparent GIFs)
TUMBLR OF THE WEEK: The Printed Internet
Printed Internet brings the handcraft aesthetic back to collage & cut ups. Because, fuck Photoshop right? Printed Internet deserves your attention as it goes beyond analog fetishism to produce an interesting inflection on the sites and formats that consume most of our attention.
SCIENTIFIC MAVERICKS OF THE WEEK: Inspiration Mars
You have to admire the chutzpah of the Inspiration Mars Foundation. They are gunning for a Mars fly-by launching in 2018. The gritty details of their excursion include staying hydrated by recycling perspiration and urine (eww). And they will be in space for 490 days. How on Earth anyone can be enticed into doing this without the lure of setting foot on Martian soil escapes me.
GIF OF THE WEEK: Hateplow
Hateplow's Tumblr makes the most of digitally deconstructing sculptural form. This is one of the many erosions featured on his blog.
CYBERCRIME OF THE WEEK: The old ways are sometimes best
Connoisseur hackers code their exploits in assembly. A report by Kaspersky Labs all but approvingly notes that the aesthetic quality of malware currently circulating on governmental computers in 23 countries. The malware, entitled MiniDuke, bears all the hallmarks of vintage 90s viruses, and its sophistication includes multiple levels of encryption. It also utilises steganography (code hidden in pictures, downloaded via Twitter) to ensure its updates fly underneath the radar. Best of all the code name checks Dante's Inferno and the Number of the Beast.
HARDWARE OF THE WEEK: GoPro HD Hero
With cameras adorning everything from smartphones to dashcams (and peoples eyeballs by the end of this year) the bandwidth of human experience that isn't committed to film is shrinking with every passing day. The new GoPro HD Hero is best equipped to capture those elusive visceral experiences which smartphones and Google glass wouldn't have the stomach for. And it does it all in HD. The diminutive and sturdy camera packs some seriously sweet features like high frame rate capture for slow motion footage (720p at 120fps!)
ALGO ANXIETY OF THE WEEK: Humans fight back
Those of us who have cowered in the face of the advancing automatons, (taking our jobs and such) can take heart. Humanities' defenders are riding to the rescue! Laudable as the Killer Robot Ban is, I can't imagine it gaining half as much traction as the litigation squad. Want to sue your robot surgeons? Well BadRobotSurgery.com is ahead of the curve and awaiting your dollars!
TECHNONOMY OF THE WEEK: Crowdfund your future
That whole generation of Americans in debt bondage can take heart: Upstart.com provides a service where you can sell stock in your future prospects. Dystopian future threat level has just been raised to orange, if you ask me: And in the spirit of collaborative consumption here's a Whitehouse petition proposing that idle yachts be converted to makerspaces. The boost in economic productivity would doubtless be significant.