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Check out glitchy GIFs, mapping wifi IRL and living food in Hacked & Burned this week!

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GIF OF THE WEEK: Glitching Sasha Grey

Since this week brought us the historic event of the world’s first porn created using Google Glass, it only seemed fitting to feature this SFW (kind of) broken gif which perfectly represents the state of tech + sex in 2013.

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TUMBLR OF THE WEEK: Glitch Gifs

A hypnotic collection featuring multiple sub-genres. 

SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY OF THE WEEK: Living Food

Equally terrifying and beautiful, Minsu Kim’s project Living Food speculates a future of engineered eating experiences where the food acts like living organisms. The conceptual menu features dancing fritters and softly breathing desserts. Though not technically feasible at this moment in time, Kim’s project is rooted in the weird science of synthetic biology.

CYBERCRIME OF THE WEEK: Brutal Car Attacks

Automobiles are no longer the relatively simple machines they once were. Modern cars have so many computer networks jammed under the hood that it’s a miricle that they don’t have more failures and crashes. Pointing towards a dystopian future of a hackable internet of things, a DARPA funded hacker duo has proven that they can take FULL control over cars such as the Ford Escape and Toyota Prius.

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WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: Ribbonfarm

File under mind expansion. Venkatesh Rao’s writing breaks down and exposes common cultural assumptions, connecting the dots between technology, modern culture and history. Bonus reading: The American Cloud, an exploration of sleek reality interfaces and the massive, very real, very drab, very physical infrastructures behind them.

HARDWARE/GADGET OF THE WEEK: Deluxe Adventure Matrix

Essentially a mashup of Berg’s Little Printer and a choose your own adventure story, The Choosatron is a simple interactive fiction arcade machine.

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GEEK OF THE WEEK: Nickolay Lamm

The artist/researcher (most recently known for his “realistic Barbie”) has produced a series of images which visualise WiFi waves in space.

 

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INTERNET EXPLORER OF THE WEEK: Plug + Play

A performance toolkit that allows musicians to control lighting effects through instrument movement and gestures.

WETWARE/CYBORG OF THE WEEK: Instrumented Bodies

A series of wearable digital instruments from McGill University’s Input Devices and Music Interaction Lab allow dancers to create sound based on the movements of the body. The devices  are created using 3D printing and include an articulating spine, visor, and ribs.

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