Tim Heffernan at BoingBoing explains how a massive landslide at the world’s largest open-pit copper mine in Utah is a reminder that “sometimes it’s still the earth itself that shakes the world.”
The lost equipment was worth tens of millions of dollars, but much more significant is the fact that the landslide has shut Bingham Canyon down for an as-yet undetermined length of time. Much more significant because Bingham Canyon is not just another copper mine. Physically, it is the largest in the world, and it is among the most productive. Each year it supplies about 17 percent of U.S. copper consumption and 1 percent of the world’s. When a cog that big loses its teeth, the whole global economic machine goes clunk.
(via Massive landslide rocks Utah copper mine : TreeHugger)
"There was a time when a man died and all that remained were boxes and file cabinets. Tax returns, receipts for record players, letters from children long grown, yearbooks, worn shoes. There was the smell, the touch of cloth. The understanding, perhaps, of how that person lived. However thin that understanding may have been, it was there, embedded in their data, their stuff. A physical remainder, massed together to sketch the edges of a life. I can’t help but see an element of self-preservation amid our data collection. Preservation embedded deep within our check-ins, our food photos, our tracked steps and mapped run routes."
When the ticker tape machine made its New York City stock-trading debut in 1867, the world saw the most cutting-edge communication system to date. Ticker tape was the earliest digital electronic communications medium — and for the first time, trading was done in near real-time.
Fast-forward to 2006 and the launch of Twitter. In a way, equally phenomenal yet with a vast difference. As technology slowly draws us away from hard copies — books, albums, letters — Twitter is a system with no paper trail and little opportunity to create one. Until now.
~ Steampunk Ticker-Tape Twittertape Machine Lets You Tweet Like it’s 1899
"At the end of the day it is about beautiful imagery. But it’s really more about useful imagery. Useful can mean beautiful or entertaining. And that’s what it’s really about. How do you take all the visual data from around the world and bring it to one place and what do you make of that? Is it your way to get news now? Is it your way to share things with friends? Is it your way to experience events you wouldn’t have otherwise? For example, I follow Banana Republic and Burberry… It’s a new way of shopping. So all of a sudden you’re seeing things and products coming by. Audi, I get to follow Audi’s cars as they get launched at car shows. It’s not simply about a latte and some art. It’s more than that because I can experience things from all different vantage points. And that’s why I think what we’re doing is so impactful in the long run. It is a universal medium that allows you to explore the world and that is something that the world has been asking for for a long time."
"Timeline is a Time Machine
That is what Timeline wants to become. But if Timeline is to succeed as a time machine, it has to look the way people want to remember their lives. We don’t want to look back at our lives and instead of remembering events with fondness be distracted or dissapointed by how terrible our photos looked. People are vain. We want to look good or at least have our photos look cool."
…QR codes (or something somewhat similar) are placed on a factory floor in a grid solely to aid robots, there is nothing here for us humans to use. And yet the passage of the robots create a pattern, tracks from the wheels and circles where the robots turn and turn and turn. This is computer vision spilling out into the real world. It’s been there for a while now, bar codes have been around for years, but we can expect to see more of it. The testing and slow introduction of computer driven cars will most likely see special markings on roads & signs giving the cars instructions. All throughout shops, malls, streets and cities markings for machines are appearing. The first part of NA I’ve been paying attention to has been the examples of this spilling out, the bits of the city not meant for us. The second part of NA I paid attention to was what happened when artists began to deconstruct and respond to that encroachment, how can designing for robots influence our own design?
(via Why the New Aesthetic isn’t about 8bit retro, the Robot Readable World, computer vision and pirates |)