“Melting Memories”: Augmented Data Sculptures By Refik Anadol

‘Melting Memories’ is the latest project by LA-based media artist Refik Anadol.

Comprising data paintings, augmented data sculptures and light projections, the project as a whole debuts new advances in technology that enable visitors to experience aesthetic interpretations of motor movements inside a human brain. Each work grows out of the artist’s impressive experiments with the advanced technology tools provided by the Neuroscape Laboratory at the University of California, San Francisco.

Neuroscape is a neuroscience center focusing on technology creation and scientific research on brain function of both healthy and impaired individuals. Anadol gathers data on the neural mechanisms of cognitive control from an EEG (electroencephalogram) that measures changes in brain wave activity and provides evidence of how the brain functions over time. These data sets constitute the building blocks for the unique algorithms that the artist needs for the multi-dimensional visual structures on display.

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People Of Bell Labs In The 1960s

In 1967, Lawrence ‘Larry’ Luckham was an operations manager at Bell Labs in Oakland, California. He brought a camera into work to capture a day in the life at a company churning out some of the biggest technological advances of the decade.

“In the late ’60’s I worked for Bell Labs for a few years managing a data center and developing an ultra high speed information retrieval system,” says Lawrence Luckham (born July 12, 1943). “It was the days of beehive hair on the women and big mainframe computers. One day I took a camera to work and shot the pictures below. I had a great staff, mostly women except for the programmers who were all men. For some reason only one of them was around for the pictures that day.”

These photos are from 1967. Above: “Data Terminal Test Room, Bell Labs, California, 1960s.”

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“Operations Manager. Check out the slide rule in the pocket and the sideburns. Hey, it was the ’60s!”


“My Secretary. Roxanne. She was absolutely great!”


“Tape Cleaning. After a few uses tapes were cleaned and tested before being put back into circulation.”



“Yvonne. A good sense of humor was one of the things that distinguished almost every one of my staff for this project.”


“Computer Operations Supervisor. This was a large IBM mainframe computer around 1967 when this picture was taken. One meg of memory, 648 meg of hard drives, no video and it cost in the millions!”


“Programming is Fun. Even when it doesn’t work the way it was supposed to the first time!”



“Bea. The computer room was in the basement of a building for security and other reasons. There was no natural light and I had a slim budget for decoations. I also had staff with artistic talents so I bought the materials and they made their own decorations.”



“Lecture. I have no idea what I was discussing here, but somebody picked up the camera.”


“Tape Library. Helen was our tape librarian.”


“Programmer Relaxation. Bits and bytes and a little folk music go a long way. All the programmers were mathamatitions by training.”

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These Chinese Sex Robots Are Equipped With Artificial Intelligence

Shenzhen Atall Intelligent Robot Technology is one of China’s leading companies for robots equipped with AI (artificial intelligence). Among the company’s various AI robot products, its best-selling is an AI sex robot named Emma.

The multi-functional machine is linked to the internet and Android operating system and features high stimulation capabilities. Sex robots have soft and elastic skin made of modified thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) material, with less oil content and no smell. Its temperature adjustment is set to 37 C to resemble a human’s. Safety issues are managed with anti-electric shock, anti-fire and anti-explosion measures. And the addition of body sensors help make sex robots feel more like a human.

But a semblance of authenticity doesn’t come cheap, and Emma’s online retail price is about 20,000 RMB ($3,136) with most customers being men aged 40-50. Most clients are from Europe and the United States. There is also high interest for sex robots in the Middle East but importing them and sex toys into these countries is prohibited. It’s a similar situation with Brazil, Chile and Argentina along with Russia and Philippines – where customs clearance for the robots is problematic.

Male sex robots are also on the market but the sales volume is nine times lower compared to the female models. However, the market is constantly changing, and in recent years demand for male sex robots has been increasing, such as in Korea and Thailand. Shenzhen Atall also sells child-size AI sex robots, both male and female and the biggest market for them is the US and Canada.

Above: Electronic scull of the AI sex doll robot is seen in Shenzhen Atall Intelligent Robot Technology headquarters in Shenzhen, Guandong Province, China, 12 March 2018. (Photo by Aleksandar Plavevski/EPA/EFE)


An AI sex doll robot with a screen in a head on display at the Shenzhen Atall Intelligent Robot Technology show room in Guangzhou, Guandong Province, China. (Photo by Aleksandar Plavevski/EPA/EFE)


Chen, sits with his “smart” sex doll at a kitchen table in his home in Guangzhou, Guandong Province, China, 05 April 2018. Chen, because of his busy pharmaceutical sales job and the travel it involves, has no time for a girlfriend. Chinese girls all want to talk about marriage after the second date and he is not interested in that for now, he said. His robot takes care of all of his needs, but he would like the software to be improved so communication is better and more meaningful. Cleaning the robot can be a chore because its skin is very fragile and gets dirty easily, he said. (Photo by Aleksandar Plavevski/EPA/EFE)


Chen interacts with his “smart” sex doll as he lays in a bed in his home in Guangzhou, Guandong Province, China. (Photo by Aleksandar Plavevski/EPA/EFE)


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AI sex doll robot is prepared to be shipped at the Shenzhen Atall Intelligent Robot Technology show room in Guangzhou, Guandong Province, China. (Photo by Aleksandar Plavevski/EPA/EFE)


Heads of the “smart” sex dolls on display in dolls factory in Dongguan, Guandong Province, China. (Photo by Aleksandar Plavevski/EPA/EFE)


Bodies of the “smart” sex dolls hang to dry in dolls factory in Dongguan, Guandong Province, China. (Photo by Aleksandar Plavevski/EPA/EFE)


A man assembles stainless steel skeleton for a sex doll in the mould in dolls factory in Dongguan, Guandong Province, China. (Photo by Aleksandar Plavevski/EPA/EFE)


A worker assembles a doll in dolls factory in Dongguan, Guandong Province, China. (Photo by Aleksandar Plavevski/EPA/EFE)


A worker paints make-up on dolls’ faces in srx dolls factory in Dongguan, Guandong Province, China. (Photo by Aleksandar Plavevski/EPA/EFE)


A worker hangs dolls’ bodies to dry and checks them in sex dolls factory in Dongguan, Guandong Province, China. (Photo by Aleksandar Plavevski/EPA/EFE)


A worker assembles dolls in sex dolls factory in Dongguan, Guandong Province, China. (Photo by Aleksandar Plavevski/EPA/EFE)


A worker assembles a doll in dolls factory in Dongguan, Guandong Province, China. (Photo by Aleksandar Plavevski/EPA/EFE)

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“Me & My TRS-80”: Kids And Their Computers In The 1980s

I don’t know about you, but nothing warms my heart more than the sight of a photograph of kid at a personal computer in the 1980s. A pleasant whiff of nostalgia mixed with interesting paleo-technology, makes for a great image. Let’s have a look at a handful of images of kids and families as history was being made: when computers first entered our schools and homes…

On the old Radio Shack display: “Marvin couldn’t understand Earth people very well. That’s why Marvin came to me. He knew that I was Computer Charlie. He knew that I was one of the biggest brains around.”

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From Kilobaud Microcomputing magazine, 1979.

(L) From a 1981 Radio Shack catalog, (R) from a 1988 issue of Računari.

From a 1988 Radio Shack catalog.

1987 Teenagers who could really have used wireless keyboards.

I can’t quite tell what this boy is doing on the computer – I just know he’s loving every minute of it.

(L) From the cover of the Apple II reference manual, (R) This kid is “EXCITED!” by his school’s new TRS-80.

From the 1983 book: How to Feel at Home with a Home Computer.

From New York magazine, January 1984.

Radio Shack 1981.

Run magazine, March 1985.

From Family Computing magazine, October 1983.


From the cover of Kilobaud Microcomputing magazine, June 1980.

From the cover of The Home Computer Course 5: Mastering Your Home Computer in 24 Weeks.

From the book, Living with Computers by Patrick G. Mckeown.

From the cover of Creative Computing magazine, March 1980.

TRS-80 Microcomputer News, July 1983.

Detail from a 1985 Datasouth advertisement.

From Family Computing magazine, September 1983.

Detail from a 1985 Tandy 1000 advertisement.


Ad from Family Computing magazine, September 1983.

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Hot Ninja – Multifunctional Network Device For Autonomous Activity In The City Environment

Multifunctional network device for autonomous activity in the city environment. Its main function is communication and propaganda through the Wi-FI wireless standard. This is the hacktivism diy response to attempts by the authorities in different countries to control the Internet. The project serves as an example of the possible opposition and decentralisation of networks to ensure communications and provide notifications irrespective of whether there is access to the global internet or certain restrictions are applied.


The device consists of three standalone Wi-Fi access points based on the esp8266 chip and Arduino Mega board, which is the core brain of the system. The device is also equipped with a keyboard for typing text and OLED screen for convenience of use. It can function based on a built-in battery (up to eight hours), or any power bank/telephone charge.

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Björk Unveils 3D-Printed Mask Based On Her Musculoskeletal System

Icelandic musician Björk has partnered with designer and researcher Neri Oxman on a mask made up of multiple 3D-printed strands that mimic the underlying structure of her own face.

The Rottlace mask, which made its debut during a performance in Tokyo yesterday, is based on “digital interpretations” of Björk’s bone and tissue taken from three-dimensional scans. The black and white design resembles locks of hair laid on the musician’s face, and extends below the chin to partially cover the neck.

The mask’s name is a variation on the Icelandic word for skinless. It was printed as a set of “muscle textiles” that still allow Björk to move her face and neck in the mask as she performs.

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Japanese Engineer’s Giant Robot Dream


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Sakakibara Kikai’s engineer Go Sakakibara poses with the bipedal robot Mononofu during its demonstration at its factory in Shinto Village, Gunma Prefecture, Japan. Developed at Sakakibara Kikai, a maker of farming machinery, LW-Mononofu is a 28-feet tall, two-legged robot weighing in at more than 7 tonnes. It contains a cockpit with monitors and levers for the pilot to control the robot’s arms and legs.


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China’s Bike-Sharing Graveyards


Bicycles of various bike-sharing services are seen at an urban village in smog during a polluted day in Shanghai, 2017. Rapid expansion of shared bicycle companies across China has led to massive piles of abandoned bikes as supply outstrips demand. (Photo by Aly Song/Reuters)


Bicycles of various bike-sharing services are seen in Shanghai, 2018. (Photo by Aly Song/Reuters)


Bicycles of various bike-sharing services are seen at a vacant lot in Wuhan, Hubei province, China on April 7, 2018. Rapid expansion of shared bicycle companies across China has led to massive piles of abandoned bikes as supply outstrips demand. (Photo by Reuters/China Stringer Network)


Bicycles of various bike-sharing services are seen in Shanghai, 2018. (Photo by Aly Song/Reuters)


A worker untangles a rope amid piled-up shared bicycles at a vacant lot in Xiamen, Fujian province, China, 2018. (Photo by Reuters/China Stringer Network)


Bicycles of various bike-sharing services are seen at an urban village in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, 2017. (Photo by Reuters/China Stringer Network)


Bicycles of various bike-sharing services are seen in Shanghai, 2018. (Photo by Aly Song/Reuters)


Bicycles of various bike-sharing services are seen at an urban village in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, 2017. (Photo by Reuters/China Stringer Network)


Bicycles of various bike-sharing services are seen in Shanghai, 2018. (Photo by Aly Song/Reuters)


A worker rides a shared bicycle past piled-up shared bikes at a vacant lot in Xiamen, Fujian province, China, 2017. (Photo by Reuters/China Stringer Network)


Bicycles of various bike-sharing services are seen in Shanghai, 2018. (Photo by Aly Song/Reuters)


Bicycles of various bike-sharing services are seen in Shanghai, 2018. (Photo by Aly Song/Reuters)


Ofo shared bicycles are seen piled up at a vacant lot in Xiamen, Fujian province, China, 2017. (Photo by Reuters/China Stringer Network)

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The Impressive Cyberpunk Accessories Of Hiroto Ikeuchi

Between cyberpunk, cosplay and DIY, here are the impressive creations of the Japanese Hiroto Ikeuchi, who handcraft futuristic objects and accessories with an incredible talent. Based in Tokyo, and heavily inspired by science fiction and manga like Gundam, Ghost in the Shell, Macross or Appleseed, Hiroto Ikeuchi recycles electronic gadgets, cameras, or smartphones into complex and beautiful high-tech objects.

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This Small Artificial Island Is Thought Of As An Oasis Of Relaxation

Located in the port of Copenhagen, this small artificial island offers a true oasis of relaxation. Created by designers Blecher and Fokstrot and soberly entitled Ø1, this 25m² platform was built entirely of wood, using traditional techniques used for boat building.

This island is the first prototype of the Copenhagen Islands project, a series of floating modules which rethink the waters of the harbor as a public and living space. The other modules of this project will offer a floating sauna, a floating stage, a floating garden or a floating bar. These modular islands may be scattered around the harbor, or brought together to create one large platform.

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