Extreme Vespas In Indonesia

Darren Whiteside/Reuters Every year, Indonesians from teens and granddads, to mechanics and students, gather in eastern Java to celebrate their love of the iconic Italian Vespa scooter. For some, it’s an “extreme” kind of love, where the vehicles are customised to resemble metallic monster bikes straight out of a Hollywood dystopia. Hundreds of enthusiasts travel to the festival in Kediri to...

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2018/09/extreme-vespas-in-indonesia/

Hilarious Personal Computer Ads From The 1980s

It’s the early eighties, and the computer was finally entering the home in a big way. Of course, most of us had no idea how to use these things … and software and hardware companies were only too quick to tell us exactly what we needed to buy. Whether it was a dot matrix printer for the home or word processing software for small businesses, the booming eighties economies meant a seemingly unlimited supply of consumers rabidly gobbling up any tech put before them. So, let’s have a look at few items for sale…

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2018/08/hilarious-personal-computer-ads-from-the-1980s/

1936 Stout Scarab: The World’s First Minivan?

The 1936 Stout Scarab came about in the early 1930s when William B. Stout, head of the Stout Engineering Laboratories in Dearborn, Michigan, dreamed of rear-engine/rear-wheel drive. “When we finally ‘unhitch Old Dobbin’ from the automobile,” he wrote in Scientific American, “the driver will have infinitely better vision from all angles. The automobile will be lighter and more efficient and yet safer, the ride will be easier, and the body will be more roomy without sacrificing maneuverability.”

The Stout Scarab was a streamlined, fenderless, monoform six-passenger sedan that can stake a claim as the world’s first minivan. With a stubby front end, a boxy middle and a gloriously curved rear, the car certainly resembled its beetle namesake, the scarab.

The packaging was probably the Scarab’s greatest contribution to the development of the modern car. The wheels were placed at the corners, not unusual for the time, but rather than following the convention of expressing the fenders and running boards as separate design elements, the car’s body stretched right over them in a single, sleek form.

The engine was located in the rear, and the hood and front-end assembly were minimised. This allowed the passenger cabin to be stretched out between the wheels, giving the volume of a small room and the appointments to match. The driver sat immediately behind the front wheel, creating the first cab-forward architecture.

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A final, updated version constructed in 1946, the Stout Scarab Experimental, utilized a fiberglass body shell—claimed to be the world’s first—and air suspension. That’s Bill Stout at the wheel. This car still exists today in the collection of the Detroit Historical Society:

SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2018/08/1936-stout-scarab-the-worlds-first-minivan/

The Ultimate 1980s Barn Find: This Guy Found A Lamborghini Countach Hiding In Grandma’s Garage For 20 Years

The lucky guy is Reddit user named eriegin, who posted these photos along with the caption “Despite the rust and dust, grandma’s 1981 Lamborghini Countach is the coolest.”

This isn’t an ordinary Countach. The images posted on Reddit suggest that we are looking at a Countach 500S, one of just 321 examples built.

According to Carscoops, the car is powered by a naturally-aspirated 4.8-liter V12, and while the Redditor claims that it is in poor condition, it could easily be worth $300,000 – or, if restored, more than $500,000.

The Reddit user says that the Countach was purchased by his late grandfather in 1989, “but after insurance costs became too high for him to operate the company, he kept the car (and many others including the Ferrari 308 in front of the Lambo) outside/in leaky garages for 20+ years instead of selling them,” he wrote. “Don’t ask me why, I have no clue.”

While it’s sad to see a car as iconic as the Countach being locked up for so long, it’s refreshing to see it coming out to the real world again.

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2018/08/the-ultimate-1980s-barn-find-this-guy-found-a-lamborghini-countach-hiding-in-grandmas-garage-for-20-years/

“Weird Faces”: An Algorithm Based Project That Creates An Infinite Collection Of Fun Looking Sketched Faces

Computer generated images have a certain aesthetics to them that make them immediately recognizable as such by the trained eye. Weird Faces is an attempt to combine my old interest in illustration with programing, to create something procedural that has a truly individual artistic touch to it and is not instantly recognizable as a generative art piece. Even though, the faces look hand-drawn, they are entirely expressed by algorithmic rules. Each face is random, each face is unique. Still, they look similar to my actual hand drawn faces.

Created by Matthias Dörfelt (1987, Hamburg, Germany), a Los Angeles-based artist.

He mainly works in software producing artifacts ranging from drawings, prints, animation, videos and interactive installations to robotics. In his works he often trades control in favor of surprise because he strongly believes in computation as an expressive, playful and humorous tool. Matthias will continue to explore these aspects by infusing technology with flaws, naivety and weirdness. He believes in a media arts practice that favors spontaneity over streamlining and hopes that his works contribute to shape our relationship to machines in a similar way.

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2018/08/weird-faces-an-algorithm-based-project-that-creates-an-infinite-collection-of-fun-looking-sketched-faces/

The Making Of Chinese Artificial Intelligence Sex Dolls


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Amid Beijing’s push to turn the country into an artificial intelligence (AI) powerhouse and embed the technology in all facets of life, some Chinese entrepreneurs are taking the expertise to a new frontier: sex dolls.

WMDOLL, one of China’s biggest sex doll makers, which is based in the southeastern province of Guangdong, launched what it calls AI-powered dolls at end of 2016 that offer features ranging from simple conversation to moving eyes, arms and torsos. Customers can personalise their dolls by choosing various appearance options including height, hairstyle and eye colour.


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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2018/07/the-making-of-chinese-artificial-intelligence-sex-dolls/

“Eating in Virtual Reality”: This Restaurant In Japan Fuses Food With Art For A New Immersive Experience


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Are you looking for a completely different dinner experience? This new restaurant near Yoyogi Park will most likely fit the bill: somewhat pompously described as a place ‘that will make your life more creative’, Tree by Naked promises a mishmash of virtual reality tech, projection mapping, lighting, music and, of course, a six-course dinner set to complete the tree-themed worldview.

Tree by Naked is the brainchild of Ryotaro Muramatsu, director of the design firm Naked Inc., which is known for its beautifully intricate digital mapping media work. The immersive experience takes place in a three-story building equipped with VR technology, projection mapping, lighting, music, and other artistic features on each floor. As visitors move through the building, they follow the “Scenes of Life” storyline in which a single tree grows from sprout to maturity. Each phase of the tree’s growth is paired with one of the meal’s six courses.

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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2018/07/eating-in-virtual-reality-this-restaurant-in-japan-fuses-food-with-art-for-a-new-immersive-experience/

“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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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2018/06/melting-memories-augmented-data-sculptures-by-refik-anadol/

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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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2018/05/people-of-bell-labs-in-the-1960s/

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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SOURCE: https://designyoutrust.com/2018/05/these-chinese-sex-robots-are-equipped-with-artificial-intelligence/