Daniel Rourke

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The Distributed Monument

<i>The Download is a series of Rhizome commissions that considers posted files, the act of downloading, and the user’s desktop as the space of</i> …

We Must Destroy Nukes Before an Artificial Intelligence Learns to Use Them

Why transhumanists favor nuclear disarmament.<p>A few Fridays ago, I was supposed to be speaking to Onate High School in Las Cruces, New Mexico, as part of my presidential campaign on the Transhumanist platform.<p>A science teacher had invited me to lecture at the school, but an assistant principal …

Old Cold Cases in Florida

3D printing has become an invaluable tool in literally reconstructing the past. Recently, it was put to use in potentially solving the in some …

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

How Guns Got Smarter

The marketplace might finally be catching up to science fiction<p>As any science-fiction fan knows, a smart gun is designed to work only for the person authorized to use it. Since the 19th century, Smith & Wesson, Colt, and even Silicon Valley have all attempted to disrupt the now-multibillion dollar …

Guns

A photographer looked through people's forgotten, dead photo accounts for 5 years — here are the beautiful and eerie pictures he found

Doug Battenhausen thinks all our advances in cellphone cameras and photo-sharing technology haven't made our pictures better, but rather more sterile. We all know how to get the perfect selfie now, with just the right filter. But, to him, that's boring.<p>What Battenhausen is interested in — and has …

3D printing helped solve an ancient musical mystery

These recreations range from the pre-Celtic British liturgical soundscapes of Stonehenge to the music of Ancient Greece.<p>Now, thanks to Billy Ó Foghlú of Australian National University's College of Asia and the Pacific, we can add Bronze Age Irish horns to the list of resurrected instruments.<p>Through …

Anthropologies #21: Is There Hope for an Anthropocene Anthropology?

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the Anthropologies #21 series.<i>Up next for this issue we have Todd Sanders and Elizabeth F. Hall. Sanders is an Associate</i> …

Features | Tome On The Range | Myth, Magic Social Media: An Interview With Alejandro Jodorowsky

Karl Smith sits down and talks - via the very real and very practical magic of Skype - with Chilean filmmaker, artist and novelist Alejandro …

Climate change is so dire we need a new kind of science fiction to make sense of it

Build an imaginary world in your mind, hanging in space. Spin it around a bit; kick the tires. Now change one thing about that world. Throw a bug of your choice into the machine. What if the oceans reclaim your coastal cities? What if you can’t support life? What if the life you bear can’t support …

Science Fiction

Osteo3d Launches Large New Repository of 3D Printed Medical Models, Invites Doctors into World of 3D

Osteo3d has just released a unique online repository of 3D medical models that should prove enormously helpful in not only introducing doctors and …

Crimes Against Nature: The Banality of Ethics in the Anthropocene

Among the great crimes of the twentieth century, the most enduring will surely prove to be human disruption of the Earth's climate.<p>The effects of …

3D printing could be future of infrastructure

MX3D, a Netherlands-based 3D-printing robotics company, has embarked on an ambitious project to create the world’s first 3D printed bridge.<p>Working together with Autodesk and construction company Heijmans, the company will realize designer Joris Laarman’s vision for spanning a canal in Amsterdam. …

The world’s first Lego 3D printer is a tech nerd’s dream

What do you get when you combine 3D printing and Lego? Something amazing, of course.<p>By now we’re used to seeing 3D-printing technologies used to …

The Anthropocene Debate: Why is Such a Useful Concept Starting to Fall Apart?

<i>Source:</i> <i>NASA</i><p>The term ‘Anthropocene’ has entered the climate change debate, and the question is whether it should stay there. It neatly encapsulates …

Sustainability

[Longreads] Additivism: 3D Printing's Call to Action

Morehshin Alllahyari and Daniel Rourke discuss 'The 3D Additivist Manifesto' and plans for the Additivist Cookbook.<p>It took over a year of intense reflection and exploration for San Francisco-based new-media artist and art activist Morehshin Allahyariand London-based writer and artist Daniel …

Why wonder is the most human of all emotions – Jesse Prinz

When I was growing up in New York City, a high point of my calendar was the annual arrival of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus — ‘the …

Minecraft Is Shaping A Generation, And That Is A Good Thing

Minecraft. Perhaps you’ve heard of it. Writer Laura McKenna argues that it’s so popular with autistic children that in a classroom, the game could essentially serve as the great equalizer between autistic and non-autistic students. I agree that many autistic folks I know love their Minecraft, but …

Can we design machines to make ethical decisions? – Tom Chatfield

For the French philosopher Paul Virilio, technological development is inextricable from the idea of the accident. As he put it, each accident is ‘an …

prosthetic knowledge — Knitted Horse Firework Animation Experimental...

No one yet knows how the Anthropocene will unfold. Our dominion over the planet may prove brief in the scope of deep time. Or, the Anthropocene could transform the entire planet into some new state that persists for the remainder of the Earth’s existence. Dead cities, mass extinctions, acid seas, and radioactive fallout: What will humanity's geological legacy be? http://go.nautil.us/braveepoch

How I Write Now by Lucy Ives

I learned how to write in the following way: I was taught to select the most accurate word to describe a given action, object. I was taught to value …

Artist Profile: Morehshin Allahyari

<i>The latest in a series of interviews with artists who have developed a significant body of work engaged (in its process, or in the issues it raises)</i> …

Will humans be around in a billion years? Or a trillion? – Ross Andersen

Sometimes, when you dig into the Earth, past its surface and into the crustal layers, omens appear. In 1676, Oxford professor Robert Plot was putting …

Singularity

Is reality a computer simulation? Does it matter? – Matthew Francis

Our species is not going to last forever. One way or another, humanity will vanish from the Universe, but before it does, it might summon together …

Alice in Wonderland Illustrated by Ralph Steadman: A 1973 Gem

In the century and a half since Lewis Carroll met little Alice Liddell and imagined around her his <i>Alice in Wonderland</i>, the beloved tale has inspired a wealth of stunning artwork, ranging from John Tenniel’s original illustrations to Leonard Weisgard’s mid-century masterpieces to Salvador Dalí’s …

An Ontology of Everything on the Face of the Earth

John Carpenter’s 1982 film, <i>The Thing</i>, is a claustrophobic sci-fi thriller, exhibiting many hallmarks of the horror genre. The film depicts a sinister …