740 Park Ave, New York City, is home to some of the wealthiest Americans. Across the Harlem River, 10 minutes to the north, is the other Park Avenue in South Bronx, where more than half the population needs food stamps and children are 20 times more likely to be killed. In the last 30 years, inequality has rocketed in the US — the American Dream only applies to those with money to lobby politicians for friendly bills on Capitol Hill.
A chainsaw robot visited Cologne last week for a single purpose: to carve stools. The robot is nameless, but the furniture it produces on its own is called the 7xStool, which was designed by Tibor Weissmahr and Tom Pawlofsky. The latter programmed the robot to carve two 7xStools from a single log, and the robot performed this feat twice a day during live performances for visitors to Passagen 2013 design week.
Another rear-end concept is what Audi calls the Swarm. It turns the car’s rear lights into a giant unibrow-style display. “Innumerable” points of light swim through the image like fish. What’s neat, though, is that this school can signal all sorts of information about the car’s movement. Rather than turn signals and brakes, the Swarm depicts movement as a gradient. Sure it leans left or right with turns, but the Swarm also accelerates with the speed of the car, depicting the otherwise intangible velocity of the traffic flow. It’s basically an abstract infographic for driving.
This link leads to a Bitcoin forum with a discussion about truly autonomous software. Worth reading is the post from user gmaxwell who started but unfortunately ended his development of this kind of software he named StorJ.