Beyond a shadow of a doubt: Heirloom / AE 16

Beyond a shadow of a doubt: Heirloom / AE 16

Posted by Renato

One of the most impressive Artwork seen at the Ars Electronica Festival 2016 is – beyond a shadow of a doubt – Heirloom by Gina Czarnecki. Pier Luigi Capucci on Nblog, in his article “Alla fine, l’arte / In the end, art” already presented Heirloom between the festival most valuable works. A project that can […]

Interview with Christa Sommerer

Interview with Christa Sommerer

Posted by plc

Christa Sommerer studied Biology and Botany (1982-85), followed by Art Education and Art Study in Modern Sculpture (1985-90) in Vienna, Austria. She concluded her post graduate study at the Staedelschule Institut for New Media, Frankfurt (1993-94). Subsequently, Christa Sommerer was an artist-in-resident at the NCSA National Center for Supercomputing Application, Beckman Institute (US) and at […]

Design patterns from microscopy

Design patterns from microscopy

Posted by 5w4the_future

Often, we look at slides under a microscope as a way to observe something that will produce data and support a hypothesis. However, as a person passionate about science and art, I am equally awestruck by the colors, patterns, textures, and sense of order that can be observed on such a small scale. Cerebella Design™ began […]

The world is a complicated place

The world is a complicated place

Posted by 5w4the_future

  The world is a complicated place. Our planet is made up of millions of networks from microscopic ecosystems to global migration. How can we ever hope to understand and predict the complexity of our mulit-networked world? New research may have the answer… This 4k data visualisation was created by Mauro Martino, and Jianxi Gao (Northeastern […]

Octobot, autonomous, entirely soft robot

Octobot, autonomous, entirely soft robot

Posted by Renato

Powered by a chemical reaction controlled by microfluidics, 3D-printed, the first autonomous, entirely soft robot, has no electronics. A team of Harvard University researchers with expertise in 3-D printing, mechanical engineering, and microfluidics has demonstrated the first autonomous, untethered, entirely soft robot. This small, 3-D-printed robot — nicknamed the “octobot” — could pave the way […]

Interview with Annick Bureaud

Interview with Annick Bureaud

Posted by plc

Annick Bureaud is an independent art critic, curator and event organiser, researcher and teacher in art and technosciences. She is the director of Leonardo/Olats, European sister organisation to Leonardo/Isast. She is a co-founding member of the Collectif Nunc. She wrote numerous articles and contribute to the French contemporary art magazine Art Press. She is the co-editor of the collection of essays Connexions […]

Electricity with living plants

Electricity with living plants

Posted by 5w4the_future

Plant-e develops products in which electricity is generated with living plants. The products are based on a technology that was developed at Wageningen University. In 2007 the technology was patented, and Plant-e was able to get the patents from the university in 2009. The technology enables us to generate electricity with living plants at practically […]

Building living, breathing supercomputers

Building living, breathing supercomputers

Posted by 5w4the_future

The substance that provides energy to all the cells in our bodies, Adenosine triphosphate (ATP), may also be able to power the next generation of supercomputers. That is what an international team of researchers led by Prof. Nicolau, the Chair of the Department of Bioengineering at McGill, believe. They’ve published an article on the subject […]

Growing Organs on Apples

Growing Organs on Apples

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In the high-ceilinged basement lab, the ear lies flat, encapsulated in a dish on a sheet-metal cabinet. It’s actually a piece of apple carved to look like an ear, yet it’s not really an apple either; the cellulose has been washed of its apple cells and populated instead with human ones. They are HeLa cells, […]

Interview with Leonel Moura

Interview with Leonel Moura

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Leonel Moura (1948) is a European artist born in Lisbon, Portugal, that works with AI and robotics. He created in 2003 his first swarm of ‘Painting Robots’, able to produce original artworks based on emergent behavior. Since then he has produced several artbots, each time more autonomous and sophisticated. RAP (Robotic Action Painter), 2006, created […]

How DNA could store all the world’s data

How DNA could store all the world’s data

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[…] The latest experiment signals that interest in using DNA as a storage medium is surging far beyond genomics: the whole world is facing a data crunch. Counting everything from astronomical images and journal articles to YouTube videos, the global digital archive will hit an estimated 44 trillion gigabytes (GB) by 2020, a tenfold increase over […]

Ars Electronica Festival 2016

Ars Electronica Festival 2016

Posted by Renato

We’re happy to announce that the Noema and 5wftf staffs will be present in Linz (Austria) at the Ars Electronica 2016 Festival from September 8 to 12 following the path to contemporary alchemy. RADICAL ATOMS and the alchemists of our time … and what comes after self-driving cars and the internet of things? “While the […]

Interview with Nina Czegledy

Interview with Nina Czegledy

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An independent media artist, curator and writer, Nina Czegledy divides her time between Canada and Europe, living in Budapest and Toronto. Czegledy is of Hungarian origin and spends a great deal of time in Budapest and within Eastern Europe facilitating exchange between media art organizations and artists in Canada and throughout the rest of Europe. […]

Turn Songs into 3D-Printed Sculptures

Turn Songs into 3D-Printed Sculptures

Posted by annalisa

Since the earliest days of Winamp and other media players with vizualization software that transformed our favorite songs into pulsing animations, we’ve all grown accustomed to “seeing” music on a computer screen. A new company called Reify aims to put those same sound wave interpretations in your hands, as 3d-printed sculptures. Lead by founder and CEO Allison Wood, the […]

Next-Gen UnlimitedHand VR Haptic Controller

Next-Gen UnlimitedHand VR Haptic Controller

Posted by annalisa

It’s often said that seeing is believing, but with virtual reality, touch is a critical part of an immersive visual experience. But the current generation of VR input controls are stuck in the previous generation of gaming tech. Today at Disrupt’s Startup Battlefield, H2L is launching its UnlimitedHand controller that actually lets you feel what’s happening in […]

Bioresorbable silicon electronic sensors for the brain

Bioresorbable silicon electronic sensors for the brain

Posted by annalisa

Many procedures in modern clinical medicine rely on the use of electronic implants in treating conditions that range from acute coronary events to traumatic injury However, standard permanent electronic hardware acts as a nidus for infection: bacteria form biofilms along percutaneous wires, or seed haematogenously, with the potential to migrate within the body and to […]

Eternal data storage could record the history of humankind

Eternal data storage could record the history of humankind

Posted by annalisa

Scientists at the University of Southampton have made a major step forward in the development of digital data storage that is capable of surviving for billions of years. Using nanostructured glass, scientists from the University’s Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) have developed the recording and retrieval processes of five dimensional (5D) digital data by femtosecond laser […]

Interview with Alberto Abruzzese

Interview with Alberto Abruzzese

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[ITA – English below] Alberto Abruzzese è un sociologo, scrittore e saggista italiano. Ha insegnato presso l’Università IULM di Milano (dove è stato Prorettore per l’Innovazione Tecnologica e le Relazioni Internazionali, Direttore dell’Istituto di Comunicazione e Preside della Facoltà di Turismo, Eventi e Territorio); presso l’Università “La Sapienza” di Roma, Corso di laurea in scienze […]

Building living, breathing supercomputers

Building living, breathing supercomputers

Posted by 5w4the_future

The substance that provides energy to all the cells in our bodies, Adenosine triphosphate (ATP), may also be able to power the next generation of supercomputers. That is what an international team of researchers led by Prof. Nicolau, the Chair of the Department of Bioengineering at McGill, believe. They’ve published an article on the subject […]

In a brain, dissolvable electronics monitor health

In a brain, dissolvable electronics monitor health

Posted by 5w4the_future

From the folds and crinkles of a living brain, a fleeting fleck of electronics smaller than a grain of rice can wirelessly relay critical health information and then gently fade away. The transient sensors, which can measure pressure, temperature, pH, motion, flow, and potentially specific biomolecules, stand to permanently improve patient care, researchers said. With a wireless, […]