Project VRM

VRM stands for Vendor Relationship Management. VRM tools provide customers with both independence from vendors and better ways of engaging with vendors. The same tools can also support individuals’…

Project VRM

Robot Ecologies

augerloizeau:

Simplistic ecosystem from the perspective of the robot. The red lines suggest relationships or interactions. The diagram represents the period of creation thus facilitating a focus on the motivation behind a robots development, subsequent build and its intended projection into the outside layers. 

Pictoplasma | Berlin

Early April the Pictoplasma Festival in Berlin once more stages the world’s leading and largest celebration of contemporary character culture, with a dense, one-week program of inspiring artist…

Pictoplasma | Berlin

The Technium: Pocket Banks

There are plenty of mobile payment systems in Asia and Europe, and promises of ones to come from Apple and others in the US, but none so far have been as successful and ubiquitous as the simple…

The Technium: Pocket Banks

Google Crisis Response

The Google Crisis Response team assesses the severity and scope of a disaster to determine whether or not Google is able to uniquely contribute tools or content to response efforts. Examples of…

Google Crisis Response

According to the writer and editor who approved th[is] summary, “An explosion at a nuclear power plant on Japan’s devastated…

“According to the writer and editor who approved th[is] summary, “An explosion at a nuclear power plant on Japan’s devastated coast … made leaking radiation, or even outright meltdown, the central threat menacing a nation.” Apparently aftershocks, fires, broken dams, washed out highways, lack of clean drinking water, damaged sewer systems, destroyed airports, and at least a thousand known fatalities are not as much of a threat to the nation of Japan as the possibility that a few people might be exposed to a radiation dose that is roughly equivalent to the ones administered every day as part of routine medical procedures.”

http://atomicinsights.blogspot.com/2011/03/sowing-calm-in-face-of-focused-campaign.html

Foraging without damaging

This has been called the year of the foragers. Every year more and more people armed with guidebooks are exploring the hedgerows to indulge in a spot of Mesolithic role-play. Something that was once…

Foraging without damaging

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

Twenty-five years after the Soviet-era meltdown drove 60,000 people from their homes in the Ukraine, a rebirth is taking place inside the exclusion zone. With Geiger counter in hand, the author…

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone

The Lost Land of Serendip

But serendipity depends on inefficiency. Entire institutions, now being reconfigured in the age of convergence, were arranged to make serendipity possible. Remember library stacks? Books on a similar…

The Lost Land of Serendip

SBML Software Guide

This page lists software known to us to provide some degree of support for reading, writing, or otherwise working with SBML. For an at-a-glance matrix summarizing key features of these software…

SBML Software Guide

What is Voina?

Voina is a Russian art collective that engages in street action art. It is a movement in contemporary art that is relatively new to Russia despite being widespread in the West and regarded by critics…

What is Voina?

“It does not trouble the mathematician that he has to deal with unknown things. At the outset in algebra he handles unknown…

“It does not trouble the mathematician that he has to deal with unknown things. At the outset in algebra he handles unknown quantities x and y. His quantities are unknown, but he subjects them to known operations - addition, multi-plication, etc. Recalling Bertrand Russell’s famous definition, the mathematician never knows what he is talking about, nor whether what he is saying is true; but, we are tempted to add, at least he does know what he is doing. The last limitation would almost seem to disqualify him for treating a universe which is the theatre of unknowable actions and operations. We need a super-mathematics in which the operations are as unknown as the quantities they operate on, and a super-mathematician who does not know what he is doing when he performs these operations. Such a super-mathematics is the Theory of Groups.”

Arthur Stanley Eddington,“New Pathways in Science”, 1934

Sockpuppet Army

Persona management entails not just the deconfliction of persona artifacts such as names, email addresses, landing pages, and associated content. It also requires providing the human actors…

Sockpuppet Army

Zero - AI Chatbot

Because the human language is enormous and because one question could potentially be asked dozens or even hundreds of different ways by a user we have developed Zero as a means of analyzing the…

Zero - AI Chatbot

The Beautiful World

Yes, I am suggesting technological solutions to social problems. Yes, I am aware this is considered a state of sin by many. But Victorian London damn near doubled its life expectancy on the basis of…

The Beautiful World

Noctilux 1/50

The Noctilux-M for the Leica-M rangefinder cameras has been introduced in 1976 and is the ‘brainchild’ of Dr Mandler of the then Leitz Midlands factory. It has a weight of 630 grams and the highest…

Noctilux 1/50

Manifesto against Labour

A corpse rules society – the corpse of labour. All powers around the globe formed an alliance to defend its rule: the Pope and the World Bank, Tony Blair and Jörg Haider, trade unions and…

Manifesto against Labour

On Science Publishing

THE SCIENTIFIC PAPER HAS LONG BEEN THE UNIT OF SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE. NOW, WITH PRINT MEDIA LAPSING INTO OBSOLESCENCE, THE INTERNET IS POISED TO TRANSFORM SCIENCE PUBLISHING

On Science Publishing

The trouble with Flanders

The world gives little thought to Belgium. Yet it may soon have to pay more attention. As the crisis drags on, a break-up of Belgium looks less unthinkable than it was. The effects would be felt far…

The trouble with Flanders

The Ethical Robot

“There are machines out there that are already doing things that have ethical import, such as automatic cash withdrawal machines, and many others in the development stages, such as cars that can…

The Ethical Robot