The oldest church in Amsterdam—the famous Oude Kerk—recently hosted a massive funeral … for the Facebook “Like” button. The campaign, which also included the launch of the trippy “Like4Real” website, serves as a high-concept art project meant to raise awareness about the rise of misplaced online activism. The project uses various global religious-like symbols to promote “Enlikement”, which is encompassed in their manifesto (you can read it in its entirety here):
Not too long ago, this development led to a miraculous occurrence. A new technology turned the act of Liking into a commodity, hence into a symbolic totem and a new belief, at a time when faith in religion and our monetary system is crumbling … And now society has forgotten the real act of Liking … And instead of taking action to make change happen, our activism has been reduced and confined to the square inches of our computer screen activism has become clicktivism … We as a society need to focus on real actions and intentions, rather than the symbolic reward bestowed on things by a mouse click.
Students at Arizona State University have teamed with scientists and researchers at the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (or DARPA, you know, that crazy lab that makes war robots), to create a jetpack that actually helps you run faster. The 4MM project is setting out to construct a device that could make the average soldier capable of running a 4-minute mile, while enhancing their overall abilities on the battlefield. As the video below indicates, they’ve still got a ways to go, but a prototype is making serious headway ... Discuss
A developer at the search engine Shodan pinged IP addresses around the world to create this map that shows every internet-connected device on the entire planet. The map not only serves as an interesting look at how dependent we’ve become on online technology, but also at the inequality of access to it across the world ... Discuss
The Daily Dot is reporting that five million Gmail passwords have leaked on a Russian bitcoin site, which is about the most absurd sentence you're likely to read today. Supposedly, Gmail itself has not been leaked—but these passwords have been cracked (Reddit is theorizing that the passwords were actually taken from sites associated with Gmail accounts). In any case, you should definitely see if your password is among them. Plug your email into this tool and it will tell you whether or not your password is OK. Or, if you'd rather be on the safe side, just change your passwords ... Discuss
Buried underneath all of the headlines about Apple’s new smartwatch, mobile payment system, and slightly larger iPhone that instantly makes yours obsolete, was this sad piece of news: The classic, clickwheel iPod is dead. Engadget observed that when Apple’s online store reopened following yesterday’s big event, classic iPods were “conspicuously absent,” meaning it’s unlikely we’ll ever seen them again. In the years before the touchscreen became an inescapable part of mobile technology, the clickwheel provided the design simplicity of scrolling through a gillion songs relatively easily without distractions like email, apps or time-wasting games. The clickwheel was all about the music. Farewell old friend ... Discuss
As part of its big event, Apple unveiled one of those items everybody mocks today but will probably own by this time next year. Yes, as many industry insiders suspected, Apple has unveiled their spin on a wristwatch. Long the subject of Bond movies and sci-fi "Can-You-Imagine-If-That-Were-Real?" fantasies, the Apple Watch will work in conjunction with your iPhone to allow you to check social media and take pictures on your wrist instead of forcing you to actually reach into your pocket. You'll also be able to connect with other Apple Watch users by "tapping" them or even drawing a picture from your watch to theirs. Apple CEO Tim Cook emphasized the watch's ability to help wearers stay active by getting to know their bodies (it can monitor your heart rate) and personalizing a workout for you. But, as with all devices, its most impressive feature might just be its ability to distract you from the human experience ... Discuss