How to weigh a cloud by Sean Cubbit

“The cloud is not weightless: it is a heavy industry. Add in the metals and plastics, the hydro dams, the thousands of miles of cables, the satellites and their rocket launches, and the millions of tons of electronic gadgets we use to access our movies – and the cloud looks a little less fluffy.”

How to weigh a cloud.

Fieldwork is Fun

I am now neck deep in fieldwork at CuriousWorks, and after almost a year and half of my own company I am thoroughly enjoying being here.

I’ve been given the task of sifting through the company’s back catalogue of photos (Flickr) and videos (YouTube/Vimeo) to create a showcase for their new website. The process is proving to useful research-wise as I am beginning to get a sense of the work they are doing in the field. The task also means I am being exposed to very interesting media, such as the following clip. It shows Curtis Taylor, director of the short film Mamu, made in partnership with CuriousWorks as part of their Stories Project, discussing his reasons for making the work. He makes the following statement at the beginning of the clip …

“This film, Mamu, it’s about right, it’s about wrong. It’s about the past and the future, the new and the old. It’s about the Internet and Martu. It’s about how we can make this technology work for us, and for us to use it the way we want to use it.”

How does the web see you?

Personas is a component of the Metropath(ologies) exhibit, currently on display at the MIT Museum by the Sociable Media Group from the MIT Media Lab. It uses sophisticated natural language processing and the Internet to create a data portrait of one’s aggregated online identity. In short, Personas shows you how the Internet sees you.

Personas | An installation by Aaron Zinman

AskNature – Biomimicry Design

Imagine 3.8 billion years of design brilliance available for free, at the moment of creation, to any sustainability innovator in the world. Imagine nature’s most elegant ideas organized by design and engineering function, so you can enter “filter salt from water” and see how mangroves, penguins, and shorebirds desalinate without fossil fuels. Now imagine you can meet the people who have studied these organisms, and together you can create the next great bio-inspired solution.

That’s the idea behind AskNature, the online inspiration source for the biomimicry community. Think of it as your home habitat—whether you’re a biologist who wants to share what you know about an amazing organism, or a designer, architect, engineer, or chemist looking for planet-friendly solutions. AskNature is where biology and design cross-pollinate, so bio-inspired breakthroughs can be born.

AskNature.org