Maybe it’s me (I haven’t done any research on this) but the only thing I use ATM’s for is petty cash. If I could do more with it would I?
The pristine images of the redesigned ATM’s invoke contradictory thoughts of the physical experiences found in bus shelters and phone booths the world over (the stench of stale tobacco with dried urine and ABC gum covering the interior). I can’t help but shiver at the thought of their future state (ie gritty) and wonder why I have to touch them at all? Public smart screens? Really? Gross. Can’t I just use my phone for this?
How we perceive and represent time, and how we make decisions are crucially interrelated but have largely been studied separately. This paper, featured in the current edition of ‘Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience' is a step towards studying how the perception of time affects decision making.
Gripping stuff, new research by my brother Dominic.
My mother’s always years ahead of the rest of us when it comes to ecological awareness. She’s been giving me some serious grief over liquid soap & it’s plastic dispensers for some time now, so I was excited to see this student’s efforts to improve the experience of using bar soap in (especially) public lavatories. This design offers all the low waste benefits of bars of soap with some well considered new ideas for dispensing the product.
Nothing prepared me for the sheer physical sense of freedom and incredulity at the new(ish) diagonal cross walk at Oxford Circus. I’ve long been dismayed by the dominance of cars vs all walks of life, and this small change to traffic flow represents such a huge psychological transformation to the act of crossing the road.
My mind is blown by the concept of printing photos onto cakes. I am immediately considering an edible photography exhibition. And it goes without saying, that I am forced to consider the implications for the future consumption of imagery.
One of my favourite examples of repurposing technology is the ‘shoe fitting flouroscope’ ie x-ray machines that were created for shoe shops and allowed customers to really see how well the shoe fit (prior to being banned in the 1960’s/70’s due to the unnecessary exposure of staff and customers to radiation). A nifty idea but not entirely fit for purpose, one might conclude…
I was asked about the future of broadcast radio at work this week, so I gave it some thought…
I think broadcast radio has 3 core characteristics:
Curated: the expertise, influence and personality of the DJ makes it different from just playing/streaming content you like (eg radio in the hands of John Peel, or Women’s Hour, or NPR)
Easy: people listen to radio when they can’t use their hands and need to concentrate on something else. The future of radio might be voice controlled for example: being able to say: ‘I hate this, move on’ OR ‘play me Black Sabbath’s first album’. Totally freeform…
Subcultures: subcultures have always flourished on the radio. Does radio supply/ support the long tail of entertainment? I think that one of the great things about radio is that you can dive into a subculture by listening to a show (Eg any college radio in North America).
If I were conceiving a future for this lovely medium, I would try to:
1/ think about nurturing, supporting, and promoting the curators/ the DJ’s who will stimulate communities
2/ experiment with passive/ easy interactive technologies
3/ encourage diversity, niche markets and look for business models that can support a long tail
4/ plug the content stream INTO the internet in real time, especially related social/community destinations
5/ keep it at the bleeding edge. Radio was always the place to hear something weird OR first (be it news, opinion or music)
6/ keep it HUMAN and encourage its unpredictable nature
Amazing large scale landscapes created by cartographic machines controlled by Spain’s conceptual artist, Joan Fontcuberta.
Not entirely sure how he does it, somehow he ‘inputs’ visual data of significant landscapes from famous artists. He gives the location of the pieces now, but again not entirely sure if the original location or the current location are influential in the output. Some of the pieces are psychological to begin with.
Whatever; his crazy psycho-geographic landscapes are awesome, and force the viewer to stop and consider the landscape as a genre, not just a nice view.
Been thinking a lot about London’s overcrowded streets, and the congestion caused by PARKED cars. Wondering why there are no folding cars? We’ve folded bikes, napkins and umbrellas successfully; why not fold cars when they’re not in use?