Archive for November 2012

Cyberpunk version of M.C. Escher’s “Drawing Hands”

Hand Fixing Hand by Shane Willis

I’m sure all of you are familiar with the M.C. Escher’s surreal lithograph called “Drawing Hands”. If the artist or the artwork’s name does not ring a bell, it’s this one: See? I told you you’ve seen it before. This iconic lithograph was first printed in 1948. Sixty-four years after, Shane Willis gives us this transhumanist version: Both the original […]

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Neuromancer the movie: teaser poster

Neuromancer teaser poster

William Gibson’s novel Neuromancer is being adapted to the big screen. A lot of cyberpunk fans (including me) feel excited but at the same time nervous about how the movie will turn out. If there’s any novel that pretty much defines ‘cyberpunk’, it is Neuromancer, so I really hope the people behind the movie will do the book justice. I’m […]

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Governments and the battle against Internet porn

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Some governments and their policies regarding Internet pornography.   Australia The Australian government has abandoned a proposed mandatory nationwide Internet filter banning child pornography, extreme violence, and detailed instructions related to crime, drugs, and terrorism. Instead of the filter, Internet service providers have agreed to block child pornography based on Interpol’s list containing 1,400 Web sites. Anti-censorship advocates welcomed the […]

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Heartbeat and eye movement: passwords of the future

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As passwords become easier and easier to hack with powerful computers, researchers are now looking at new ways to secure access to things and information. Two candidates are your eye movement and your heartbeat. It is believed that a person’s exact manner of moving his eyes around is unique, like fingerprints. Oleg Komogortsev, a computer scientist from Texas State University-San […]

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Pacemakers can be powered by heartbeat but can also be hacked

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First, the good news. A study presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2012 discussed an experimental device that can harness the energy from a beating heart to power a pacemaker. The device uses piezoelectricity generated from the motion of the heart. The lead author of the study is M. Amin Karami, Ph.D., a research fellow in the Department […]

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Nicole Scherzinger’s Twitter dress displayed incoming tweets in real time

In the recent launch of EE, Britain’s first 4G mobile network, Nicole Scherzinger arrived wearing a Twitter dress. The dress was made from 8m of French silk chiffon, with around 500 Swarovski crystals and 2000 LED lights. The lights displayed tweets sent to the Twitter account @EE and the hashtag #tweetthedress. The dress was created by CuteCircuit, a London-based group […]

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