"An Alaskan airport has closed an aircraft access route because of a flaw with Apple’s Maps app. Fairbanks International Airport told a local newspaper that in the past three weeks two motorists had driven along the taxiway and across one of its runways. Apple’s app directs users along the taxiway but does not specifically tell them to drive on to the runway."
We are increasingly outsourcing our logic to our machines, which I believe allows us to think about bigger and better things most of the time. But at what point do we need to hear a direction, look at our surroundings, and say, “No”? Knowing when and where to keep our agency when using tools deeply invested in being ubiquitous and effortless will an increasingly important skill.
We are talking about Miley Cyrus on twitter more than the potential war with Syria, read on. Of course, our leaders are playing poker during the debate… Dialogue about sexuality, appropriation, and race is important, but how can we, as a nation, make a decision on something so colossal as whether or not to go to war, when we are talking about a nobody-celebrity so much more?
"With the AirPenguins, the engineers from Festo have created artificial penguins and have taught them "autonomous flight in the sea of air". For this purpose, control and regulating technology had to be further developed into self-regulating biomechatronic systems, which could also play a future role in adaptive production.
A group of three autonomously flying penguins hovers freely through a defined air space that is monitored by ultrasound transmission stations. The penguins are at liberty to move within this space; a microcontroller gives them free will in order to explore it.
The bionic Fin Ray® structure, derived from the anatomy of a fish’s fin, was extended here for the first time to applications in three-dimensional space. If the 3D Fin Ray® structure of the head and tail sections is transferred to the requirements of automation technology, it can be used for instance in a flexible tripod with a very large scope of operation in comparison with conventional tripods.”
James Bridle recently gave a fantastic lecture for #theConf, which is a must watch. Bridle briefly mentioned Amazon’s massive and chaotically or randomly arranged warehouses, which require constant computer assistance to place items and locate them, and everything is highly monitored. Workers’ location must be tracked in order for their work to be done efficiently, but how does one unionize when their every movement is monitored, Bridle asks. How does one comfort a friend on a bad day, when the computer that tracks the movements of you and every product throughout the entire warehouse and therefore knows where you should be, and exactly how long it would take you. Note, I read that Amazon actually ran simulations to see if this work required humans at all, and found humans to preform more efficiently. I need to verify that article.
These warehouses exist in a liminal space we are very uncomfortable with seeing; like the Chinese mega-factories, it’s capitalism on a grand and global scale. I’s very dehumanizing and jarring precisely because this is something we have all participated in but never considered, we are all inextricably involved. This tongue-in-cheek advertisement I made is a little attempt at a more transparent Amazon, a prospect that I imagine will only get farther and farther away the more economically entwined we all become.