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How can we stop algorithms telling lies?
Contemplating a National Algorithms Safety Board.
ethics  algorithms 
9 days ago
One Thing Silicon Valley Can’t Seem to Fix
"The built environment of the Valley does not reflect the innovation that’s driving the region’s stratospheric growth."
urbanism  design  corporate  park 
16 days ago
What football will look like in the future
This is storytelling unlike anything I have ever read. Fantastic.
football  sports  online  narrative 
18 days ago
In the Deep, Dark Sea, Corals Create Their Own Sunshine
This seems like some thermodynamic law breakage, but I want to believe.
coral 
18 days ago
Does Elon Musk Understand Urban Geometry?
Some things stop working when everybody buys them.
city  transport  design  urbanism 
19 days ago
'A Neighborhood Is Alive and Fluid'
The wonder of Mr. Roger's Neighborhood, visually told.
community  neighborhood 
23 days ago
Silent Pocket
Custom Faraday Cage sleeves for shutting your devices off from the world without shutting them down.
phone  electronics  RF  block 
23 days ago
Greetings, E.T. (Please Don’t Murder Us.)
Fascinating exploration of the Fermi Paradox and Drake Equation.
communication  extraterrestrial  danger 
25 days ago
These Maps Reveal the Hidden Structures of 'Choose Your Own Adventure' Books
I swear one go the original books had an ending that none of the narrative paths led to. I remember doing a much cruder mapping than these and being astonished and disappointed.
book  visualization  adventure 
27 days ago
Redditors design worst volume sliders possible
Volume based on latitude is wonderfully stupid.
interface  awful  design  volume 
27 days ago
Chicago Flag Mosaic Project
One of the best in Chicago encouraging the best in Chicago.
flag  creative  3D  print  lanetech 
4 weeks ago
Infrastructure Is Not Just Roads and Bridges
"Like curb cuts, expanded broadband, clean water systems, improved public transportation — and yes, better roads and bridges — that lift up the most vulnerable among us actually lift us all up."
infrastructure  mobility  broadband 
4 weeks ago
How Can Corals Teach Us About Climate?
No need for a canary in a coal mine when nature gives you an ocean-wide visualization system.
coral  climate  change 
5 weeks ago
If You Care About Cities, Apple's New Campus Sucks
"Apple’s new HQ is a retrograde, literally inward-looking building with contempt for the city where it lives and cities in general."
apple  architecture  design  urban 
6 weeks ago
Why Cities Need Their Own Foreign Policies
"Right now, a Chicago-sized city is being added to the world’s urban population roughly every two weeks."
cities  climate  change  sustainability 
6 weeks ago
When America Barred Italians
The story of the Tolva line in America.
italy  basilicata  emigration  ban  racism 
7 weeks ago
Sensors in a Shoebox.: The 'Smart City' Kit That Anyone Can Use
“Imagine what could have happened in Flint if the average citizen had a water pollution sensor.”
IoT  sensors  urban  community  DIY 
7 weeks ago
Watch the world's first TED talk on the culture of record digging
"Our role should be about giving beautiful music a second chance to be heard by as many people as possible.”
vinyl  archaeology  shopping  record 
9 weeks ago
Brick Block - by Oskar Stålberg
Build apartments buildings, gorgeously, in your browser. Minecrafty.
building  architecture  3d 
9 weeks ago
Blueprints for 'Star Wars' Death Star were created at UIC
This would have been a good factoid for the Lucas Museum if it had been built in Chicago.
UIC  starwars  visualization  graphics  deathstar 
9 weeks ago
New-Age Bullshit Generator
"Just click and the truth will manifest."
bullshit  generator  newage  pseudoscience 
10 weeks ago
California will lose enough solar energy to power Los Angeles during the eclipse on Aug. 21
"To compensate, utility operators are reserving spare capacity from gas and hydroelectric power plants, as well as coordinating with industrial sources to temporarily curb demand."
solar  energy  eclipse 
11 weeks ago
The Engine Room – Greg Lindsay
"Towers are excellent for stacking tens of thousands of bankers and insurers in a confined space, but they are a terrible means of collecting new information."
london  urban  planning 
12 weeks ago
Chicago's open data portal redesign targets non-experts
Bringing the tools to make sense of the data to the foreground.
data  chicago  open 
april 2017
Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria
The legal morass of copyright for out-of-print books threatens the future of knowledge access.
books  copyright 
april 2017
This solar-powered machine transforms desert sand into glass sculptures
This will seem familiar to anyone who has read Robert Charles Wilson's Axis.
solar  printing  natural  materials  energy 
april 2017
Why You Shouldn’t Walk on Escalators
Agree with this for lots of reasons, the biggest one being that I had to go to the ER because of a person running on an escalator.
escalator  safety  etiquette 
april 2017
LOOPY: a tool for thinking in systems
Simple, interactive visualization for system dynamics.
dataviz  simulation  diagram 
march 2017
Cherry Cricket to host fish funeral
April 13 commemoration of "the three brave fish who lost their lives in the fire": At 5 p.m., the Cricket will hold a funeral complete with bagpipes and dancers.
denver  cherry  cricket  fish  fire 
march 2017
The Big Bend | Architect Magazine
"What if our buildings were long instead of tall?"
architecture  building  NYC  curve 
march 2017
​🎥 Musical World Map
Surprisingly sonorous. Dig the Indian sub-continent trill.
music  visualization  world  map 
march 2017
Breaking Roads, Making Bank
Depaving design fiction from Alex Steffen.
depave  carbon  story 
march 2017
Unwind.ai
Music created by artists, fine-tuned by machines, responding to your natural rhythms to help you rest.
biometrics  fitness  music  algorithm 
march 2017
Large Sections of Australia’s Great Reef Are Now Dead, Scientists Find
The planet's canary corpse in the coal mine. But let's deny it, no?
climate  change  coral  reef  australia 
march 2017
Google Fiber Was Doomed From the Start
Saying Americans can rely on wireless alone is like saying, “Who needs airports? We have airplanes!”
march 2017
Crochet Coral Reef
"The intersection of mathematics, marine biology, handicraft and community art practice, and also responds to the environmental crisis of global warming and the escalating problem of oceanic plastic trash."
coral  crochet  art  science  installation 
february 2017
Letter of Recommendation: The Recordings of Pauline Oliveros
"This is what a conference of black holes, isotopes, fossils, ghosts and nerve endings sounds like. Listening in is to be at sound’s most distant edge; there is nothing audible beyond this point."
ambient  music  experimental 
february 2017
Introducing the LEGO Mosaic Maker
Son, back in the day we made these mosaics by hand. With pieces missing.
lego  mosaic  booth  london 
february 2017
The World’s Best Urban Gondola Ride
He's right about the Pink Line view at sunrise (sunset too).
L  CTA  chicago  urban  fabric 
february 2017
Feel the Bass Pumping When You Strap This Wearable to Your Wrist
Um, wouldn't this be better as a belt buckle? Thump right to the gut.
bass  subwoofer  wearable  tech  audio 
february 2017
Fake Cemeteries May Help Curb Sprawl in Spain
"ANBF has taken advantage of Article 50 of Spain's Cemetery Law, which prohibits the construction of new buildings with 300 meters of a cemetery."
urban  design  zoning  sprawl 
february 2017
W.E.B. Du Bois commissioned beautiful hand-drawn data visualizations and infographics for the Paris World Fair
“He believed that a clear revelation of the facts of African American life and culture would challenge the claims of biological race scientists influential at the time, which proposed that African Americans were inherently inferior to Anglo-Americans."
negro  visualization  equality  racism  data  infographics 
february 2017
11 Amazing Hotels for Book Lovers
Only been to The Library Hotel. My favorite in NYC.
books  library  hotel  bibliophile 
february 2017
How MIT Builds Cities Using Lego and Augmented Reality
Cool, though the video is realy about multidisciplnary collaboration.
team  visualization  urban  design 
february 2017
Bohemian Rhapsody Played by 100+ year old fairground organ
This is most beautiful, borderline creepy thing I have listened to in forever.
queen  bohemian  rhapsody  organ  fairground 
january 2017
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