Atoms Are Hard
Nov 7, 2012
A talk given at Skillswap Brighton on 7th November 2012 for Skillswap Goes Physical.
It was about Georges Méliès, Buckminster Fuller, Matter Battles, lasers, a failed project I've never launched, rubbish 3D printers, Shenzhen, foursquare, unexpected consequences, face detection software, vending machines, Nick Clegg, CV Dazzle, abstractions and manufactured normalcy. Stuff like that.
An audio recording is available on Huffduffer.
Links from the talk
- Everything I Make With My Makerbot, a 3D printing tumblr log by Brendan Dawes
- Matter Battle - On how making physical stuff is harder than digital
- Pimoroni on the Pibow Raspberry Pi case - Making 1000 is different from making 10
- Mitch Altman on the process of making the TV-B-Gone
- Chuck Lohr's 808 camera guide - Not a conventional electronics product or brand. More like botany than product design.
- Please Rob Me - Foursquare checkins, shown in a different context.
- Girls Around Me - Foursquare checkins, shown in a different context.
- Scene Tap - Using face detection software and cameras to work out the age and gender of bar patrons.
- Nick Clegg Looking Sad
- Nick Clegg Looking Algorithmically Sad
- CV Dazzle - Adam Harvey's make up patterns for hiding from OpenCV face detection.
- Manufactured Normalcy - Mainly the bit about dinosaurs: "In reality, I’m staring at a flat panel made from superheated sand that is connected via strips of ores and really heavily processed dinosaur remains to a thing that we all pretend to understand called “the internet”. Also, I’m sitting on a cow skin painted black and stapled onto some more processed dinosaur remains. I think it’s weird how much ancient animal matter is still being used to make everything we do possible. Thanks, Stegosaurus!"
- When Abstractions Fail Us - This bit: "We need our abstractions, our black boxes. Black boxes are great and enabling when they work. But when something goes wrong, the walls of our abstractions need to go transparent as fast as possible"
- James Bridle on Drone Shadows - "Those who cannot perceive the network cannot act effectively within it, and are powerless. The job, then, is to make such things visible."