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04.29.15 Prachi Gupta

If you’re interested in gaming, art and coding but find most tech conferences to be too expensive, intimidating or unwelcoming, then FACETS might be the enrichment opportunity you’ve been waiting for. The idea for the FACETS, an “un-conference” in Brooklyn that will feature artists like Ramsey Nasser and Addie Wagenknecht, prioritizes women, people of color, […]

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09.18.14 Sophie Weiner

Of the 2.3 million Americans currently confined to the U.S. prison system, most of them barely have access to phones or the internet. But former inmate Frederick Hutson thought up a way to give convicts and their families the ability to use internet-like services while he was serving time for a weed offense. His website, Pigeon.ly, provides a […]

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08.20.14 Sophie Weiner

ANIMAL’s Radicals Of Retrofuturism uncovers stories by the technological rebels of the past in vintage media and looks at their predictions in the context of today’s digital world. This week we discuss rapidly approaching telepathic technology, and how it could aid or hinder human communication.  A few weeks ago, we delved into the world of Radical Software, an experimental […]

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11.04.13 Andy Cush

All competitors, beware: a group of Japanese researchers built a robot that beats weakling humans at “rock, paper, scissors” 100% of the time. But how? Unlike logic-based games like chess, at which bots have excelled for decades, “rock, paper, scissors” is in theory a game of pure choice. Having the leg up on your opponent […]

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09.26.13 Kyle Petreycik

No matter how far smartphone technology may progress, we are still left wanting something more, like being able to charge your phone in complete wilderness. We’ve all been there, with a phone battery dwindling at “less than 10%,” unable to take that very important photo or waiting to tweet that perfectly composed string of 140 […]

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06.14.13 Marina Galperina

If you didn’t get to troll the NSA yet, don’t worry. In response to the troubling exposure of the PRISM internet surveillance program — and the general public’s vast response of WHAT THE FUCK, R U SRS? — here’s a brand new project from Carlos Sáez (of Cloque.Org) and Anthony Antonellis (of NetArtNet.Net) for fun. TriggerTreat.net generates a seemingly endless list […]

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06.12.13 Marina Galperina

“We’ve had a lot of requests for rap videos,” photographer Alexander Porter says. “I just shot one yesterday.” In a basement Bushwick art studio, by the stacks of DSLRs and Kinect sensor bits, creative coder James George shows me how the RGBDToolkit works, again. Since 2011, George and Porter’s innovative toolkit has been ricocheting through the New York art-tech community. It’s just […]

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05.31.13 Andy Cush

As you may have noticed, we like Vine. We like it a lot. So much so that I’m inclined to tell you about Coub, a (terribly named) service that isn’t Vine, but behaves a lot like it. On Vine, users shoot six-second looping videos that they can share across social networks. On Coub, users make […]

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03.13.13 Marina Galperina

“I wanted to create a game that touched infinity,” Jonathan Minard explains. We’re in the dark lower level of 319 Scholes at the opening Art Hack Day: God Mode. To his right, bio-glitch artists in lab-coats explain How to be Anonymous in the Age of the DNA Surveillance. Behind him, visitors wave their arms, commanding mountains to morph […]

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08.28.12 Joshua Rivera

With all that talk about the city eyeing Silicon Valley for the renowned Best Place For Internet Things Ever award, you’d think the internet service around these parts would be a little less miserable. Not so. But when Newspapers get into the business of handing out free WiFi, it’s time for cable companies to step […]

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