Former BB guest blogger Johannes Grenzfurthner and his co-conspirators at the monochrom art/tech collective and Shifz are hosting their annual Roboxotica cocktail robotics festival starting this weekend. This year's theme is Beautiful Failure:
"Until recently, no attempts were made to publically discuss the role of cocktail robotics as an index for the integration of technological innovations into the human Lebensraum, or to document the increasing occurrence of radical hedonism in man-machine communication. Roboexotica is an attempt to fill this vacuum. A micro mechanical change of paradigm in the age of borderless capital...
Scientists, researchers, computer geeks and artists from all over the world participate to build cocktail robots and discuss about technological innovation, futurology and science fiction."
Roboxotica has been kind enough to host former BB guestblogger Karen Marcelo of Survival Research Laboratories/DorkbotSF and Dorkbot founder Douglas Repetto for the mechanical festivities.
You’d be forgiven for thinking the videocassette format long-dead, but it turns out that Betamax is still around. Sony is finally going to withdraw tapes from sale, bringing a 40-year story to an end. The last recorders were sold in 2002. ベータビデオカセットおよびマイクロMVカセットテープ出荷終了のお知らせ [Sony; via The Verge]
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