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.
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
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