Many people are familiar with artist Eduardo Kac only through a bunny named Alba that rose to fame in 2000. Of course, Alba was certainly worthy of attention. She was genetically engineered to glow green under fluorescent light. But GFP Bunny, the art project that gave birth to Alba, was only one moment in Kac's career, albeit a particular provocative one. From early pre-Web projects in the 1980s, including experiments with Videotext (Minitel), to his pioneering online telerobotics work during the 1990s, to the new genre of "transgenic" art embodied by Alba, Kac's entire career is about understanding, or at least questioning, the technologies we're creating and their impact on us. (And our impact on them.) Telepresence and Bio Art: Networking Humans, Rabbits and Robots is a marvelous new collection of Kac's essays. Unlike so much art writing that puts me to sleep, these texts aren't filled with impenetrable theory or self-centered navel gazing. Rather, Kac writes clearly, engagingly, and humbly about the history (and possible futures) of this emerging art movement, and his place in it.
The escalating tariff slap-fight between the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China is messing with so many bottom lines that the only people playing the market and making bank are those with companies that make red ink in their portfolios. Even Apple, a company that pretty much prints its own damn […]
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This alarmingly funny video shows an “Apple Engineer” explaining the company’s forthcoming $999 monitor stand. This guy is better than the “Downfall” meme! Also funny: to see people who had complained vocally about Apple’s lack of truly “pro” gear denouncing it when it finally came along, because it was too pro. Perhaps Apple should have […]
When it comes to large computer systems, not one of them is fully secure. Even with constant updates to the platforms that keep vital networks humming, there’s always a back door. And companies are willing to pay handsomely to effective bouncers that can keep an eye on them. Call them ethical hackers or white hat […]
So you’ve visited the Kennedy Space Center every year. You’ve watched “The Right Stuff” for the 95th time. There must be something to do while you’re waiting to join Space Force for the next manned mission to Mars or the moon. Here’s a combo that should raise a salute from any fan of space or […]
Looking for a new tablet? If you haven’t upgraded in a while, it might be time to check out the latest iPad Pro for two very good reasons. First, the 2018 model is a real workhorse. The 12X Bionic chip processor means it can handle any task you set out for it, and still have […]