In a new exhibit opening in just a few weeks, conceptual artist Jonathon Keats will propose an antimatter-based mirror economy designed to boom as the regular-ole economy continues to tank.
"Economic equilibrium is upset by our unbalanced pursuit of material wealth," says the artist. "My plan is to offset materialism with modern science, by exploiting the economic potential of antimatter, which is the physical opposite of anything made with atoms, from luxury condos to private jets."
The bank will serve as a hub for antimatter transactions worldwide, eventually financing
the building of antimatter infrastructure and providing the public with a full range of
investment opportunities. "But our first order of business will be printing money," says
Mr. Keats. "Cash is the foundation of any economy, and an anti-economy is no
Issued in three convenient denominations, ranging from 10,000 positrons to 1,000,000
positrons, and initially trading at an exchange rate of $10 to $1,000, the anti-money will
be backed by antimatter stored in the bank's vault. Because matter and antimatter
annihilate each other on contact, antimatter positrons will be continuously produced on
location by decay of the radioactive isotope potassium-40.
The First Bank of Antimatter show opens Nov. 12 at Modernism, Inc. gallery in San Francisco.
Press release (PDF)
Jonathon Keats (Wikipedia)
(thanks, Mark Robinson!)
OK, it’s not quite Dr. Crusher’s dermal regenerator (seen above), but Arizona State University researchers have demonstrated a laser system for sealing wounds. The system involves a sealing paste — made from silk protein mixed with gold nanorods — that bonds with skin when heated with a laser. From IEEE Spectrum: To use a laser […]
There’s scientific truth to the saying that you never forget how to ride a bike. Even if you can’t remember phone numbers, birthdays, or where the hell you parked your car, it’s likely that even if you haven’t been on a bicycle in decades, you can climb on and ride away just fine. Why? Neuropsychologist […]
The Moroccan Euphorbia resinifera plant produces a resin so spicy that it attains a whopping 16,000,000,000 on the Scoville scale, 10,000x hotter than a Carolina reaper chili.
There are two times you never want to just “eyeball” it: Conducting brain surgery and matching shades of paint for your walls. Whether you’re painting or repainting, make sure you’re never just “close enough” to the color you want. Not when the Nix Mini Color Sensor can scan and match any color perfectly. Small enough […]
In photography as in film, all the real artistry is in post-production – increasingly so, with the new possibilities cropping up in digital imaging. If you’re ready to get serious about your photography, may we suggest HDR Projects 2018 Pro. As working photographers can tell you, this imaging software can help you re-imagine even the […]
A picture can be worth a heck of a lot more than just a thousand words. If you’ve squinted for ages trying to get just the right photo, you might have the right passion for a career behind the camera. You might even have the right equipment, but do you have the know-how? The Beginner-To-Expert […]