The Casa Jasmina project (previously) is an automated smart house designed to be made of open source hardware, with the needs of the people who live there -- not the corporations who extract rent from them -- in mind.
It was built by Jasmina Tesanovic -- playwright, musician, war-crimes journalist, Boing Boing contributor -- and Bruce Sterling -- science fiction writer, digital art curator, design theorist -- in Turin, Italy, the home of Arduino, and with the help of local makerspaces and Arduino itself.
In this 30-minute video ("The Closing Act of IAM Weekend 17 celebrated in Barcelona, on April 27-30, 2017"), Tesanovic and Sterling (a married couple) lay out the history, design philosophy, technical realities, and aftermath of the project. You couldn't ask for a better half hour of advanced, entertaining material on how the Internet of Things could be made to help people, rather than control them.
(via Beyond the Beyond)
A sprawling interview with artist and filmmaker Johannes Grenzfurthner on his latest movie Glossary of Broken Dreams.
Edward Suazo recorded and posted a video of a white man harassing his wife and the cashier at a NYC deli; the Caucasian fellow was triggered by hearing people speaking in Spanish, prompting him to loudly, grossly insult several strangers, accusing them of being undocumented immigrants and vowing to have them deported.
Since 2016, machinist/sculptor Chris Bathgate (previously) has been building an exciting, marvelous series of fidget toys, which he is now bringing to a close (he thinks).
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