EFF has just published an update to its Catalog of Missing Devices (a catalog of things that don’t exist thanks to the chilling effects of Section 1201 of the DMCA): a trio of ads for future artificial pancreas firmwares that illustrate the way that control over devices can magnify or correct power imbalances.
The first entry is SugarSafer, a continuous-loop artificial pancreas that sends all your kids' data to the manufacturer and lets you spy on your kids through their diabetes therapy, tracking their location, blood-sugar, and a myriad of details like how much Youtube they've been watching.
The second entry is GlyceiControl, an alternative firmware for privacy-conscious parents whose privacy worries are about companies spying on their families, but who are still interested in spying on their kids. This entry liberates the user from corporate control, but still puts their internal organs under control of their parents.
The final entry is It's My Pancreas, a free/open alternative firmware that lets kids seize control over their own artificial organs, giving them the power to jailbreak their devices, mix-and-match glucose monitors and insulin pumps, and substitute generic insulin for expensive, proprietary refills.
Chicago's Volante (previously) bills itself as "streetwear for superheroes," and I love their clothes. They've just released an addition to their existing canon of Star Trek-themed, cosplay-adjacent clothes: the Picard Sweater, a stretchy knit tribute to Jean-Luc himself, the perfect thing to wear while you're watching Wil Wheaton host "The Ready Room," which airs after […]
Last year, McMansion Hell (previously) inaugurated its annual gingerbread McMansion competition, inviting America's bakers to challenge themselves to build the largest, most ostentatious, most ill-conceived McMansion in gingerbread form.
Nathaniel Stern writes, "The World After Us: Imaging techno-aesthetic futures (Flickr set) is an art exhibition that asks, 'What will — and what can — happen to our gadgets over geological time?' For the last few years, I have been working scientists to artificially age phones and computers in different ways, growing plants and fungi […]
Anyone who loves biking, skiing, or snowboarding in the great outdoors knows just how difficult it can be to safely transport your gear—especially during extended trips. These three accessories make it easier than ever to securely attach your gear to your car. So if you’re planning to embark on a outdoor adventure soon, you’d be […]
It seems like AI is everywhere these days, from the voice recognition software in our personal assistants to the ads that pop up seemingly at just the right time. But believe it or not, the field is still in its infancy. That means there’s no better time to get in on the ground floor. The […]