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emergentfutures:

How the Web Became Our ‘External Brain,’ and What It Means for Our Kids

Search YouTube for “baby” and “iPad” and you’ll find clips featuring one-year-olds attempting to manipulate magazine pages and television screens as though they were touch-sensitive displays. These children are one step away from assuming that such technology is a natural, spontaneous part of the material world. They’ll grow up thinking about the internet with the same nonchalance that I hold toward my toaster and teakettle. 

Full Story; Wired

emergentfutures:

How the Web Became Our ‘External Brain,’ and What It Means for Our Kids

Search YouTube for “baby” and “iPad” and you’ll find clips featuring one-year-olds attempting to manipulate magazine pages and television screens as though they were touch-sensitive displays. These children are one step away from assuming that such technology is a natural, spontaneous part of the material world. They’ll grow up thinking about the internet with the same nonchalance that I hold toward my toaster and teakettle. 

Full Story; Wired

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skidmoreowingsmerrill:

Engaging Design

Joel Putnam, an architectural designer in SOM’s Chicago office, typically focuses on computation and performance-driven, mixed-use projects. But in his free time, he’s been applying his talents to a considerably different undertaking: an engagement ring to present to his longtime girlfriend, Katherine. To design the ring, Putnam sought advice from his colleagues in the SOM structural research group. Using digital tools normally reserved for large-scale engineering projects, they decided on a custom platinum alloy for the band and prongs, allowing the ring to express a pure, essential form. The ring was made by Koorosh Daneshgar, a jeweler in Chicago. Putnam proposed to his girlfriend last week — and she said yes. Congrats to the duo!