SideSeat: can a swivel chair become the office of the future? – video | Art and design | theguardian.com

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Doesn’t the bog-standard desk and chair seem so antiquated? Enter Dutch designer Jurgen Bey, who’s created the office of the future, a swivelling station that offers privacy in our age of flexi-time – and a whole new take on what working life could be. Oliver Wainwright visits him in his studio

via SideSeat: can a swivel chair become the office of the future? – video | Art and design | theguardian.com.

Sentient code: An inside look at Stephen Wolfram’s utterly new, insanely ambitious computational paradigm | VentureBeat | Dev | by John Koetsier

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In about 30 seconds, Wolfram created a small web application that drew circles on a web page and included a user interface so a visitor could make them bigger or smaller, or change their colors. That’s doable simply because the Wolfram language — with its access to a vast reservoir of knowledge — knows what a circle is and can make it, and it automatically provides web-native user controls to manipulate it. It was a trivial example, but in another 30 seconds, Wolfram built a code snippet that defined the countries in South America and displayed their flags. Then he called up a map of Europe and highlighted Germany and France in different colors computationally, in seconds.This is only possible because the new Wolfram computational framework includes the complex and precise algorithms developed in over 20 years of Mathematica development, plus the knowledge engine built up inside WolframAlpha.And the results are shocking.Automation through information“The level of automation is incredibly higher than people could ever have before – it’s incredibly powerful,” Wolfram says. “Anything that WolframAlpha knows, your app knows.”

via Sentient code: An inside look at Stephen Wolfram’s utterly new, insanely ambitious computational paradigm | VentureBeat | Dev | by John Koetsier.

Comments about robot cleaners “Roombas” from amazon.com

When my robot first arrived, I had not vacuumed for a few weeks, and within 15 minutes its bin was full and filter clogged

We’ve been using this cleaner for a few weeks now, and once you get to know it’s strengths and weaknesses, it is a very useful family addition

Has an ‘obsession’ with certain corners and areas, going over the same area maybe 10 times or more, but other areas it only does once, and sometimes not at all. … for example it obsessively tries to ‘mount’ the foot pedal on my daughter’s drum-kit (Tries for 10 minutes or more)

I love it! I’d promised myself one of these for ages but always thought ‘how extravagant is that?’

The floors look good all the time and last thing after the evening meal, it’s cleaning up again whilst I watch a bit of telly.

the robot gets confused a bit. When it beeps and shows error then simply…empty the dustbin…clean the brush…wipe the sensors and away you go….My little R2D2 likes going under the bed and the settee a lot…hates his docking station...and loves fast hard work….but I wouldn’t recommend leaving him on his own as it’s a bit like having a 6 year old with a heavy duty vacuum round the place

I would be devastated if he were taken away or if he conked out on me…and I’m so glad I decided to buy it.

Then i upgraded to the Karcher RC3000 which has served me well for 5 years but decided to throw itself down the stairs!!

The cats detest our new addition and the children love driving and emptying it. Bonus!

This machine is great. I tend to sit and watch it do all the work which means I get even less housework done.

sometimes get stuck under weird furniture but most of the time just gets on with its job.

This little robot manages to find dust, hairs and dirt even after thoroughly hovering and mopping the floors. Where he gets it from (yes it’s a he and called Marvin by my better half) is unfathomable. I am that impressed and a little skeptical that I may follow him round one day to check he’s not cheating.

had the robot for nearly 2 weeks and used every day so far…emptied him out about 6 or 7 times….absolutely amazing… have not programmed him yet and will do another update after a few months but so far delighted. cant believe how good it actually is.

But if it reverses towards the top of a staircase, then it will simply leap to its death like the apocryphal lemming. The robot doesn’t often go into reverse mode, so chances are it would be fine for several weeks in a room with unguarded downward steps… but eventually it will drive off the edge, so you cannot risk leaving it unattended around open drops

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The network of things in the next big network. Imagine the air traffic control – new building types and new city infrastructure will be required. Forget those that say this will never happen; it will.

Trippy Mall Pushes the Limits of What Glass Can Do

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Emporia is a massive, mixed-used project that houses a three story mall, supermarket, office space, and residential units. The 2,228,130 square foot structure cost just over $390,000,000 with the hope of attracting commuters who travel through a nearby train station. Photo: Tord-Rikard SöderströmThe developers of Emporia, a new mixed-used development in Malmö, Sweden, wanted to attract commuters from the local train station to the combination mall, supermarket, office tower, and apartment building they planned to create.Realizing that a stunning design could be a way to attract pedestrians they commissioned Wingårdhs a 170 person architecture firm based in Göteborg, Sweden to use the $390,000,000 construction budget to create a landmark that would act like a beacon to pedestrians. The result is a colorful collection of interior spaces, wrapped in a sinuous, psychedelic surface that appears to be on fire when the sun strikes it right.The structure’s most distinctive features are two colorful glass-clad entrances inspired by nature—an amber colored entrance pays homage to Sweden’s trees and the semi-precious stones produced by their resin and a swirling blue entry that echoes a nearby strait. The serpentine surfaces of the building are jolting, but are also notable achievements in structural engineering.

via Trippy Mall Pushes the Limits of What Glass Can Do | Wired Design | Wired.com.