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Automated Infrastructure

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A sleek, design-fictional robot railway inspector promises to make costly train derailments a thing of the past. It's a harbinger of the ambient, automated infrastructure to comeand a reminder that the future lies in the inevitable and necessary failure of beautiful ideas. Video after the jump. Read More »

Unevenly Distributed: What Gremlins Says About The 80s And Its Tech

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Even before the viewer catches a glimpse his first Mogwai, Joe Dante's Gremlins establishes the link between the titular goblins and malfunctioning technology by way of Randy Peltzer and his many incompetent inventions. It's a film very much of its time, with many fascinating things to say about the way Reagan-era Americans looked at technology. It's also a movie that would be impossible to remake today, for one big reason: the smartphone is our Bathroom Buddy. Read More »