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Genius Clusters and the Mimicker

Take a look at some of the latest ideas, products, and visuals for the week of January 25th brought to you by our strategists, designers, and developers.

Ideas

Genius Clusters: What kind of environment spawns genius? That’s the question Eric Weiner tackles in his latest book, “The Geography of Genius,” in which Weiner journeys around the world and through time, from Plato’s Athens to Leonardo da Vinci’s Florence, to find the secret ingredients behind some of the greatest minds in history, and what it means for America today.

Lo And Behold: What does a humanist history of the Internet look like? Though it isn’t a documentary in the journalistic sense, Werner Herzog’s Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World paints a unique picture of the bones and skin of our technologically interconnected universe.

No Parking Here: You’ve heard about how robocars are going to upend the economy. But have you thought about what they’ll do to urban space?

“Internet of Things” Security Is Hilariously Broken: Ars Technica found that Shodan, a search engine for Internet of Things (IoT) devices, now has a section that lets you view feeds from vulnerable webcams with just a few clicks.

Products

AirMule: Autonomous ambulance that took its first untethered flight is capable of landing in spaces that helicopters can’t, and will be able to airlift people.

Air Bonsai: If Bonsai weren’t fascinating enough already, now you can get one that floats.

Mimicker Alarm: A morning alarm clock app that helps you get up and stay up by playing a simple game, called a “Mimic.”

Visuals

The Wrong: A digital art biennale mostly taking place online. It’s called The Wrong and features some interesting work, with offline exhibitions in embassies around the world.

Rave Archive: High quality house, techno and jungle mixtapes, flyers from the east to west coasts, high quality scans of over 100 ‘zines and more 90’s US rave ephemera.

Ones To Watch 2016: It’s Nice That have interviewed 12 creatives who they predict are about to embark upon a stellar year.


Levi Brooks is the CEO/Co-founder of Use All Five.
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