Technology as a continuation of the body

A conversation with the Australian media artist Stelarc

Australian media artist Stelarc has been exploring the relationship between man and machine for over 20 years. In sensational actions – such as a sculpture sunk in the stomach or a performance with an industrial robot – he has repeatedly stimulated reflection on this interface. In recent years, Stelarc has also experimented with the Internet. The first time, by the way, was in 1995, when the exhibition Telepolis took place in Luxembourg, from which this online magazine emerged.

technology as a continuation of the body

Stelarc in Luxembourg


The computer – medium or computer?

The book "Docuverse" by Frankfurt media scholar Hartmut Winkler brings a breath of fresh air to media theory in general and German in particular. Net critic Geert Lovink has had an extensive conversation with Winkler via email. Preliminary versions of the following text circulating in insider circles have led to fierce counter-reactions. What’s the big deal about Winkler’s "Docuverse"?

For discussion see also the commentary by Rudolf Maresch Blind Flight of the Mind Further contributions by Hartmut Winkler in Telepolis: Search Engines and From Pull to Push?

Frankfurt theorist Hartmut Winkler has presented a comprehensive critique of the new German media theory.

‘Docuverse’ is the title of his Habitationsschrift, and the 420-page manuscript is subtitled ‘Zur Medientheorie der Computer’.


From the inner workings of the german trojan forge

The police software TuV heibt "Competence Center Information Technology Surveillance". The involvement of private manufacturers of surveillance software is being considered

Several parliamentary questions reveal details on the use of malware to infiltrate private computer systems. Software from the British company Gamma is tested by the BKA at a low price. The Netherlands uses German Trojans, whose functionalities are in part "deactivated" or "blocks" can be. Also the EU agency Europol uses a wide arsenal of surveillance software. The German government reportedly does not know whether public prosecutors throughout the EU are also participating in the international exchange of Trojan horses. As a result, their export to Syria may soon be sanctioned.

The Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) trivializes the purchase of malware as a "Market monitoring"According to information provided by the German government, the agency is testing software from the British company Gamma International GmbH for so-called "Source Telecommunications Surveillance" ("Source-TKu"). This is commonly used by the authorities to refer to the interception of Internet telephony.


“Sorry, unfortunately my term paper has mutated”

Japanese researchers use bacterial gene sequences to store data. Technology opens up completely new perspectives: let’s store our MP3 collection in a yoghurt pot?

It took a long time again: over billions of years, nature has shown us how to use four data bits, four letters, to store complex blueprints in a safe and permanent manner. On the one hand, the DNA, their data memory, is redundant many times over because it is present in every body cell. On the other hand, nature has an almost perfect error correction – in the form of evolution: If an error does occur in the data, the resulting being is highly unlikely to be able to live or reproduce. Only very rarely does the unlikely case occur that the erroneous result actually optimizes the stored data. Then nature broadly declares the new version to be the true one.

What has worked for so long must have some advantages, researchers at Keio University – one of Japan’s oldest private universities – may have thought: As they report, they succeeded in using gene information from bacteria as a data store. The idea is not entirely new – DNA, for example, has already been proposed as a steganographic tool for hiding messages and as a carrier for signatures.


Razor-sharp from a distance of 160 million kilometers

Spirit’ sends first color image to Earth, which is the best Mars color photo so far in terms of resolution

After NASA presented one of the first images of ‘Spirit’ to the public on Sunday (cf. storm of excitement at NASA) and then followed up on Monday with a black-and-white panoramic image taken with 3-D technology in the first hours after the Mars Mobile landed over the weekend, the latter released the first of ‘Spirit’ yesterday "shot" Color image. For the user with 3-D-glasses ‘Spirit’ will send a whole series of color photos of the red planet to home. Everyone can see the pragnance of the material for himself, if he has a pair of functional stereo glasses.

With 3-D glasses or. stereo glasses, the first 3-D panorama image will be particularly effective