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Love + Node // It's All in the Details



by Kelly Dobson

Blendie is voice-powered blender, an object with which users interact by learning to speak its language.


by Kacie Kinzer

Tweenbots need our help.


My first foray into an object with which I can have a relationship.

######+ Friendbot on Github

Neo-Neglect + Other Tessel Art

Neo-Neglect, Spiny, and Deluge, the other three prototypes I showed have short descriptions and even shorter bits of code up here on Github.

######+ Neo-Neglect Output Page

######+ Spiny Input Page

Wobbly Circle

Just a cool wobbly circle made in Processing.

Tools & Resources


The open-source grampa of micrcontrollers. The Arduino site is a great resource for learning Arduino and learning about available shields and controller types. Very active forums and lots of projects ideas.


Tessel runs node natively and has a bunch of great modules — both from Tessel and from third parties. API docs and forums + projects.


The great hobbyist electronics store on the web.


Another wonderful store, with a location in the East Village should you be in New York and web orders should you not.


Most of my works wouldn’t be possible without using PubNub’s subscribe and publish APIs to connect my devices to the web.


Big Mother Is Watching You

by Anne Helen Peterson

The author covers, via in-depth reporting and personal experience, the state of monitors and our anxieties at the start of 2015.

What Only Artists Can Teach Us About Technology, Data, and Surveillance

by Jen Graves

Jen Graves takes on a tour through digital art in Seattle, looking particularly at the University of Washington’s DXARTS program and Microsoft Research. Includes interview with Robert Twomey.

All Technology Is Assistive

by Sara Hendren

A great wander through the history and design of assistive tech and the problems of “normal.”

######+ Sara’s site has so much more

The Internet of Things Will Thrive by 2025

by Pew Research

A canvassing of “gurus and experts” on the possibilities and implications of the Internet of Things.

The Monsters of Bruno Latour

by Michael Shellenberger, Ted Nordhaus

Bruno Latour suggests one of our biggest problems in understanding and making decisions about technology can be found in our refusal to love the monsters we bring to life.

######+ Full essay from Bruno Latour

Ai Weiwei is Living in Our Future

by Hans de Zwart

In this tour-de-force de Zwart covers the tolls of surveillance, our own insticts towards control and cruelty, and the type of future we may be marching ourselves towards.

Programmed for Love

by Jeffrey R. Young

Sherry Turkle talks about the dangers of making machines our friends.

by Claire L. Evans

When the web was young, cyberfeminists imagined a relationship between women and machines that is worth reconsideration.

When My Phone Dies, I Might Not Shed a Tear

by Derek Mead

A paean to the love we can feel for our machines.

How to Make Robots Seem Less Creepy

by Adam Waytz

A quick look at approaches to making machines seem friendly.

Psychology: Perceiving Humanlikeness

by Carnegie Mellon

Why Do We Anthropomorphize?

by Rick Nauert

Two ways to look at the psychology of animism and anthropomorphism.

Art and Objecthood

by Michael Fried

On the theatricality of minimalist art.



by Nick Bostrom

In Superintelligence, philosopher Nick Bostrom takes readers step-by-step through possible vectors of superintelligence creation and the myriad ways this creation could lead to our doom. The last chapters cover the best ways to stop it.

To Save Everything, Click Here

by Egevny Morozov

Maybe our attempts at solutions are themselves the biggest problems.