Space Replay: Echoing listening device

Royal College of Art have created a mysterious floating spherical object that drifts through public spaces recording conversations and plays them back when there’s nobody around. the video is quite haunting in its nature as it meanders through public space, and the reactions of people are quite entertaining! Essentially, a form of hacking public space.

<p><a href=”″>Space Replay floats hauntingly through spaces echoing its surroundings</a> from <a href=””>Dezeen</a&gt; on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>


Surveillance and detection concepts [Additional Post]

Surveillance and detection concepts already in operation, or under development:

  • A group of smaller surveillance drones called NAV (nano air vehicles) or MAV (micro air vehicles) already have been commissioned:  mapleseed drones; sparrow drones by 2015, dragonfly drones to fly in swarms by 2030, and eventually a housefly drone.  And if the reconstruction of nature doesn’t pan out, nature itself can be hijacked using electrical impulses to create cyborg surveillance insects being studied at major universities.
  • Nano sensors for use in agriculture that measure crops and environmental conditions.
  • Bomb-sniffing plants using rewired DNA to detect explosives and biological agents.
  • “Smart Dust” motes that wirelessly transmit data on temperature, light, and movement (this can also be used in currency to track cash).
  • Nano-based RFID barcodes that can be embedded into any material for tracking of all products . . . and people.


Hybrid Insect Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems

Hybrid Insect Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems is a project of DARPA, a unit of the United States Department of Defense, with the goal of developing tightly coupled machineinsectinterfaces by placing micro-mechanical systems inside the insects during the early stages of metamorphosis. The primary application is surveillance.

Remote controllable insects and their artificial robotic imitations are currently being promoted as covert spies. The development of tiny electronic control systems and miniature cameras has opened up a world of stealthy insect drones capable of slipping unobserved into military command and control centers

DARPA Minds Eye Program

The program’s focus is the development of smart cameras that can actually think for themselves.  These systems will not just watch us but will also be able to analyze visual data-sets and assign significance to that data.  The program’s focus is the development of smart cameras that can actually think for themselves.  These systems will not just watch us but will also be able to analyze visual data-sets and assign significance to that data. via » DARPA Kicks Off Mind’s Eye Program Alex Jones’ Infowars: There’s a war on for your mind!.



A look Inside Data Centres




Facebook plans a Data Centre Powered by Wind

The electricity for the new data center will come from a nearby wind project in Wellsburg, Iowa, according to a blog post from Facebook. Both the wind project, which will be owned and operated by MidAmerican Energy, and the data center are currently under construction

Facebook Says Its New Data Center Will Run Entirely on Wind | Wired Enterprise |

Surveillance state: Concluded video

The ‘so-far’ finished product of surveillance video in the future city. My intention was to  illustrate the convergence of all harvested information from the mesh network into the towers database and analytics program. What I would like to do next is include some of the glitches in the network and how the city workers are attempting to disconnect or protect themselves against the pervasion of the towers surveillance systems.

[Nature] Version 2.0

Scouring the Wired blog for ideas, I came across these superpowered, GPS enabled insects of the future as an idea for camouflaged drones within the city or park. A french photographer has hypothesised a time where science, technology and living organisms have all intersected to create a handful of ultra-developed species with highly technological capabilities, an imagined future, based loosely on current research on synthetic biology and genetic engineering. Subtle changes in the animals appearance or genetics that are not overstated, spectacular or entirely visible make these animals the perfect infiltrator to an unsuspecting natural environment.

The artist worked with synthetic biology specialists and speculative designers to figure out what could actually happen in the future, exaggerating the present to create a speculative fiction. By exaggurating the present, what would the Architecture of a data harvesting device controlling the city be?

BEETLE:  has a GPS receiver in its horn and secretes a two-layer ABS/plexiglass material.

SCORPION:  used during minimally invasive surgeries. It can regenerate cells at an increased rate, which results in injuries healing in seconds or minutes.

JELLYFISH:  The moon jellyfish is able to study aquatic life, map ocean floors and monitor ocean currents. It can transmit data from as deep as 7,000 meters below sea level.

LIZARD: The monitor lizard secrets a thin layer of aluminum. Highly adaptable through camouflage

OWL: The owl’s pixelated vision enables it to transmit a fuller picture to the brain. Its feathers protect it from predators by producing narrow-band wavelengths.

INSECT: The weevil has anodized aluminum jumping components that allows it to jump 3 to 7 feet high.

DRAGONFLY: The dragonfly is able to detect traces of volatile inorganic gases like CO2.

Surveillance State: Work In Progress

An extract from a video I’m currently working on illustrating a potential city where ‘tags’ of personal information are collected and stored in a converged infrastructure. The footage is my own which I recorded on a visit to London. To develop this further, I would like to include the possible methods of protection and glitches in the system where people have sought to protect themselves from the surveillance state.