for February, 2016

Barter Friends Project Proposal

February 26, 2016

When the Social is a Shared Economy Barter Friends is a mobile application which allows exchange of favors and tasks among a social network of friends. Utilizing the age old barter system, Barter Friends goes beyond money to the oldest form of capital, “social” value and utilizes it to allow people to connect via familiar means. With Barter Friends, you can create any task anytime specifying the means it might require to be fulfilled (Phone, Text, Video or IRL, for an in-person requirement) which can only be seen and fulfilled by your friends from social network APIs like Facebook and Twitter. However, to ask your friend to do a task for you, you don’t pay them. Instead, you negotiate a “like for like” barter exchange, helping them with another task that they need. In doing so, Barter Friends doesn’t only bring the social in age of technology to its logical conclusion but also allows people to benefit from the same […]

Phase 1 Fabrication Project Proposal

February 24, 2016

dChallenge To create a duplicate of an existing object by 3D scanning it with Kinect V2 and then fracturing it with CAD and CAM glitches to push the machine and the material to its limit Constraints Haven’t tested the 3D Scan feature of Kinect V2 before Can only play with one material spool and nozzle for Ultimaker Low expertise to the CAM software Conceptually restricted to work only on the Nefertiti model Prior Work Nefertiti Bust was covertly 3D scanned  (read Nefertiti Hack) Unseen Art Project Digital Grotesque Embrace In Progress   Ultimate Goal Combine additive with subtractive

In Praise of The Algorithm

In Praise of The Algorithm

February 19, 2016

Or How I Got Rich While Ride-Sharing My Way on the Backs of My Non-Employees I think it goes without saying that bias is inherent among us all. So when, MIT Tech Review writes a post praising Uber’s dynamic pricing system, it is apparent that there is an appreciation bias towards their Silicon Valley counterparts. Overlooking the effect dynamic pricing often has on the Uber drivers, the author goes on to hail the algorithm for smart pricing during rush hours and lull hours. Some might argue that algorithms might benefit the drivers themselves allowing them to make most out of the ebbs and flows of demand. But it is also possible to make an argument that since these algorithms are coded by Uber themselves, the bias inherent in these algorithms is meant to benefit them above all. The dynamic pricing model is oriented to engage maximum coverage to supply the consumer demand and not to tackle the effective costs incurred […]

Shared Economy Optimism in the Age of Capitalism

Shared Economy Optimism in the Age of Capitalism

February 18, 2016

Arun Sundarajan’s post overlooks so many vital aspects of shared economy labor. Chief among which is the fact that his research conveniently chooses “hourly wage” as its criteria and doesn’t take into account daily wage into account. This is an important point considering many shared labor platforms like Handy, TaskRabbit et al require the laborers to reserve 9-hour workdays during which they may potentially be hired. This means that they are at the whims of customer demand, algorithmic bias as well as platform popularity to be able to work. Their superior hourly wage is offset by the fact that most laborers don’t get to work a full 9-hour day, meaning their net income daily is much lower. Obviously, the ground realities are much different. High-skilled manual laborers may earn more hourly wage but with lesser hours to work during a day, their eventual income is left at the whims of demand and platform algorithm.

Additivism and Glitched Faces

February 17, 2016

Last week, Daniel Rourke and Morehshin Allahayari published their work on the 3D Additivist Manifesto, with former giving a talk at Transmediale in Berlin and the latter opening her exhibition in Toronto on recreated artefacts destroyed by ISIS using a 3D printer. But more importantly, I found its critical perspective on 3D printing fascinating and thought-provoking. Interrogating a materialist critique of production and focusing more on making things to engage in difficult questions and resolving extra-material issues rather than just for the sake of making things. 3D Additivist Manifesto Glitched Faces I took this 3D model from TurboSquid in the obj format and loaded it in Maya. Looks fine. I opened the obj file in Sublime Text and got into ASCII editing mode. In it were vertex positions in the order of history of the way they were created in the. “v” = Vertex, “f” = Face and changing their values modifies how a CAD software would render the model. Maya […]

3D Printer Test Project

February 9, 2016

As someone who is familiar with 3D modeling, I was fascinated by additive processes involved in 3D Printing and decided to utilize a fractal cube I found on TurboSquid to print one. Fractal Cube Materials Used Grey ABS Challenges Encountered Takes much longer to print than “estimated” in Cura Raft/ brim adhesion is a vague inclusion One nozzle limits mixing materials Adhesion when using different materials might be inconsistent Documentation

Process Example: Ultimaker

February 9, 2016

Popular 3D Printer Models Ultimaker 2 Lulzbot TAZ 5 Cubify CubePro Makerbot Replicator Product Comparison Ultimaker 2 vs Lulzbot TAZ 5 vs Makerbot Replicator Ultimaker 2 Specifications Structure:  Features in Brief: Overall Dimensions – 338 x 358 x 389 mm Build Volume – 230 x 225 x 205 mm Print Speed – 30-300mm/s Maximum Resolution – 0.02mm (20 micron) Print from SD Card – Yes Print Material – 3mm ABS or PLA Noise Level – 49db Recommended Software – Cura Dimensions and Weight: Dimensions with bowden tube and reel holder: 493 x 342 x 588 mm (19.4 x 13.5 x 23.1 inches) Weight: 11.3 kg (399 ounces) Build Volume Dimensions: 223 x 223 x 205 mm (8.8 x 8.8 x 8.1 inches) Printing Properties: Assembly type: Pre-assembled Layer Resolution 0.25 mm nozzle: 150 to 60 micron 0.40 mm nozzle: 200 to 20 micron 0.60 mm nozzle: 400 to 20 micron 0.80 mm nozzle: 600 to 20 micron Build plate 50˚ […]