What is data, anyway? We just sit around on our dumb computer smashing our chubby fingers on a keyboard asking Google what time the Superbowl is, and some poor little machine has to actually crank out the stupid answers. Smh.
German artists Sebastian Schmieg and Johannes Osterhoff were inspired by seeing photos of Google’s data center in Belgium along with the nugget of info that Google crunches up all its old servers into bit. They asked Google for some, and were sent a 10 kg box.
Osterberg explains, “in their disassembled and dysfunctional state, as an afterglow of the data center factory, they remain loaded with meaning and provide not only a glimpse behind the shiny interface layer of Google’s applications, but also point to the actual sites of digital life.”
“10kg from the New Factory” is currently on display at the transmediale art festival in Berlin.
Ok. Here are glorious smashed servers:
- The Trump administration is rolling back an Obama-era policy aimed at protecting transgender students in public schools.
- An off-duty Los Angeles police officer was caught on cellphone video firing at least one shot during a confrontation with several teens.
- Police arrested at least 10 people on Wednesday as they began clearing out protester camps at the Dakota Access Pipeline site.
- Facebook is in negotiations with the Major League Baseball League to possibly stream one game per week during the 2017 season.