Jeremy Heimans: What new power looks like

Here’s a great, balanced critique of power — old and new. Well worth a watch.

We can see the power of distributed, crowd-sourced business models every day — witness Uber, Kickstarter, Airbnb. But veteran online activist Jeremy Heimans asks: When does that kind of “new power” start to work in politics? His answer may surprise you.

Tree of 40 fruits

The tree of forty fruits: Sam Van Aken

Sam Van Aken’s art combines sophisticated technology with traditional modes of art-making. Van Aken’s projects cross boundaries between artistic genres, including performance, installation, video, photography, and sculpture. With each body of work, he selects practices and new perspectives that provide a kinesthetic perception of objects and a visceral charge.

Adam Ostrow

Adam Ostrow: After your final status update

Many of us have a social media presence — a virtual personality made up of status updates, tweets and connections, stored in the cloud. Adam Ostrow asks a big question: What happens to that personality after you’ve died? Could it … live on?

Disco ball moon

What if the moon was a disco ball?

The moon is not a disco ball and a number of impossible scenarios would need to take place for it to act like one. But, says Vsauce, it is interesting to imagine what would occur if it actually happened.

Neil Harbisson

Neil Harbisson: I listen to colour

Artist Neil Harbisson was born completely color blind, but these days a device attached to his head turns color into audible frequencies. Instead of seeing a world in grayscale, Harbisson can hear a symphony of color — and yes, even listen to faces and paintings.