Can technology save the world?

The Guardian wrote a great article about some of the ideas coming out of the recent Pop!Tech conference in Maine last month – mapping emotions and wonderfully beautiful and shocking digital images detail the effluent of rampant consumerism.

Chris Jordan’s images combine massive digital photographs (up to 26 x 43 feet) with statistics about the amount of waste produced in the United States. To be faced by an image of 170,000 life-size batteries would certainly bring the point home. Above is one of Chris’ images of Mobile Phones in Atlanta, visit his website to see more of his work.

I was very interested to read about Christian Nold’s work on mapping emotions using Google Earth and a devices to measure adrenaline levels. As Christian points out, with more and more of the world’s population living in cities, it is important to look at more imaginative ways that demonstrate how humans react to the urban environment.

To read the full text of the article, visit The Guardian.

Olympus sponsor Digital Explorer

Olympus is supporting Digital Explorer’s Google Earth training by providing the latest model from the Olympus TOUGH range for the practical sessions of the course. The Olympus µ790 SW is the ideal camera for fieldwork and expedition use.

With 7.1 megapixels it produces high quality images that still look sharp, even when projected in the classroom. It is shockproof and waterproof, tough enough to put up with a life outdoors and most pupils. The camera also has internal focusing, meaning less chance of dust wrecking the lens action.

We are looking forward to using the camera in the field and in the classroom.

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