AltSciFi’s Dystopian Daily: High-Density Vertical Forests, Smart Cities That Spy on You, and How to Weaponize Your Cat

Dystopian Daily

+ Stefano Boeri’s “vertical forest” nears completion in Milan. The concept of Bosco Verticale, or Vertical Forest, combines high-density residential development with tree planting in city centres. Two towers, measuring 80 and 112 metres, are set to open later this year and are already home to 900 trees. […]

+ Architecture in Video Games: Designing for Impact. I wondered, “why don’t we see more collaboration between architects and game developers?” Their beliefs may interfere with a collaboration that could expand the design and development of physical architecture — and video games as an art form. […]

Comment: Hoping this article on architecture and video games encourages architects to join the industry.

Sid Vicious, 1978.

+ Smartphones Are Used To Stalk, Control Domestic Abuse Victims. You could call it Little Brother, though it’s really more like lovers and exes who secretly watch their partners from a distance. They are cyberstalking: using digital tools that are a lot cheaper than a private detective. […]

Comment: See also The Adultery Arms Race.

+ The American cities most threatened by rising sea levels. Sea level rise may submerge the land where 31 million Americans are currently living. […]

+ Android ransomware uses Material Design to scare users into paying ransom. A new variant of Android ransomware (Android.Lockdroid.E) takes advantage of Google’s Material Design and an open-source project to create the lockscreen’s user interface (UI). This allows the threat to easily display fraudulent legal notices and gathered device logs to make the ransom notice seem more intimidating. […]

Comment: Keep your software up to date; only download/install apps from trusted sources; pay close attention to permissions requested by an app; and make frequent backups.

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+ For #NationalComingOutDay, lovely LBGT children’s books that help kids navigate identity. From Maurice Sendak to the real-life story of a gay penguin family, by way of grandmothers and kings. […]

+ How to Weaponize your Cat to Hack Neighbours’ Wi-Fi Passwords. What if, instead of gifting you with a dead mouse or bird, your beloved kitty came home with your neighbours’ wifi details? A creative security researcher has found a way to use his pet cat mapping dozens of vulnerable Wi-Fi networks in his neighborhood. […]

+ Liability for Self-Driving Car Accidents: Blame The Car. If your future self-driving Tesla or Volkswagen gets into a crash, will you be on the hook for all the damages? […]

+ International Journal of Proof-of-Concept or Get The Fuck Out (PoC||GTFO or PoC or GTFO). “First they ignore you, then they threaten to sue you, then they deny the vulnerability, then you p0wn them” — with apologies to Mahatma Gandhi. […]

+ The Smartest Building in the World: Inside the creepy, connected future of architecture. From the minute you wake up, you’re connected. The app checks your schedule, and the building recognizes your car when you arrive and directs you to a parking spot.

Then the app finds you a desk. Wherever you go, the app knows your preferences for light and temperature, and it tweaks the environment accordingly. […]

Comment: No room for emotion, long-term relationships, or any persistent affordance for disability, and they call it “smart”.

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