The New New — Issue Seventeen
In which books and bathrooms, heat and kitchens, plus retirement and fandom all ride together in unexpected ways.
This irregular—and often irreverent—roundup of emerging experiences, culture-driven experiments, and scoops of perception is back for the seventeeth time.
Join me in celebrating a future of cleaner public toilets and in wondering why a new weather naming system started with the letter Z.
Take a Look
Laser Pen, drawing words in mid-air—no ink or paper needed
A‑books, digitally augmenting the reality of reading a print book
Future Library, a home for books that will be first read in over 100 years
Prebunking, a method of “vaccinating” against false narratives and misinformation
The New Loo
Throne Scores, bringing cleanliness accountability to public toilets
Reinvented Toilet, now ready to set solid waste on fire
Hot and Not
Zoe, the world’s first named heat wave
Outdoor AC, cooling down outdoor spaces—without using any electricity
Cooking the Cookies
Cookie Stealing hackers can now get past multifactor authentication
Fully Autonomous Restaurant, the robots have taken over the full experience
Rewirement, replacing the thrill of retirement
Adaptive Reuse Architecture, designing new buildings to be repurposed later
Weird Girl, the aesthetic that isn’t attached to any one decade, and may have staying power
Phone-based Productions, where the audience and performers share guided conversations
New Fandom Formula, Community x Autonomy x Equity
The New New will be back again.
Until then, let’s go back to last December when Issue Ten also brought together writing and books. Jump over to see how we will be taking notes with Air-Ink pens, cutting with wooden knives, weeding with lasers, inserting advertisements into dreams, and hanging out with silent book clubs.
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By Brent Turner
Image from Martin Klimas’s Sonic Sculptures series.
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