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The Weekender: shaky science, reliable robots, and memorable muzak

19
Apr
2014

Mike Cheikys science has gotten big name investors from Google to GE to put hundreds of millions of dollars into his ambitious startups. Theres just one problem: his science doesnt quite pan out. Artist James Ferraros new installation at MoMA PS1 tries to evoke how companies are capitalizing on lifestyles, and hes doing it through some of the most seemingly inane music imaginable: ringtones, hold music, and elevator music. Samsungs Galaxy smartphones are wildly popular, but theyve had a lot of criticism levied against them as well: they feel a little cheap, look a little ugly, and dont really pay attention to detail when it comes to software.

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