Wifi Dowsing Rod

Van Mensvoort
September 11th 2009

Today's technology advances so rapidly that people are often unable to update their media schemas in time and as a result are left cluelessly in awe of it all. Mike Thompson's Wifi dowsing rod aims to work against this: By basing the design for a wireless internet detector on ancient technology, the user should immediately feel at home with the device.

Although perhaps impractical and anecdotal, the Wifi dowsing rod is an intriguing attempt of using 'magic' as a construct to cope with the technological complexity accumulating around us. A great gift for your grand-grand-parents.

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Posted 28/07/2011 – 16:39

The wifi rod makes a reappearance as a museum object at the Museum of Modern Art's Talk to Me exhibition (http://www.wired.com/underwire/2011/07/talk-to-me/?pid=4018). Now, if we consider Coomaraswamy's observation that "we are proud of our museums where we display a way of living that we have made impossible", what did happen to make the wifi rod obsolete before it even did find real use? Since the aether has been flooded by wifi waves, I suppose what is needed now for our grand-parents is a magic lock pick set for cracking wifi key locks.

Posted 28/07/2011 – 11:01


Should men be able to give birth to children?

Joyce Nabuurs: To me this question seems to be a logical next step in the emancipation movement of the past century. More and more women entered the workspace, but the responsibility for pregnancy and childrearing remained female.

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