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By Henrik Nieratschker
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About this project

Minusplusplus is the name of a fictional company based among the Silicon Valley, California. The companies flagship product 3Discourse, combines the revolutionary potentials of 3D-Printing with current research in neuroscience and notions about the production of knowledge from social sciences and philosophy.

Using an algorithm inspired by the neural processes in the human brain, Minusplusplus offers services and tools to create objects, that help us make sense of the complexity of our contemporary world and empower us to address and challenge the issues we care about in new ways.

3Discourse (Algorithmic Trading)
3Discourse (Algorithmic Trading)

 

Minusplusplus’ 3Discourse Algorithm generates unique shapes and colored textures from search terms entered by its user. Scanning the internet for related terms and images, a threedimensional manifestation of the discourse is created, that can then be materialised by a 3D-Printer. The printed objects make use of the brain’s way to handle abstract shapes and color. By viewing and touching these Neuro-Training Devices, the brain will create a large amount of new neural connections as it scans many different areas in an attempt to read the object’s abstract form. Ultimately this allows the 3Discourse user to train his brain for a super-heightened awareness for his chosen term/discourse and potentially gain valuable new insights.

3Discourse (Actor-Network Theory)
3Discourse (Actor-Network Theory)
Minusplusplus Showroom (Installation View)
Minusplusplus Showroom (Installation View)

Although Minusplusplus is a fictional company and developed as an art project, this Kickstarter campaign aims to make part of that fiction a reality.

 

The raised funding will be used to create a 3Discourse On Demand service, that allows you to generate and order 3Discourse Neuro-Training Devices for search terms of your choice on www.minusplusplus.com .

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With the help of a professional programmer the 3Discourse Algorithm will be refined, so that it can be operated in a web browser and is able to create fully printable 3D-objects within a few seconds. The goal is to launch the service in Spring 2017. Besides the algorithm and web application itself, the packaging as well as a suitable infrastructure for small scale production and delivery will be developed and implemented.

With your funding you can ensure that Minusplusplus will proceed to challenge how we use and develop technology, now and in the future.

For more information please visit www.minusplusplus.com

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Learn more about the project at http://henriknieratschker.de/minusplusplus.html

www.minusplusplus.com
www.minusplusplus.com

 

 

Risks and challenges

At this stage fully printable 3Discourse Prints (Neuro-Training Devices) can be created with a couple of manual steps in the process. The challenge will be to fully integrate the algorithms that crawl the internet for related keywords and images with the code that will generate the 3D Objects. As the main function of the algorithm is to create an abstract shape and texture from the data, there will be different ways to go about the programming process. This will give great flexibility and alternatives in the case of problems.

By running through different iterations of producing the 3Dicourse Prints, there is good knowledge of the duration and reliability of the production process. 3D-Printing will be handled by internationally renowned 3D-Printing services and the product can be packed and shipped personally, so that no errors through third parties can occur. A number of different designs for the packaging were already sketched and considered during the development of the first prints and can be refined and implemented quickly.

Henrik Nieratschker is experienced with software and hardware, as well as art and design projects. He is not running this campaign to create profit, but to spread the discourses he is (and will be) discussing in his work in a new way and set up a platform for reflection and experimentation.

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    Your own custom 3Discourse Print for a search term of your choice

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