Friday, December 15, 2006

Spontaneity and functionality? Nah.

The random lift button, designed by Chris speed is installed in two elevators in Portland Square at the University of Plymouth, UK. Pressing the random lift button in the elevator puts one “directly in the centre of a non-linear moment, its outcomes uncertain and unpredictable. A sensation that would be both rewarding and entropic”. Sounds cool. A little odd, but if I saw one, I’d press it. I like how they never describe how it actually works in the article. Presumably, it really is a random button that just randomly takes you to different floors. But isn’t that kind of like being trapped on an elevator?

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