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Saving By Spending

This week, I visited a camera store to order two enlarged prints as a gift.  I don’t order photo prints very often; in fact, I’m not sure that I have ever ordered prints aside from graduation photos.  As I was making my purchase, the friendly, middle-aged woman who had been helping me asked whether I…

Can I Buy You a Cup of Coffee?

At a coffee shop in Bluffton, South Carolina, people have been spontaneously paying forfuture customers’ drinks on a fairly consistent basis. Sometimes, those who are not even looking to buy coffee for themselves will come in and donate money for future (anonymous) customers. While certainly unique, this may not be too surprising when viewed under…

To all those who attended the PoorQuality forum last night, thanks for participating! For more information about the exhibit, please see our Artistically Irrational website

PoorQuality: Inequality

Call for Artists to respond to research on inequality Hosted by Dan Ariely and the Center for Advanced Hindsight Artists from around the world are invited to attend a discussion on social and economic inequality (from the lab that hosted the “Creative Dishonesty” project), on Wednesday, February 22nd at 7 PM EST.  (Artists who do…

Easing the Pain This Holiday Season

The image (and jingle) of the bells of Salvation Army volunteers is almost as synonymous with the holiday season as Santa Claus himself. However, the New York Times reported last month that a change may be coming to a street corner near you; the charity has begun testing the use of a digital donation system called…

Creative Dishonesty

The Center for Advanced Hindsight at Duke University is Pleased to Coordinate and Host the Exhibition   Creative Dishonesty: Cheat Codes on display at 2024 W Main St, Bay C, Durham, NC from December 3, 2011 to January 31, 2012. with an opening reception on December 16, 2011   6 – 10 PM As a magnanimous…

Carreker Happens

Did you know that free checking works by exploiting the everyday cash shortages of the poorest in our country? There is a company that dresses it up and sells it to banks. I recently moved to Durham from Boston, and as it goes I had to set up new accounts to establish services for my…

Cheat Codes: Calling all Artists

Artists from around the world are invited to attend a discussion about behavioral economics, dishonesty and cheating at the Center for Advanced Hindsight on October 25 at 7:30 PM EST.  (Artists who do not live within driving distance of Durham, NC can watch the forum streaming live online.) Interested artists should RSVP to Catherine Howard…

Big City, Small Robot

Several years ago, I began to make human-dependent cardboard robots and place them on the streets of New York City. These little robots, which came to be known as Tweenbots (a combination of the words “between” and “robot”), roll at a constant speed, in a straight line, and have a flag that says that they…

Help Me Today, I'll Help You Tomorrow

In the course of our lives, we come across countless opportunities to help others. The occasional homeless person or charity asks for a donation, or the Red Cross is collecting blood across the street. But most of the time, these opportunities present themselves through our social networks — simply because we interact most often with…