An Orb with a Galaxy of Uses

"Nothing we swallow is without side effects. Neither is anything we invent or design," mused Ralph Caplan in his recent essay, "Noah's Archive: In Defense of Side Effects," written for Voice, the journal published by the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Caplan, a designer and author, cited numerous cases of unintended consequences, some good, some bad. Although he didn't mention it, there are few better examples than the Ambient Orb, the glowing ball of frosted glass whose color changes as the Dow Jones industrial average rises or falls.

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