The deus ex machina of technology

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Ken Pillonel criticizes the planned obsolescence imposed by Apple. His videos have 1 million views

Ken Pillonel, 26, in his office-laboratory, where he notably creates prototypes and documents his thematic projects on YouTube. © Charly Rappo

Ken Pillonel, 26, in his office-laboratory, where he notably creates prototypes and documents his thematic projects on YouTube. © Charly Rappo

Published on 08.10.2022

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Estavayer” “I never imagined it would come to this!” marvels Ken Pillonel, his big blue eyes still incredulous. And yet. It was this young man from Friborg who had just graduated from EPFL who challenged the self-proclaimed masters of the technological hourglass. And behind his shy demeanor hides a stubbornness that would almost make Apple tremble. At the origin of this excitement? A passion: giving a second life to everyday technological objects, like a deus ex machina of “hardware” – material elements of a computer system. With the battle against planned obsolescence as its main concern.

A year ago, the robotics engineering student posted a video where he explained how to “reinvent” an iPhone by

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