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Stop treating tech jerks like gods
Could we stop worshipping rich men who are jerks? On Tuesday, Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of Tesla, took to Twitter once again with bizarre comments, saying how “strange” it is that the cave diver who rescued the Thai boys didn’t sue him after he called him a pedophile.
additivism  apple  elon  musk  futurism  progress  silicon  valley  steve  jobs  technology  tesla  stream 
8 days ago
‘It’s Time to Decolonize Environmentalism’: An Interview with Zina Saro-Wiwa | Frieze
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additivism  anthropocene  art  colonialism  decolonialisation  environment  interview  stream 
8 days ago
A cylinder sits in a room. It is impassive, smooth, simple and small. It stands 14.8cm high, with a single blue-green circular light that traces around its upper rim. It is silently attending. A woman walks into the room, carrying a sleeping child in her arms, and she addresses the cylinder.
additivism  ai  algorithmic  governance  algorithms  amazon  anatomy  art  design  infrastructure  internet  iot  panopticon  privacy  surveillance  voice  search  stream 
8 days ago
BBC - Future - The world's most prolific writer is a Chinese algorithm
“Inflatable duck baby pool with canopy.” “Hot selling colourful temporary full arm tattoo for men.” “Splendid reusable dog pee pad (minimum order: 500).
algorithms  automation  china  digital  media  hybrids  news  writing  stream 
8 days ago
Edward Snowden Reconsidered | by Tamsin Shaw | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books
This summer, the fifth anniversary of Edward Snowden’s revelations about NSA surveillance passed quietly, adrift on a tide of news that now daily sweeps the ground from under our feet.
digital  media  edward  snowden  panopticon  privacy  security  surveillance  stream 
8 days ago
Compression Aesthetics: Glitch From the Avant-Garde to Kanye West – InVisible Culture
Carolyn L. Kane In a world that esteems technological efficiency, immediacy, and control, the advent of technical noise, glitch, and failure—no matter how colorful or disturbingly beautiful—are avoided at great costs.
aesthetics  art  avant  garde  compression  datamoshing  digital  media  error  fail  glitch  images  module  music  video  stream 
8 days ago
Please Stop Talking About the "Rise" of African Science Fiction | Literary Hub
Whenever I see an article that starts with “The Rise of. . .” I think of dough. When it’s applied to African science fiction, I picture an endlessly rising (and falling) dough that will never become bread.
additivism  africa  afrofuturism  fiction  literature  sci-fi  stream 
8 days ago
Earth Is Not in the Midst of a Sixth Mass Extinction - The Atlantic
At the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America, Smithsonian paleontologist Doug Erwin took the podium to address a ballroom full of geologists on the dynamics of mass extinctions and power grid failures—which, he claimed, unfold in the same way.
8 days ago
Horror is a dark and piercing reflection of our anxious times | Aeon Essays
In Ray Bradbury’s horror short story, ‘The Next in Line’ (1955), a woman visits the catacombs in Guanajuato, Mexico. Mummified bodies line the walls.
additivism  horror  reading  stream 
8 days ago
‘Tsunami of data’ could consume one fifth of global electricity by 2025 | Environment | The Guardian
The communications industry could use 20% of all the world’s electricity by 2025, hampering attempts to meet climate change targets and straining grids as demand by power-hungry server farms storing digital data from billions of smartphones, tablets and internet-connected devices grows expone
additivism  cloud  data  digital  media  energy  environment  infrastructure  stream 
8 days ago
DNA Shows Neanderthals Spread Viruses to Humans - The Atlantic
When modern humans left Africa for Europe tens of thousands of years ago, they met Neanderthals and had sex with them. The evidence of those encounters remains inside most of us today; 2 to 3 percent of the DNA of non-African humans comes from Neanderthals.
8 days ago
Manifesto on algorithmic humanitarianism | openDemocracy
The nature of machine learning operations mean they will actually deepen some humanitarian problematics and introduce new ones of their own. This banality of machine learning is also its power. Small grocery shop in The Jungle refugee camp in Calais, 2015. Debets/Press Association.
additivism  ai  algorithms  charity  humanism  humanitarianism  manifesto  politics  stream 
8 days ago
Bones found in Polish cave belonged to Neanderthal kid whose fingers were eaten by a giant bird - 9Pickle
The bone fragments were found in Polish cave and are believed to have belonged to a Neanderthal child who died 115,000 years ago. They may be tiny, but these bone fragments tell quite a story.
8 days ago
What Spotify's DNA-Test Playlist Gets Wrong About Genetic Ancestry - The Atlantic
Genetic-ancestry tests are having a moment. Look no further than Spotify: On Thursday, the music-streaming service—as in, the service used to fill tedious workdays and DJ parties—launched a collaboration with AncestryDNA.
algorithms  capitalism  cultural  appropriation  dna  music  spotify  stream 
8 days ago
CENHS @ Rice! » New Materialism, Environmental Justice, and Digital Sites of Resistance: Figuring the Cyborg Activist
Below is a shortened version of Annie Culver’s essay that won Honorable Mention in the 2017 Greene Prize for Environmental Writing. Annie is a PhD student in English at Rice University.
activism  additivism  cyborg  donna  haraway  environment  materialism  new  posthumanism  reading  refiguring  stream 
6 weeks ago
Franken-algorithms: the deadly consequences of unpredictable code | Technology | The Guardian
The death of a woman hit by a self-driving car highlights an unfolding technological crisis, as code piled on code creates ‘a universe no one fully understands’ by The 18th of March 2018, was the day tech insiders had been dreading.
ai  algorithms  automation  ethics  infrastructure  stream 
6 weeks ago
Children Are Easily Peer Pressured by Robots, Study Finds - Motherboard
The eerie possibility of robots manipulating humans crops up in science fiction tales like Ex Machina or Battlestar Galactica.
bias  children  education  ethics  robotics  robots  stream 
7 weeks ago
The Medium is the Messiah: McLuhan's Religion and its Relationship to His Media Theory | Read Mercer Schuchardt
To say that Marshall McLuhan was incidentally a Christian, or that his Catholicism was just part of his private life, is a little like saying that Karl Marx was only incidentally a Marxist.
marshall  mcluhan  media  medium  module  religion  stream 
7 weeks ago
Opinion | It’s Not Technology That’s Disrupting Our Jobs - The New York Times
The insecure nature of work is a result of decisions by corporations and policymakers. Mr. Hyman is an economic historian.
automation  labour  technology  work  stream 
7 weeks ago
Prehistoric girl had parents belonging to different human species | New Scientist
A sliver of bone from a cave in Russia is at the centre of what may be the biggest archaeological story of the year. The bone belonged to an ancient human who had a Neanderthal mother and a Denisovan father. “Denny” is the only first-generation hybrid hominin ever found.
7 weeks ago
Searching for Language to Capture How Climate Change Has Altered Our World - The New York Times
RISING Dispatches from the New American Shore By Elizabeth Rush Illustrated. 299 pp. Milkweed Editions. $26. A drowned world: It’s an ancient fear and a very old story.
additivism  anthropocene  climate  change  environment  language  stream 
7 weeks ago
Google and Facebook Didn't End Data Privacy - The Atlantic
A barista gets burned at work, buys first-aid cream at Target, and later that day sees a Facebook ad for the same product. In another Target, someone shouts down the aisle to a companion to pick up some Red Bull; on the ride home, Instagram serves a sponsored post for the beverage.
big  data  ian  bogost  internet  module  panopticon  privacy  social  media  surveillance  stream 
7 weeks ago
What Is Toxic White Feminism? - When Feminism Is White Supremacy
When I heard about the tragic murder of 18-year-old Nia Wilson, who was stabbed to death in an unprovoked attack in Oakland last month, I could feel my heart begin to bleed. My community of black women were grieving yet again.
additivism  feminism  imperialism  racism  reading  white  supremecy  stream 
7 weeks ago
How much electricity is consumed by Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin, and Monero? | Great Wall of Numbers
I recently created a thread that on Twitter regarding the lower-bound estimates for how much electricity the Bitcoin blockchain consumed using publicly available numbers. The first part of this post is a slightly modified version of that thread.
bitcoin  mining  blockchain  energy  environment  stream 
7 weeks ago
Opinion | Beware Rich People Who Say They Want to Change the World - The New York Times
Society’s winners can seem so generous, until you consider what they’re really selling. “Change the world” has long been the cry of the oppressed. But in recent years world-changing has been co-opted by the rich and the powerful.
additivism  futurism  money  privilege  progress  silicon  valley  stream 
7 weeks ago
If you want to save the world, veganism isn’t the answer | Isabella Tree | Opinion | The Guardian
Veganism has rocketed in the UK over the past couple of years – from an estimated half a million people in 2016 to more than 3.5 million – 5% of our population – today.
additivism  anthropocene  capitalism  diet  environment  food  veganism  vegetarianism  stream 
7 weeks ago
The racist language of space exploration | The Outline
On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence, head of the National Space Council, outlined plans for creating the “Space Force” that President Donald Trump envisions as a space-dedicated military branch, complete with space warfighters and weapons, by the year 2020.
additivism  colonialism  exploration  frontiers  language  pdfs  privilege  racism  space  survivalism  survive  stream 
9 weeks ago
It's So Hot in Japan, the Fake Food in Restaurant Windows Is Melting - MUNCHIES
A friend of mine flew from northern California, to North Carolina on Saturday night and was immediately surprised by what she encountered when she landed. “Why is it so hot here?” she texted before she was even out of the airport. “I haven’t been this hot since...I don’t even know.
additivism  climate  change  environment  food  japan  plastic  weather  stream 
9 weeks ago
Bunker Mentality: Start Preparing for Ecological & Economic Disaster Free Of Corporate Overlords | Zero Hedge
Let’s face it: reading stories about the ongoing destruction of planet Earth, the life-sustaining blue marble that all of us – aside from maybe Elon Musk – are permanently trapped on, has got to be one of the least-favorite topics of all time.
additivism  climate  change  collapse  environment  progress  survivalism  stream 
9 weeks ago
The End of the Line – A Climate in Crisis
The world of academia is starting to pick up on the concept that humanity is unknowingly cruising on a train ride to doomsday, a surefire encounter with collapse of society based upon climate crises brought on by exponential climate change.
9 weeks ago
Crispr Can Speed Up Nature—and Change How We Grow Food | WIRED
Although he worked on a farm as a teenager and has a romantic attachment to the soil, ­Lippman isn’t a farmer. He’s a plant biologist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York with an expertise in genetics and development. And these greenhouse plants aren’t ordinary tomatoes.
additivism  agriculture  bioengineering  crispr  farming  food  nature  stream 
9 weeks ago
Solar Geo-Engineering Can't Save the World’s Crops - The Atlantic
Over the past few years, I’ve heard dozens of scientists talk about solar geo-engineering, the once-outlandish idea that humanity should counteract climate change by releasing special gases into the stratosphere to reflect away sunlight and cool the planet.
additivism  climate  change  environment  food  geoengineering  harvest  terraforming  stream 
10 weeks ago
Dying Alone in Japan: The Industry Devoted to What’s Left Behind - Bloomberg
As the country’s population ages and shrinks, there’s increasing demand for services that clean out and dispose of the property of the dead.
death  hoarding  japan  kipple  objects  things  stream 
10 weeks ago
Capitalism Killed Our Climate Momentum, Not “Human Nature”
The novella-length piece represents the kind of media commitment that the climate crisis has long deserved but almost never received.
additivism  capitalism  cimate  denial  climate  change  environment  naomi  klein  reading  stream 
10 weeks ago
An Army of Deer Ticks Carrying Lyme Disease Is Advancing and Here’s Why It Will Only Get Worse – Mother Jones
This story was originally published by the Center for Public Integrity. It appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Maine’s invasion came early this year.
additivism  body  climate  change  environment  health  meat  nature  ticks  stream 
10 weeks ago
Sorry Elon Musk, but it's now clear that colonising Mars is unlikely – and a bad idea | The Independent
Space X and Tesla founder Elon Musk has a vision for colonising Mars, based on a big rocket, nuclear explosions and an infrastructure to transport millions of people there. This was seen as highly ambitious but technically challenging in several ways.
additivism  colonialism  elon  musk  mars  space  stream 
10 weeks ago
302 Found
There are thousands of computers that could destroy human civilization as we know it, if not eradicate the human race altogether.
10 weeks ago
We Should Never Have Called It Earth | The On Being Project
We should never have called it Earth. Three quarters of the planet’s surface is saltwater, and most of it does not lap at tranquil beaches for our amusement. The ocean is deep; things are lost at sea.
additivism  anthropocene  climate  change  earth  environment  stream 
11 weeks ago
Waste-Wilderness: A conversation with Peter L. Galison | FOP
is a historian, writer, award winning filmmaker and the Pellegrino University Professor in History of Science and Physics at Harvard University.  He was appointed a Guggenheim Fellow in 2009, he won the Max Planck Prize in 1999, and was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow in 1997.
12 weeks ago
The Rise and Fall and Rise of Virtual Reality
I wonder if the reason we keep on cycling back to hope about cool things like VR is that for all the tech news and our fetishizing about our touch devices, we’re still a little disappointed in the menu of tech items that we have at this late date.
simulation  technology  virtual  reality  vr  stream 
12 weeks ago
You're wrong about how the internet fuels conspiracy theories
Conspiracy theories are popular and there is no doubt that the internet has fuelled them on. From the theory that 9/11 was an inside job to the idea that reptilian humanoids rule the world, conspiracy theories have found a natural home online.
conspiracy  fake  news  information  internet  memes  misinformation  post  truth  stream 
july 2018
Why memes matter: our best shot to talk about the world in the post-truth era - Pulsar Platform
We have entered a post-truth, post-authenticity era, in which dichotomies like true/false or real/fake no longer serve us very well, especially on social media platforms.
communication  fake  news  language  memes  politics  post  truth  teenagers  virality  stream 
july 2018
Watch: Here Are All The Ways Your City Is Surveilling You - Motherboard
If you live in a major metropolitan area, the odds are good you’re being watched and listened to at all times. And even if you don’t, that surveillance technology is still there—in stores, on cop cars, in schools and stop lights.
black  stack  city  infrastructure  ingrid  burrington  iot  networks  new  york  privacy  smart  cities  surveillance  the  stream 
july 2018
“There’s Nothing New / Under The Sun, / But There Are New Suns”: Recovering Octavia E. Butler’s Lost Parables - Los Angeles Review of Books
 THE BAD NEWS is waiting for us on the first page of the first chapter of Octavia E. Butler’s 1998 science fiction novel Parable of the Talents.
july 2018
John Carpenter’s THE THING is More Lovecraftian Than You Thought | Nerdist
In the 35 years since John Carpenter‘s first big studio movie, 1982’s The Thing, which he made for Universal, was released, it’s metamorphosed from flop to underground classic in the horror genre.
h.p.  lovecraft  horror  the  thing  stream 
july 2018
Big Brother’s Blind Spot | Joanne McNeil
Netflix believes, algorithmically at least, that I am the kind of person who likes to watch “Dark TV Shows Featuring a Strong Female Lead.” This picksome genre is never one that I that seek out intentionally, and I’m not sure it even represents my viewing habits.
big  brother  data  biometrics  information  law  limits  module  panopticon  politics  privacy  security  surveillance  stream 
july 2018
A groundbreaking study outlines what you can do about climate change. | Grist
Researchers in Sweden examined the possible steps that people can take to help tackle the climate crisis. Although a lot of resulting news coverage focused on the most effective action (having one fewer kid), the real takeaway is that individual actions still matter. A lot.
action  additivism  carbon  emissions  climate  change  environment  stream 
july 2018
Biologists Have Discovered an Underwater Octopus City And They're Calling It Octlantis
At the end of last year, scientists discovered a small octopus city – dubbed Octlantis – a find that suggests members of the gloomy octopus species (Octopus tetricus) are perhaps not the isolated and solitary creatures we thought they were.
additivism  cephalopod  cthulhucene  life  nature  ocean  octopus  sea  stream 
june 2018
The Rich Are Planning to Leave This Wretched Planet - The New York Times
Here comes private space travel — with cocktails, retro-futuristic Philippe Starck designs and Wi-Fi. Just $55 million a trip!
additivism  earth  economics  futurism  luxury  money  nasa  privilege  space  terraforming  travel  stream 
june 2018
How TV’s Demons, Aliens, and Dragons Are Getting More Cinematic | Vanity Fair
Like copy editors and train conductors, visual-effects designers know they’ve done their jobs if audiences take their work for granted.
cinema  film  monsters  phantom  zone  special  effects  tv  weird  stream 
june 2018
Elon Musk and the Failure of Our Imagination in Space | The New Yorker
Long before mastering the mechanics of spaceflight, men imagined sending other men into the cosmos.
additivism  elon  musk  futurism  imagination  progress  space  stream 
june 2018
This wild, AI-generated film is the next step in “whole-movie puppetry” | Ars Technica
Click here for transcript. Put this link in the video's caption field. Two years ago, Ars Technica hosted the online premiere of a weird short film called Sunspring, which was mostly remarkable because its entire script was created by an AI.
ai  film  narrative  stream 
june 2018
Memes Are For Tricksters: The Biology of Disinformation - Mondo 2000
Back in 1990, when MONDO 2000 magazine promised Screaming Memes on its cover, it was more or less a secret argot winking at our technohip Mondoid readers.
fake  news  information  magic  memes  post  truth  trickery  virality  stream 
june 2018
The Nightmare of Neoliberal Fascism - An interview with Henry A. Giroux - The Bullet
Theory, USA • June 18, 2018 • Henry A. Giroux and Mark Karlin Mark Karlin (MK): Why is it important to have an historical understanding of fascism to shed light on the age of Trump?
fascism  stream 
june 2018
The Word Made Fresh: Mystical Encounter and the New Weird Divine - Journal #92 June 2018 - e-flux
A biologist enters mysterious territory on a mission to comprehend the incomprehensible. Together with three colleagues—an anthropologist, a psychologist, and a surveyor—she crosses an imperceptible border into a region known as Area X. They are the twelfth expedition to cross the border.
ecology  weird  stream 
june 2018
Practical Magic: Assimilating John Carpenter’s The Thing | VHS Revival
In an era of countless reboots, we have come to regard the whole process as a cynical exercise whose primary goal is to slash expenditure, but that was not always the case. There was a time when remaking movies was about taking a classic conception and upgrading it to meet modern standards.
film  horror  john  carpenter  special  effects  the  thing  stream 
june 2018
Daniel Rourke
Good books about food and ethics?
food  ethics  environment  fbcache  books 
june 2018
Linda Stupart
Best critical/theoretical stuff written on VR?
vr  fbcache 
june 2018
Morehshin Allahyari
Working on a project and am looking for good examples of net art/story telling works. Any suggestions?
net-art  art  online  internet  fbcache 
june 2018
(1) Daniel Rourke
Most exciting critical writings on #VR you've come across?
vr  fbcache 
june 2018
Jeff Thompson
Favorite artworks made using instructions?
fbcache  art  instructions  restrictions 
june 2018
(1) Linda Stupart
Research advice: I'm looking for work (writing but also films/ art etc) that considers the relationship between care / love and rage (also revenge). Especially interested in queer and decolonial perspectives.

I feel like loads of u are also into this and would love any suggestions at all.
fbcache  care 
june 2018
Cameron Kunzelman
I am teaching a class this summer called "Digital Futures." It is going to be a seminar-style class where I'm making students read a lot of books about "the future" and then talk about technology, ethics, their relation to the world, and all of that fun stuff.

So if you have any favorite books (fiction, nonfiction, theoretical), games, or films about "the future" please post them in the dang comments.
futurism  digital  fbcache 
june 2018
(1) Regine Debatty
I need your suggestion, you wise and brilliant minds! I'm preparing a talk about all things underground (nuclear, drilling, mining, data archive in salt mines, etc) for #res17 anyone knows of artworks dealing with the topic?
fbcache  underground  nuclear 
june 2018
Sam Keogh
Looking for recommendations of recent writing on the aesthetics of the alt-right/new fascisms please
fbcache  alt-right  fascism  aesthetics 
june 2018
black (beyond negation) – The New Inquiry
Care pays attention to how we are known to ourselves and to each other. Care lingers at the ordinary: notices it, names it, creates it, inhabits it, pursues it, practices it. There might be something theoretically uninteresting about care. It is feminized work, so devalued.
june 2018
The right-wing politics of the “Singularity” |
Silicon Valley is not a place known for its religiosity, yet a remarkable number of tech leaders and workers have an irrational belief in the Singularity.
additivism  futurism  politics  singularity  stream 
june 2018
Scientists Sucked A Memory Out of a Snail and Stuck it in Another Snail
A new study strongly suggests that at least some memories are stored in genetic code, and that genetic code can act like memory soup. Suck it out of one animal and stick the code in a second animal, and that second animal can remember things that only the first animal knew.
additivism  molluscs  odour  smell  snails  stream 
june 2018
Google Assistant fired a gun: We need to talk
For better or worse, Google Assistant can do it all. From mundane tasks like turning on your lights and setting reminders to convincingly mimicking human speech patterns, the AI helper is so capable it's scary. Its latest (unofficial) ability, though, is a bit more sinister.
ai  ethics  google  machine  learning  safety  stream 
june 2018
Speculative biology: understanding the past and predicting our future | Science | The Guardian
In 1981, a remarkable book was published: After Man: A Zoology of the Future, by Dougal Dixon.
additivism  book  dougal  dixon  evolution  life  nature  speculative  biology  stream 
june 2018
Are you scared yet? Meet Norman, the psychopathic AI - BBC News
Norman is an algorithm trained to understand pictures but, like its namesake Hitchcock's Norman Bates, it does not have an optimistic view of the world. Norman sees a man being electrocuted.
additivism  ai  ethics  hybrids  machine  learning  neural  networks  perception  reality  stream 
june 2018
187 Things the Blockchain Is Supposed to Fix | WIRED
When businesses latch onto a buzzword, it quickly becomes the solution to everything. Not long ago, in the era of “big data,” companies scrambled to add chief data scientists to their ranks.
additivism  bitcoin  blockchain  cryptocurrency  economics  futurism  stream 
june 2018
AI Needs New Clichés – Molly Wright Steenson – Medium
If you plug “AI” or “artificial intelligence” into Google Image Search, here’s what you get. Electric brains firing blue with neurons. Translucent robots and robot heads, code dribbling down their foreheads and noses.
ai  grand  narratives  hybrids  language  stream 
june 2018
The macabre world of mind-controlling parasites – Science & research news | Frontiers
The gruesome new field of neuro-parasitology could provide insights into the neurological basis for behavior and decision-making — By Conn Hastings Imagine a parasite that makes an animal change its habits, guard the parasite’s offspring or even commit suicide.
evolution  nature  parasites  parasitism  zombies  stream 
june 2018
Exploring The Digital Ruins Of 'Second Life' - Digg
I logged into "Second Life" in the year 2018 A.D. It still exists, sort of. Residents and businesses began fleeing for more popular social networks long ago. Vast acres of land are abandoned or sparsely populated by the few remaining diehard users.
history  internet  second  life  simulation  vr  stream 
june 2018
Why Slime Is Everywhere: A Cultural Compendium - GARAGE
“There are periods when ears and eyes are full of slime,” wrote Nietzsche in 1879, “so that they can no longer hear the voice of reason and philosophy or see the wisdom that walks in bodily shape.
additivism  pop  culture  slime  mould  stream 
june 2018
Flesh Moves - Motherboard
Whatever future comes, one thing is fairly certain, excepting total American collapse—the goods will continue to flow. By human, by vehicle, by automaton, or by some combination of the three,stuff will be distributed, sold, and speculated upon across the land.
additivism  america  automation  cars  futurism  mass  production  self  driving  self-driving  stream 
june 2018
Plastic plankton, the Anthropocene’s emblematic “microorganism” – We Make Money Not Art
Mandy Barker, Ophelia medustica. Specimen collected from Glounthaune shoreline, Cove of Cork, Ireland, (Pram wheel), 2015. Series: Beyond Drifting: Imperfectly Known Animals, 2015 In 1816, John Vaughan Thompson was posted to Cork in Ireland as an army Surgeon.
additivism  anthropocene  nature  ocean  plankton  plastic  pollution  stream 
june 2018
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