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Technological and Posthuman Zones – Critical Posthumanism
Modern technology seems always to have been judged according to its utility for human beings. To the extent that technologies have been viewed as tools, instruments, or prostheses for human use, and thus under human control, they have largely been seen in positive, utopian terms.
additivism  anthropocene  environment  human  monsters  nature  posthumanism  technology  zone  stream 
10 days ago by therourke
Science Fiction and Alterity – the poesy
Through abjection and “Otherness” theory, Brydie Kosima explores Science Fiction and its status as a genre able to narrate alternate modes of reality.
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15 days ago by therourke
Tropical Depressions | Sam Kriss and Ellie Mae O’Hagan
On a wretched December afternoon in 2015, as raindrops pattered a planetary threnody on grayed-out streets, five thousand activists gathered around Paris’s Arc de Triomphe, hoping to force world leaders to do something, anything, that would save the future. Ellie was there.
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22 days ago by therourke
Dystopias Now • Commune
The end of the world is over. Now the real work begins. Dystopias are the flip side of utopias. Both of them express feelings about our shared future; utopias express our social hopes, dystopias our social fears.
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22 days ago by therourke
302 Found
Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning field is getting a lot of attention right now, and knowing where to start can be a little difficult. I’ve been dabbling in this field, so I thought of curating the best resources in one place.
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22 days ago by therourke
You thought fake news was bad? Deep fakes are where truth goes to die | Technology | The Guardian
In May, a video appeared on the internet of Donald Trump offering advice to the people of Belgium on the issue of climate change. “As you know, I had the balls to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement,” he said, looking directly into the camera, “and so should you.”
ai  algorithms  deep  fakes  deepfakes  fake  news  perception  politics  reality  video  stream 
22 days ago by therourke
Young People Are Having Less Sex - The Atlantic
Despite the easing of taboos and the rise of hookup apps, Americans are in the midst of a sex recession. These should be boom times for sex.
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22 days ago by therourke
There be monsters: from cabinets of curiosity to demons within | Aeon Essays
In 2003, a team of scientists in China managed to create embryos containing a mix of rabbit and human DNA. Most of the biological matter was human, while the rabbit DNA was present only in the mitochondria, the energy-generators of the cells.
additivism  cephalopod  history  hybrids  language  monster  monsters  monstrosity  octopus  other  stream 
4 weeks ago by therourke
How it all ends… - Scientific American Blog Network
Some say in ice. The end of the world may come slowly, but it´s inevitable. Our sun, exhausting the hydrogen-fuel of the core, will successively burn the outer layers and doing so becoming hotter and expanding in size.
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5 weeks ago by therourke
Steven Pinker and Jordan Peterson: the missing link between neoliberalism and the radical right | openDemocracy
The academics have distanced themselves from the fringes of the right, but their ideas have gained currency there. Steven Pinker and Jordan Peterson: a bridge between fringe and mainstream conservatism? Image: Bhaawest (CC BY-SA 4.0), Gage Skidmore (CC BY-SA 2.0).
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5 weeks ago by therourke
More solar panels mean more waste and there’s no easy solution - The Verge
Solar panels might be the energy source of the future, but they also create a problem without an easy solution: what do we do with millions of panels when they stop working?
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5 weeks ago by therourke
Why are rich people so weird? | The Outline
“On the evenings that we stay in Palo Alto, we walk down the tree-lined University Avenue, reflecting upon our key wins and challenges and preparing for the adventures of the next day.
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5 weeks ago by therourke
Climate and Collapse: Only through the insurrection of civil societies will we avoid the worst
Translation of an interview of Christophe Bonneuil, French historian and research director at the CNRS, by Ivan Du Roy for BastaMag, published on October 16th, 2018. [PDF version]
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5 weeks ago by therourke
The Uses of Disaster • Commune
Climate change is here. In the midst of the storm, an opportunity arises to break with capitalism and its vicious inequality. Let’s seize it while we can. The alternatives are unthinkable.
additivism  capitalism  collapse  disaster  terraforming  stream 
6 weeks ago by therourke
the economist
IN JULY, AT a convention of his small and inaptly named Social Liberal Party, Jair Bolsonaro unveiled his star hire.
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6 weeks ago by therourke
To Save a World: Geoengineering, Conflictual Futurisms, and the Unthinkable - Journal #94 October 2018 - e-flux
The Anthropocene is proving to be an era of world war, or rather, worlds at war. Not that this is anything new.
additivism  e-flux  futurism  geoengineering  terraforming  stream 
6 weeks ago by therourke
Revolutionary Monsters: the Suicide of Identity Politics
In their discourse on the revolution, Negri and Hardt use the concept of a positive generative monster. Monstrosity arises as otherness, something contrary to the existing order. It is a freak child who differs from her mother. Monstrosity implies imbalance and terrifying excess.
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7 weeks ago by therourke
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 weeks ago by therourke
‘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 weeks ago by therourke
www.anatomyof.ai
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 weeks ago by therourke
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 weeks ago by therourke
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 weeks ago by therourke
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 weeks ago by therourke
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 weeks ago by therourke
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.
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8 weeks ago by therourke
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 weeks ago by therourke
‘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 weeks ago by therourke
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.
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8 weeks ago by therourke
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 weeks ago by therourke
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.
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8 weeks ago by therourke
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 weeks ago by therourke
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 
september 2018 by therourke
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 
september 2018 by therourke
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 
august 2018 by therourke
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 
august 2018 by therourke
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 
august 2018 by therourke
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.
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august 2018 by therourke
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 
august 2018 by therourke
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 
august 2018 by therourke
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 
august 2018 by therourke
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 
august 2018 by therourke
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 
august 2018 by therourke
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 
august 2018 by therourke
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 
august 2018 by therourke
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 
august 2018 by therourke
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 
august 2018 by therourke
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.
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august 2018 by therourke
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 
august 2018 by therourke
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 
august 2018 by therourke
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 
august 2018 by therourke
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 
august 2018 by therourke
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 
august 2018 by therourke
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 
august 2018 by therourke
302 Found
There are thousands of computers that could destroy human civilization as we know it, if not eradicate the human race altogether.
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august 2018 by therourke
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 
august 2018 by therourke
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.
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july 2018 by therourke
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.
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july 2018 by therourke
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 by therourke
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 by therourke
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 by therourke
“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.
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july 2018 by therourke
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 by therourke
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 by therourke
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 by therourke
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 by therourke
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 by therourke
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 by therourke
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 by therourke
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 by therourke
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 by therourke
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?
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june 2018 by therourke
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 by therourke
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 by therourke
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.
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june 2018 by therourke
The right-wing politics of the “Singularity” | Salon.com
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 by therourke
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 by therourke
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 by therourke
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 by therourke
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 by therourke
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