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Discipline at a distance
"Creating a hybrid of the factory and the putting-out system is feasible because networked digital technologies enable employers to project their authority farther than before. They enable discipline at a distance. The elastic factory, we could call it: the labor regime of Manchester, stretched out by fiber optic cable until it covers the whole world."
labour  technology  politics  society  discipline  history 
january 2020 by timcowlishaw
Platforms don't exist
What should we do about Google, Facebook, and Amazon? People from across the political spectrum are urgently trying to answer this question. So far, however, relatively few answers have come from the socialist left. At least in the United States, the cutting edge of the platform regulation conversation is dominated by the liberal antitrust community. [...] For those of us with our eye on a different horizon, one beyond capitalism, this approach isn’t particularly satisfying. There are elements of the antitrust toolkit that can be very constructively applied to the task of reducing the power of Big Tech and restoring a degree of democratic control over our digital infrastructures. But the antitrusters want to make markets work better. By contrast, a left tech policy should aim to make markets mediate less of our lives—to make them less central to our survival and flourishing.
decommodification  democratication  socialist  technology  policy  infrastructure  platforms 
january 2020 by timcowlishaw
How Big Tech Manipulates Academia to Avoid Regulation
"the majority of well-funded work on “ethical AI” is aligned with the tech lobby’s agenda: to voluntarily or moderately adjust, rather than legally restrict, the deployment of controversial technologies."
ai  fat  ml  ethics  business  justice  funding  regulation  technology  siliconvalley 
december 2019 by timcowlishaw
Electronic Pop for the Surveillance Era | The New Yorker
The popular fear of algorithms reflects the anxiety that our lives will simply become patterned according to a program—that our autonomy will evaporate as computers tell us what songs we will like, when we need to buy more toilet paper, or what move we should make in a chess game.
music  ai  machinelearning  technology  culture  hollyherndon 
june 2019 by timcowlishaw
Can emotion-regulating tech translate across cultures? | Aeon Essays
Gadgets and algorithms give a robotic materiality to what the ancient Greeks called doxa: ‘the common opinion, commonsense repeated over and over, a Medusa that petrifies anyone who watches it,’ as the cultural theorist Roland Barthes defined the term in 1975.
culture  society  mentalhealth  depression  algorithms  technology  emotions  CUI  VUI  ai  machinelearning  therapy  psychology 
july 2018 by timcowlishaw
Hidden in plain sight: a global underground dance music scene with millions of fans
With the rise of the internet, music has lost more than industry revenues. Music has lost its cultural monopoly for identity building. Music used to be the only fast way in which people could understand that there are other people around the world, with similar ideas and feelings. People who are just like them. Now, social media & internet communities have stripped music from that. A Google search can instantly connect you to people who think the same things you do. Music is simply not important for that anymore
music  culture  subcultures  phdp2  technology  gaming  gamers 
january 2018 by timcowlishaw
The Seven Deadly Sins of AI Predictions - MIT Technology Review
Long before there are evil super-intelligences that want to get rid of us, there will be somewhat less intelligent, less belligerent machines. Before that, there will be really grumpy machines. Before that, quite annoying machines. And before them, arrogant, unpleasant machines. We will change our world along the way, adjusting both the environment for new technologies and the new technologies themselves. I am not saying there may not be challenges. I am saying that they will not be sudden and unexpected, as many people think.
future  futurism  society  ai  artificialintelligence  predictions  caution  technology 
january 2018 by timcowlishaw
‘Raining clicks’: why we need better thinking on technology, data and journalism
Here’s a thing: looking at page views doesn’t actually mean you only care about pieces with numbers in the millions. It also might lead you to notice that, while populist topics have a wider potential audience (just as they always have in any medium), your long-form piece on Turkmenistan was read in full by 30,000 people. It might lead you to spot that you haven’t even properly promoted it yet and that even more people might engage with something you’re incredibly proud of. Imagine that. Imagine a world in which looking at page views doesn’t only lead you to write about kittens and completely renege on your own stated editorial ambitions and beliefs. Imagine a world in which you use data to put your excellent journalism in front of a wider audience.
data  analytics  technology  web  society  journalism  psi  news 
january 2018 by timcowlishaw
Those Who Can’t – Jen Briselli – Medium
Cognitive apprenticeship is an approach that teachers use to design learning experiences for reflective learners. Consider the value in replacing every instance of the word “learner” above with the word “user,” and challenge yourself to imagine whatever you’re designing as if it were a learning experience with a cognitive apprenticeship approach.
Questions to ask when applying this lens to design:
►What types of interactions will encourage reflection and conscious internalization of our users’ experience? How can we create the right environment for, (and build prompts that trigger), awareness and reflection without frustrating the user?
►How can we make it ok for users to sometimes struggle or fail and help them find immediate success following those moments?
►How do we enable users to succeed, and help them become aware of their success?
►What might accretion, transmission, acquisition, and emergence look like for our users? What’s the most appropriate or relevant domain for the experience I’m designing?
►How can aspects of this product/interface/experience stand in as a mentor, as if our users were part of a cognitive apprenticeship?
►How might this product/interface/experience support modeling, coaching, scaffolding, articulation, reflection, and exploration?
►What would Dewey & Heidegger do? (WWDHD?)
education  design  ux  teaching  theory  experience  learning  psychology  philosophy  dewey  heidegger  papert  technology  agency 
december 2017 by timcowlishaw
Facebook and Google, Show Us Your Ad Data - Bloomberg
"And just as my friends and I used to socialize at the mall when we were teenagers, nowadays we socialize online in commercial spaces like Facebook and Twitter."
parp  psi  algorithms  machinelearning  fatml  transparency  politics  technology  society 
september 2017 by timcowlishaw
The Pool - Health - Don’t bother with the self-improvement obsession – it won’t make you happy
“This idea that success is defined by doing and having exactly what you want, when you want it...” he muses. “It is shockingly close to antisocial personality disorder … I am worried that we’re encouraged by this ideology to pursue our goals without examining their value, realism or impact on others.”
bullshit  selfhelp  selfimprovement  politics  technology  culture  psi 
september 2017 by timcowlishaw
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