The Rise of Friendsgiving » Cyborgology
Craig Mod -
Pirates of design.
Google’s Driverless Car | The New Yorker
Ethan Marcotte - The Map Is Not The Territory
Against Efficiency Machines -
"The demand for clarity and simplicity that might be best fulfilled in the format of the blog or the tweet is also a demand not to waste time. Time is a scarce quantity – you have only seconds or at best minutes to capture another’s attention, and it behooves you to ease them from one sentence to another. Time moves too quickly – you cannot tweet articles from three weeks ago, one academic tweeter scoffs, and be imagined relevant. The future is always now. There is value in being able to respond quickly to an object or event that (to evoke Walter Benjamin) flashes before you in a moment of controversy or crisis. Such an emphasis captures the transience of consciousness under capital, but does it also apprehend its deep structures?"
Welcome to My Chronic Internet Freak-Out Syndrome -
"There’s this beautifully inspiring example from another paradigm shift, articulated by Oscar Tuazon in his contribution to castillo/corrales’ Social Life of the Book series, "Making Books" (2011). Tuazon wrote, "Painting started to get really interesting at about the time photography came along." So—why has the opposite been true with print design, in the age of the internet? Sure, I come across new and beautiful print pieces now and then. But for the most part it’s generally bringing me down. Nothing as magical going on, I’m afraid, as the dawn of Modern Art, when photography took over the heavy lifting of image-making, and painting was free to soar. Instead, what we have is a desperate race to the bottom."
Keep Walking: Shooters, players, and choice » Cyborgology -
on choice/free will/consent/agency in video games http://t.co/bIY4jqE3LE was a little moved by this
Cargo Ships' Hidden Cargo Leads to Ecological Disaster -
Zebra mussels travel from Russia to the Great Lakes in the holds of cargo ships. Exporters are stricken with invasive lifeforms from the regions they sell to.
A list of different imagined oceanic utopias.
This Lie-Detecting Throat Tattoo Is Google’s Creepiest Patent Yet - Alexis C. Madrigal - The Atlantic
Google has patented a new possible solution to the age old problem of talking with each in loud places: “Communication can be reasonably improved” by the application of an electronic throat tattoo, which could dampen “acoustic noise.” […]
"Optionally, the electronic skin tattoo can further include a galvanic skin response detector to detect skin resistance of a user," the patent reads. "It is contemplated that a user that may be nervous or engaging in speaking falsehoods may exhibit different galvanic skin response than a more confident, truth telling individual."
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