& this is an excellent accompanying article debunking Pinker & co claims to rationality:https://t.co/bYvknkPAd0— monika bielskyte (@monikabielskyte) November 9, 2019
Cuneiform in Iraqi street art. These are the Sumerian logograms ama-gi4 𒂼 𒄄— Dr. Moudhy Al-Rashid (@Moudhy) November 7, 2019
In cuneiform texts, the term refers to a reversion to a previous state, like in the manumission or release of slaves. In modern contexts, it has come to mean freedom #IraqProtests pic.twitter.com/WfJTaobK0J
“Always design a thing by considering it in its next larger context – a chair in a room, a room in a house, a house in an environment, an environment in a city plan” - Eliel Saarinen— Leisa Reichelt (@leisa) November 7, 2019
Which means you need to research the next larger context and not just ‘your’ thing.
Banquet in the Thames Tunnel, George Jones (attrib?), 1827. pic.twitter.com/lSTnrLnh3E— Justin Pickard (@justinpickard) November 8, 2019
A good hack to find interesting ideas to work on is to start with a word that seems to pick out an important concept, but has been rendered annoyingly vacuous by abusive overextension. Examples: strategy, meaning, irony. Other examples?— Venkatesh Rao (@vgr) November 7, 2019
the intersection of art and technology is closed until further notice— 胡子哥 (@SanNuvola) November 6, 2019
The S-curve of the Great Weirding is entering its terminal plateau level. We’re entering the permaweird.— Venkatesh Rao (@vgr) November 6, 2019
If it weighs you down it’s a taxonomy, if it frees you up, it’s an ontology https://t.co/NxMWucezE2— Venkatesh Rao (@vgr) November 5, 2019
“And so while it may seem strange and even naïve to look to mythology for tools to understand the earth’s six mass extinctions, we think that in an era dominated by technocratic solutionism (which leaves little room for paradox, ambiguity, and non-modern ways of relating to the world) it is naïve to think that we could rely on the styles of thought and reasoning that brought about the problem in the first place. In this way our project, as well as our work as a collective, calls upon humans to harness the powers of mythical fabulation in order to address our relation to an earth future that we will bring into being (it is a product of human design), but which completely escapes our human capacities for understanding.”
7.1 Extraterrestrial life is rare or non-existent 7.2 No other intelligent species have arisen 7.3 Intelligent alien species lack advanced technology 7.4 Water world hypothesis<br/> 7.5 It is the nature of intelligent life to destroy itself 7.6 It is the nature of intelligent life to destroy others 7.7 Periodic extinction by natural events 7.8 Intelligent civilizations are too far apart in space or time 7.9 Lack of resources to spread physically throughout the galaxy 7.10 Lack of desire to live on planets 7.11 It is cheaper to transfer information for exploration 7.12 Human beings have not existed long enough 7.13 We are not listening properly 7.14 Civilizations broadcast detectable radio signals only for a brief period of time 7.15 They tend to isolate themselves 7.16 Colonization is not the norm 7.17 Outcomes between all and nothing 7.18 They are too alien 7.19 Everyone is listening but no one is transmitting 7.20 Earth is deliberately not contacted 7.21 Earth is purposely isolated (planetarium hypothesis) 7.22 It is dangerous to communicate 7.23 They are here unacknowledged
( Found poetry via Fermi’s Paradox and WIkipedia)
“We think of our future as anticipated memories.”— ((( 1/f ))) (@fadesingh) November 4, 2019
- Daniel Kahneman https://t.co/y4Bxw4k7ea
Scientists: there is a zombie outbreak— Kate Marvel (@DrKateMarvel) November 4, 2019
Think tanks: The zombies are a natural cycle
Politicians: I’m not a zombie expert
Business: click here to calculate your personal footprint #walkingless
Media: Let’s listen to this zombie denier! (undisclosed: he eats brains)
A hall of horrors: spare heads at Madame Tussaud’s wax museum.
the specification that can be written down is not the true specification— Chaos (@chaosprime) November 4, 2019
If you find yourself getting sucked into an ideological rabbit hole, run some stress tests by reading the smartest critiques from the other side.— Jason Snyder (@cognazor) November 4, 2019
I dont agree with what Richard Spencer has to say but I’ll defend to the death his right to get punched in the face— saeen (@saeen90_) November 4, 2019
Blade Runner’s 2019 is prisoner firefighters battling a burning California while the internet rages with bots passing as humans.— dan hon (@hondanhon) November 2, 2019
People always forget reality will always win at being weirder and sideways to what we’re capable of imagining.
“global computing infrastructure has become so concentrated around just 10 or 15 major hubs ..that the internet itself has become brittle and bottlenecked…This fragility has made it vulnerable to sabotage and natural disasters” #infinitedetail https://t.co/UniEmwnYfr— Tim Maughan (@timmaughan) November 2, 2019
I finally realized why I generally dislike consuming audio and video: I’m not able to use any of my strengths in reading speed/comprehension, info processing, note taking, deeper reflection, & skipping/scanning. It’s like being stuck in the slow lane with steering wheel locked— Tiago Forte (@fortelabs) November 1, 2019
That feeling that all your peers have figured out something important you haven’t and moved on in some way, leaving you behind? It’s universal.— Venkatesh Rao (@vgr) November 1, 2019
It’s the human galactic red shift. Everybody has figured out something unique and is receding from everybody else.
Happy Halloween 💀
People criticize tech companies for putting money above principle, but Github is holding on to a $100K ICE contract despite employee anger, and Facebook says it will continue to sell toxic political ads that are 0.5% of revenue. These are clear examples of putting principle first— Pinboard (@Pinboard) October 31, 2019
SUBVERT YOUR COMPUTER— ALGORAVE ADVICE (@ALGORAVE_ADVICE) October 30, 2019
To celebrate halloween we trained a net that creates endless vignettes about murdering humans, torture, necrophilia—kinda funny and campy like Evil Dead—using one of the greatest datasets ever— cannibal corpse lyrics
Neural network generating death metal, via livestream 24/7.
Audio / lyrics / visuals are all generative.
Powered by DADABOTS http://dadabots.com
🤖Audio generated with modified SampleRNN trained on Cannibal Corpse
🤖Lyrics generated with pretrained 117M GPT2 fine-tuned on Cannibal Corpse
🤖Meat images generated with BigGAN interpolations in the #butchershop latent space
🤖You can generate all kinds of gross stuff on artbreeder https://artbreeder.com/i?k=ff84821d51…
🤖Vocals separated using Wave-U-Net (yup it separates death growls)
🤖Read more about our scientific research into eliminating humans from music https://arxiv.org/abs/1811.06633
Excerpt from this story from Mother Nature Network:
It’s been seven years since Hurricane Sandy ransacked the East Coast. And, while bigger storms — with even more devastating impacts — have certainly come along, Sandy was unique because it helped start a movement toward resilience and nature-based solutions.
What does this mean?
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. Department of the Interior did something unusual; it provided more than $300 million in funding for resilience projects. Not just recovery — the building-back of damaged areas or the clean-up of debris — but the strengthening and restoration of vital natural systems like marshes, wetlands and rivers that can actually help protect people and wildlife from storm impacts.
This work was not limited to national wildlife refuges and parks — more than 160 projects, funded primarily through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or grants from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), were implemented in collaboration with hundreds of local NGOs and state partners up and down the Eastern Seaboard.
“This really was an investment in the future,” explains Rick Bennett, who coordinated the Hurricane Sandy resilience effort for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “It wasn’t just about fixing what was damaged by Sandy, but figuring out how we can improve environmental conditions so that fish, wildlife and people can be more resilient to flooding and storm impacts.”
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In preparation of MoneyLab #7 in Amsterdam on November 14-15 I made the following link list. Many of the topics will be discussed there. No coincidence much of it is related to the Libra developments.
Best, Geert Lovink
MakerDAO decentralized stablecoin, collateral loans, and community governance
“The desire to travel far away and start a new currency will become a powerful driver of human expansion into space” (via Inte)
Olaf Scholz vs. Facebook’s Libra
Zuckerberg at Washington hearing on Libra
Solution for Deepfake Problems…?
American conservaties, Libra and Europe
Stolen: How to Save the World from Financialisation by Grace Blakely
Ethereum: Scam or Iteration?
A gallery selling work of cryptoartists
A London-based crypto artist
Libra coalition is falling apart as eBay, Visa, Mastercard and Stripe jump ship
More on OneCoin crypto pyramid scheme court case
The Radical’s Survival Guide to Adventures in Cryptoland: Can Cryptocurrencies Save Us All? (via Inte)
Tank Magazine’s Libra link list
“Degrowth is about redistribution by design, not by collapse”
Bitcoin will be how we transact with aliens
A different look at the history of money, apparently more grounded what actually has happened (via Eduard)
EU-Funded Projects in Blockchain Technology
Rhythm in Economic Space by Stamatia Portanova
Proposal for voluntary degrowth by redesigning money for sustainability, justice, and resilience (via Patrice)
France to block Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency in Europe
Fund to launch alternative business models for online content
Money is the Oxygen (via Patricia)
Laura Lotti: Blockchain Affordances (via Luca Recano)
Gavin Mueller: Digital Proudhonism (via Luca Recano)
Coinbase: The 2019 Leaders in Crypto Education
Proposal making in DAOs: the limitations of “Anyone Proposes Anything”
ECB’s Mersch Warns Over ‘Treacherous Promises’ of Facebook Libra
French pry-trance festival that promotes local currencies
Bitcoin Rap Battle Debate: Hamilton vs. Satoshi (via Maisa)
RIP Decentralization–Sorry, Bitcoin, it’s Libra’s turn now (via Eduard)
Libra: The social media company’s move into cryptocurrency takes advantage of regulatory oopholes
What’s wrong with Ethereum?
Of Art Tokenization, Blockchain, and Provenance with A Sprinkling of Non-Fungible Tokens
MEMRI (connected to Israeli intelligence): The Coming Storm – Terrorists Using Cryptocurrency (via Donatella)
Libra, a Cyberpunk Nightmare in the Midst of Crypto Spring
Facebook admits Libra cryptocurrency may not happen after all
https://mur.at/ is hosting a one week worklab “block that chain” in October. Here is the open call:
Conner Brown: Bitcoin Has No Intrinsic Value — and That’s Great
Libra untangled: what lies behind facebook’s digital currency project - PART I by Andrea Bianconi
Ten reasons why Facebook’s Libra is a bad idea – and we should stop it now
ETHBerlinZwei is a hackathon, a culture festival, an educational event, a platform for hacktivism, and a community initiative to push the decentralized ecosystem forward
Remember, blockchain replacing everything…
From Jaya Klara Brekke’s newsletter:
Breaking the ZuckBuck overview of claims by the good crew at Alphaville
The need for global payment system as a public good by Rohan Grey
Tank Magazine’s shortlist
Good New Models podcast discussion of ZuckBuck
Facebook’s plan for a cryptocurrency is right to set alarm bells ringing
Strengthening Hyperledger Indy and Self-Sovereign Identity
Alt-C is an installation by Michal Sedbon that uses electricity produced by plants to power a single board computer mining a cryptocurrency (via Tatjana Seitz)
Massimo Ragnedda and Giuseppe Destefanis (eds) *Blockchain and Web 3.0. Social, Economic, and Technological Challenges*. Routledge, 2019
Facebook Libra: on the 4 steps road for World Presidency
Offshore Finance: How Capital Rules the World by Reijer Hendrikse and Rodrigo Fernandez
http://longreads.tni.org/state-of-power-2019/offshore-finance/ (via Francesca Bria)
Jack Ma’s $290 billion loan machine is changing Chinese banking (via Patricia de Vries)
The Invention of Money (via Eduard de Jong)
Pragues Crypto-Anarchists are Spreading the Gospel
Duniter, a fully decentralized libre currency based on the relative theory of money (via Michel Bauwens)
Radix: a fast, scalable, easy-to-use ledger, ready-made for 7 billion people
I was wrong about spreadsheets
YAIR | Your Art is Reality: Unleash Digital Art
Glen Brook: In Zuck We Trust?
https://pv.glenbrook.com/in-zuck-we-trust/ (via Eduard de Jong)
New Models podcast on Libre
A massive facility that opened last spring located near Buffalo (via Stephanie Rothenberg)
With cryptocurrency launch, Facebook sets its path toward becoming an independent nation
Nate Tkacz on Facebook’s Libra, Or, The End of Silicon Valley Innovation
Is Libra the West’s response to China’s payments empire?
Libra geen open cryptomunt, maar databank van Facebook (in Dutch)
Introducing the Decentralized Autonomous Kunstverein (DAK)
Even Joseph Stieglitz is against Libra (via Patrice Riemens)
Kaspersky reports that only 1 in 10 people ‘get’ crypto
Blockchain: Technology alone cannot protect freedom of expression
NYT: Libra is a bad move for Facebook (via Eduard)
Jameson Lob on Libra
Stating the obvious: Bitcoin is not ready for the world
Andrew Keen on Libra
Evgeny Morozov on Libra
Final nail in the coffin for physical money (via Inte)
Facebook, Libra, and the Long Game
Libra, a Cyberpunk Nightmare in the Midst of Crypto Spring, by Daniel Jeffries (via Patrice)
Why ICOs were doomed from the start
Review “DARK HAVENS: Confronting Hidden Money and Power” Disruption Network Lab Berlin/April 5-6 2019
GNUcash, a personal and small-business financial-accounting software
Stablecoins are booming
WeChat is Watching
Recap (Part I): Blockchain, Open Education & Digital Identity Conference in Lille, France
Blockchain is not only crappy technology but a bad vision for the future
Facebook announces cryptocurrency with the release of Libra Whitepaper
Flash Boys 2.0:Frontrunning, Transaction Reordering, andConsensus Instability in Decentralized Exchanges https://arxiv.org/pdf/1904.05234.pdf
Things got weird for stablecoin Tether
George Gilder’s Life after Google—The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy is disappointing American (fin.) conservatives
Erik Bordeleau talks fabulation, finance and cryptophilosophy at
Economic Space Agency – Transit Lounge Radio
Interview with Max Haiven on Art after Money, Money after Art (for Romanian Bienale catalogue)
Social Good & Blockchain
Banning stores that do not accept cash (via Patrice)
Just in case you did not notice: the unsuable bitcoin
Is Fake Bitcoin Volume a Roadblock For Full-Fledged Crypto Rally?
Welcome to the RaveEnabler Unlock your Cryptorave #10 entry by donating your CPU. Support your local Cryptorave network mine Monero (XMR) and embody another identity https://0b673cce.xyz/
-Out in June-Finn Brunton: Digital Cash, The Unknown History of the Anarchists, Utopians, and Technologists Who Created Cryptocurrency https://press.princeton.edu/titles/13537.html
Quinn Dupont speaks to Finn Brunton about his book Digital Cash
Bitcoin and Friends | Episode 1 (via Inte)
Interview with Gina Pieters by Quin DuPont on why crypto reamains marginal amongst economists
Dark Crystal: Back up your secrets using the trust in your social fabric
A ‘Blockchain Bandit’ Is Guessing Private Keys and Scoring
Jesse kanda - Polycephaly
how much of “western culture” is just unprocessed PTSD from the Black Plague— Dr Sarah Taber (@SarahTaber_bww) October 28, 2019
interior geometry of the planet, by people you don’t know, in a language you don’t speak.— notaleptic (@notaleptic) October 29, 2019
“Data as oil,” “data as property,” “data as water,” “data as labor,” and “data as nuclear waste,” and the list goes on.— giulio quaggiotto (@gquaggiotto) October 28, 2019
The more I think about it, the more I land on a new metaphor — data as a red herring https://t.co/vvYIgEDI5i
“well, it’s a big question, i’m busy today so I’m not going to discuss it with you”— Tim Etchells (@Tim_Etchells) October 28, 2019
Australian water rats have learned how to kill cane toads, eat their hearts and carve out their organs with “surgical precision”. In only two years, highly intelligent native rakali in the Kimberly region of Western Australia discovered how to safely destroy the deadly toad – by removing its gallbladder and feasting on the heart.The rats even targeted the biggest, most poisonous toads they could find, leaving their bodies strewn by the riverside, according to research published in Australian Mammalogy.
The researchers hypothesise that the rats either learned from scratch – by figuring out which parts of the toad made them sick – or already had previous experience from eating Australian native toxic frogs.
Other animals, like crows and kites, have been observed turning cane toads inside out to avoid the toxic skin and only eat non-poisonous organs, the report said. The rats face threats from pollution of waterways, can be caught in fishing line and discarded balloons, and hunted by stray cats, foxes and dogs.
I think the secret to being a productive programmer is to relentlessly accumulate tricks for getting interesting things done with the least amount of effort— Simon Willison (@simonw) October 27, 2019
Then keep an eye out for opportunities to apply those tricks for the most possible leverage
‘I see no reason to suppose that the air about us and the heavenly spaces over us may not be peopled by intelligences, or entities, or forms of life, as unintelligible to us as we are to the insects. … [We] are part of an infinite series…’— Dr Peter Sjöstedt-H (@PeterSjostedtH) October 26, 2019
1943—image: Lewandowski pic.twitter.com/TA6IZInI5x
I like how Silicon Valley has rebranded “skipping breakfast” as “intermittent fasting”— Olivia Solon (@oliviasolon) October 26, 2019
“What matters isn’t what a person has or doesn’t have; it is what he or she is afraid of losing.” - @nntaleb— Nassim Nicholas Taleb Bot (@nntalebbot) October 24, 2019
Just Taking You Apart And Arranging You Into A Circle I Try To Put You Back Together But Carelessly I’ve Lost Too Many Pieces Whoops Now You’re The Milky Way— Keiji Haino (@HardyGuideyMan) October 25, 2019
Live shows this winter:— ON (@omeednorouzi) October 21, 2019
10.27 ~ ‘Sunwarped’ at the lunchbox in Phoenix
11.02 ~ ‘Perpetual Dune’ at the palms in Joshua tree pic.twitter.com/ogGyCiBPmI
tell me more about the slime-being amalgamation event— Spectral Slime (@EnsendadaSlime) October 24, 2019
Our emotional reaction to climate collapse will shape our response at least as much as our intellectual understanding. Rage. Fear. Grief. #TYF2019— Jamais Cascio (@cascio) October 24, 2019
Melting Owl in direct sunlight pic.twitter.com/wlHOfyUd3U— 41 Strange (@41Strange) October 24, 2019
“The battle for freedom is not fought alone on the great fronts. It is fought in every home, in every community, in every state in the world. it is fought in the mind and heart of every man.”— ⚫Your roots are in the infinite (@thejaymo) October 24, 2019
Jack Whiteside Parsons - Freedom is a Two-edged Sword
“Certainly there had been trouble coming. Anyone who had had any experience of wars would have seen it coming long before the afternoon that Mack ran down Morris the Florist."— ⚫Your roots are in the infinite (@thejaymo) October 24, 2019
Chapter 4, The Summer Before the War, The Pushcart War by Jean Merrill
Anyone to a designer: “looks weird”— Jess Eddy (Earth) 💜 (@jesseddy) October 24, 2019
Designer: “can you be more specific?”
Designer to designer: “looks weird”
Other designer: “yeah, it does”
The idea of Multiscale Localism:— Joe Norman (@normonics) October 23, 2019
The smaller the scope of the system, the more tightly bound together the agents comprising the system are and ought to be
As we expand scope, coupling among agents becomes weaker and weaker, towards independence
Timeless design principle.
This story makes me think of the mentality of destruction. Put a human and shovel together, and the human digs. Put a human on a bulldozer, and the two together destroy. The digging may have nefarious purposes and it might be destructive, but even if it is, the damage is relatively insignificant. We can’t say that about the bulldozer. What does an engineer think when he plans where the bulldozer scrapes? What does the politician think when she/he approves the plan, or sees images of its outcome? What does the driver of the bulldozer think as she or she watches the blade of the bulldozer destroy everything in the way? I have a hard time imagining how a moral person can allow any of that to happen.
Excerpt from this story from the Sierra Club:
As shocking as the Trump administration’s most recent demolition of the desert wilderness has been, scientists and Interior Department officials say that it is just a continuation of the destruction that has been unfolding for years as US-Mexico border militarization has intensified.
Archaeologists Rick and Sandy Martynec are among those who have witnessed the erosion of environmental protections firsthand. For the past 25 years, the Martynecs, independent researchers, have been conducting archaeological surveys in Arizona along the US-Mexico border. In a roughly 20-by-20-mile stretch of desert, the husband and wife team has documented more than 600 distinct archeological sites, ranging from 10,000-year-old Paleo-Indian campsites to O’odham farming villages inhabited as recently as the 18th century.
As they’ve documented the rich historical and cultural records, the couple has seen a fragile desert ecosystem become a casualty of US border policy. About two decades ago, when the Martynecs were doing survey work in Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge at Las Playas—a series of dry lakebeds that once filled during the summer monsoon season—they frequently encountered wildlife, including coyotes, mountain lions, and more than a dozen bird species such as hummingbirds and owls. The pooling of the water in the lakebeds, which lie on both sides of the border, has sustained this unique desert environment.
But they have also observed something else: As the number of migrants coming across the border increased in the early 2000s, so too did the roads within the refuge, 90 percent of which is designated wilderness. Small, rarely used dirt tracks were becoming well-traveled multilane roads used primarily by Border Patrol agents. In the post-9/11 period, Border Patrol was granted expansive new powers and funding to police the border. In one instance, Rick Martynec measured a frequently used Border Patrol “corridor” that was at least 200 yards wide. “Until you actually see it, walk it, it just can’t be imagined,” Martynec said.
The new roads have begun to change the way water moves in this part of the Sonoran Desert. Now when seasonal rains occur, the water no longer flows into the playas but often runs in torrents along the roadways. “Almost every conceivable water source has been choked off by roads and by dams,” Martynec said.
This has had a devastating impact on the region’s ecology. Entire groves of mesquite trees and vegetation surrounding the playas have withered. The birds and mammals have largely disappeared. Martynec said that they haven’t seen a coyote out there in five or six years. The biologically complex desert soil—which was once home to ephemeral grasses and small trees and which can take decades to recover once disturbed—looks like a cracked moonscape. Around 2010, after completing their archaeological research in the region, some of it carried out on behalf of the Cabeza Prieta refuge, the Martynecs wrote a separate seven-page paper titled “The Death of Las Playas?”
The end of the story has an interesting perspective:
Due north of Las Playas is the Growler Valley, one of the most remote and deadly routes for migrants traveling through the desert. For the past several years, the humanitarian aid group No More Deaths has enlisted volunteers to leave water and food at various locations within the refuge.
But the Trump administration, with assistance from the Fish and Wildlife Service and other land-management agencies, has begun to crack down on their activities. At one trial, a federal judge said that the activists had undermined “the national decision to maintain the refuge in its pristine nature.” Earlier this year, four members of the group were convicted and several more currently face trial for, among other things, violating the Wilderness Act.
Oh you like ontology? Name all the things— Beloved public intellectual William James (@WilliamJamesN2O) October 23, 2019
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The most sci-fi spatial experience I’ve ever had wasn’t in a skyscraper or some geodesic dome. It was sitting in the climate-controlled antechamber at the Scrovegni Chapel, adjusting to the microclimate designed to protect Giotto’s frescoes. It wa like the airlock of a spaceship.— Soon-Tzu Speechley 孫子 (@speechleyish) October 23, 2019
Hypothetically, if you were, say, a member of Congress sitting on the Financial Services Committee given 5 minutes to question Mark Zuckerberg, what would you ask? 🤔— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) October 22, 2019
“INFORMATIC COSMOLOGY” 🐉🔥— nicolasnova (@nicolasnova) October 22, 2019
all these djs do is buckfast, berghain settimes, flight delay complain, soulseek, dark club insta story, b2b, nts window, excited to announce and die— Harvey Sutherland (@harvysutherland) October 22, 2019
Yugoslavia— Hun Dude (@HunDude) October 22, 2019
© AGNIRIBE - 2019
Let there be light… by asiki
So were all clear: there already is a price on carbon. It’s just that the wrong people are paying it.— Crazy Bat Lady 🥰🦇🥰🦇 (@MaryHeglar) October 21, 2019
thanks I hate it. and literally everything else— Tim Maughan (@timmaughan) October 21, 2019
which idiot called it a “Robot Butler” and not an “Uncanny Valet”— Grant “s 3 cursed wishes” Howitt (@gshowitt) October 21, 2019
Carol Christian Poell - Process
When the signal gets noisy and processing it gets expensive, most people go tribal to cope but a few turn into asshole free riders arbitraging across tribal epistemologies.— Venkatesh Rao (@vgr) October 20, 2019
We should call this truth hacking.
I saw a guy at Starbucks today.— Dave Vescio (@DaveVescio) October 18, 2019
He just sat there.
Like a Psychopath.
My favorite example of unintended consequences of technology is “when mark zuckerberg created facebook so that he could rank the hottest girls at harvard, he probably didn’t think that one day it could be used as a tool to help undermine democracy” https://t.co/mThwu5kBFY— Casey Fiesler, PhD, JD, geekD (@cfiesler) October 17, 2019
Excerpt from this New York Times story:
But should most Americans really be ashamed of getting on a plane to see grandma this holiday season?
The short answer: Probably not. If your flights are purely a luxury, though, that’s another matter.
A small group of frequent fliers, 12 percent of Americans who make more than six round trips by air a year, are responsible for two-thirds of all air travel and, by extension, two-thirds of aviation emissions, according to a new analysis by the International Council on Clean Transportation, a nonprofit research group.
Each of these travelers, on average, emits more than 3 tons of carbon dioxide per year, a substantial amount, particularly by global standards. And the most frequent fliers, those who take more than 9 round trips per year, emit the highest share.
One note: because so many Americans don’t fly, the United States per capita emissions rank much lower, in 11th place, after other high-income countries like Singapore, Finland and Iceland. And some of the fastest growth has been in developing countries, like China and India, where incomes, and a middle class that is more likely to fly, are rising.
Airline emissions could also be lowered with more fuel-efficient planes, of course. Plane manufacturers like Boeing and Airbus have competed to drive down fuel use in their models.
The problem is that air travel is growing many times faster than fuel efficiency gains, which more than cancels out the improvements in fuel efficiency. Meanwhile, the adoption of lower-carbon fuels that can reduce emissions, like biofuels, has been slow.
Within the autocorrect and predictive text lays Silicon Valley’s true agenda— JAMES FERRARO (@LIL_ICEBUNNY) October 18, 2019
When I die I’m going to donate my body to the Humanities. I don’t want some STEMlords poking around inside my organs. I would much rather have a bunch of English majors & MFA candidates just sort of have at it & do what they see fit with my corpse. Lord knows they have so little.— cowboi dan (@midnight_cowboi) October 17, 2019
artificial neural nets are terrible because they always generate idiosyncratic schematizations that make no sense, can’t be communicated about and break in weird ways— Chaos (@chaosprime) October 18, 2019
good thing people never do that
We are so close to being able to release the final Crap App!— Amber Griffiths (@AmberFirefly) October 18, 2019
It’s gone through full testing by agronomists to check all the calculations, and is already recommended by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, just waiting for final sign-off…https://t.co/ErVvxWndqI pic.twitter.com/cvBMepriV6
v93r was at the corn fields. yes, the sky was made of lead. The noises were plenty. Out:https://t.co/yiIXS9UAES— Farmers Manual (@farmersmanual_) October 18, 2019
Kawagoe, Japan | yamauchi
Painting of a recluse in his secluded cottage near Shanghai, done in 1360 when the Mongol rule of China was coming to an end. The recluse’s friends & guests left their poems on the painting; one is the descendant of a Tangut general who settled in South China as a Yuan statesman. pic.twitter.com/kAOZhLLxH3— Jin Xu (@xujnx) October 18, 2019
“No mouth, no stomach, no eyes, yet it can detect food and digest it. The blob also has almost 720 sexes, can move without legs or wings and heals itself in two minutes if cut in half.” This news story reads like it just plagiarised Deleuze and Guattari…https://t.co/fciVeULCTP— Sal 10000 (@Sal100001) October 17, 2019
Technically, this is CGI.— Dan Kaminsky (@dakami) October 18, 2019
Computers are very, very different now. https://t.co/nYd3ieuTXz
Humans performed better on a cognitive task while being observed by a mean robot who insulted their intelligence than while being observed by a nice robot or while not being observed:https://t.co/SEIsRVGtwx pic.twitter.com/E91E2ApRgl— Cory Clark (@ImHardcory) October 16, 2019
don’t you fucking tell me what to do, paul pic.twitter.com/y68yk6pDqN— unconsciousness enthusiast ☭ (@asoftdragon) October 18, 2019
I think it’s time to give up on the fiction that fossil fuel companies will voluntarily reduce their emissions or help with decarbonization. It’s also important to keep this behavior in mind when they come begging for bailouts as clean energy surges and their businesses fail. https://t.co/pv3JwYA3NL— Melissa Powers (@RenewablePowers) October 17, 2019
this is the future u/acc wants pic.twitter.com/PO4pB0BQep— 🌎🌵the 🚀🌌cosmist 💣✊insurrection 🏴🚩 (@yungneocon) October 17, 2019
The inability to talk honestly about relative magnitudes led to stupid stuff like the “we’re running out of landfills” panic of the 1990’s, the ban on straws and aviation-shaming today, and will lead to a backlash where we are all driving Hummers in a Venus-like environment— Pinboard (@Pinboard) October 17, 2019
Remember when I said in the Protocols talk that older ideological distinctions are no longer sufficient to distinguish the biggest companies from scene stuff? Yeah I was talking about the ease by which Amazon (the biggest) can start a fest called “Intersect”. It’ll get stranger.— Mat Dryhurst (@matdryhurst) October 17, 2019
What primordial origin myth story was prevalent:— Keerthik Sasidharan (@KS1729) October 16, 2019
P — world Parent
G — primordial Giant
E — primordial Egg
(Originally studied by H. Baumann) pic.twitter.com/AvWWBIAjDg
Our music was born from the sounds of jazz, funk, soul, noise - sounds with no other reason to exist, except because they did.. The plan was there is no plan, just start at the beginning, end at the end & party like it’s 1999 -Joe McPhee.— Oren Ambarchi (@orenambarchi) October 17, 2019
When I turned 18yo my Grandfather - a farmer - gifted me a small piece of land with 30 olive trees.— Tobia De Angelis (@tobdea) October 16, 2019
He planted them years before - meticulously planning so that as I turned 18, his gift would be fruitful and I could produce my own oil.
I think about this a lot.
It’s a mistake to think integrating extra musical ideas into music suggests privilege. The opposite is often true - many people think about other stuff by necessity because they have to work; hanging about expensive cities thinking solely about art is only real for the rich now— Mat Dryhurst (@matdryhurst) October 16, 2019