My essay on Crapularity Aesthetics is out:https://t.co/skb9liC4nS - Why “contemporary art” is not what its name literally means,…

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This week the Smithsonian Museum unveiled a portrait of Henrietta Lacks whose cells were taken from her body without her…

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“It is with great sadness that V2_ has to announce the passing of Alex Adriaansens, long-time director of V2_Lab for the…

Alex Adriaansens, 2018, RIP, V2, unstable media, media art

“It is with great sadness that V2_ has to announce the passing of Alex Adriaansens, long-time director of V2_Lab for the Unstable Media. Alex died on 30 December 2018, after several years of struggling with cancer.            


For over thirty-five years, Alex was active in the field of art and technology, as an initiator, an organiser, and as an advisor. His influence on many of us was enormous. He projected an amazing, passionate engagement with art and with the ways in which new technologies impact society. Perhaps even more importantly, he was one of the most gentle, friendly and optimistic people I can think of. This optimism, coupled with a clear vision and a strong sense of urgency for what needs to be done, fuelled his work and put the V2_Organisation, and many of the projects that Alex was involved in, among the most influential initiatives in new media art since the 1980s. Now he leaves behind his wife, Angelica, and will be missed immensely by many others, as a friend and colleague, mentor, and as one of the guiding spirits of a whole international scene.”

http://v2.nl/archive/articles/alex-adriaansens-1953-2018

Explainer: How ‘Shared Socioeconomic Pathways’ explore future climate change

climate, IPCC, AR5, AR6, SSP, SRES, climate-policy, policy, foresight, futures, pathways, 2018

Over the past few years, an international team of climate scientists, economists and energy systems modellers have built a range of new “pathways” that examine how global society, demographics and economics might change over the next century. They are collectively known as the “Shared Socioeconomic Pathways” (SSPs). These SSPs are now being used as important inputs for the latest climate models, feeding into the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) sixth assessment report due to be published in 2020-21. They are also being used to explore how societal choices will affect greenhouse gas emissions and, therefore, how the climate goals of the Paris Agreement could be met. The new SSPs offer five pathways that the world could take. Compared to previous scenarios, these offer a broader view of a “business as usual” world without future climate policy, with global warming in 2100 ranging from a low of 3.1C to a high of 5.1C above pre-industrial levels.

via https://www.carbonbrief.org/explainer-how-shared-socioeconomic-pathways-explore-future-climate-change

A mud pot is moving across California, and no one knows why

mud, geology, california, salton-sea, 2018

Currently located just north of Niland, the mud pot is moving toward Union Pacific Railroad tracks and giving engineers there a headache. A well dug to depressurize the source of the gas had no effect. Steel walls driven 80 feet into the ground were also nonchalantly circumvented; the mud pot simply ducked under them and continued its freakishly linear path of destruction. “No one has seen a moving mud pot before,” says David Lynch, a consulting physicist who has long studied the area’s geothermal features. Mud pots and mud volcanoes also generally don’t emit much water, but this one is extremely vigorous, producing somewhere around 40,000 gallons of water a day. Lynch and other experts have taken to calling it a “mud spring.”

via https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/2018/11/bubbling-pool-mud-moving-california-dont-know-why-geology/

The Mystery of the Havana Syndrome

Havana-Syndrome, Cuba, CIA, sonic-weapons, sound, brain-damage, 2016, 2017, 2018

Between December 30, 2016, and February 9, 2017, at least three C.I.A. officers working under diplomatic cover in Cuba had reported troubling sensations that seemed to leave serious injuries. When the agency sent reinforcements to Havana, at least two of them were afflicted as well. All the victims described being bombarded by waves of pressure in their heads. Unlike Lee, though, the C.I.A. officers said that they heard loud sounds, similar to cicadas, which seemed to follow them from one room to another. But when they opened an outside door the sounds abruptly stopped. Some of the victims said that it felt as if they were standing in an invisible beam of energy.

via https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/11/19/the-mystery-of-the-havana-syndrome

Aggregated knowledge from a small number of debates outperforms the wisdom of large crowds

consensus, decision-making, forecasting, wisdom-of-crowds, arxiv

he aggregation of many independent estimates can outperform the most accurate individual judgment. This centenarian finding, popularly known as the wisdom of crowds, has been applied to problems ranging from the diagnosis of cancer to financial forecasting. It is widely believed that social influence undermines collective wisdom by reducing the diversity of opinions within the crowd. Here, we show that if a large crowd is structured in small independent groups, deliberation and social influence within groups improve the crowd’s collective accuracy. We asked a live crowd (N=5180) to respond to general-knowledge questions (e.g., what is the height of the Eiffel Tower?). Participants first answered individually, then deliberated and made consensus decisions in groups of five, and finally provided revised individual estimates. We found that averaging consensus decisions was substantially more accurate than aggregating the initial independent opinions. Remarkably, combining as few as four consensus choices outperformed the wisdom of thousands of individuals.

via https://arxiv.org/abs/1703.00045##

The Very Slow Movie Player

VSMP, slow-media, film, perception, seeing, Bryan-Boyer

Most displays are looking to play things faster. We’ve got movies at 60 frames per second, and gaming displays that run at 144 fps. But what about moving in the other direction? [Bryan Boyer] wanted to try this out, so he built the VSMP, or Very Slow Movie Player. It’s a neat device that plays back a movie at about 24 fph (frames per hour) on an e-ink display to demonstrate something that [Bryan] calls Slow Seeing, which, he says “helps you see yourself against the smear of time.” A traditional epic-length movie is now going to run you greater than 8,000 hours of viewing.

via https://hackaday.com/2018/12/30/the-very-slow-movie-player-does-it-with-e-ink/

Belgians chose the names of 28 streets and the results are pretty creative

brussels, belgium, street-names, naming, René-Magritte, 2018

One street is named after a type of traditional spiced cookie (Passage du Speculoos). Another is named after a cheese and endive dish—one of Belgium’s national dishes (Passage du Chicon). Another street, Ceci n’est pas une rue, bears the title “This is not a street”—a nod to one of Belgian artist René Magritte’s most famous surrealist paintings. Others are more romantic in nature, including the Chemin d’Un Monde Meilleur—path to a better world.

via https://qz.com/1366369/belgians-chose-the-names-of–28-streets-and-the-results-are-pretty-creative/

I still think a lot about this tweet: https://t.co/abLzF3ampH Given the news that immediate fossil-fuel phase-out would be…

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At #saf19, filmmakers & researchers Sasha Litvintseva and Beny Wagner introduce their long-term project Universal Syntax, which…

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The artists in Fabulous Monsters include Dinh Q. Le, Ang Song Ming, Zeng Fanzhi, Ronald Ventura, Jia Aili, Jason Wee, Hyun Soo…

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’The Anti-Locust Research Centre (ALRC) was set up in London, United Kingdom, by the Colonial Office in 1945, with the aim of…

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"So, what is this idea(l) of proximity and “clean” sounds about? Isn’t a recording as much about the distance and its space as…

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New paper out based on a massive sample (n = 355,358) finds that screens explain less than 0.4% of depression AND shows why…

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’How do you learn to ‘experience’ Bigfoot, to ‘see’ traces of Bigfoot, to accomplish the evidential practices of Bigfooting when…

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The current World Magnetic Model (released in 2015, meant to last until 2020) has slipped so far against reality that an early…

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“like most technologies, machine learning is neutral” should be a sentence that, when uttered, disqualifies you from all…

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‘The Orkney electron gives me hope that the future can be otherwise, that there is another way of being and living that is not…

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“With the rise of so-called new materialism, it is perhaps necessary to simultaneously call into being a new idealism, no longer…

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In the immortal words (may he rest in peace) of Kurt Vonnegut: "God made mud. God got lonesome. So God said to some of the mud,…

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Unpopular opinion: Trying to “understand” art necessarily impoverishes it. Understanding is just modeling, i.e. simplifying…

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And the CHI anarchism paper IS. IN. AND. DONE. I don’t know if my favourite bit is the talmud quote, the conclusion, the…

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Arizona: People are violently attacking driverless cars from Google/Alphabet’s Waymo

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People like this guy waving his gun at a driverless Waymo van in Arizona are attacking self-driving vehicles with rocks, knives, and *their own cars*, sending a message to tech companies like Waymo, which is owned by Alphabet (Google’s parent company). That message is, please go experiment with artificial intelligence in somebody else’s neighborhood.

In the video above, a pissed off guy in Chandler, Arizona waves his gun at a passing Waymo van.

He got in trouble for it, but man, I can empathize.

By the way, the image was captured by surveillance cameras on the Waymo van, provided to the police, and sort of proving the dude’s point.

There have been accidents in the area involving the autonomous vans.

The New York Times reports on the tire-slashing of a driverless vehicle that once happily roamed the streets of Chandler, which isn’t far from Phoenix.  There have been 21 violent attacks on driverless cars there in the last few years.

Waymo started testing self-driving vehicles in Chandler in 2016.

Waymo did not ask the human residents if they were cool with it.

They’re not cool with it.

https://boingboing.net/2018/12/31/gfy-self-driving-cars.html

’How do we know that only one geometry is relevant to the complex happenings of nature? Perhaps a three-dimensional geometry is…

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A fifth of Earth’s geologic history is missing. One theory: “colossal crustal consumption” by glacial erosion during ’Snowball…

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““It is important that we recognise that screens are a modern way of being,” he said. “Reading we see as a hugely positive…

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““It is important that we recognise that screens are a modern way of being,” he said. “Reading we see as a hugely positive thing, but it is largely a sedentary thing. We have never done studies to look at the link between reading and adiposity [being overweight] but it is sedentary [lifestyle]. Five hundred years ago we thought it was bad for women’s brains to teach them to read. Reading and pamphlets have radicalised a lot more young people than screens have ever done. Yet we somehow worry about screens being different.””

Screen time not intrinsically bad for children, say doctors

A project I have coming up: UNDER FIVE TREES. Five site-specific installations and audio narratives at the Esplanade Park,…

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"There is something crazy about a culture in which the value of beauty becomes controversial. It is crazy not to celebrate…

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Trying something inspired by @jeremyzilar idea of unfollowing everybody and rebuilding deliberately. Mine is less extreme. I…

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“Most displays are looking to play things faster. We’ve got movies at 60 frames per second, and gaming displays that run at 144…

VSMP, time, perception, slow media, Bryan Boyer, film, 2018

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“Most displays are looking to play things faster. We’ve got movies at 60 frames per second, and gaming displays that run at 144 fps. But what about moving in the other direction? [Bryan Boyer] wanted to try this out, so he built the VSMP, or Very Slow Movie Player. It’s a neat device that plays back a movie at about 24 fph (frames per hour) on an e-ink display to demonstrate something that [Bryan] calls Slow Seeing, which, he says “helps you see yourself against the smear of time.” A traditional epic-length movie is now going to run you greater than 8,000 hours of viewing.“

https://hackaday.com/2018/12/30/the-very-slow-movie-player-does-it-with-e-ink/

The belief that a great artist must also be a great (or at least acceptable) person is an infuriatingly stubborn fallacy. My…

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My kind of thinking “infects” healthy thinking like a parasite that won’t go away 😎 All 4 horsepeople troll rationality with a…

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Love to all those pushing algorithmic patterns and DSP forward in 2018, let’s keep it alien and broken in 2019, embrace error,…

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Your hopeful stories, music, movies, comics, whatever, will all be better, more powerful, and more precise for having considered…

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This has been making the rounds for a few days, but I only read it now. It’s insidious shit. It uses the grief and horror we all…

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