In the television series Fringe, the Statue of Liberty serves as the literal junction point between two worlds, the site of…

“In the television series Fringe, the Statue of Liberty serves as the literal junction point between two worlds, the site of dimensional gateway technology. In between scene cuts, images of the monument, either in true-to-life oxidized green, or its original copper hues, serve as a symbol to demarcate the different worlds to the audience. The unbuilt Hotel Attraction also appears in the alternate-dimension New York City, as an homage to architectural paths untraveled. The World Trade Center towers, still standing in the alternate-dimension, also serve as a similar marker to the Statue of Liberty—much as the towers mark almost all realistic films set in New York City shot prior to 2001. These markers show that the basis for our contextualization of alternate futures always begins in our knowledge of the present, and our real history.”

Adam Rothstein, ‘The cities science fiction built’ (2015)

The two doors swing open. The world clicks into something else when Isidore walks through. The constant tinkering with reality…

“The two doors swing open. The world clicks into something else when Isidore walks through. The constant tinkering with reality is something that he really hates about the Dust District. The zokus do not have the decency to hide their secrets under the surface of the mundane, but plaster them all over your visual cortex, in layers and layers of spimes and augmented reality, making it impossible to see what truly lies beneath. And the sudden feeling of openness, no boundaries of gevulot, makes him feel something akin to vertigo.”

Hannu Rajaniemi in The Quantum Thief

…It’s a Watch. A device that stores Time as quantum cash – unforgeable, uncopyable quantum states that have finite lifetimes,…

“…It’s a Watch. A device that stores Time as quantum cash – unforgeable, uncopyable quantum states that have finite lifetimes, counterfeit-proof, measures the time an Oubliette citizen is allowed in a baseline human body. Also responsible for their encrypted channel to the exomemory. A very personal device.”

Hannu Rajaniemi in The Quantum Thief

What are the rights of the original photographers, the “nonartists” whose works have been so unceremoniously reconfigured? And…

“What are the rights of the original photographers, the “nonartists” whose works have been so unceremoniously reconfigured? And how can what is found be ordered, or put into a new disorder, and presented again to give it new resonance? And how long will that resonance itself last? The real trouble is rarely about whether something counts as art — if the question comes up, the answer is almost always yes — but whether the art in question is startling, moving or productively discomfiting.”

A Visual Remix - NYTimes.com (viaphotographsonthebrain)

Our technology revolves around several layers of Halachic uncertainty, randomness, and delays, such that Halachically, a user’s…

“Our technology revolves around several layers of Halachic uncertainty, randomness, and delays, such that Halachically, a user’s action is not considered to have caused a given reaction. Within the KosherSwitch®, algorithms operating on the internal micro-controller create all of the patented innovation. Once installed, a KosherSwitch®-based device is constantly and autonomously functioning through the cycles detailed below.”

How Does It Work? « KosherSwitch -Control Electricity on Shabbat! (viaiamdanw)

Cow Milk Without the Cow

wired, diybio, food hacking, vegan cheese, monkey butter, narwhal cheese, sythetic biology

Consider one group of bio-hackers who meet in the lab each Monday night to work on a project that sounds like a contradiction in terms: They’re trying to make cow’s milk cheese without the cow. Using mail-order DNA, they’re tricking yeast cells into producing a substance that’s molecularly identical to milk. And if successful, they’ll turn this milk into cheese. Real cheese. But vegan cheese. Real vegan cheese. […] They also hope to engineer cheese based on the milk of the narwhal, the most outlandish mammal they could imagine. They hear the milk has the consistency of toothpaste.

http://www.wired.com/2015/04/diy-biotech-vegan-cheese/

Spain’s hologram protest: Thousands join virtual march in Madrid against new gag law - Europe - World - The Independent Late…

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Spain’s hologram protest: Thousands join virtual march in Madrid against new gag law - Europe - World - The Independent

Late last year the Spanish government passed a law that set extreme fines for protesters convening outside of government buildings. In response to the controversial Citizen Safety Law, which will take effect on July 1, Spanish activists have staged the world’s first ever virtual political demonstration. After months of massive flesh-and-blood protests against the so-called ‘gag law’, thousands of holograms last night marched in front of the Spanish parliament in Madrid. Organised by the group Holograms for Freedom, ghost-like figures holding placards took aim at the imminent draconian measures, arguing that holographic people are now afforded greater freedoms than their real-life counterparts.

My Experiment Opting Out of Big Data Made Me Look Like a Criminal

privacy, marketing, opt out, tracking, big data, social media, profiling, machine learning, good cit

For months I had joked to my family that I was probably on a watch list for my excessive use of Tor and cash withdrawals […] the things I had to do to evade marketing detection looked suspiciously like illicit activities. All I was trying to do was to fight for the right for a transaction to be just a transaction, not an excuse for a thousand little trackers to follow me around. But avoiding the big-data dragnet meant that I not only looked like a rude family member or an inconsiderate friend, but I also looked like a bad citizen.,

http://time.com/83200/privacy-internet-big-data-opt-out/