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/

“Thoughtograph” by Ted Serios (1918–2006) 1964 Serios was an unemployed bellhop when his claims that he had the ability to put…

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“Thoughtograph” by Ted Serios (1918-2006) 1964

Serios was an unemployed bellhop when his claims that he had the ability to put images on film with his mind came to the attention of Eisenbud. Serios’s technique was to hold a small cylinder, or tube, up to the lens of an instant camera, which was then pointed at his forehead and the shutter released. It was also claimed he could project his thoughts from several meters away, or without using the cylinder. He would often be drunk, or at least have been drinking, when he produced his photographs.