New York City has unveiled a plan to replace its 7,302 pay phones with wireless internet hubs that will offer amenities…

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New York City has unveiled a plan to replace its 7,302 pay phones with wireless internet hubs that will offer amenities including free Wi-Fi, free domestic phone calls, USB chargers, and, naturally, advertising space that is projected to generate enough revenue to not only pay for the ambitious project, but also bring the city an additional $500 million in the project’s first 12 years. Dubbed LinkNYC, the network of wireless “Links” is due to be up and running by the end of 2015.

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Today, consumers buy kitchen appliances, and then take them home and do whatever they want with them. But if that product is…

“Today, consumers buy kitchen appliances, and then take them home and do whatever they want with them. But if that product is “connected,” chances are it’s been pre-loaded with someone else’s idea of what a person should be doing with it. And no matter how well meaning that someone else is, when the objects we own contradict us, that’s going to be a frustrating experience.”

(vianew-aesthetic)

Cyberpunk and Empire

*That was a pretty good analysis from a dozen years ago, and now it explains why “fiction” about cyberpunk is irrelevant.  It’s no longer  ”aesthetic vision,” it’s everyday  lived experience.

Cyberpunk and Empire

Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr.
DePauw University/ Science Fiction Studies

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Nonetheless, I think we can safely identify certain aspects of cyberpunk’s aesthetic vision common to all its examples.

1) “No Future” (the punk in cyberpunk) – the sense of a collapsed future, i.e., the replacement of progressive modernism’s sense of constant material and social improvement by the sense of a failed project, leaving behind ruined infrastructures as its Ozymandian monuments;

2) the replacement of national sovereignty and class consciousness by technically sophisticated, but ethically savage, private, capitalist corporations and cartels, which dissolve social protections and rule of law, while encouraging the ruthless black- marketization of high technologies;

3) the attendant involution of all political power, and with it, the abandonment of all social centrality – hence the tolerance for poverty and decay of social institutions, law, traditional concepts of human dignity, and collective purpose;

4) the street finding its own uses for things – the proliferation of diverse fractal societies and cultures relatively free to construct their own social contracts under the radar of dominant institutions, politically powerless and hence unconstrained by normativity, but potentially destabilizing of the infrastructure of dominance because of their various technical “hacks”;

5) posthuman evolution – the morally unfettered proliferation of technologies (especially cybernetic and biotechnical prostheses) into areas traditionally considered sacrosanct, and, as a result, the gradual transformation of all natural phenomena into artificial ones constructed by human or cybernetic agents.

These might well be considered the characteristics of postmodern Empire. (…)

(via @brucesterling)

Cyberpunk and Empire

Spooks generated by brain-body mismatch

ghosts, haunting, hauntology, robotics, perception, experiment, OBE, neurology

The results show that not all types of spookiness emerge in the same way from the brain. “They show that the neural networks involved in the feeling of a presence are not the same as those involved in out-of-body experiences or in seeing a doppelgänger,” says the lead author of the study, cognitive neuroscientist Olaf Blanke of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL).

http://www.nature.com/news/spooks-generated-by-brain-body-mismatch–1.16294

Tony Dalton related his first hand experiences with a ship’s cat:

ship, ello, explosion, cat, precognition, shipping, Rotterdam

Tony Dalton related his first hand experiences with a ship’s cat:

“Whilst serving on the Norwegian-flag tanker “Rona Star”, in 1965, I adopted a stray kitten in Mina al Ahmadi which took up residence in the radio room. It refused point blank ever to set foot on shore, despite being bodily carried, many times, down the gangway onto the land. The cat would never leave the ship until the night of June 15th, 1965, when the “Rona Star” was in the wet dock at Rotterdam’s Verolme shipyard, undergoing tank-cleaning. The moggy became extremely agitated, mewling and howling, and left the radio room. I watched it from the cabin window as it scooted down the gangway and disappeared. No sooner had it reached the shore than the ship exploded in a ball of fire and 16 persons were killed. To this day, I swear the damned thing sensed the forthcoming disaster. I never saw it again.”

http://messybeast.com/moggycat/warcat.htm

(via @interdome)

(via Before Abramović, A History of Nothing) As might be expected, Marina Abramović’s new performance event at the Sean Kelly…

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As might be expected, Marina Abramović’s new performance event at the Sean Kelly gallery, Generator, has attracted a healthy level of press coverage that is concomitant with her reputation. Based on a premise of collective sensory deprivation, and the unanticipated insights that this can confer about communication and identity, the Generator experience begins with the voluntary blindfolding of participants and with noise-canceling headphones being placed upon the same. Each gallery-goer attempts to navigate through their environment in this limited state, up until the point where they can raise a hand and be led out of this paradoxically theatrical environment. While this experience will likely be novel to many of her recent converts, the performance has clear precedents among the work of at least one other artist who helped to shape the performance and intermedia subcultures of the mid-late 1970s. Namely, at least two of John Duncan’s events — Maze from 1995 and Voice Contact from 1998–2000 — also involve the voluntary blinding of participants and the subsequent entry of those participants into an unfamiliar space.

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