A Hacker Manifesto
"A double is haunting the world--the double of abstraction, the virtual reality of information, programming or poetry, math or music, curves or colorings upon which the fortunes of states and armies, companies and communities now depend. The
This group thinks robots aren't stealing jobs from humans-and never will
The received wisdom is that automation is stealing away jobs from humans-maybe quickly, maybe slowly, but stealing nonetheless. A new report attempts to provide a counter to that school of thought. An analysis of 165 years of U.S.
Basic Income in a Just Society
Each week, another magazine, book, or think tank sketches a dystopian near-future in which automation renders workers unnecessary. Is a basic income the solution? "Amazon needs only a minute of human labor to ship your next package," read a CNN headline last October.
Plants talk to each other using an internet of fungus
It's an information superhighway that speeds up interactions between a large, diverse population of individuals. It allows individuals who may be widely separated to communicate and help each other out. But it also allows them to commit new forms of crime. No, we're not talking about the internet, we're talking about fungi.
Exploring Emergent Technology: Memory Augmentation Implants
What is a memory augmentation implant? Memory augmentation implants, currently in the early stages of research and development, are a type of neural prosthesis: a technological extension of the nervous system that seeks to restore lost function, usually due to disease or injury, or to supplement normal function .
Most Likely To Succeed
The feature-length documentary 'Most Likely To Succeed' examines the history of education in the United States, revealing the growing shortcomings of conventional education methods in todayʼs innovative world. The film explores compelling new approaches that aim to revolutionize teaching as we know it.
Post-Scarcity Does Not Mean Post-Work
Does the rise of the robots doom us all to unemployment? The answer is most certainly no. Provocative claims that the United States has reached " peak jobs " and will soon be a " post-scarcity economy " neglect an essential part of the reason why we work.
A bionic hand in five days: how tech innovation is changing lives
In the UK, more than 11 million people live with a limiting long-term illness, impairment or disability, according to government statistics. More than one in four disabled people, meanwhile, say that they don't have choice and control over their daily lives.
New Crop of Companies Reaping Profits From Wasted Food
Take Cerplus, for instance, which raised a small amount from friends and family investors late last year and got $20,000 from Y Combinator in exchange for securities if Cerplus has a financing round or sells for more than $100 million.
Hito Steyerl This is a file published in 2012 by WikiLeaks. It forms part of WikiLeaks's Syria files database. The file is called "316787_Vision Presentation-Oct 30 2010 Eng.pptx," in PowerPoint format, dated October 2010.
Yes, you recycle. But until you start reducing, you're still killing the planet
I talk a lot about reduction. Reducing the number of toys you have, the quantity of cleaning supplies you buy, even the amount of meat you eat. My constant focus on reduction over recycling, upcycling or disposing of waste responsibly is a deliberate one. Put simply, recycling isn't enough.
The Truth About Recycling
5 Gyres empowers action against the global health crisis of plastic pollution through science, art, education, and adventure.
Hackers Show How Easy It Is to Steal Your Identity from Selfies
Like snapping selfies? Here's something to consider next time you mug for the camera: hackers. Germany's biggest hacker group, the Chaos Computer Club, demonstrated just how easy it is for someone to break through the four most common types of computer protection. Speaking to an enthusiastic audience...
CV Dazzle: Camouflage from Face Detection
Face Once computer vision programs detect a face, they can extract data about your emotions, age, and identity. See how a face is detected Anti Face This face is unrecognizable to several state-of-art face detection algorithms. CV Dazzle explores how fashion can be used as camouflage from face-detection technology, the first step in automated face recognition.
Digital Labor and the Anthropocene
McKenzie Wark is author of A Hacker Manifesto, The Spectacle of Disintegration, the forthcoming I'm Very Into You - a correspondence with the late Kathy Acker - and Molecular Red, among other books. The following transcript is taken from a recent talk delivered at the Digital Labor conference presented by The New School.
Robot Surgeons are the Future of Medicine
Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/11mi0da DISCLAIMER: Surgical imagery depicted. Not for the easily squeamish! // Medical technology is getting weirder everyday -- in a good way. Robotic surgery and computer-assisted medicine are already doing amazing things right now -- just look at the da Vinci Surgical System!
Code-Dependent: Pros and Cons of the Algorithm Age
Algorithms are aimed at optimizing everything. They can save lives, make things easier and conquer chaos. Still, experts worry they can also put too much control in the hands of corporations and governments, perpetuate bias, create filter bubbles, cut choices, creativity and serendipity, and could result in greater unemployment Algorithms are instructions for solving a problem or completing a task.
The Art Project That Stitches the U.S. and Mexico Together Across the Border
For four days last month, an art collective called Postcommodity erected a two-mile-long temporary installation of balloons that bi-sected the U.S.-Mexico border. Called "Repellent Fence", the project included 26 balloons, each tethered to the other, which floated right above a stretch of the border located on the edge of Douglas, Texas and Agua Prieta, Sonora.
You Are Not Your Name and Photo: A Call to Re-Imagine Identity
At some point in the last few years, "identity" became a nasty word. It's not just identity theft, identity politics or identity requirements. It's everywhere - maybe especially on the web. People like Google's Eric Schmidt began to talk about "identity services" instead of social networks. Identity became synonymous with fixed, verified, monetizable personhood.
Our Generation Ships Will Sink
As noted in Cory's review, Kim Stanley Robinson's makes an undeniable case for ecological stewardship through a rigorous, gripping technological speculation about climate science, biology, space propulsion and sociodynamic factors. In this exclusive feature essay, Robinson explains the technology behind the best science fiction novel of 2015.