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—Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholia

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“What sort of features do you have? What kind of programming language are you?”, asked the programmer.

“Honey”, said Lisp, with a tinge of mischievous world-weariness to her voice, “I can be whatever you want.”

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How to do Nothing

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Important, thoughtful and beautiful.

Jenny Odell at Eyeo 2017
How to do Nothing
Decades before the advent of social media as we know it, Gilles Deleuze observed that it was “a relief to have nothing to say, the right to say nothing, because only then is there a chance of framing the rare, and ever rarer, thing that might be worth saying.” Nothing has become more precious, in today’s economy of attention, than nothing. In this talk Jenny covers various instances of nothing from art history and contemporary projects, arguing that the cultivation of nothing has new salience in the age of everything.

 

Vimeo: How to Do Nothing

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Everything Is Broken by Quinn Norton

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Still brilliant, five years after.

[...] all computers are reliably this bad: the ones in hospitals and governments and banks, the ones in your phone, the ones that control light switches and smart meters and air traffic control systems. Industrial computers that maintain infrastructure and manufacturing are even worse. I don’t know all the details, but those who do are the most alcoholic and nihilistic people in computer security.

Medium: Everything is Broken

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"Richard Florida, one of the most influential thinkers about cities in postwar America, wants you to know that he got almost everything about cities wrong."

https://jacobinmag.com/2017/08/new-urban-crisis-review-richard-florida

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"The web that many connected to years ago is not what new users will find today. What was once a rich selection of blogs and websites has been compressed under the powerful weight of a few dominant platforms. This concentration of power creates a new set of gatekeepers, allowing a handful of platforms to control which ideas and opinions are seen and shared."

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/12/tim-berners-lee-web-weapon-regulation-open-letter

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När du sett Black Mirror-avsnittet "Metalhead" så är det här förenat med ett visst obehag. Hur länge dröjer det innan de kommer efter oss?

https://youtu.be/W1LWMk7JB80

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Kan någon biolog/zoolog bekräfta det här?

"Fåglarna sjunger på morgonen för de behöver inte gå till jobbet"

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Make Internet Old School (ie GeoCities!) Again. Internet Archive to the rescue! 😁

"... we extracted over 4,500,000 animated GIFs (1,600,000 unique images) and then used the filenames and directory path text to build a best-effort “full text” search engine. Each GIF also links back to the original GeoCities page on which it was embedded (and some of these pages are even more awesome than the GIFs)."

https://gifcities.org/

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När jag pratar högt framför datorn så säger jag nästan alltid "Men sluuuta!".

Jag tror att det betyder att jag är ny-luddit.

As the liberty lads o'er the sea
Bought their freedom, and cheaply, with blood,
So we, boys, we
Shall die fighting or live free,
And down with all kings but King Ludd!

—Lord Byron, Song for the Luddites (1816)

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Samtidig som vi introducerar barnen till Terminator-filmerna så kommer alltså nyheten att Google påbörjat ett samarbete med den amerikanska krigsmaskinen. Deras AI-teknologi ska assistera drönarattacker.

Alphabet är Cyberdyne. Google är Skynet.

Google is quietly providing AI technology for drone strike targeting project, https://theintercept.com/2018/03/06/google-is-quietly-providing-ai-technology-for-drone-strike-targeting-project/