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A Quantitative Analysis of the Impact of Arbitrary Blockchain Content on Bitcoin
Our analysis shows that certain content, e.g., illegal pornography,
can render the mere possession of a blockchain illegal. Based on
these insights, we conduct a thorough quantitative and qualitative analysis
of unintended content on Bitcoin’s blockchain. Although most data
originates from benign extensions to Bitcoin’s protocol, our analysis reveals
more than 1600 files on the blockchain, over 99 % of which are texts
or images. Among these files there is clearly objectionable content such
as links to child pornography, which is distributed to all Bitcoin participants.
With our analysis, we thus highlight the importance for future
blockchain designs to address the possibility of unintended data insertion
and protect blockchain users accordingly.

h/t 4 links
future  blockchain  dystopia  weekly 
yesterday by twwoodward
There Are No Guardrails on Our Privacy Dystopia - Motherboard
If tech is going to infiltrate, influence, and shape all of society, it is unacceptable for tech alone, or tech alone using pure market forces, to decide what tools are or are not acceptable.

(Cites Time Well Spent as a good thing, so not put on radar)
privacy  dystopia  gdpr  politics  surveillancecapitalism  notincluded  indie  radar 
7 days ago by laurakalbag
There Is No Such Thing as a Smart City
"So what future cities have in store, I surmise, is not a comprehensive, sleek, point-and-click new digital urban order, but many localized, haphazard mash-ups of digital tips, tricks, and hacks. These half-baked smart-aleck cities will require the arcane knowledge that any local townie knows—that he or she considers habit, a second nature. But the tourist and the émigré will be automatically skinned."
city  smart  dystopia 
8 days ago by jntolva
Rage against the machine: self-driving cars attacked by angry Californians | Technology | The Guardian
The two human-on-robot assaults are not the first time San Franciscans have fought back – physically – against robots.

In December, the local SPCA animal shelter removed its 400lb Knightscope security robot from the streets around its building amid backlash from residents and the homeless population who complained the robot was harassing them. While most residents simply complained about the robot’s presence, one person reportedly “put a tarp over it, knocked it over and put barbecue sauce on all the sensors”.
future  weekly  dystopia  robots  security 
12 days ago by twwoodward
United Airlines employees shocked: Bonuses replaced with lottery - Chicago Business Journal
Kirby issued an employee memo in which he announced that the Chicago-based airline is dropping the quarterly performance bonuses the carrier had been giving out to all employees qualified to receive them.

Kirby said in the memo, obtained by the Chicago Business Journal, that the bonus payouts are being replaced with a new program called "core4 Score Rewards," which Kirby said would include quarterly prizes like cash ranging from $2,000 to $40,000, luxury cars, vacation packages, and a grand of prize of $100,000 awarded to one eligible employee per quarter.
weekly  dystopia  profit  capitalism 
16 days ago by twwoodward
Mitigation of Shock: 6 Steps (with Pictures)
The project transports you into a London flat, thirty five years in the future. A future where extreme weather has caused global supply chains to falter. Everyday items are often either out of stock or have become expensive luxuries. In response, living space has been increasingly given over to experimental forms of domestic agriculture. Food computers have been improvised from the detritus of a technological utopia that never quite arrived.
weekly  instructable  dystopia  diy 
18 days ago by twwoodward
Tech Envisions the Ultimate Start-Up: An Entire City
Utopian city-building schemes have seldom succeeded. What we really need, they say, is to fix the cities we already have, not to set off in search of new ones.
Future  worldbuilding  dystopia  architecture  cities 
23 days ago by basemaly

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