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How to Survive an Authoritarian Government | Extra Newsfeed
This is just generally good advice even if you don't live inna terrifying Orwellian dystopia.
listicle  politics  samizdata  solidarity  activism  dystopia  socialism  sousveillance 
4 days ago by gominokouhai
Can Mark Zuckerberg Fix Facebook Before It Breaks Democracy?
Great dad joke: "Ed Zuckerberg marketed himself as the Painless Dr. Z, and later drummed up dentistry business with a direct-mail solicitation that declared, 'I am literally the Father of Facebook!'"
culture  internet  dystopia 
7 days ago by kwon
Yuval Noah Harari on Why Technology Favors Tyranny - The Atlantic
"Two particularly important nonhuman abilities that AI possesses are connectivity and updatability."

Real Black Mirror-like future lies ahead!
tech  democracy  dystopia  potential  data  1984 
9 days ago by k4rtik
Design Thinking Is Fundamentally Conservative and Preserves the Status Quo
Although it is often advertised as a method that is as innovative as the solutions it promises to produce, it bears an uncanny resemblance to an earlier model of problem-solving, celebrated in the 1970s and 1980s for the superior solutions it was supposed to produce. Called the “rational-experimental” approach to problem solving, it was a simplified and popularized version of the scientific method, in much the same way that design thinking is a stylized — some say “dumbed down” — version of the methods designers use.  It, too, was enthusiastically embraced by managers and policy makers, and was invoked to reshape practices in firms and government.

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They turn the everyday ability to solve a problem into a rarified practice, limited only to those who self-consciously follow a specialized methodology.
weekly  design  thinking  fad  fraud  dystopia 
12 days ago by twwoodward
'The Internet of Garbage' by Sarah Jeong
Sarah Jeong's 2015 book is now free:

'I think The Internet of Garbage still provides a useful framework to begin to
talk about our new dystopia, and it continues to be surprisingly relevant in many
ways. But I wrote the book with a tone of optimism I did not feel even at the time,
hoping that by reaching the well-meaning policy teams across Silicon Valley, I
might be able to spark change for the better.
Not only did that change never quite solidify, but the coordinated,
orchestrated harassment campaigns of Gamergate that I very briefly touch on in
Chapter Two have since overtaken our national political and cultural
conversations. These twisted knots of lies, deflection, and rage are not just some
weird and terrible online garbage. They shadow executive orders, court rulings,
even the newly appointed judiciary. They will haunt us for years to come. We are
all victims of fraud in the marketplace of ideas.
I hope that in the very near future, I will be putting out a second edition of
The Internet of Garbage. In that future edition, I hope to grapple with advertising
incentives, engagement traps, international propaganda wars, the American crisis
in free speech coinciding with the rise of platform power, and search engine
optimization as the new paradigm of speech.
In the meantime, I am putting out The Internet of Garbage 1.5 as an interim
edition. I wish it were more helpful in our present reality. But as imperfect a tool
as it is, I figure we all need as much help as we can get. '
dystopia  fake-news  internet  spam  harrassment  abuse  twitter  gamergate  politics  books  free  to-read 
13 days ago by jm
New Dark Age Technology and the End of the Future by James Bridle
How the Information Age destroys knowledge

As the world around us increases in technological complexity, our understanding of it diminishes. Underlying this trend is a single idea: the belief that our existence is understandable through computation, and more data is enough to help us build a better world.

In reality, we are lost in a sea of information, increasingly divided by fundamentalism, simplistic narratives, conspiracy theories, and post-factual politics. Meanwhile, those in power use our lack of understanding to further their own interests. Despite the apparent accessibility of information, we’re living in a new Dark Age.

From rogue financial systems to shopping algorithms, from artificial intelligence to state secrecy, we no longer understand how our world is governed or presented to us. The media is filled with unverifiable speculation, much of it generated by anonymous software, while companies dominate their employees through surveillance and the threat of automation.

In his brilliant new work, leading artist and writer James Bridle surveys the history of art, technology, and information systems, and reveals the dark clouds that gather over our dreams of the digital sublime.

In these videos James Bridle explains some of the arguments from New Dark Age. Watch all the videos here.
future  Theory  Philosophy  information  dystopia 
14 days ago by jstenner
Near Miss: The Solar Superstorm of July 2012 | NASA
TIL the Carrington Event very nearly happened again, but we missed it by a week.
spaaace  doom  science  astronomy  dystopia 
19 days ago by gominokouhai
Coffee delivery drone patented by IBM - BBC News
A coffee-delivering drone that can detect when people are tired and bring them a drink has been patented by technology company IBM.
weekly  drone  ibm  productivity  dystopia 
21 days ago by twwoodward
glamour_weeb - Izuku's Home for Wayward Pets
Izuku works at the Bureaus of Companion Protection as a rehabilitator for abused and abandoned Companions, animal-human hybrids. He's seen his fair share of cruelty cases and even fostered a few Companions, but he's never had a Companion of his own, until now. After rescuing Katsuki from a life in an illegal, underground Companion fighting ring, Izuku must take in the wolfdog that no one else can handle.

Eventually, Katsuki comes to love his new home, as well as his new Master.
fandom:My_Hero_Academia  year:2018  Rating:Explicit  pairing:Katsuki/Izuku  AU  hybrids  Alpha-Beta-Omega  hurt/comfort  heat-fic  dystopia  PTSD  knotting  AU-mundane  D/s  abuse  breeding-kink  WIP  words:20.000-25.000 
21 days ago by hear-the-rain
Keep calm and stockpile: An Irish parcel for Brexit Britain | Irish Times
"[A]dvances in vacuum packaging means rationing can be a far jollier affair than it was in [our] grandparents’ day". This is what we look like to the rest of the world.
Brexit  britishness  food  dystopia  fuckwits  politics 
29 days ago by gominokouhai

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