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I am a Really Useful Engine • Speaker • Public Address
A couple of weekends ago, we were getting ready to go try out the new section of Te Araroa tramping track between Paekakariki and Pukerua Bay . Very nice views,…
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5 days ago
There in the Thicket: An Interview with Jason Pine — Cultural Anthropology
The May 2016 issue of Cultural Anthropology included the research article “ Last Chance Incorporated ,” by Jason Pine, who is an assistant professor at Purchase…
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7 days ago
Berlin Biennale | All Problems Can Be Illuminated; Not All Problems Can Be Solved
We can all tell this story: The rails of human advancement stretching from the Enlightenment to a Bitcoin start-up; innovation measured by increased reach,…
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9 days ago
my first commencement speech
Readers, there’s a brand new site coming soon: a 3-part site, with lots of overdue documentation of new work, my lab, teaching, writing. The featured image is…
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15 days ago
This Is How ISIS Uses The Internet
SAN FRANCISCO — Abu Majad figured that when ISIS came for him, it would be with a knife on a dark street, or a bomb planted on his car. The 34-year-old had been…
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15 days ago
Failed States: A Tactical Design Workshop | superflux
In early May, Jon and I were invited by the HEAD MEDIA DESIGN faculty in Geneva to lead a week long design futurescaping workshop for the first-year students on…
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16 days ago
Legible Policy
Shifting the Balance: Design for Equitable Cities By ANAB JAIN, VYTAUTAS JANKAUSKAS AND JON ARDERN SUPERFLUX Modern statecraft is largely a project of internal…
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16 days ago
The Collapse of Dilma Rousseff, the Richard Nixon of Brazil - The New Yorker
Dilma Rousseff, the President of Brazil, and her predecessor, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. A scandal engulfing Rousseff’s Presidency has put the future of…
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17 days ago
Lionhead: The inside story
In October 2008, Microsoft released Lionhead's Fable 2 to critical and commercial acclaim. At a launch party an emotional Peter Molyneux held aloft glowing…
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18 days ago
New York: The Prophet
Ruth Orkin Jane Jacobs with her son Ned in front of a Greenwich Village building, designated for demolition by the City Planning Commission, 1961; photograph by…
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23 days ago
Collaboration and Tribalism in Science
D id you know that most animal species have roughly the same number of heartbeats over the course of their lives? Short-lived creatures’ hearts beat faster,…
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25 days ago
The Forgotten Spaceships of the Po Valley — Failed Architecture
Driving a Lancia, living in a ‘Renzo Piano’. The broken dreams of northern Italy’s suburbia. Legnano, January 2016: Villa Clerici, an elaborate architectural…
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26 days ago
Why Activists Today Should Still Care About the 40-Year-Old Church Committee Report
Less talked about today are programs like the military’s surveillance of domestic protest groups, maintaining files on at least 100,000 Americans ranging from…
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27 days ago
U.S.-Mexico Teamwork Where the Rio Grande Is but a Ribbon
Destroying the Devil’s Cornfield on the Rio Grande Tamir Kalifa for The New York Times BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK, Tex. — There are places in the desert canyons of…
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28 days ago
What the City of the Future Looks Like If We Don’t Change Course — Failed Architecture
It’s early morning. You are in your fancy apartment in a high-rise in some non-descript inner city area. When you enter the study, your Quantified Self Tracking…
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4 weeks ago
guyana trip report (tecznotes)
Guyana is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary of independence from Great Britain. It’s not a big country, but it’s two-thirds rain forest and contains the…
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4 weeks ago
WdW Review
Meditation Room, United Nations, New York Prayer room, Athens International Airport, Greece (all prayer room photos by James Bridle) Prayer room, Athens…
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4 weeks ago
Sneakers and Snoopers
Writer, artist, publisher and technologist James Bridle on security and surveillance in relation to the Olympic Games. There is a famous photograph taken in…
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4 weeks ago
Deciphering Glyph :: Email Isn’t The Thing You’re Bad At
I’ve been using the Internet for a good 25 years now, and I’ve been luckyenough to have some perspective dating back farther thanthat. The common refrain for my…
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4 weeks ago
Uncanny Valley
M orale is down. We are making plenty of money, but the office is teeming with salespeople: well-groomed social animals with good posture and dress shoes, men…
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5 weeks ago
End of the Miracle Machines
(Michael Friberg, special to ProPublica) A couple of miles outside the town of Page, three 775-foot-tall caramel-colored smokestacks tower like sentries on the…
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5 weeks ago
JPMS Online: POP/IASPM-US Sounds of the City Issue, Jeremy Morris
Hear, Here: Location-Based Music Commodities Jeremy Morris [Editor’s Note: After last March’s POP/IASPM-US joint conference, Sounds of the City , a…
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5 weeks ago
Bots won't replace apps. Better apps will replace apps.
Lately, everyone’s talking about “conversational UI.” It’s the next big thing. Conversations, writes WIRED , can do things traditional GUIs can’t. Matt Hartman…
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5 weeks ago
We Need New Stories About China In The Age Of Trump
Photo Illustration by BuzzFeed News / Getty “One learns soon enough that only a fool understands the Chinese quickly.” That’s the line that begins playwright…
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5 weeks ago
The Librarian Who Saved Timbuktu’s Cultural Treasures From al Qaeda
Abdel Kader Haidara with ancient family-owned manuscripts, Timbuktu, Mali, 2007. Photo: Ami Vitale/PANOS For custodians of the ancient heritage of the Middle…
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5 weeks ago
Has the Internet Really Changed Everything? — Backchannel
How have decades of mass media and technology changed us? A writer returns to his remote hometown — once isolated, now connected. And finds unexpected answers.…
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5 weeks ago
Can Nature Help Us Solve an Impending Data Storage Crisis? | Data Center Knowledge
Previous Article Optiv Security Prepares to Enter Tech IPO Market Next Article GoDaddy CTO Elissa Murphy Resigns to Join Google A 2001 digital representation of…
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5 weeks ago
The Secret Shame of Middle-Class Americans
S ince 2013, the Federal Reserve Board has conducted a survey to “monitor the financial and economic status of American consumers.” Most of the data in the…
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5 weeks ago
The Untold Story of Magic Leap, the World’s Most Secretive Startup
WIRED Logo SCROLL DOWN Hyper Vision The world’s hottest startup isn’t located in Silicon Valley—it’s in suburban Florida. KEVIN KELLY explores what Magic Leap’s…
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5 weeks ago
How a global board games giant exploited Ireland's Magdalene women | Little Atoms
How a global board games giant exploited Ireland's Magdalene women The penance industry By JP O’ Malley 1. 14/04/2016 I t’s almost impossible to think of my…
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6 weeks ago
A tiny forest tribe built a DIY drone from YouTube to fight off illegal loggers
The engine started, the propeller began spinning, and with a high whine the drone shot into the air—before quickly crashing to the ground. It took a few more…
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6 weeks ago
The Technologists' Siren Song
I n July 1969—less than two weeks after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin cavorted on the moon—The New York Review of Books published a controversial essay by John…
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6 weeks ago
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