MachineMachine /stream - tagged with anthropocene en-us LifePress <![CDATA[Benjamin Kunkel reviews ‘The Birth of the Anthropocene’ by Jeremy Davies, ‘Capitalism in the Web of Life’ by Jason Moore and ‘Fossil Capital’ by Andreas Malm · LRB 2 March 2017]]>

How is the ecological predicament of the 21st century to be conceived of? Politically, how is it to be confronted, and by whom? The basic features of the problem are plain enough, when you can stand to look.

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 17:21:25 -0800
<![CDATA[Is the ‘Anthropocene’ Epoch a Condemnation of Human Interference — or a Call for More?]]>

Perhaps you’ve noticed, amid the hot invective and dry mockery of daily events in your social-media feeds, reports of the glaciers melting at each pole.

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:08:07 -0800
<![CDATA[The 3D Additivist Cookbook (2017 update)]]>

The 3D Additivist Cookbook, 2017 EditionFollowing our European launch at Transmediale last week, The 3D Additivist Cookbook has been tweaked and minor errors have been corrected. DOWNLOAD THE 2017 EDITION NOW

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 06:42:00 -0800
<![CDATA[Dark Matters]]>

Dark Matters Morehshin Allahyari left Iran in 2007 to pursue a critical artistic practice, choosing, in her words, ‘self-exile over self-censorship’.

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 10:08:00 -0800
<![CDATA[Enter the Sapiezoic: a new aeon of self-aware global change | Aeon Essays]]>

As a planetary astrobiologist, I am focused on the major transitions in planetary evolution and the evolving relationship between planets and life.

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 05:50:54 -0800
<![CDATA[Global Hoarding? Human-made Junk Now Outweighs Humans Themselves, Scientists Say | The Tyee]]>

Human-engineered structures and gadgets from cities to cellphones now represent an enormous mass weight of nearly 30 trillion tonnes on the planet, or vastly more than the world’s forests or life in the oceans.

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 06:38:20 -0800
<![CDATA[Plastiglomerate - Journal #78 December 2016 - e-flux]]>

­­The conditions that obtained when life had not yet emerged from the oceans have not subsequently changed a great deal for the cells of the human body, bathed by the primordial wave which continues to flow in the arteries.

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 06:38:17 -0800
<![CDATA[The “technosphere” now weighs 30 trillion tons | Ars Technica]]>

We can now quantify how much humans have changed the surface of the planet.

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:21:29 -0800
<![CDATA[The 3D Additivist Cookbook (publication)]]>

The 3D Additivist Cookbook is out now…

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 07:28:01 -0800
<![CDATA[The Anthropocene Marks the Failure of Capitalism, Not Mars-Bound Humanity | Inverse]]>

The Holocene is dead; welcome to the Anthropocene. Once a controversial stance, the notion that human activities have altered planetary geology adequately enough to warrant the demarcation of another epoch has more traction than the Mars Rover.

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 07:07:12 -0700
<![CDATA[Now it’s time to prepare for the Machinocene | Aeon Ideas]]>

Human-level intelligence is familiar in biological hardware – you’re using it now. Science and technology seem to be converging, from several directions, on the possibility of similar intelligence in non-biological systems.

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:48:11 -0700
<![CDATA[Are Humans Creating More Species Than We’re Killing? - The Atlantic]]>

People might be behind a speciation boom that cancels out the extinction crisis—but that’s not necessarily good news. The tunnels of the London Underground are hot, dark, and damp. Crowds of warm-blooded humans congregate on the platforms. Stagnant pools of water collect beneath the tracks.

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 07:47:10 -0700
<![CDATA['Great Pacific garbage patch' far bigger than imagined, aerial survey shows | Environment | The Guardian]]>

Giant collection of fishing nets, plastic containers and other discarded items called a ‘ticking time bomb’ as large items crumble into micro plastics 13.02 EDT Last modified on Tuesday 4 October 2016 13.

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 12:37:38 -0700
<![CDATA[The Great Pacific Garbage Patch was the myth we needed to save our oceans.]]>

In early August 1997, Charles Moore found himself floating through the North Pacific in his Tasmanian-built catamaran.

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 01:42:48 -0700
<![CDATA[Against ‘Sustainability’]]>

Among the many stories that can be told about the origins of the environmental movement in the West, perhaps the most common is that it began with the emergence of Romanticism in the late 18th century. In this version, environmentalism was born as the good twin to evil industrialization.

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 11:14:17 -0700
<![CDATA[Atomic bombs and oil addiction herald Earth’s new epoch: The Anthropocene | Science | AAAS]]>

Just after World War II, when the atomic bombs fell and our thirst for coal and oil became a full-blown addiction, Earth entered the Anthropocene, a new geologic time when humanity’s environmental reach left a mark in sediments worldwide.

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 11:14:16 -0700
<![CDATA[Donna Haraway / 500 words]]>

From her classic Cyborg Manifesto, first published three decades ago, to her latest arguments about the “Chthulucene,” multispecies feminist theorist Donna J. Haraway is one of our most daring thinkers.

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 12:55:55 -0700
<![CDATA[Anthrax Outbreak In Russia Thought To Be Result Of Thawing Permafrost : Goats and Soda : NPR]]>

Russia is fighting a mysterious anthrax outbreak in a remote corner of Siberia. Dozens of people have been hospitalized; one child has died. The government airlifted some families out because more than 2,000 reindeer have been infected.

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 03:59:27 -0700
<![CDATA[Limits to Growth was right. New research shows we're nearing collapse | Cathy Alexander and Graham Turner | Opinion | The Guardian]]>

Four decades after the book was published, Limit to Growth’s forecasts have been vindicated by new Australian research. Expect the early stages of global collapse to start appearing soon

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 03:59:26 -0700
<![CDATA[Embracing the Horror of The Anthropocence (plenary talk)]]>

This talk was delivered as the plenary paper for The 11th Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Conference, Imperial College, London, 2nd August 2016. You can find the full content of the talk beneath the slides in the comments section, or click the gear icon below and select ‘Open speaker notes’ It is presented here under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 licence – please use as you wish, but always reference and refer back to this post or the slide show.

“Any sufficiently advanced civilisation is indistinguishable from its garbage.” – Bruce Sterling

Wed, 03 Aug 2016 04:50:49 -0700