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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.
October 27 2016, 12:48pm | Comments
KEEP IT DIRTY, vol. a., “Filth” (2016) I am filthy [Je suis sale]—writes Lautréamont—I am riddled with lice. Hogs, when they look at me, vomit. My skin is encrusted with the scabs and scales of leprosy, and covered…
September 28 2016, 11:28am | Comments
An adorable black kitten is sitting on a bookshelf, eyes fixed on an insect. It sits, paws perfectly aligned. Then, out of nowhere, it pounces — leaping off the shelf and into the air, wild and frantic.
September 7 2016, 7:09pm | Comments
Laboria Cuboniks is currently a group of 6 women working together online to redefine a feminism adequate to the twenty-first century. They collectively wrote Xenofeminsim: A Politics for Alienation in 2014.
September 7 2016, 11:14am | Comments
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.
September 6 2016, 12:55pm | Comments
Kyrgyz nomads, 2011 “Act so that there is no use in a center. A wide action is not a width. A preparation is given to the ones preparing. They do not eat who mention silver and sweet.
August 17 2016, 12:04pm | Comments
The movement was young, energetic, educated, and art school-heavy. Above all it was “positive”: both cyber-positive and sex-positive. Sometime in the late 1990s, I met someone else called Joanna Walsh. The fact that this is also my name drew me…
May 27 2016, 12:30pm | Comments
April 20 2016, 7:43am | Comments
The things we create define us, as a culture and as a species. Yet, so often, as we hurtle into the future, our creations seem to take on a life of their own.
April 20 2016, 6:13am | Comments
For Paul Virilio the last remaining defense against the crumbling world economy is to abandon the ship, lift our heads to the sky and join in the exurbanist future of the Ultracity.
March 23 2016, 1:42pm | Comments
“The black female’s body needs less to be rescued from the masculine “gaze” than to be sprung from a historic script surrounding her with signification while at the same time, and not paradoxically, it erases her completely.
March 2 2016, 4:07am | Comments
Sometimes this failure of prediction is even science fiction's explicit subject. In Isaac Asimov's classic Foundation series, for instance, a brilliant mathematician devises a method of calculating historical probabilities.
February 16 2016, 8:17am | Comments
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February 11 2016, 10:48am | Comments
If an annual award for the ‘hottest digital image format online’ existed, this year’s winner would be the Graphics Interchange Format or gif: an eight-bit, 256-colour bitmap picture file that can composite a series of stills into an…
January 30 2016, 9:14am | Comments
From the days of the Acheulean hand-axe on, humans have always had a symbiotic relationship with technology. How far will that relationship go? One haunting vision of the future is provided by the Borg — one of the…
January 24 2016, 2:32pm | Comments
as the central speaker and facilitator. Aside from the Cyborg Manifesto, it constitutes one of Haraway’s most extended engagements with science fiction, and with a specific work of science fiction cinema in particular, as a central topic.
January 14 2016, 5:42am | Comments
Sarah Perry is a contributing editor of Ribbonfarm. Nouns for human beings – “people” or “person” – conjure in the mind a snapshot of the surface appearance of humans. Using nouns like “people” subtly encourages thinking about people…
January 9 2016, 8:16am | Comments
Following on from Theory and the Disappearing Future, Cohen, Colebrook and Miller turn their attention to the eco-critical and environmental humanities’ newest and most fashionable of concepts, the Anthropocene.
January 9 2016, 8:10am | Comments
The significance of the idea of the Anthropocene epoch is centrally about the understanding of human intervention into and extraction from nature, and one that can be signalled in the geological record.
November 28 2015, 4:30am | Comments
Postmodernists oppose “grand narratives,” and perhaps the “grandest” of all “narratives” was authored by Karl Marx, that of the proletariat taking power and creating a society in which all individuals can develop their talents to their fullest.
November 26 2015, 10:03am | Comments
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