MachineMachine /stream en-us LifePress <![CDATA[A potential escape from Roko’s basilisk (Interconnected)]]>

Earth’s Black Box will record every step we take towards this catastrophe. Hundreds of data sets, measurements and interactions relating to the health of our planet will be continuously collected and safely store for future generations.

Mon, 10 Jan 2022 15:51:25 -0800
<![CDATA[Are we witnessing the dawn of post-theory science? | Artificial intelligence (AI) | The Guardian]]>

Isaac Newton apocryphally discovered his second law – the one about gravity – after an apple fell on his head. Much experimentation and data analysis later, he realised there was a fundamental relationship between force, mass and acceleration.

Mon, 10 Jan 2022 15:51:24 -0800
<![CDATA[Decolonizing your syllabus? You might have missed some steps – CLEAR]]>

Decolonizing your syllabus is different than including some Indigenous writers on the reading schedule. Inclusion is a form of diversification but it can also be violent.

Sun, 12 Dec 2021 22:33:04 -0800
<![CDATA[David Wallace-Wells · Ten Million a Year: Dying to Breathe · LRB 2 December 2021]]>

Not​ all deaths are created equal. In February 2020, the world began to panic about the novel coronavirus, which killed 2714 people that month. This made the news. In the same month, around 800,000 people died from the effects of air pollution. That didn’t. Novelty counts for a lot.

Tue, 07 Dec 2021 14:51:11 -0800
<![CDATA[The Humans We Haven’t Met Yet - SAPIENS]]>

Please note that this article includes images of human remains. Everything that’s been called Homo sapiens, isn’t.

Mon, 06 Dec 2021 14:51:27 -0800
<![CDATA[Why do we Britons still genuflect before age-old class caricatures? | Nick Cohen | The Guardian]]>

In a time of British decline, acting is one of the few world-beating skills we have left. From high to low, we are masters at raiding the dressing-up box and putting on a show. Pieces on why British actors succeed in Hollywood have become a staple of the entertainment press for good reason.

Fri, 03 Dec 2021 14:51:17 -0800
<![CDATA[New hypothesis argues the universe simulates itself into existence - Big Think]]>

How real are you? What if everything you are, everything you know, all the people in your life as well as all the events were not physically there but just a very elaborate simulation? Philosopher Nick Bostrom famously considered this in his seminal paper “Are you living in a computer simulation?,

Fri, 03 Dec 2021 14:51:16 -0800
<![CDATA[Decentralization is not necessarily democratization]]> ]]> Mon, 29 Nov 2021 07:42:32 -0800 <![CDATA[Eat the billionaires first: A Modest Proposal]]> ]]> Mon, 29 Nov 2021 07:38:55 -0800 <![CDATA[WHY I WANT TO FUCK ELON MUSK]]>

A text written for IOCOSE‘s exhibition “All of Your Base” held at Aksioma Project Space in Ljubljana, 1 December 2021–14 January 2022.

Published as a PostScriptUM PDF and print-on-demand publication.


In their space race the gurus of the NewSpace movement are expanding an imaginary that hybridizes individualism, libertarianism, neoliberal economics, counterculture and utopianism. “Why I Want to Fuck Elon Musk” plays with these cultural references, taking inspiration from the most emblematic statements spoken or tweeted by Elon Musk in recent years. Daniel Rourke, a London-based writer, artist and academic, has resorted to working with the OpenAI Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3 (GPT-3) language model to imagine and narrate chronicles from a near future in which blockchains have materialized and the deepfakes of Bezos and Musk have colonized Mars. The fictional universe thus created by human and non-human imagination builds a literary counterpart to IOCOSE’s latest works – the video animations Pointing at a New Planet (2020) and Free from History (2021) – presented on the occasion of the “All of Your Base” exhibition at Aksioma | Project Space in Ljubljana.

Download PDF (eBROCHURE) View on Aksioma website

Fri, 26 Nov 2021 02:06:04 -0800
<![CDATA[The Return of the Face]]>

Physiognomy — the attempt to interpret a person’s character by means of their face — was one of those things that educated 19th-century Europeans knew wasn’t supposed to work. In his 1806 work The Phenomenology of Spirit, philosopher G.W.F.

Thu, 25 Nov 2021 02:51:31 -0800
<![CDATA[Who Goes Crypto? – Mother Jones]]>

On May 4, “Ethereum Classic” popped onto the trending section of my Twitter page. I narrowed my eyes and I laughed.

Thu, 25 Nov 2021 02:51:29 -0800
<![CDATA[Did Covid Change How We Dream? - The New York Times]]>

To hear more audio stories from publications like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android. Deirdre Barrett’s body was in bed, but her mind was in a library. The library was inside a very old house, with glowing oil lamps and shelves of beautiful leatherbound books.

Thu, 25 Nov 2021 02:51:27 -0800
<![CDATA[Mining the Planet to Death: The Dirty Truth About Clean Technologies - DER SPIEGEL]]>

The poor South is being exploited so that the rich North can transition to environmental sustainability. Entire swaths of land are being destroyed to secure the resources needed to produce wind turbines and solar cells. Are there alternatives? There’s a dirty secret hidden in every wind turbine.

Thu, 25 Nov 2021 02:51:24 -0800
<![CDATA[A Declaration of the Interdependence of Cyberspace]]>


Thu, 25 Nov 2021 02:51:21 -0800
<![CDATA[Extinction Politics // New Socialist]]>

In the wake of a decolonized and destabilized world order, the emergence of the idea of a global commons was consolidated in the 1970s in the context of attempts made by dominant states to create the possibility for global governance.

Thu, 25 Nov 2021 02:51:19 -0800
<![CDATA[Biodiversity 'time machine' uses artificial intelligence to learn from the past]]>

In a new paper, published in Trends in Ecology and Evolution, the team sets out how these insights can be used to forecast the future of ecosystem services such as climate change mitigation, food provisioning and clean water.

Thu, 25 Nov 2021 02:51:17 -0800
<![CDATA['Philosophy is for posh, white boys with trust funds' – why are there so few women? | Universities | The Guardian]]>

Philosophy stands out among the humanities: it’s one of the few subject areas where women are vastly outnumbered by men. Although male and female students take philosophy undergraduate courses in almost equal numbers, the number of women who pursue a career in philosophy is much lower.

Thu, 25 Nov 2021 02:51:15 -0800
<![CDATA[The Metaverse Has Always Been a Dystopian Idea]]>

Silicon Valley CEOs keep hailing its imminent arrival as they hawk digital goods, but the metaverse was a dystopian idea from its inception. A big shift is apparently underway in Silicon Valley.

Thu, 25 Nov 2021 02:51:13 -0800
<![CDATA[Inside the world of foley artists: ‘Watermelons are brilliant for the sound of brains hitting the floor’ | Movies | The Guardian]]>

Monday morning in the small Essex town of Coggeshall, and in an unassuming building that used to be a laundry, a man named Barnaby is trying to sound like a horse. Trying and succeeding, uncannily. Not neighing or whinnying, just making the sound of the hooves on the ground.

Thu, 25 Nov 2021 02:51:11 -0800