MachineMachine /stream - search for ai en-us LifePress <![CDATA[What is your favorite story-breaking glitch or exploit?]]>

Explanation: I'm an academic researching glitches in videogames, and what fascinates me most is how glitches—often ones discovered by speedrunners, though not always ones that speed up runs—completely destroy the stories the games are trying to tell. Characters get chopped and changed, plot sequences get broken, settings get demolished, even space and time get bent around the exploits and accidents of the game's programming going wrong. Some examples: 1) Using the FF6 "airship glitch", you can break sequence to do things like moving from the World of Ruin back to the World of Balance, making Terra become her own father, or taking General Leo to visit his own grave. 2) In the Pokemon Reverse Badge Order runs, the player essentially warps space and time to pull the various gym leaders to him, beat them soundly, and then dismiss them again. That's no longer the story of a young hero on a personal-development quest, it's now about a young god screwing with people. 3) Stretching the definition of glitch a bit, but I think definitely not something intended by the developers: the Any% for Two Worlds where the main villain is killed within the game's first two minutes by aggro'ed townsfolk and the game takes that as its cue to end. Glad to clarify further but that should give the general gist of it. I'd love to know your own favorite examples of stories getting broken. (And if I end up using it anywhere in the book or articles I'm writing, I'll be sure to cite you there.) submitted by /u/epikt to r/speedrun [link] [comments]

Thu, 18 Jul 2019 06:21:47 -0700
<![CDATA[Firing Blanks: Hito Steyerl and the Voiding of Research Art - Momus]]>

We’ve all heard the statistics. That in America, there is a mass shooting every day, that one hundred Americans die from gun violence daily, that access to a gun doubles and triples the risks of death by homicide and suicide respectively.

Wed, 17 Jul 2019 10:11:32 -0700
<![CDATA[what if we kissed at the area 51 raid]]> ]]> Fri, 12 Jul 2019 06:03:30 -0700 <![CDATA[Don't ask me how I came across this. Just know that it's available for $7.99 on Amazon right now]]> ]]> Mon, 08 Jul 2019 09:27:36 -0700 <![CDATA[Daddy Issues | Katherine Angel | Granta]]>

In the awful, wearying months in which Harvey Weinstein’s ritualistic mistreatment of women was being recounted daily in the media, I found myself, like so many others, wondering and talking about the men in my life: ex-boyfriends, ex-stalkers, ex-harassers, ex-gropers.

Tue, 02 Jul 2019 18:44:24 -0700
<![CDATA[Coral found to prefer eating microplastic to natural food]]>

Astrangia. Credit: Stephen Cairns et al. An illustrated key to the genera and subgenera of the Recent azooxanthellate Scleractinia (Cnidaria, Anthozoa), with an attached glossary, ZooKeys (2012). DOI: 10.3897/zookeys.227.3612. Creative Commons Attribution 3.

Tue, 02 Jul 2019 14:44:42 -0700
<![CDATA[Fungal Hallucinogens Send Cicadas on Sex Binges After Their Genitals Fall Off]]>

In latest gruesome nature news, scientists have discovered new details on a fungus that compels its cicada hosts to mate long after their genitals have gone and their bodies have turned into what one researcher colourfully describes as 'flying salt shakers of death'.

Tue, 02 Jul 2019 14:44:41 -0700
<![CDATA[Readings in AI Ethics - Markkula Center for Applied Ethics]]>

Irina Raicu is the director of the Internet Ethics program at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. Views are her own.

Wed, 19 Jun 2019 18:53:13 -0700
<![CDATA[John Carpenter's The Thing, Lost in Adaptation ~ Dominic Noble & That Movie Chick]]>

Public opinion on The Thing as a film has changed dramatically over time, but how does it stand up as an adaptation of John Campbell's short story Who Goes There?

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Sat, 15 Jun 2019 10:00:55 -0700
<![CDATA[Why HBO's "Chernobyl" Gets Nuclear So Wrong]]>

Since the start of HBO’s mini-series about the 1986 nuclear disaster, “Chernobyl,” journalists have praised the series for getting the facts of the event right, even if its creators took some creative liberties.

Mon, 10 Jun 2019 17:44:49 -0700
<![CDATA[A Complete Taxonomy of Internet Chum - The Awl]]>

This is a bucket of chum. Chum is decomposing fish matter that elicits a purely neurological brain stem response in its target consumer: larger fish, like sharks.

Mon, 27 May 2019 17:28:13 -0700
<![CDATA[Taboola, Outbrain and the Chum Supply Chain]]>

Ranjan here, and today I'm talking Taboola and Outbrain. Most of my work in media has been on subscriptions and branded content, so I've never played in the depths of ad-tech darkness. But, I spent seven years trading currency derivatives and am well versed in the art of arbitrage.

Mon, 27 May 2019 17:28:11 -0700
<![CDATA[Should Nazis, White Supremacists Be Resurrected in the Future?]]>

Cryonics company Alcor Life Extension Foundation has some explaining to do after discovering one of their cryopreserved patients is, in fact, the infamous white nationalist Bob Whitaker.

Mon, 27 May 2019 17:28:10 -0700
<![CDATA[Bezos Reveals His Ugly Vision For The World He’s Trying To Rule – Caitlin Johnstone]]>

“Guess what the best planet is in this solar system?” asked Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos at a recent media event on his Blue Origin space program. “It’s easy to know the answer to that question,” he continued. “We’ve sent robotic probes like this one to all of the planets in our solar system.

Mon, 27 May 2019 17:28:07 -0700
<![CDATA[Too Human — Real Life]]>

As I was being wheeled out of the post-anesthesia care unit at Mount Sinai, three incisions across my abdomen freshly glued shut and fentanyl warm in my veins, a nurse bustled over. “Your pictures, dear,” she said, tucking a colorful strip of photos into my sweatshirt like a garnish.

Mon, 27 May 2019 17:28:03 -0700
<![CDATA[Video Games Are Better Without Characters - The Atlantic]]>

In the mid-1980s, the easiest way to check out the latest computer games was to go to a bookstore in the mall. Past the John Grisham and the bargain history books in the B. Dalton Bookseller, you’d find Software Etc.

Thu, 23 May 2019 22:58:14 -0700
<![CDATA[The Disturbing Resilience of Scientific Racism | Science | Smithsonian]]>

Scientists, including those who study race, like to see themselves as objectively exploring the world, above the political fray. But such views of scientific neutrality are naive, as study findings, inevitably, are influenced by the biases of the people conducting the work.

Wed, 22 May 2019 22:58:17 -0700
<![CDATA[Agnotology and Epistemological Fragmentation]]>

Epistemology is the term that describes how we know what we know. Most people who think about knowledge think about the processes of obtaining it. Ignorance is often assumed to be not-yet-knowledgeable. But what if ignorance is strategically manufactured? What if the tools of knowledge production are perverted to enable ignorance? In 1995, Robert Proctor and Iain Boal coined the term “agnotology” to describe the strategic and purposeful production of ignorance. In an edited volume called Agnotology, Proctor and Londa Schiebinger collect essays detailing how agnotology is achieved. Whether we’re talking about the erasure of history or the undoing of scientific knowledge, agnotology is a tool of oppression by the powerful.

Tue, 14 May 2019 22:58:07 -0700
<![CDATA[Mark Fisher, on RWM podcast, 2012]]>

Mark Fisher is a writer, teacher and theorist living in Suffolk, England. His k-punk blog has been a well respected resource for cultural analysis on the web since its launch in 2003. In 2009, he published his first book, 'Capitalist Realism', where he explores the widespread sense that not only is capitalism the only viable political and economic system, but also that it is now impossible even to imagine a coherent alternative to it. In it, Fisher analyses the role of the media, the education system, the link between Neoliberalism and brain chemistry, and what he calls business ontology 'in a world in which internment camps and franchise coffee bars co-exist.'

Thu, 02 May 2019 09:45:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Towards an anti-fascist AI -]]>

This talk is about some pressing issues with AI that don't usually make the headlines, and why tackling those issues means developing an antifascist AI. When i talk about AI i'm talking about machine learning and about artificial neural networks, also known as deep learning1.

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 07:31:46 -0700