MachineMachine /stream - tagged with culture en-us LifePress <![CDATA[The ancient Greeks warned us about AI: Chips with Everything podcast | Technology | The Guardian]]>

Author Adrienne Mayor discusses the myths that contained the first blueprints for artificial intelligence

Fri, 02 Nov 2018 12:42:48 -0700
<![CDATA[Why Slime Is Everywhere: A Cultural Compendium - GARAGE]]>

“There are periods when ears and eyes are full of slime,” wrote Nietzsche in 1879, “so that they can no longer hear the voice of reason and philosophy or see the wisdom that walks in bodily shape.

Mon, 11 Jun 2018 05:02:26 -0700
<![CDATA[This Professor Has Documented 2,000 Soda Machines in Video Games - Waypoint]]>

In 2016, Marshall University professor Jason Morrissette was playing Batman: Arkham Knight. While sneaking around the shadows, Morrissette stumbled upon a soda machine. Like many games, Akrham Knight doesn’t feature any real-life soda products; that’d cost money.

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:02:45 -0700
<![CDATA[Dialectic of Dark Enlightenments: The Alt-Right’s Place in the Culture Industry - Los Angeles Review of Books]]>

IN Kill All Normies: Online Culture Wars from 4chan and Tumblr to Trump and the Alt-Right (Zero Books, 2017), Angela Nagle does two remarkable things.

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 11:35:31 -0700
<![CDATA[Please Prove You’re Not a Robot - The New York Times]]>

When science fiction writers first imagined robot invasions, the idea was that bots would become smart and powerful enough to take over the world by force, whether on their own or as directed by some evildoer. In reality, something only slightly less scary is happening.

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 08:15:50 -0700
<![CDATA[Is America Prepared for Meme Warfare? - Motherboard]]>

Memes, as any alt-right Pepe sorcerer will tell you, are not just frivolous entertainment. They are magic, the stuff by which reality is made and manipulated.

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 22:53:29 -0800
<![CDATA[Books on Food and its relation to Colonialism/Imperialism]]>

Are there any good books telling the story of imperialism/colonialism through food? Since reading Guns, Germs and Steel many years ago I have been fascinated with the origins of world food, especially when it highlights untold histories of civilisation. This article on 'How the Chili Pepper Got to China' reignites my fascination.

The fact that garlic was originally cultivated in Korea, or that coffee comes from Ethiopia is endlessly fascinating to me. A book which weaves the origin story of food, and follows those foods through their cultural uptake and imperial histories would be most enlightening.

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 05:00:42 -0700
<![CDATA[Gender fluidity and the waning power of men - Frontpage - e-flux conversations]]>

In The Guardian, Amanda Holpuch writes about the new book The Fate of Gender: Nature, Nurture, and the Human Future by former science reporter Frank Browning.

Wed, 15 Jun 2016 16:59:45 -0700
<![CDATA[When Robots Are An Instrument Of Male Desire - The Establishment]]>

By the time she started saying “Hitler was right I hate the jews,” people had started to realize that there was something wrong with Tay.

Mon, 09 May 2016 01:16:30 -0700
<![CDATA[The Enlightenment Is Dead, Long Live the Entanglement | Next Nature Network]]>

We humans are changing. We have become so intertwined with what we have created that we are no longer separate from it. We have outgrown the distinction between the natural and the artificial. We are what we make.

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 03:34:33 -0700
<![CDATA[How to Make a Bot That Isn't Racist | Motherboard]]>

Really, really racist. The thing is, this was all very much preventable. I talked to some creators of Twitter bots about @TayandYou, and the consensus was that Microsoft had fallen far below the baseline of ethical botmaking.

Thu, 31 Mar 2016 02:36:50 -0700
<![CDATA[Kathy Acker Interviews the Spice Girls for Vogue... -]]> ]]> Sun, 06 Mar 2016 07:20:05 -0800 <![CDATA[The feminist groups disrupting bro-tech culture in 2016 | Dazed]]>

Why has the narrative of computer history come to be defined more by images of Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg than by the pioneering work of Ada Lovelace, who is often recognized as the world’s first computer programmer? This question and many others are increasingly being asked by women all acr

Sun, 06 Mar 2016 07:20:03 -0800
<![CDATA[BuzzFeed's founder used to write Marxist theory and it explains BuzzFeed perfectly - Vox]]>

BuzzFeed has achieved an outrageous amount of success in recent years, reaching an estimated 203 million people a month, including 112 million in the US alone, according to Quantcast. There are a lot of reasons for that but a major one is the site's remarkable talent at relating to people.

Thu, 03 Dec 2015 14:39:16 -0800
<![CDATA[GynePunk, the cyborg witches of DIY gynecology : Makery]]>

The Catalan collective GynePunk wants to decolonize the female body. To this end, it is developing first aid gynecological tools, for socially disadvantaged women, refugees, sex workers. But also for themselves.

Tue, 07 Jul 2015 16:20:49 -0700
<![CDATA[D-Accelerationism | Topical Cream]]>

Last month, Taco Bell tweeted “Taco Bae.” The cycle from early adopters to late-capitalist commodification from urban dictionary to corporate twitter seems to be accelerating at a quicker and quicker rate. Nothing seems safe or colloquial.

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:28:05 -0800

A rant approximating the content of this document was delivered to an audience of new media artists and activists by James Wallbank, Coordinator of Redundant Technology Initiative, at The Next 5 Minutes conference in Amsterdam, March 1999.

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:28:00 -0800
<![CDATA[Ways of Something - Episode 2]]>

Minute #1. Kevin Heckart Minute #2. Geraldine Juárez Minute #3. Gaby Cepeda Minute #4. Angela Washko Minute #5. Emilie Gervais Minute #6. LaTurbo Avedon Minute #7. Lyla Rye Minute #8. Mattie Hillock Minute #9. Antonio Roberts Minute #10. Georges Jacotey Minute #11. Daniel Rourke Minute #12. Sandra Rechico & Annie Onyi Cheung Minute #13. Yoshi Sodeoka Minute #14. Alma Alloro Minute #15. LoVid Minute #16. Andrea Crespo Minute #17. Ad Minoliti Minute #18. Arjun Ram Srivatsa Minute #19. Carrie Gates Minute #20. Isabella Streffen Minute #21. Esteban Ottaso Minute #22. Silke Zil Kuhar ZIL & ZOY Minute #23. Hyo Myoung Kim Minute #24. Jesse Darling Minute #25. Tristan Stevens Minute #26. Erica Lapadat-Janzen Minute #27. Claudia Hart Minute #28. Anthony AntonellisCast: Lorna MillsTags:

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 12:01:39 -0800
<![CDATA[Art and Chance: A list]]>

I want to compile a list of art works that used chance operations and/or randomness in their creation. I am keen to incorporate pre-20th century, non-Western works, and lots of works by female artists, but anything you can think of will be super helpful. Chance operations doesn't necessarily mean random, for instance, some Oulipo stuff fits. Like Georges Perec using the knight's move in chess to structure 'Life a Users Manual'. And chance doesn't have to mean the generation of a pattern or structure, for instance, Yoko Ono's 'Cut Piece' created the opportunity for chance events to take place that were hugely influential on how the work played out.

Works by John Cage, Alison Knowles, Stan Brakhage, Yoko Ono, Robert Filliou, Brian Eno, Burroughs/Gysin, Ewa Partum, Simone Forti, Nam June Paik, Cildo Meireles, Hans Haacke, Francis Alÿs, Jeremy Hutchinson, Daniel Temkin and others come to mind, as well as tonnes of Dada, Fluxus and computer generated work.

As I say, I am keen to move outside well known 'canonical' stuff, but really influential pre-20th century works would be particularly useful to know about. Also, any very early computer stuff. Thanks in advance!

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:45:31 -0800
<![CDATA[The internet is so damn unpleasant. Do we need fewer humans and more bots? | Jess Zimmerman | Comment is free | The Guardian]]>

In a welcome sign of the coming singularity, Buzzfeed just announced that it has built a sentence generator that mimics the turgid writing style of New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman.

Tue, 06 Jan 2015 05:45:23 -0800