MachineMachine /stream - tagged with data en-us LifePress <![CDATA[‘Tsunami of data’ could consume one fifth of global electricity by 2025 | Environment | The Guardian]]>

The communications industry could use 20% of all the world’s electricity by 2025, hampering attempts to meet climate change targets and straining grids as demand by power-hungry server farms storing digital data from billions of smartphones, tablets and internet-connected devices grows expone

Tue, 09 Oct 2018 09:50:42 -0700
<![CDATA[Data Archive Infrastructure 2018 – Shannon Mattern | The New School]]>

Our semester will be divided into four units: Epistemological Architectures (Weeks 3-5), Epistemological Apparatae (Weeks 6-8), Human Subjects + Publics (Weeks 10-11), and Collections + Content (Weeks 12-14)

Sat, 01 Sep 2018 10:09:46 -0700
<![CDATA[Google and Facebook Didn't End Data Privacy - The Atlantic]]>

A barista gets burned at work, buys first-aid cream at Target, and later that day sees a Facebook ad for the same product. In another Target, someone shouts down the aisle to a companion to pick up some Red Bull; on the ride home, Instagram serves a sponsored post for the beverage.

Tue, 28 Aug 2018 05:33:37 -0700
<![CDATA[Big Brother’s Blind Spot | Joanne McNeil]]>

Netflix believes, algorithmically at least, that I am the kind of person who likes to watch “Dark TV Shows Featuring a Strong Female Lead.” This picksome genre is never one that I that seek out intentionally, and I’m not sure it even represents my viewing habits.

Sat, 07 Jul 2018 08:32:31 -0700
<![CDATA[Hito Steyerl | Politics of Post-Representation «DIS Magazine]]>

From the militarization of social media to the corporatization of the art world, Hito Steyerl’s writings represent some of the most influential bodies of work in contemporary cultural criticism today.

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 05:54:20 -0700
<![CDATA[On Automation and Free Time - e-flux Architecture - e-flux]]>

In “Fragment on Machines,” Marx made the case that with investment in automated technology, which he called fixed capital, capitalism is able to reduce necessary labor time and increase both surplus labor and value.

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:02:49 -0700
<![CDATA[Meet the pirate queen making academic papers free online - The Verge]]>

In cramped quarters at Russia’s Higher School of Economics, shared by four students and a cat, sat a server with 13 hard drives. The server hosted Sci-Hub, a website with over 64 million academic papers available for free to anybody in the world.

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 07:07:30 -0800
<![CDATA[John Lanchester reviews ‘The Attention Merchants’ by Tim Wu, ‘Chaos Monkeys’ by Antonio García Martínez and ‘Move Fast and Break Things’ by Jonathan Taplin · LRB 17 August 2017]]>

At the end of June, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook had hit a new level: two billion monthly active users. That number, the company’s preferred ‘metric’ when measuring its own size, means two billion different people used Facebook in the preceding month.

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 03:24:16 -0700
<![CDATA[Sci-Hub’s cache of pirated papers is so big, subscription journals are doomed, data analyst suggests | Science | AAAS]]>

There is no doubt that Sci-Hub, the infamous—and, according to a U.S. court, illegal—online repository of pirated research papers, is enormously popular. (See Science’s investigation last year of who is downloading papers from Sci-Hub.

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 05:04:42 -0700
<![CDATA[Regulating the internet giants: The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data | The Economist]]>

A NEW commodity spawns a lucrative, fast-growing industry, prompting antitrust regulators to step in to restrain those who control its flow. A century ago, the resource in question was oil. Now similar concerns are being raised by the giants that deal in data, the oil of the digital era.

Mon, 08 May 2017 06:35:27 -0700
<![CDATA[By 2030, You'll Be Living in a World That's Run by Google]]>

Larry Page, one of Google’s two co-founders, once said off-handedly that Google is not about building a search engine. As he said it, “Oh, we’re really making an AI”. Google right now is all about building the world brain that will take care of every person, all the time and everywhere.

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 19:21:06 -0800
<![CDATA[ROAR Magazine]]>

Last year, Stanford University published a study confirming what many of us may long have suspected: that your computer can predict what you want with more accuracy than your spouse or your friends.

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 17:21:23 -0800
<![CDATA[Impact of Social Sciences – Big data problems we face today can be traced to the social ordering practices of the 19th century.]]>

In the 19th century, changes in knowledge were facilitated not only by large quantities of new information pouring in from around the world but by shifts in the production, processing and analysis of that information.

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:01:08 -0800
<![CDATA[88 New Satellites Will Watch Earth, All the Time, All the Places | WIRED]]>

The satellite company Planet is used to breaking records. In 2014, a rocket exploded with a payload of the company’s satellites inside—26, the biggest loss ever.

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:01:37 -0800
<![CDATA[Meet the woman who put 50 million stolen articles online so you can read them for free | The Independent]]>

Alexandra Elbakyan is a highbrow pirate in hiding. The 27-year-old graduate student from Kazakhstan is operating a searchable online database of nearly 50 million stolen scholarly journal articles, shattering the $10 billion-per-year paywall of academic publishers.

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 04:33:44 -0800
<![CDATA[Your Data Footprint Is Affecting Your Life In Ways You Can't Even Imagine | Co.Exist | ideas + impact]]>

Imagine you’re moving apartments and shopping for new furniture at a couple of stores. You see a couch you like, but you’re not sure, so you leave thinking maybe you’ll return another day. But that couch doesn’t take well to rejection.

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 07:51:16 -0700
<![CDATA[Study Links Police Bodycams to Increase in Shooting Deaths - Law Blog - WSJ]]>

In the wake of high-profile police shootings, the Obama administration has encouraged local police departments to equip their officers with body-worn cameras.

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 12:04:13 -0700
<![CDATA[Google's Cultural Institute is making art and museums searchable for everyone | WIRED UK]]> ]]> Sun, 17 Jul 2016 04:33:04 -0700 <![CDATA[Meet The Woman Who Did Everything In Her Power To Hide Her Pregnancy From Big Data | ThinkProgress]]>

Janet Vertesi, assistant professor of sociology at Princeton University, had an idea: would it be possible to hide her pregnancy from big data? Thinking about technology—the way we use it and the way it uses us—is her professional life’s work.

Mon, 04 Jul 2016 04:06:08 -0700
<![CDATA[Peter Girguis Gives Us the Inside Scoop on the Ocean Observatories Initiative]]>

I think that for some people,” says Peter Girguis, a deep-sea microbial physiologist at Harvard University, “the ocean seems passé—that the days of Jacques Cousteau are behind us.” He begs to differ.

Sat, 02 Jul 2016 09:49:22 -0700