MachineMachine /stream - tagged with death en-us LifePress <![CDATA[America colonisation ‘cooled Earth's climate’ - BBC News]]>

Colonisation of the Americas at the end of the 15th Century killed so many people, it disturbed Earth's climate. That's the conclusion of scientists from University College London, UK.

Mon, 04 Feb 2019 18:52:20 -0800
<![CDATA[Dying Alone in Japan: The Industry Devoted to What’s Left Behind - Bloomberg]]>

As the country’s population ages and shrinks, there’s increasing demand for services that clean out and dispose of the property of the dead.

Tue, 07 Aug 2018 18:32:13 -0700
<![CDATA[Help me find this quote about living in possible worlds/utopias]]>

I read a quote recently, and cannot find it again. It was in an article or interview about better worlds, about the possibility of utopia. And the person writing/being interviewed quoted another thinker's doctrine, something like: "A possible world is only worth considering if it is better regardless of who you are in that world." i.e. imagine that you don't know who you would be born as in a possible world, and build your utopia from there.

Sat, 28 Apr 2018 05:30:01 -0700
<![CDATA[How to face the ecocide (Down the Dark Mountain) — High Country News]]>

In the winter of 2013, I drove up California’s Central Valley to Stockton, to interview Cambodian parents who’d lost children in one of the nation’s many mass school shootings.

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 05:04:41 -0700
<![CDATA[The Mythic Function of the Zombie Apocalypse - disinformation]]>

From Modern Mythology: Our standard movie monsters deviate from their early folkloric roots in a number of major ways, but the most notable might be the general move from bewitchment to infection: where strigoi, revenants, zombi, and loup-garou are generally the result of targeted curses, post-Univ

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 05:50:29 -0700
<![CDATA[Silicon Valley Would Rather Cure Death Than Make Life Worth Living | WIRED]]>

Silicon Valley is coming for death. But it’s looking in the wrong place. After disrupting the way we love, communicate, travel, work, and even eat, technologists believe they can solve the ultimate problem.

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 07:49:22 -0700
<![CDATA[Monkeys mourn robot baby in groundbreaking new BBC show ]]>

Monkeys have been shown to mourn a robot baby they accepted as one of their own. In a new BBC show, Spy In The Wild, the monkeys gather around the artificial creature and appear to go into a state of grief.

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 05:50:49 -0800
<![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[How Do You Decide to Have a Baby When Climate Change Is Remaking Life on Earth? | The Nation]]>

The librarian was nondescript in the way that everyone standing behind a counter is, probably in her 30s, with straight, fox-colored hair.

Tue, 29 Mar 2016 14:35:38 -0700
<![CDATA[Curator Forced to Kill Out-of-Control Bio-Art Exhibit]]>

Click to view The problem with bio-art is that it's often made of living tissue — and sometimes living tissue gets out of control.

Tue, 29 Mar 2016 14:35:36 -0700
<![CDATA[A Burial Machine That Will Freeze Your Corpse, Vibrate It to Dust, and Turn It Into Soil | Atlas Obscura]]>

Once you are turned into a human crystal, this machine will vibrate you into dust. (Photo: Youtube) These days, the options for what to do with our bodies post-mortem are nearly limitless in their number and imagination. Want to be mummified? You got it.

Sun, 06 Mar 2016 07:20:06 -0800
<![CDATA[Even Transhumanist Elites Are Worried Only the Rich Will Be Able to Hack Death | Motherboard]]>

The story of Z was supposed to be about how biohacking had allowed her to become immortal. She lived in the year 2040, and by most measures her life was happy. Her mother’s body had died five years prior, but her consciousness was uploaded to the global grid and they still spoke frequently.

Sun, 31 Jan 2016 09:14:44 -0800
<![CDATA[The Little Death: Living and Loving as a Necrophiliac | VICE | United Kingdom]]>

Hayden (not his real name, for reasons that will become obvious) is 18 years old and he will never forget the moment when he first realized he was a necrophile. He was 14 years old at the funeral of a girl who had been a close friend—it was the first time he had come in contact with a corpse.

Sat, 07 Nov 2015 09:06:42 -0800
<![CDATA['Save the Planet, Kill Yourself': The Contentious History of the Church of Euthanasia | VICE | United States]]>

On September 13, 1993, motorists driving on the Massachusetts Turnpike witnessed an unusual sight: A highway billboard for the Museum of Science in Boston had been covered by a ten-foot-by-ten-foot black banner with the words "Save the Planet—Kill Yourself" painted in white.

Sat, 24 Oct 2015 03:35:25 -0700
<![CDATA[Collyer Brothers brownstone, 1947 - Photos - Inside the Collyer brothers' brownstone - NY Daily News]]>

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Sat, 24 Oct 2015 03:35:24 -0700
<![CDATA[“If this had been a real emergency you would already be...]]>

“If this had been a real emergency you would already be dead.”

Tue, 20 Oct 2015 06:45:48 -0700
<![CDATA[The Lonely Death of George Bell]]>

They found him in the living room, crumpled up on the mottled carpet. The police did. Sniffing a fetid odor, a neighbor had called 911. The apartment was in north-central Queens, in an unassertive building on 79th Street in Jackson Heights. The apartment belonged to a George Bell. He lived alone.

Mon, 19 Oct 2015 09:04:48 -0700
<![CDATA[Readers Respond to Article on the Death of George Bell]]>

One person, a self-described “lone wolf,” admitted that dying alone was his greatest fear. Another urged readers to consider the things that give life heft and depth, the things that keep a person from disappearing unremarked. Not work, she said, but love.

Mon, 19 Oct 2015 09:04:47 -0700
<![CDATA[The Sixth Mass Extinction: We Aren’t The Dinosaurs, We’re The Asteroid - The Daily Beast]]>

Extinction is an inevitable consequence of evolution. Environments change, new species arrive and crowd out the old, any number of factors make a formerly successful species unsuccessful.

Sat, 04 Jul 2015 16:21:44 -0700
<![CDATA[e-flux journal 56th Venice Biennale – SUPERCOMMUNITY – Art After the Machines]]>

This text is brought to you from the intersection of collaboration and hyperstition. What makes this experiment necessary is the severity of the cultural crisis in which art stubbornly refuses to find itself.

Fri, 12 Jun 2015 01:36:54 -0700