MachineMachine /stream - tagged with economics https://machinemachine.net/stream/feed en-us http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss LifePress therourke@gmail.com <![CDATA[Capitalist Catastrophism | ROAR Magazine]]> https://roarmag.org/magazine/capitalist-catastrophism/

Is Mark Fisher’s “capitalist realism” this generation’s “end of history thesis”? For nearly thirty years Francis Fukuyama’s contention that “Western liberal democracy” represents “the end point of mankind’s ideological evolution” has measured the ebb and flow of history.

]]>
Sun, 09 Aug 2020 06:13:11 -0700 https://roarmag.org/magazine/capitalist-catastrophism/
<![CDATA[Political economy suggests that geoengineering is likely to be used]]> https://www.economist.com/finance-and-economics/2019/04/27/political-economy-suggests-that-geoengineering-is-likely-to-be-used

A QUARTER-CENTURY has passed since the first global climate-change treaty, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Humanity’s record of following through on its climate promises is dismal. The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has risen by 15% since 1994.

]]>
Mon, 29 Apr 2019 22:22:14 -0700 https://www.economist.com/finance-and-economics/2019/04/27/political-economy-suggests-that-geoengineering-is-likely-to-be-used
<![CDATA[The Rich Are Planning to Leave This Wretched Planet - The New York Times]]> https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/09/style/axiom-space-travel.html

Here comes private space travel — with cocktails, retro-futuristic Philippe Starck designs and Wi-Fi. Just $55 million a trip!

]]>
Sun, 24 Jun 2018 02:18:35 -0700 https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/09/style/axiom-space-travel.html
<![CDATA[187 Things the Blockchain Is Supposed to Fix | WIRED]]> https://www.wired.com/story/187-things-the-blockchain-is-supposed-to-fix/

When businesses latch onto a buzzword, it quickly becomes the solution to everything. Not long ago, in the era of “big data,” companies scrambled to add chief data scientists to their ranks.

]]>
Mon, 11 Jun 2018 05:02:32 -0700 https://www.wired.com/story/187-things-the-blockchain-is-supposed-to-fix/
<![CDATA[Malcolm Harris on Glitch Capitalism and AI Logic]]> http://nymag.com/selectall/2018/04/malcolm-harris-on-glitch-capitalism-and-ai-logic.html

Of all the buzzy 21st-century tech phrases, “machine learning” threatens to be the most important. Programming computers is slow, but we’re nearing the point where humans give the bots parameters and let them teach themselves.

]]>
Sun, 13 May 2018 06:17:19 -0700 http://nymag.com/selectall/2018/04/malcolm-harris-on-glitch-capitalism-and-ai-logic.html
<![CDATA[What’s the Point If We Can’t Have Fun?]]> https://thebaffler.com/salvos/whats-the-point-if-we-cant-have-fun

My friend June Thunderstorm and I once spent a half an hour sitting in a meadow by a mountain lake, watching an inchworm dangle from the top of a stalk of grass, twist about in every possible direction, and then leap to the next stalk and do the same thing.

]]>
Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:27:22 -0700 https://thebaffler.com/salvos/whats-the-point-if-we-cant-have-fun
<![CDATA[Bitcoin mania is hurting PC gamers by pushing up GPU prices - The Verge]]> https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/30/16949550/bitcoin-graphics-cards-pc-prices-surge

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies like Ethereum, Ripple, and Litecoin have soared in value over the past year, thanks to continued interest from a range of investors.

]]>
Tue, 30 Jan 2018 17:43:20 -0800 https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/30/16949550/bitcoin-graphics-cards-pc-prices-surge
<![CDATA[Artificial intelligence: ‘Homo sapiens will be split into a handful of gods and the rest of us’ | Business | The Guardian]]> https://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/nov/07/artificial-intelligence-homo-sapiens-split-handful-gods

A new report suggests that the marriage of AI and robotics could replace so many jobs that the era of mass employment could come to an end If you wanted relief from stories about tyre factories and steel plants closing, you could try relaxing with a new 300-page report from Bank of Ame

]]>
Sun, 26 Nov 2017 07:31:02 -0800 https://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/nov/07/artificial-intelligence-homo-sapiens-split-handful-gods
<![CDATA[Artificial intelligence: ‘Homo sapiens will be split into a handful of gods and the rest of us’ | Business | The Guardian]]> https://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/nov/07/artificial-intelligence-homo-sapiens-split-handful-gods

A new report suggests that the marriage of AI and robotics could replace so many jobs that the era of mass employment could come to an end If you wanted relief from stories about tyre factories and steel plants closing, you could try relaxing with a new 300-page report from Bank of Ame

]]>
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 09:51:02 -0800 https://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/nov/07/artificial-intelligence-homo-sapiens-split-handful-gods
<![CDATA[Is a mission to Mars morally defensible given today’s real needs? | Aeon Essays]]> https://aeon.co/essays/is-a-mission-to-mars-morally-defensible-given-todays-real-needs

There are good reasons to worry about the future of humanity. Do we have a future, and if so, how much and what kind? For most people, it’s easier to feel these existential concerns for our species than it is to do something about them. But some are taking action.

]]>
Wed, 11 Oct 2017 17:08:14 -0700 https://aeon.co/essays/is-a-mission-to-mars-morally-defensible-given-todays-real-needs
<![CDATA[The Real Threat of Artificial Intelligence - The New York Times]]> https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/24/opinion/sunday/artificial-intelligence-economic-inequality.html

BEIJING — What worries you about the coming world of artificial intelligence? Too often the answer to this question resembles the plot of a sci-fi thriller. People worry that developments in A.I. will bring about the “singularity” — that point in history when A.I.

]]>
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 05:50:33 -0700 https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/24/opinion/sunday/artificial-intelligence-economic-inequality.html
<![CDATA[Doug Lain - Capitalism: Is There No Alternative? | Legalise Freedom]]> https://huffduffer.com/therourke/407212

Spiralling rates of poverty, inequality, depression, and disenchantment are warning signs that the capitalist system as we know it is in deep trouble.

http://legalise-freedom.com/radio/doug-lain-capitalism-is-there-no-alternative/

]]>
Wed, 10 May 2017 16:43:48 -0700 https://huffduffer.com/therourke/407212
<![CDATA[Doomsday Prep for the Super-Rich - The New Yorker]]> http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/01/30/doomsday-prep-for-the-super-rich

Steve Huffman, the thirty-three-year-old co-founder and C.E.O. of Reddit, which is valued at six hundred million dollars, was nearsighted until November, 2015, when he arranged to have laser eye surgery.

]]>
Mon, 03 Apr 2017 04:54:30 -0700 http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/01/30/doomsday-prep-for-the-super-rich
<![CDATA[Your Data Footprint Is Affecting Your Life In Ways You Can't Even Imagine | Co.Exist | ideas + impact]]> https://www.fastcoexist.com/3057514/your-data-footprint-is-affecting-your-life-in-ways-you-cant-even-imagine

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 https://www.fastcoexist.com/3057514/your-data-footprint-is-affecting-your-life-in-ways-you-cant-even-imagine
<![CDATA[Screening of 3D Additivist Manifesto at Speeding and Braking Conference]]> http://additivism.org/post/144146209226

Screening of 3D Additivist Manifesto at Speeding and Braking conference, Goldsmiths (13th May)The 3D Additivist Manifesto will be screened on Friday 13th May as part of the Speeding and Braking: navigating Acceleration conference, at Goldsmiths, London.Watch the screening and Q&A online at 18.15 - 21.00 The conference Speeding and Braking: Navigating Acceleration explores the material and phenomenological consequences of both accelerations and decelerations, as well as the aesthetic strategies afforded or precluded by them. It is concerned with the material inscription, practical harnessing and social experience of varying speeds, from the perspective of contrasting temporalities. Particular emphasis is placed on transversal approaches reading across, and drawing into dialogue, seemingly incompossible positions within the fields of sonic and visual arts, cultural and critical theory, and media and communications.

]]>
Tue, 10 May 2016 06:15:44 -0700 http://additivism.org/post/144146209226
<![CDATA[Technology Is for Rich People - The Atlantic]]> http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/03/half-full-tech/476025/

Silicon Valley’s sunny outlook on technology and opportunity ignores systematic inequalities. Just over a century ago, an electric company in Minnesota took out a full-page newspaper advertisement and listed 1,000 uses for electricity.

]]>
Sun, 17 Apr 2016 06:02:51 -0700 http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/03/half-full-tech/476025/
<![CDATA[The Racist Dawn of Capitalism | Boston Review]]> http://bostonreview.net/books-ideas/peter-james-hudson-slavery-capitalism#.VvDnjx6vdBg.twitter

The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism Edward E. Baptist Basic Books, $35 (cloth)

]]>
Wed, 23 Mar 2016 13:42:24 -0700 http://bostonreview.net/books-ideas/peter-james-hudson-slavery-capitalism#.VvDnjx6vdBg.twitter
<![CDATA[Wasting Away: Value, Waste, And Appropriation In The Capitalist World-Ecology | Non]]> http://non.copyriot.com/wasting-away-value-waste-and-appropriation-in-the-capitalist-world-ecology/

The decisive violence imposed on life by the capitalist mode of production derives from its quest for radical simplification.

]]>
Thu, 17 Mar 2016 17:05:10 -0700 http://non.copyriot.com/wasting-away-value-waste-and-appropriation-in-the-capitalist-world-ecology/
<![CDATA[How western art collectors are helping to fund Isis]]> http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/feb/26/western-art-funding-terrorism-isis-middle-east?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet

The appetite for antiquities from the Middle East is being met by Isis, who are looting ancient sites with the market in mind. It’s imperative that this demand – from the US and elsewhere – ceases The western appetite for antiquities has always been a motivation for others to loot them.

]]>
Sun, 06 Mar 2016 07:20:07 -0800 http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/feb/26/western-art-funding-terrorism-isis-middle-east?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Tweet
<![CDATA[Facebook the Colonial Empire - The Atlantic]]> http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/02/facebook-and-the-new-colonialism/462393/

Mark Zuckerberg hasn’t had the best week. First, Facebook’s Free Basics platform was effectively banned in India.

]]>
Tue, 16 Feb 2016 08:17:46 -0800 http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/02/facebook-and-the-new-colonialism/462393/