MachineMachine /stream - tagged with future https://machinemachine.net/stream/feed en-us http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss LifePress therourke@gmail.com <![CDATA[Daniel Rourke - “We're trying to have the non-weird future get here as fast as possible.”]]> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47boeVR3VuI

Goldsmiths College Department of Art MFA Lectures 2018 - 2019

Series 1.1: Offence is the Best Defence: On the Success of Social Media Toxicity

8 Oct 2018 — Daniel Rourke (Goldsmiths): “We're trying to have the non-weird future get here as fast as possible.” 15 Oct 2018 — Isobelle Clarke (Birmingham): "Poor little snowflake, are you 'grossly' offended?": Quantifying Communicative Styles of Twitter Trolling 22 Oct 2018 — Zeena Feldman (Kings College, London): Beyond Time: On Quitting Social Media 29 Oct 2018 — William Davies (Goldsmiths): War of Words: Embodiment and Rhetoric in Online Combat

Daniel Rourke 8th October 2018 “We're trying to have the non-weird future get here as fast as possible.”

From the Latin ‘aequivocare’, for ‘called by the same name’, to equivocate is to use language ambiguously to conceal a truth or avoid commitment to a single meaning. In this talk Daniel Rourke will consider equivocation in the performative (social media) speech acts of figures such as Donald Trump, Elon Musk, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

How their speech acts exposit a 'shared' future, or a means of ‘escaping’ our present conditions, has much to tell us about how the very idea of the ‘true’ or the ‘false’ has shifted in the era of algorithmic governance, and social media campaigns such as #MeToo.

Turning to Homi K. Bhabha's theories of postcolonial discourse, as well as introducing the project The 3D Additivist Manifesto – co-created with Morehshin Allahyari – Daniel will end by trying to reaffirm the equivocal act, pointing out a way to generate and move toward non-determinate futures without imperialising them.

BIO: Dr. Daniel Rourke is a writer/artist and co-convener of Digital Media (MA) at Goldsmiths. In his work Daniel creates collaborative frameworks and theoretical toolsets for exploring the intersection of digital materiality, the arts, and posthumanism. These frameworks often hinge on speculative elements taken from science fiction and pop culture: fictional figures and fabulations that might offer a glimpse of a radical ‘outside’ to the human(ities). His writing and artistic profile includes work with AND Festival, The V&A, FACT Liverpool, Arebyte gallery, Centre Pompidou, Transmediale, Tate Modern, Sonic Acts Festival, as well as recent artistic collaborations with a cast of hundreds... web: machinemachine.net.

Presented by the Art Department, Goldsmiths.

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Fri, 08 Feb 2019 06:24:18 -0800 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47boeVR3VuI
<![CDATA[Survival of the Richest – Future Human – Medium]]> https://medium.com/s/futurehuman/survival-of-the-richest-9ef6cddd0cc1

Last year, I got invited to a super-deluxe private resort to deliver a keynote speech to what I assumed would be a hundred or so investment bankers. It was by far the largest fee I had ever been offered for a talk — about half my annual professor’s salary — all to deliver some insight on the subject of “the future of technology.”

I’ve never liked talking about the future. The Q&A sessions always end up more like parlor games, where I’m asked to opine on the latest technology buzzwords as if they were ticker symbols for potential investments: blockchain, 3D printing, CRISPR. The audiences are rarely interested in learning about these technologies or their potential impacts beyond the binary choice of whether or not to invest in them. But money talks, so I took the gig.

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Sat, 07 Jul 2018 08:32:30 -0700 https://medium.com/s/futurehuman/survival-of-the-richest-9ef6cddd0cc1
<![CDATA[Help me find this quote about living in possible worlds/utopias]]> http://ask.metafilter.com/mefi/321649

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.

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Sat, 28 Apr 2018 05:30:01 -0700 http://ask.metafilter.com/mefi/321649
<![CDATA[An Incomplete Timeline of What We Tried - Motherboard]]> https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/xwvgeq/an-incomplete-timeline-of-what-we-tried

Human extinction. The coordinated release of various strains of a human sterilization virus.

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Wed, 04 Apr 2018 08:08:44 -0700 https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/xwvgeq/an-incomplete-timeline-of-what-we-tried
<![CDATA[Sight + Sound Festival - Eastern Bloc, Montreal (exhibition)]]> http://additivism.org/post/164967867647

Sight + Sound Festival - Eastern Bloc, Montreal, September 27thUnder the theme [Non-Compliant Futures], Sight + Sound festival 2017 will perform an autopsy of the grand narrative of innovation, the very one which promised us a radiant future dependent upon hyperconsumption, techno-positivism, digital colonialism, and the myth of infinite growth. With over thirty international guests, the festival program, curated by Disnovation.org, will question the standardized imaginaries of the future and highlight intersecting paths and strategies that aim to reveal, perturb, and pervert the cult of innovation.Following on from the gospel of progress, evolution, and growth from centuries past, today’s vocabulary of innovation and disruption are rhetorical instruments par excellence. They flood the dominant discourse of our times, flowing from the political arena into the fields of labour, education, and art. Meanwhile, in periphery to the daily onslaught of techno-solutionist propaganda, numerous critical, alternative, deviant, and speculative practices are (re)emerging globally. They pave the way to a critical and grassroots reappropriation of the possibilities envisioned by our technological society.Sight + Sound 2017 calls to break free from a linear notion of progress and, rather, re-introduce concepts such as degrowth and maintainability to the core of our vision of the future. It is also an invitation to embrace our alien-becoming, which we are already collectively enduring with the whole of human and non-human life.Together with artists, activists, performers, and theorists, NON-COMPLIANT FUTURES inhabits this tsunami of capitalism and human action by populating it with a host of artistic alternatives — rather unlikely but preferable possibilities that will act as the basis to broader debate and critical projections into the future.

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Mon, 04 Sep 2017 04:34:58 -0700 http://additivism.org/post/164967867647
<![CDATA[How to face the ecocide (Down the Dark Mountain) — High Country News]]> http://www.hcn.org/issues/49.12/essay-climate-change-confronting-despair-in-the-age-of-ecocide

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.

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Mon, 31 Jul 2017 05:04:41 -0700 http://www.hcn.org/issues/49.12/essay-climate-change-confronting-despair-in-the-age-of-ecocide
<![CDATA[Please Prove You’re Not a Robot - The New York Times]]> https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/15/opinion/sunday/please-prove-youre-not-a-robot.html

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.

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Sun, 16 Jul 2017 08:15:50 -0700 https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/15/opinion/sunday/please-prove-youre-not-a-robot.html
<![CDATA[The human world is not more fragile now: it always has been | Aeon Essays]]> https://aeon.co/essays/the-human-world-is-not-more-fragile-now-it-always-has-been

The end of the world is a growth industry. You can almost feel Armageddon in the air: from survivalist and ‘prepper’ websites (survivopedia.com, doomandbloom.net, prepforshtf.

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Thu, 08 Jun 2017 08:01:46 -0700 https://aeon.co/essays/the-human-world-is-not-more-fragile-now-it-always-has-been
<![CDATA[By 2030, You'll Be Living in a World That's Run by Google]]> https://futurism.com/by-2030-youll-be-living-in-a-world-thats-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.

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Sat, 11 Mar 2017 19:21:06 -0800 https://futurism.com/by-2030-youll-be-living-in-a-world-thats-run-by-google/
<![CDATA[The Revolution Will Be Weird and Eerie - VICE]]> https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/the-revolution-will-be-weird-and-eerie

The simplest way to distinguish between the "weird" and the "eerie", the late Mark Fisher writes, is to think about the difference between presence and absence. Weirdness is produced by the presence of "that which does not belong". It shouldn't, or couldn't, exist – and yet there it is.

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Sat, 11 Mar 2017 17:21:28 -0800 https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/the-revolution-will-be-weird-and-eerie
<![CDATA[Transmediale’s Revolution from Within]]> http://additivism.org/post/157523492477

Transmediale’s Revolution from WithinBenjamin Busch writes about the ‘alien matter’ exhibition at Transmediale, featuring The 3D Additivist Cookbook: Does agency lie in the human, the machine, or the mediation in between? Agency can be staked out in two concepts of freedom: a negative freedom-from (a refusal of things as they are) and a positive freedom-to (a refusal and simultaneously future-building project). The former entails resistance, even a claim to purity by refusing to participate in an unjust system. The latter entails refusal, but it also contains a recognition of contingency (“there is no outside”) as a means to construct an alternative future from within the entangled complex of the present.Transmediale, Berlin’s festival for art and digital culture, makes a case for the latter. Aptly titled ever elusive, the 2017 edition, its 30th anniversary, draws from the festival’s three-decade history while keeping its orientation toward the future. The theme of perpetual elusiveness picks up on expressed ambiguities between the human and nonhuman, which have become evermore intertwined. - Read the rest at ArtSlant

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Tue, 21 Feb 2017 02:43:15 -0800 http://additivism.org/post/157523492477
<![CDATA[Singularities panel, Transmediale (5th Feb 2017)]]> http://additivism.org/post/157310071576

Singularities panel, Transmediale (5th Feb 2017)The video of our #Singularities panel at Transmediale is now online:Featuring the extraordinary talents of Luiza Prado & Pedro Oliveira (A parede), Rasheedah Phillips, and Dorothy R. Santos speaking (and performing) on refiguring techno-colonialist and heteronormative pasts, presents, futures and identities.The introduction to the panel - written by Morehshin and myself - can be found here. Photos from the panel are here.Stick around for the discussion and Q&A

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Thu, 16 Feb 2017 02:02:15 -0800 http://additivism.org/post/157310071576
<![CDATA[A is for Afrofuturism — Cyberfeminism vs. Afrofuturistfeminism]]> http://aisforafrofuturism.tumblr.com/post/67955218020/cyberfeminism-vs-afrofuturistfeminism

There are differences and sameness on some accounts within cyberfeminism versus afrofuturistfeminism, I’ll quickly list the basics.

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Fri, 13 Jan 2017 05:50:55 -0800 http://aisforafrofuturism.tumblr.com/post/67955218020/cyberfeminism-vs-afrofuturistfeminism
<![CDATA[The Abolition Of Man (No, Really) | The American Conservative]]> http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/the-abolition-of-man-no-really/

My libertarian friend Conor Friedersdorf has stared into the abyss, and has been jolted by what stared back. He writes about it in a must-read essay with the deceptively anodyne title “The Limits of Diversity”. Conor begins by laying out his own openness to diverse experience.

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Fri, 13 Jan 2017 05:50:53 -0800 http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/the-abolition-of-man-no-really/
<![CDATA[Apocalypse Whatever — Real Life]]> http://reallifemag.com/apocalypse-whatever/

Among the white nationalists on 4chan’s “politically incorrect,” or /pol/ board and on “alt-right” Twitter — or anywhere you might run into a picture of Pepe the Frog — there is a cryptic but popular saying: “Praise Kek.

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Wed, 14 Dec 2016 09:56:20 -0800 http://reallifemag.com/apocalypse-whatever/
<![CDATA[Across and Beyond: Post-digital Practices, Concepts, and Institutions | transmediale]]> https://transmediale.de/content/across-and-beyond-post-digital-practices-concepts-and-institutions

From the mouthpiece came a humming, the likes of which K. had never heard on the telephone before.

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Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:21:28 -0800 https://transmediale.de/content/across-and-beyond-post-digital-practices-concepts-and-institutions
<![CDATA[Dorothy Santos, UC Santa Cruz // The Book as Cartography]]> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFnOACSrELw

The Book as Cartography: The Materialization of Digital and Imagined Spaces

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Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:00:32 -0800 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zFnOACSrELw
<![CDATA[The 13 impossible crises that humanity now faces | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian]]> https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/25/13-crises-we-face-trump-soil-loss-global-collapse

From Trump to climate change, this multiheaded crisis presages collapse. And there’s no hope of exiting the ‘other side’ if political alternatives are shut down Please don’t read this unless you are feeling strong. This is a list of 13 major crises that, I believe, confront us.

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Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:16:14 -0800 https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/25/13-crises-we-face-trump-soil-loss-global-collapse
<![CDATA[The 3D Additivist Cookbook is published December 2nd]]> http://tumblr.machinemachine.net/post/153432438294

The 3D Additivist Cookbook is published December 2nd

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Sun, 20 Nov 2016 08:53:03 -0800 http://tumblr.machinemachine.net/post/153432438294
<![CDATA[The Anthropocene Marks the Failure of Capitalism, Not Mars-Bound Humanity | Inverse]]> https://www.inverse.com/article/22748-molecular-red-anthropocene-climate-change-mars-colony-capitalism-climate-change

The Holocene is dead; welcome to the Anthropocene. Once a controversial stance, the notion that human activities have altered planetary geology adequately enough to warrant the demarcation of another epoch has more traction than the Mars Rover.

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Fri, 04 Nov 2016 07:07:12 -0700 https://www.inverse.com/article/22748-molecular-red-anthropocene-climate-change-mars-colony-capitalism-climate-change