MachineMachine /stream - tagged with history en-us LifePress <![CDATA[Survivorship bias - Wikipedia]]>

Survivorship bias or survival bias is the logical error of concentrating on the people or things that made it past some selection process and overlooking those that did not, typically because of their lack of visibility. This can lead to false conclusions in several different ways.

Sun, 23 Feb 2020 12:37:24 -0800
<![CDATA[BuzzFeed’s Jonah Peretti on Making the World a Meme]]>

As the decade began, there were rea­sons to be optimistic: America had elected its first black president, and despite a global recession just two years earlier, the world hadn’t cascaded into total financial collapse.

Wed, 01 Jan 2020 06:16:25 -0800
<![CDATA[History as a giant data set: how analysing the past could help save the future | Technology | The Guardian]]>

Calculating the patterns and cycles of the past could lead us to a better understanding of history. Could it also help us prevent a looming crisis? By In its first issue of 2010, the scientific journal Nature looked forward to a dazzling decade of progress.

Wed, 13 Nov 2019 17:17:16 -0800
<![CDATA[Games blamed for moral decline and addiction throughout history]]>

Video games are often blamed for unemployment, violence in society and addiction – including by partisan politicians raising moral concerns. Blaming video games for social or moral decline might feel like something new.

Mon, 14 Oct 2019 09:31:10 -0700
<![CDATA[History of Computing Timeline]]>

As part of a series of posts that I’ve been calling “Open Source PhD,” I’m posting some of the materials that I prepared as I was studying for my comprehensive exams. You can see the reading lists for those exams here.

Sat, 27 Jul 2019 16:56:40 -0700
<![CDATA[Daddy Issues | Katherine Angel | Granta]]>

In the awful, wearying months in which Harvey Weinstein’s ritualistic mistreatment of women was being recounted daily in the media, I found myself, like so many others, wondering and talking about the men in my life: ex-boyfriends, ex-stalkers, ex-harassers, ex-gropers.

Tue, 02 Jul 2019 18:44:24 -0700
<![CDATA[The Day the Dinosaurs Died | The New Yorker]]>

If, on a certain evening about sixty-­six million years ago, you had stood somewhere in North America and looked up at the sky, you would have soon made out what appeared to be a star. If you watched for an hour or two, the star would have seemed to grow in brightness, although it barely moved.

Sun, 31 Mar 2019 06:50:25 -0700
<![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[There be monsters: from cabinets of curiosity to demons within | Aeon Essays]]>

In 2003, a team of scientists in China managed to create embryos containing a mix of rabbit and human DNA. Most of the biological matter was human, while the rabbit DNA was present only in the mitochondria, the energy-generators of the cells.

Wed, 07 Nov 2018 07:08:22 -0800
<![CDATA[Exploring The Digital Ruins Of 'Second Life' - Digg]]>

I logged into "Second Life" in the year 2018 A.D. It still exists, sort of. Residents and businesses began fleeing for more popular social networks long ago. Vast acres of land are abandoned or sparsely populated by the few remaining diehard users.

Mon, 11 Jun 2018 05:02:29 -0700
<![CDATA[Colonialism did not just create slavery: it changed geology | Science | The Guardian]]>

It brought riches to Britain and many other European nations; played a major role in enslaving more than 10 million Africans; and created the first global markets in cotton, tobacco and sugar. But now colonialism has been accused of having an even greater influence.

Mon, 11 Jun 2018 05:02:22 -0700
<![CDATA[Code, Conservation, and Truth – Ben Fino-Radin – Medium]]>

In a recently posted video, Patrick LeMieux(Assistant Professor of Cinema and Digital Media at UC Davis) describes his own material exploration and investigation of Cory Arcangel’s seminal artwork, Super Mario Clouds (2002). LeMieux’s research is spectacular in many ways.

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:06:15 -0800
<![CDATA[50 Years Ago Big Oil Bragged About Being Able To Melt Glaciers, While They Knew About Climate Change – ThinkProgress]]>

Newly-released oil industry documents push back the start date of the world’s most successful disinformation campaign to the 1960s, if not earlier.

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 07:32:35 -0700
<![CDATA[Decolonizing technology: A reading list | Beatrice Martini – blog]]>

Western culture has long been defining how the world came to existence, its history, and how it works from a perspective which is centred on a Western and white point of view.

Sun, 28 May 2017 10:41:14 -0700
<![CDATA[Palmyra and the Political History of Archaeology in Syria: from Colonialists to Nationalists]]>

Archaeology was institutionalized by a reification of the past into governmental branding, such as through images of Palmyra on the national currency, or school textbooks. Although Palmyrans wrote and probably spoke in Aramaic, they are frequently called ‘Arabs’ by Syrian regime historians.

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 04:54:39 -0700
<![CDATA[Are Soas students right to ‘decolonise’ their minds from western philosophers? | Education | The Guardian]]>

Outraged headlines erupted when students launched a campaign to challenge the great western philosophers. We went to the source of dissent – London’s School of Oriental and African Studies – to investigate

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 17:21:14 -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[Writers of Color Continue to Wrestle With Lovecraft’s Racist Legacy | WIRED]]>

H.P. Lovecraft is universally acknowledged as one of the most important horror writers of the 20th century, and references to his Cthulhu Mythos abound in contemporary culture. But Lovecraft was also quite racist, a fact made clear in his voluminous correspondence.

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 05:50:46 -0800
<![CDATA[On Material Entanglements: an Interview with Morehshin Allahyari]]>

On Material Entanglements: an Interview with Morehshin Allahyari Although we both live in the bay area, I got to Morehshin Allahyari’s work through an internet rabbit hole. Some months ago I picked up ‘Cyclonopedia’ by Reza Negarestani and got pretty engrossed by the book’s mix of fact and fiction. The story suggests that petrol functions as a lubricant necessary to spread an ancient evil throughout the world eventually leading into what he calls a desertification of the earth. a place where all will be flattened and ready for some sort of re-boot.

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 00:52:10 -0800
<![CDATA[Joel Mokyr: Progress Isn't Natural - The Atlantic]]>

Humans invented it—and not that long ago. How and why did the modern world and its unprecedented prosperity begin? Many bookshelves are full of learned tomes by historians, economists, political philosophers and other erudite scholars with endless explanations.

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:30:27 -0800