MachineMachine /stream - tagged with human https://machinemachine.net/stream/feed en-us http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss LifePress therourke@gmail.com <![CDATA[Early humans domesticated themselves, new genetic evidence suggests | Science | AAAS]]> https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/12/early-humans-domesticated-themselves-new-genetic-evidence-suggests

When humans started to tame dogs, cats, sheep, and cattle, they may have continued a tradition that started with a completely different animal: us.

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Wed, 04 Dec 2019 16:36:43 -0800 https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/12/early-humans-domesticated-themselves-new-genetic-evidence-suggests
<![CDATA[What is Called Thinking in the Anthropocene? — The Revealer]]> https://therevealer.org/what-is-called-thinking-in-the-anthropocene/

This is a piece about failures. My failures, mostly, as a thinker and a scholar, but also the failure of my field and the failure of all of us to think what will come in the next ten, twenty, thirty, hundred years.

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Wed, 21 Aug 2019 04:08:49 -0700 https://therevealer.org/what-is-called-thinking-in-the-anthropocene/
<![CDATA[The Arrogance of the Anthropocene - The Atlantic]]> https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/08/arrogance-anthropocene/595795/

On geological timescales, human civilization is an event, not an epoch. Humans are now living in a new geological epoch of our own making: the Anthropocene. Or so we’re told.

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Sat, 17 Aug 2019 08:05:08 -0700 https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/08/arrogance-anthropocene/595795/
<![CDATA[The Abolition Of Man (No, Really) | The American Conservative]]> https://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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Sat, 10 Aug 2019 13:20:54 -0700 https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/the-abolition-of-man-no-really/
<![CDATA[Too Human — Real Life]]> https://reallifemag.com/too-human/

As I was being wheeled out of the post-anesthesia care unit at Mount Sinai, three incisions across my abdomen freshly glued shut and fentanyl warm in my veins, a nurse bustled over. “Your pictures, dear,” she said, tucking a colorful strip of photos into my sweatshirt like a garnish.

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Mon, 27 May 2019 17:28:03 -0700 https://reallifemag.com/too-human/
<![CDATA[Technological and Posthuman Zones – Critical Posthumanism]]> http://criticalposthumanism.net/genealogy/technological-and-posthuman-zones/

Modern technology seems always to have been judged according to its utility for human beings. To the extent that technologies have been viewed as tools, instruments, or prostheses for human use, and thus under human control, they have largely been seen in positive, utopian terms.

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Fri, 30 Nov 2018 03:17:17 -0800 http://criticalposthumanism.net/genealogy/technological-and-posthuman-zones/
<![CDATA[David Reich: ‘Neanderthals were perhaps capable of many modern human behaviours’ | Science | The Guardian]]> https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/apr/07/ever-evolving-story-humanity-david-reich-interview-neanderthals-denisovans-genome

For David Reich, research can be a harrowing experience. The 44-year-old Harvard University geneticist says he now goes to bed terrified he will wake up to find his team’s recent, stunning discoveries about human ancestry have been proved wrong.

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Sun, 15 Apr 2018 10:25:25 -0700 https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/apr/07/ever-evolving-story-humanity-david-reich-interview-neanderthals-denisovans-genome
<![CDATA[But What Would the End of Humanity Mean for Me? - The Atlantic]]> https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/05/but-what-does-the-end-of-humanity-mean-for-me/361931/

Preeminent scientists are warning about serious threats to human life in the not-distant future, including climate change and superintelligent computers. Most people don't care.

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Tue, 30 Jan 2018 17:43:28 -0800 https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/05/but-what-does-the-end-of-humanity-mean-for-me/361931/
<![CDATA[Against ‘Sustainability’ - The New York Times]]> https://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/08/opinion/against-sustainability.html

Among the many stories that can be told about the origins of the environmental movement in the West, perhaps the most common is that it began with the emergence of Romanticism in the late 18th century. In this version, environmentalism was born as the good twin to evil industrialization.

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Wed, 25 Oct 2017 10:50:35 -0700 https://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/08/opinion/against-sustainability.html
<![CDATA[The Mythic Function of the Zombie Apocalypse - disinformation]]> http://disinfo.com/2017/06/mythic-function-zombie-apocalypse/

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

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Mon, 26 Jun 2017 05:50:29 -0700 http://disinfo.com/2017/06/mythic-function-zombie-apocalypse/
<![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[Princeton researchers discover why AI become racist and sexist | Ars Technica]]> https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/04/princeton-scholars-figure-out-why-your-ai-is-racist/

Ever since Microsoft's chatbot Tay started spouting racist commentary after 24 hours of interacting with humans on Twitter, it has been obvious that our AI creations can fall prey to human prejudice. Now a group of researchers has figured out one reason why that happens.

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Mon, 08 May 2017 06:35:29 -0700 https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/04/princeton-scholars-figure-out-why-your-ai-is-racist/
<![CDATA['Hobbit' species did not evolve from ancestor of modern humans, research finds | Science | The Guardian]]> https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/apr/21/hobbit-species-did-not-evolve-from-ancestor-of-modern-humans-research-finds

Researchers who studied the bones of Homo floresiensis, a species of tiny human discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003, say their findings should end a popular theory that it evolved from an ancestor of modern humans.

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Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:01:31 -0700 https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/apr/21/hobbit-species-did-not-evolve-from-ancestor-of-modern-humans-research-finds
<![CDATA[Ghost in the Cloud | Issue 28 | n+1]]> https://nplusonemag.com/issue-28/essays/ghost-in-the-cloud/

“ Ido plan to bring back my father,” Ray Kurzweil says. He is standing in the anemic light of a storage unit, his frame dwarfed by towers of cardboard boxes and oblong plastic bins. He wears tinted eyeglasses.

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Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:01:30 -0700 https://nplusonemag.com/issue-28/essays/ghost-in-the-cloud/
<![CDATA[Epochal Aesthetics: Affectual Infrastructures of the Anthropocene - e-flux Architecture - e-flux]]> http://www.e-flux.com/architecture/accumulation/121847/epochal-aesthetics-affectual-infrastructures-of-the-anthropocene/

The Anthropocene renders visible new architectures of time and matter, both sedimenting existing genealogies of global-world-space and radically reorganizing an imagination of the scope and material duration of what the human is in and through time.

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Mon, 03 Apr 2017 04:54:36 -0700 http://www.e-flux.com/architecture/accumulation/121847/epochal-aesthetics-affectual-infrastructures-of-the-anthropocene/
<![CDATA[Is the ‘Anthropocene’ Epoch a Condemnation of Human Interference — or a Call for More?]]> https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/14/magazine/is-the-anthropocene-era-a-condemnation-of-human-interference-or-a-call-for-more.html?_r=1

Perhaps you’ve noticed, amid the hot invective and dry mockery of daily events in your social-media feeds, reports of the glaciers melting at each pole.

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Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:08:07 -0800 https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/14/magazine/is-the-anthropocene-era-a-condemnation-of-human-interference-or-a-call-for-more.html?_r=1
<![CDATA[Humans Can Now "Print" Genetic Code and Engineer Life]]> https://futurism.com/humans-can-now-print-genetic-code-and-engineer-life/

We have learned how to manipulate the code of life. Why this hasn’t received more attention is beyond me. Synthetic Biology is a multidisciplinary field that often defies definition. Yet despite its complexity, it is a remarkably easy field to apply once you’ve learned the science behind it.

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Tue, 14 Feb 2017 11:08:09 -0800 https://futurism.com/humans-can-now-print-genetic-code-and-engineer-life/
<![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[Neanderthals Were People, Too]]> https://www.nytimes.com/glogin?URI=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2017%2F01%2F11%2Fmagazine%2Fneanderthals-were-people-too.html%3F_r%3D1

Joachim Neander was a 17th-century Calvinist theologian who often hiked through a valley outside Düsseldorf, Germany, writing hymns. Neander understood everything around him as a manifestation of the Lord’s will and work. There was no room in his worldview for randomness, only purpose and praise.

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Fri, 13 Jan 2017 05:50:50 -0800 https://www.nytimes.com/glogin?URI=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2017%2F01%2F11%2Fmagazine%2Fneanderthals-were-people-too.html%3F_r%3D1
<![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