MachineMachine /stream - tagged with identity en-us LifePress <![CDATA[THE GASTRULATION OF GEIST – Vast Abrupt]]>

‘One of their philosophers has lately discovered that “as the liver secretes bile, so does the brain secrete thought”; which astonishing discovery Dr Cabanis, more lately still, in his ‘Rapports du Physique et du Moral de l’Homme’, has pushed into its minutest developments.

Tue, 08 Jun 2021 11:55:05 -0700
<![CDATA[Otherkin Are the Internet’s Punchline. They’re Also Our Future]]>

Rhia is queer, trans, and nonbinary. They are also otherkin, or an individual who identifies as nonhuman on a non-physical level, according to the Otherkin Wiki.

Wed, 23 Dec 2020 01:19:44 -0800
<![CDATA[The Zoom Gaze — Real Life]]>

Since the pandemic began, the seemingly mundane protocols of Zoom have become a significant part of many people’s daily lives: finding the right link, setting up the peripherals, managing the glitches and slippages in this supposedly “synchronous” form of communication.

Wed, 23 Dec 2020 01:19:42 -0800
<![CDATA[Seeing Our Own Reflection in the Birth of the Self-Portrait - The New York Times]]>

Who are you, and what are you doing here? You, there in the mirror, there in the lens of your phone: What do you see? In the eyes of us poor moderns, it seems self-evident that a picture can capture who you are.

Sun, 04 Oct 2020 23:13:18 -0700
<![CDATA[How to Generate Infinite Fake Humans - The Atlantic]]>

You encounter so many people every day, online and off-, that it is almost impossible to be alone. Now, thanks to computers, those people might not even be real.

Sun, 01 Mar 2020 19:17:25 -0800
<![CDATA[The Communal Mind · LRB 21 February 2019]]>

Afew​ years ago, when it suddenly occurred to us that the internet was a place we could never leave, I began to keep a diary of what it felt like to be there in the days of its snowy white disintegration, which felt also like the disintegration of my own mind. My interest was not academic.

Mon, 06 Jan 2020 19:34:09 -0800
<![CDATA[Appropriating the Alien: A Critique of Xenofeminism | Mute]]>

The Xenofeminist Manifesto claims, among many things, rationalism and technology as core to a renewed futurist feminist project. However, given the provenance of its moniker and its 'pro-enlightenment' position, Annie Goh asks, WTF exactly is XF?

Tue, 06 Aug 2019 11:11:21 -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 White Pube | Are White Girls Capable of Making Art Not About Them?]]>

Are White Girls Capable of Making Art That’s Not About themselves?? Are White Girls Capable of Making Art That’s Not About themselves??

Mon, 01 Jul 2019 07:34:34 -0700
<![CDATA[Closing the Loop – The New Inquiry]]>

“The black female’s body needs less to be rescued from the masculine “gaze” than to be sprung from a historic script surrounding her with signification while at the same time, and not paradoxically, it erases her completely.

Mon, 01 Jul 2019 07:34:30 -0700
<![CDATA[Opinion | Why We Should Stop Fetishizing Privacy - The New York Times]]>

Big tech companies create jobs, encourage innovation and provide valuable services free. Why would we want to break them up? Ms. Messer is a technology investor and entrepreneur.

Mon, 27 May 2019 17:28:02 -0700
<![CDATA[We Are Truly Fucked: Everyone Is Making AI-Generated Fake Porn Now - Motherboard]]>

In December, Motherboard discovered a redditor named 'deepfakes' quietly enjoying his hobby: Face-swapping celebrity faces onto porn performers’ bodies.

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 17:43:24 -0800
<![CDATA[The Google Arts & Culture App and the Rise of the “Coded Gaze”]]>

A few days ago, I came across an old post on the Web site Bored Panda called “10+ Times People Accidentally Found Their Doppelgängers in Museums and Couldn’t Believe Their Eyes.” The post consisted of around thirty photos of people posing with portraits whose subjects looked eerily like them.

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 17:43:21 -0800
<![CDATA[NXS Issue #2 Synthetic Selves]]>

I contributed a short text to the second issue of NXS: Synthetic Selves. The issue centres on how the self is understood, whether we have a complete agency in constructing ourselves and what kind of images of ourselves we are broadcasting. Buy a copy Online environments are playgrounds for our identities and places for becoming the other. At face value, online platforms seem to promise us the opportunity to become anyone we want. Yet what happens online has consequences in the physical world. And what happens online is supported by the physical systems in which we grow up and live. Technology not only mediates the narratives of our daily lives, it shapes them. With contributions from

Armen Avanessian Hannah Barton Karolien Buurman Gilles De Brock Ivan Cheng Kim de Groot Benjamin Grosser Andrea Karch Kristýna Kulíková Geoffrey Lillemon Geert Lovink Aaron McLaughlin Dr. Alberto Micali Shintaro Miyazaki Nina Power Daniel Rourke Sophia Seawell Marloes de Valk Keith J. Varadi

Release Events NXS will be touring in 3 cities to present the second publication with an exclusive neon cover and screen The One Minutes series curated for the occasion.

Paris: Offprint November 9 – 12 Amsterdam: Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum November 16 Berlin: Trust Ltd November 23

You can Also find NXS at the Exhibition #13 Cybernetic Choreographies at Spectrum Berlin on November 24–26

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 07:18:47 -0800
<![CDATA[Why women prefer erotic GIFs to steamy pornography videos - Sex Relationships]]>

In the midst of an animated chat on a WhatsApp group recently, a friend took us by surprise with the casual mention of porn GIFs. "Have you seen it?" she asked.

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 05:27:21 -0700
<![CDATA[John Lanchester reviews ‘The Attention Merchants’ by Tim Wu, ‘Chaos Monkeys’ by Antonio García Martínez and ‘Move Fast and Break Things’ by Jonathan Taplin · LRB 17 August 2017]]>

At the end of June, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook had hit a new level: two billion monthly active users. That number, the company’s preferred ‘metric’ when measuring its own size, means two billion different people used Facebook in the preceding month.

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 03:24:16 -0700
<![CDATA[A Most American Terrorist: The Making Of Dylann Roof | GQ]]>

Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah spent months in South Carolina searching for an answer to those questions—speaking with Roof’s mother, father, friends, former teachers, and victims’ family members, all in an effort to unlock what went into creating one of the coldest killers of our time.

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 03:24:08 -0700
<![CDATA[Let’s ditch the dangerous idea that life is a story | Aeon Essays]]>

‘Each of us constructs and lives a “narrative”,’ wrote the British neurologist Oliver Sacks, ‘this narrative is us’. Likewise the American cognitive psychologist Jerome Bruner: ‘Self is a perpetually rewritten story.

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 18:44:08 -0700
<![CDATA[Things That Anarchists Say to Me in Private But Never Repeat Publicly | Infoshop News]]>

Can you relate? 2) “As a white person, if I don't automatically agree with whichever person of color is directly in front of me, I run the risk of being labelled a racist.

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 02:56:08 -0700
<![CDATA[Verbal Tics — Real Life]]>

The Turing Test has a serious problem: it relies too much on deception… Consider the interrogator asking questions like these: How tall are you?
 Tell me about your parents.

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 12:48:07 -0700