MachineMachine /stream - tagged with information https://machinemachine.net/stream/feed en-us http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss LifePress therourke@gmail.com <![CDATA[The Communal Mind · LRB 21 February 2019]]> https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v41/n04/patricia-lockwood/the-communal-mind

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.

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Mon, 06 Jan 2020 19:34:09 -0800 https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v41/n04/patricia-lockwood/the-communal-mind
<![CDATA[History as a giant data set: how analysing the past could help save the future | Technology | The Guardian]]> https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/nov/12/history-as-a-giant-data-set-how-analysing-the-past-could-help-save-the-future

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.

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Wed, 13 Nov 2019 17:17:16 -0800 https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/nov/12/history-as-a-giant-data-set-how-analysing-the-past-could-help-save-the-future
<![CDATA[You're wrong about how the internet fuels conspiracy theories]]> https://thenextweb.com/syndication/2018/06/18/youre-wrong-about-how-the-internet-fuels-conspiracy-theories/

Conspiracy theories are popular and there is no doubt that the internet has fuelled them on. From the theory that 9/11 was an inside job to the idea that reptilian humanoids rule the world, conspiracy theories have found a natural home online.

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Sat, 07 Jul 2018 08:32:44 -0700 https://thenextweb.com/syndication/2018/06/18/youre-wrong-about-how-the-internet-fuels-conspiracy-theories/
<![CDATA[Big Brother’s Blind Spot | Joanne McNeil]]> https://thebaffler.com/salvos/big-brothers-blind-spot-mcneil

Netflix believes, algorithmically at least, that I am the kind of person who likes to watch “Dark TV Shows Featuring a Strong Female Lead.” This picksome genre is never one that I that seek out intentionally, and I’m not sure it even represents my viewing habits.

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Sat, 07 Jul 2018 08:32:31 -0700 https://thebaffler.com/salvos/big-brothers-blind-spot-mcneil
<![CDATA[Memes Are For Tricksters: The Biology of Disinformation - Mondo 2000]]> http://www.mondo2000.com/2018/06/21/the-ends-dont-justify-the-memes/

Back in 1990, when MONDO 2000 magazine promised Screaming Memes on its cover, it was more or less a secret argot winking at our technohip Mondoid readers.

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Sun, 24 Jun 2018 02:18:30 -0700 http://www.mondo2000.com/2018/06/21/the-ends-dont-justify-the-memes/
<![CDATA[Hito Steyerl | Politics of Post-Representation «DIS Magazine]]> http://dismagazine.com/disillusioned-2/62143/hito-steyerl-politics-of-post-representation/

From the militarization of social media to the corporatization of the art world, Hito Steyerl’s writings represent some of the most influential bodies of work in contemporary cultural criticism today.

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Sat, 14 Apr 2018 05:54:20 -0700 http://dismagazine.com/disillusioned-2/62143/hito-steyerl-politics-of-post-representation/
<![CDATA[Rude Awakening: Memes as Dialectical Images > non.copyriot.com non.copyriot.com]]> https://non.copyriot.com/rude-awakening-memes-as-dialectical-images/

“It’s not that what is past casts its light on what is present, or what is present its light on what is past; rather, image is that wherein what has been comes together in a flash with the now to form a constellation. In other words, image is dialectics at a standstill.

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Thu, 05 Apr 2018 04:08:19 -0700 https://non.copyriot.com/rude-awakening-memes-as-dialectical-images/
<![CDATA[Meet the pirate queen making academic papers free online - The Verge]]> https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/8/16985666/alexandra-elbakyan-sci-hub-open-access-science-papers-lawsuit

In cramped quarters at Russia’s Higher School of Economics, shared by four students and a cat, sat a server with 13 hard drives. The server hosted Sci-Hub, a website with over 64 million academic papers available for free to anybody in the world.

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Thu, 08 Feb 2018 07:07:30 -0800 https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/8/16985666/alexandra-elbakyan-sci-hub-open-access-science-papers-lawsuit
<![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.

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Tue, 30 Jan 2018 17:43:20 -0800 https://www.theverge.com/2018/1/30/16949550/bitcoin-graphics-cards-pc-prices-surge
<![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]]> https://www.lrb.co.uk/v39/n16/john-lanchester/you-are-the-product

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.

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Wed, 06 Sep 2017 03:24:16 -0700 https://www.lrb.co.uk/v39/n16/john-lanchester/you-are-the-product
<![CDATA[Sci-Hub’s cache of pirated papers is so big, subscription journals are doomed, data analyst suggests | Science | AAAS]]> http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/07/sci-hub-s-cache-pirated-papers-so-big-subscription-journals-are-doomed-data-analyst

There is no doubt that Sci-Hub, the infamous—and, according to a U.S. court, illegal—online repository of pirated research papers, is enormously popular. (See Science’s investigation last year of who is downloading papers from Sci-Hub.

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Mon, 31 Jul 2017 05:04:42 -0700 http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/07/sci-hub-s-cache-pirated-papers-so-big-subscription-journals-are-doomed-data-analyst
<![CDATA[Regulating the internet giants: The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data | The Economist]]> http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21721656-data-economy-demands-new-approach-antitrust-rules-worlds-most-valuable-resource

A NEW commodity spawns a lucrative, fast-growing industry, prompting antitrust regulators to step in to restrain those who control its flow. A century ago, the resource in question was oil. Now similar concerns are being raised by the giants that deal in data, the oil of the digital era.

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Mon, 08 May 2017 06:35:27 -0700 http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21721656-data-economy-demands-new-approach-antitrust-rules-worlds-most-valuable-resource
<![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[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[ROAR Magazine]]> https://roarmag.org/magazine/algorithmic-control-smartphone-internet-apps/

Last year, Stanford University published a study confirming what many of us may long have suspected: that your computer can predict what you want with more accuracy than your spouse or your friends.

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Sat, 11 Mar 2017 17:21:23 -0800 https://roarmag.org/magazine/algorithmic-control-smartphone-internet-apps/
<![CDATA[Impact of Social Sciences – Big data problems we face today can be traced to the social ordering practices of the 19th century.]]> http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2015/10/13/ideological-inheritances-in-the-data-revolution/

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.

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Mon, 20 Feb 2017 23:01:08 -0800 http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2015/10/13/ideological-inheritances-in-the-data-revolution/
<![CDATA[88 New Satellites Will Watch Earth, All the Time, All the Places | WIRED]]> https://www.wired.com/2017/02/88-tiny-satellites-will-watch-time-everywhere/

The satellite company Planet is used to breaking records. In 2014, a rocket exploded with a payload of the company’s satellites inside—26, the biggest loss ever.

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Mon, 20 Feb 2017 07:01:37 -0800 https://www.wired.com/2017/02/88-tiny-satellites-will-watch-time-everywhere/
<![CDATA[Is America Prepared for Meme Warfare? - Motherboard]]> https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/meme-warfare

Memes, as any alt-right Pepe sorcerer will tell you, are not just frivolous entertainment. They are magic, the stuff by which reality is made and manipulated.

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Thu, 02 Feb 2017 22:53:29 -0800 https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/meme-warfare
<![CDATA[Meet the woman who put 50 million stolen articles online so you can read them for free | The Independent]]> http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/meet-the-woman-who-put-50-million-stolen-articles-online-so-you-can-read-them-for-free-a6964176.html

Alexandra Elbakyan is a highbrow pirate in hiding. The 27-year-old graduate student from Kazakhstan is operating a searchable online database of nearly 50 million stolen scholarly journal articles, shattering the $10 billion-per-year paywall of academic publishers.

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Sat, 28 Jan 2017 04:33:44 -0800 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/meet-the-woman-who-put-50-million-stolen-articles-online-so-you-can-read-them-for-free-a6964176.html
<![CDATA[Your Echo Chamber is Destroying Democracy | WIRED]]> https://www.wired.com/2016/11/filter-bubble-destroying-democracy/

On November 7, 2016, the day before the US election, I compared the number of social media followers, website performance, and Google search statistics of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.  I was shocked when the data revealed the extent of Trump’s popularity.

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Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:21:30 -0800 https://www.wired.com/2016/11/filter-bubble-destroying-democracy/