MachineMachine /stream - tagged with infrastructure en-us LifePress <![CDATA[Anatomy of an AI System]]>

A cylinder sits in a room. It is impassive, smooth, simple and small. It stands 14.8cm high, with a single blue-green circular light that traces around its upper rim. It is silently attending. A woman walks into the room, carrying a sleeping child in her arms, and she addresses the cylinder.

Sun, 26 Feb 2023 13:51:25 -0800
<![CDATA[The Staggering Ecological Impacts of Computation and the Cloud | The MIT Press Reader]]>

Anthropologist Steven Gonzalez Monserrate draws on five years of research and ethnographic fieldwork in server farms to illustrate some of the diverse environmental impacts of data storage. The Cloud is not only material, but is also an ecological force.

Mon, 28 Feb 2022 00:52:17 -0800
<![CDATA[Supply Studies Syllabus - Supply Studies]]>

These readings are intended as a broad introduction to supply studies and the critical study of logistics.

Mon, 28 Feb 2022 00:33:19 -0800
<![CDATA[The Rotting Internet Is a Collective Hallucination - The Atlantic]]>

Too much has been lost already. The glue that holds humanity’s knowledge together is coming undone. Sixty years ago the futurist Arthur C. Clarke observed that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Thu, 08 Jul 2021 23:55:19 -0700
<![CDATA[Reading List | From the Archive: Readings for a Pandemic]]>

Here at Places, in the Bay Area, we are sheltering in place, and adjusting to changed rhythms and new anxieties as we communicate via Skype or Zoom, check the news obsessively, and find new forms of social solidarity in the time of social distancing.

Wed, 01 Apr 2020 17:59:16 -0700
<![CDATA[As Sea Levels Rise, Scientists Offer a Bold Idea: Dam the North Sea - The New York Times]]>

A proposal to build two huge barriers — one that would connect Norway to Scotland, the other France to England — was described as a warning about the urgency of the climate crisis.LONDON — One dam would stretch some 300 miles from the coast of Scotland to Norway.

Tue, 18 Feb 2020 18:26:11 -0800
<![CDATA[AI & Culture: Buildings, Cities (and Infrastructures, and Beyond…)]]>

We’ve long heard a lot about smart: smart homes, smart cities, smart grids, and more. It’s blowing up even more, with a lot of talk about AI these days. It’s all over pop culture, whether in tv, film, books, sci-fi, music, games, and internet memes.

Sun, 21 Oct 2018 10:09:46 -0700
<![CDATA[‘Tsunami of data’ could consume one fifth of global electricity by 2025 | Environment | The Guardian]]>

The communications industry could use 20% of all the world’s electricity by 2025, hampering attempts to meet climate change targets and straining grids as demand by power-hungry server farms storing digital data from billions of smartphones, tablets and internet-connected devices grows expone

Tue, 09 Oct 2018 09:50:42 -0700
<![CDATA[Franken-algorithms: the deadly consequences of unpredictable code | Technology | The Guardian]]>

The death of a woman hit by a self-driving car highlights an unfolding technological crisis, as code piled on code creates ‘a universe no one fully understands’ by The 18th of March 2018, was the day tech insiders had been dreading.

Sat, 01 Sep 2018 20:37:30 -0700
<![CDATA[Watch: Here Are All The Ways Your City Is Surveilling You - Motherboard]]>

If you live in a major metropolitan area, the odds are good you’re being watched and listened to at all times. And even if you don’t, that surveillance technology is still there—in stores, on cop cars, in schools and stop lights.

Sat, 07 Jul 2018 08:32:40 -0700
<![CDATA[Fatberg 'autopsy' reveals growing health threat to Londoners | UK news | The Guardian]]>

Fatbergs, the congealed mass of fat and discarded items that are increasingly blocking Britain’s sewers, are the consequence of the plastic crisis in Britain and contain potentially deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria, tests show.

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:34:15 -0700
<![CDATA[The Fatberg Cometh | Sam Kriss]]>

These are just the facts. On July 22, 2013, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to her first child, Prince George. Two weeks later, an enormous “fatberg” was discovered in the sewers under London.

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 16:03:01 -0700
<![CDATA[Will Wiles: "Let's save some of the Whitechapel Fatberg"]]>

In 1965, American sculptor Claes Oldenburg proposed an object of quite unforgettable brute simplicity for New York City. Oldenburg may be best known today for his cuddly "soft sculptures" and monumental pop-art reproductions of everyday objects, but this was neither cuddly nor pop.

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 01:27:07 -0700
<![CDATA[BBC - Future - How Western civilisation could collapse]]>

The political economist Benjamin Friedman once compared modern Western society to a stable bicycle whose wheels are kept spinning by economic growth.

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:01:34 -0700
<![CDATA[Epochal Aesthetics: Affectual Infrastructures of the Anthropocene - e-flux Architecture - e-flux]]>

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.

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 04:54:36 -0700
<![CDATA[Doomsday Preppers Are Planning to 3D Print Their Way Through the Apocalypse | Motherboard]]>

Jason Ray thinks the culture of “disaster prepping” is misunderstood.

Sat, 18 Jun 2016 07:38:24 -0700
<![CDATA[Tate Series: Digital Thresholds: from Information to Agency (public event)]]>

I will deliver this 4-week public series at The Tate Modern throughout July 2016. Sign up! Thanks to Viktoria Ivanova for working with me to achieve this.

Data is the lifeblood of today’s economic and social systems. Drones, satellites and CCTV cameras capture digital images covertly, while smartphones we carry feed data packets into the cloud, fought over by corporations and governments. How are we to make sense of all this information? Who is to police and distribute it? And what kind of new uses can art put it to? This four-week series led by writer/artist Daniel Rourke will explore the politics and potential of big data through the lens of contemporary art and the social sciences. Participants will assess the impact the digital revolution has had on notions of value attached to the invisible, the territorial and the tangible. We will look at artists and art activists who tackle the conditions of resolution, algorithmic governance, digital colonialism and world-making in their work, with a focus on key news events yet to unfold in 2016. Session 1 Hito Steyerl: Poor Image Politics In this first session we will examine the politics of image and data resolution, with special attention to the work of artist Hito Steyerl represented in the Tate Collection. How do poor images influence the significance and value of the events they depict? What can online cultures that fetishise poor quality teach us about the economics and autonomy of information? Is being a low resolution event in a field of high resolutions an empowering proposition? Session 2 Morehshin Allahyari: Decolonising the Digital Archive 3D scanning and printing technologies are becoming common tools for archaeologists, archivists and historians. We will examine the work of art activists who question these technologies, connecting the dots from terroristic networks, through the price of crude oil, to artefacts being digitally colonised by Western institutions. Artist Morehshin Allahyari will join us via skype to talk about Material Speculation: ISIS – a series of artifacts destroyed by ISIS in 2015, which Allahyari then ‘recreated’ using digital tools and techniques. Session 3 Mishka Henner: Big Data and World Making In this session we will explore the work of artists who channel surveillance and big data into the poetic re-making of worlds. We will compare and contrast nefarious ‘deep web’ marketplaces with ‘real world’ auction houses selling artworks to a global elite. Artist Mishka Henner will join us via skype to talk about artistic appropriation, subversion and the importance of provocation. Session 4 Forensic Architecture: Blurring the Borders between Forensics, Law and Art The Forensic Architecture project uses analytical methods for reconstructing scenes of war and violence inscribed within spatial artefacts and environments. In this session we will look at their work to read and mobilise ‘ambient’ information gathered from satellites, mobile phones and CCTV/news footage. How are technical thresholds implicated in acts of war, terrorism and atrocity, and how can they be mobilised for resist and deter systemic violence?

Tue, 17 May 2016 07:23:50 -0700
<![CDATA[The Hidden Burden of Exoskeletons for the Disabled - The Atlantic]]>

Last year, a man in an exoskeleton kicked off the Men’s World Cup. Juliano Pinto, a 29-year-old from Brazil, was outfitted by a team of scientists from the Walk Again Project with a complex framework of braces and metal armature that could all be controlled by his brain.

Sun, 17 Apr 2016 06:03:02 -0700
<![CDATA[Nuclear Power Is Too Safe to Save the World From Climate Change | WIRED]]>

Later this year, a nuclear power reactor will open in the US for the first time in two decades. But this reactor, called Watts Bar Unit 2—one of two near Spring City, Tennessee—isn’t quite new.

Sun, 17 Apr 2016 06:02:50 -0700
<![CDATA[Fossil Fuels Just Lost the Race Against Renewables - Bloomberg Business]]>

The race for renewable energy has passed a turning point. The world is now adding more capacity for renewable power each year than coal, natural gas, and oil combined. And there's no going back.

Sun, 06 Mar 2016 07:20:12 -0800