MachineMachine /stream - tagged with language en-us LifePress <![CDATA[The Great Silence - Issue 75: Story - Nautilus]]>

The humans use Arecibo to look for extraterrestrial intelligence. Their desire to make a connection is so strong that they’ve created an ear capable of hearing across the universe. But I and my fellow parrots are right here. Why aren’t they interested in listening to our voices?

Sat, 17 Aug 2019 06:04:33 -0700
<![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[Searching for Language to Capture How Climate Change Has Altered Our World - The New York Times]]>

RISING Dispatches from the New American Shore By Elizabeth Rush Illustrated. 299 pp. Milkweed Editions. $26. A drowned world: It’s an ancient fear and a very old story.

Tue, 28 Aug 2018 05:33:38 -0700
<![CDATA[The racist language of space exploration | The Outline]]>

On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence, head of the National Space Council, outlined plans for creating the “Space Force” that President Donald Trump envisions as a space-dedicated military branch, complete with space warfighters and weapons, by the year 2020.

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 08:06:22 -0700
<![CDATA[Why memes matter: our best shot to talk about the world in the post-truth era - Pulsar Platform]]>

We have entered a post-truth, post-authenticity era, in which dichotomies like true/false or real/fake no longer serve us very well, especially on social media platforms.

Sat, 07 Jul 2018 08:32:43 -0700
<![CDATA[AI Needs New Clichés – Molly Wright Steenson – Medium]]>és-ed0d6adb8cbb

If you plug “AI” or “artificial intelligence” into Google Image Search, here’s what you get. Electric brains firing blue with neurons. Translucent robots and robot heads, code dribbling down their foreheads and noses.

Mon, 11 Jun 2018 05:02:31 -0700és-ed0d6adb8cbb
<![CDATA[The Neologismcene | Literature, the Humanities, & the World]]>

This particular terminological game is just about up, I think, and it's no surprise that Anthropos has won again. I don't think we'll be using any word but Anthropocene to describe the ecological present anytime soon. More's the pity, perhaps—but the Anthropocene is here to stay.

Thu, 24 May 2018 07:47:24 -0700
<![CDATA[Memes That Kill: The Future Of Information Warfare]]>

Memes and social networks have become weaponized, while many governments seem ill-equipped to understand the new reality of information warfare. How will we fight state-sponsored disinformation and propaganda in the future?

Tue, 08 May 2018 04:18:25 -0700
<![CDATA[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.

Thu, 05 Apr 2018 04:08:19 -0700
<![CDATA[The swiftness of glaciers: language in a time of climate change | Aeon Ideas]]>

Language bends and buckles under pressure of climate change. Take the adjective ‘glacial’. I recently came across an old draft of my PhD dissertation on which my advisor had scrawled the rebuke: ‘You’re proceeding at a glacial pace. You’re skating on thin ice.

Wed, 04 Apr 2018 08:08:47 -0700
<![CDATA[Consciousness Began When the Gods Stopped Speaking: Julian Jaynes’ Famous 1970s Theory]]>

Julian Jaynes was living out of a couple of suitcases in a Princeton dorm in the early 1970s. He must have been an odd sight there among the undergraduates, some of whom knew him as a lecturer who taught psychology, holding forth in a deep baritone voice.

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 10:30:42 -0800
<![CDATA[Princeton researchers discover why AI become racist and sexist | Ars Technica]]>

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.

Mon, 08 May 2017 06:35:29 -0700
<![CDATA[Is America Prepared for Meme Warfare? - Motherboard]]>

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.

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 22:53:29 -0800
<![CDATA[Name of zone around bomb during diffusal]]>

I am trying to remember a term for a specific zone designated around a bomb during its diffusal. Something about only certain people being able to pass through, or exchange places during the disposal operation. The term may apply to the rules followed in that zone, rather than the zone itself. I may have got some of the details wrong, but the term designates a transition area. Something about the way that site is regulated and the procedures of disposal are carried out that ensures the safety and authority/hierarchy of the teams undertaking the task (usually during war).

For bonus points, I heard this term because it was the title of an exhibition in London some years ago. Wish I could recall the term, or the exhibition.


Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:26:55 -0800
<![CDATA[When Robots Are An Instrument Of Male Desire - The Establishment]]>

By the time she started saying “Hitler was right I hate the jews,” people had started to realize that there was something wrong with Tay.

Mon, 09 May 2016 01:16:30 -0700
<![CDATA[How to Make a Bot That Isn't Racist | Motherboard]]>

Really, really racist. The thing is, this was all very much preventable. I talked to some creators of Twitter bots about @TayandYou, and the consensus was that Microsoft had fallen far below the baseline of ethical botmaking.

Thu, 31 Mar 2016 02:36:50 -0700
<![CDATA[Burroughs on How to Escape the Society of Control | Te Ipu Pakore: The Broken Vessel]]>

The aim of this project is to build up a language in which certain falsifications inherit in all existing western languages will be made incapable of formulation. The follow-falsifications to be deleted from the proposed language. (“ER” 33) 1. Copula The IS OF IDENTITY. You are an animal.

Sun, 27 Dec 2015 07:26:28 -0800
<![CDATA[The Protocols of Science Fiction]]>

A conversation on a 1996 Internet newsgroup questioned the existence of science-fiction reading protocols. Up to that point I hadn't thought they needed explanation, since they seemed self-evident when Samuel R. Delany introduced them at a Modern Language Association meeting two decades ago.

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:28:01 -0800
<![CDATA[Andrew O’Hagan · The Lives of Ronald Pinn · LRB 8 January 2015]]>

I first went to Camberwell New Cemetery about six years ago, looking for the grave of a young man called Melvin Bryan, a petty criminal who died after being stabbed at a drug-house in Edmonton.

Mon, 02 Feb 2015 11:14:00 -0800
<![CDATA[Bruce Willis, Irigaray, and the Aesthetics of Space Travel | Mute]]>

'Or for instance, if you were crushed to death by hundreds of boxes of chocolate....

Wed, 10 Dec 2014 02:01:58 -0800