MachineMachine /stream - tagged with politics https://machinemachine.net/stream/feed en-us http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss LifePress therourke@gmail.com <![CDATA[All the right words on climate have already been said » Nieman Journalism Lab]]> https://www.niemanlab.org/2021/06/all-the-right-words-on-climate-have-already-been-said/

Sometime last week, an editor who semi-ghosted me on an article I wrote several months ago texted me saying she wanted to talk. I didn’t want to talk to her because my mild annoyance had faded to almost nothing and the idea of hearing an apology felt wearying.

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Thu, 08 Jul 2021 23:55:39 -0700 https://www.niemanlab.org/2021/06/all-the-right-words-on-climate-have-already-been-said/
<![CDATA[Crypto-Colonialists Use the Most Vulnerable People in the World as Guinea Pigs]]> https://www.vice.com/en/article/wx5zz9/crypto-colonialists-use-the-most-vulnerable-people-in-the-world-as-guinea-pigs

Vanuatu is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean, with an estimated population of just over 300,000.

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Thu, 08 Jul 2021 23:55:36 -0700 https://www.vice.com/en/article/wx5zz9/crypto-colonialists-use-the-most-vulnerable-people-in-the-world-as-guinea-pigs
<![CDATA[The Darkness at the End of the Tunnel: Artificial Intelligence and Neoreaction - Viewpoint Magazine]]> https://viewpointmag.com/2017/03/28/the-darkness-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel-artificial-intelligence-and-neoreaction/

Science fiction tells us that a change in a past event, caused by the intervention of a time traveler, will open up a parallel timeline that leads to an alternate present. The example that comes to mind, for some reason, is Back to the Future, Part II.

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Mon, 31 May 2021 01:55:10 -0700 https://viewpointmag.com/2017/03/28/the-darkness-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel-artificial-intelligence-and-neoreaction/
<![CDATA[Stop talking about AI ethics. It’s time to talk about power. | MIT Technology Review]]> https://www.technologyreview.com/2021/04/23/1023549/kate-crawford-atlas-of-ai-review/

We need to acknowledge both the politics and the physical impact that AI has on the planet, says scholar Kate Crawford in her new book. At the turn of the 20th century, a German horse took Europe by storm.

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Mon, 17 May 2021 23:55:33 -0700 https://www.technologyreview.com/2021/04/23/1023549/kate-crawford-atlas-of-ai-review/
<![CDATA[White Supremacy and Artificial Intelligence - YES! Magazine]]> https://www.yesmagazine.org/social-justice/2019/08/29/technology-racism-artificial-intelligence-white-supremacy

In her new book Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code, Ruha Benjamin breaks down the “New Jim Code,” technology design that promises a utopian future but serves racial hierarchies and racial bias.

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Sat, 01 May 2021 05:55:25 -0700 https://www.yesmagazine.org/social-justice/2019/08/29/technology-racism-artificial-intelligence-white-supremacy
<![CDATA[Jonathan Beller: NFT Does Not Stand for Non-Fascist Token, but It Should - CoinDesk]]> https://www.coindesk.com/fascism-blockchain-art-nfts

The same fascistic tendencies Walter Benjamin saw in the rise of mass media are at play in the NFT "revolution," too.

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Wed, 31 Mar 2021 07:55:16 -0700 https://www.coindesk.com/fascism-blockchain-art-nfts
<![CDATA[Joyful Militancy | The Anarchist Library]]> https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/joyful-militancy-bergman-montgomery

To survive. Just keep it alive Like the moment when I first heard Gil Scott-Heron, I knew upon first read that I would return to this book.

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Wed, 03 Mar 2021 00:36:31 -0800 https://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/joyful-militancy-bergman-montgomery
<![CDATA[When Futurism Led to Fascism—and Why It Could Happen Again | WIRED]]> https://www.wired.com/story/italy-futurist-movement-techno-utopians/

In 1909, a poet named Filippo Marinetti was driving along in his brand new Fiat when he came across two cyclists in the road. Marinetti swerved to avoid hitting his fellow travelers, sending his car into a ditch and completely destroying the vehicle.

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Mon, 18 Jan 2021 06:55:08 -0800 https://www.wired.com/story/italy-futurist-movement-techno-utopians/
<![CDATA[Rethinking Artificial Intelligence through Feminism | CCCB LAB]]> http://lab.cccb.org/en/rethinking-artificial-intelligence-through-feminism/

Technology surrounds us and is everywhere, but how this technology is made and who really benefits from it and who does not, are still important questions to be investigated.

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Fri, 08 Jan 2021 23:36:39 -0800 http://lab.cccb.org/en/rethinking-artificial-intelligence-through-feminism/
<![CDATA[How Memes, Lulz, and "Ironic" Bigotry Won the Internet - The Atlantic]]> https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2020/09/how-memes-lulz-and-ironic-bigotry-won-internet/616427/

In the 2010s, Hitler memes and “ironic” racism filled the internet. What if we had taken them seriously? Updated at 4:00 a.m. ET on Oct. 4, 2020.

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Sat, 10 Oct 2020 00:13:36 -0700 https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2020/09/how-memes-lulz-and-ironic-bigotry-won-internet/616427/
<![CDATA[Geoengineering Is the Only Solution to Our Climate Calamities | WIRED]]> https://www.wired.com/story/geoengineering-is-the-only-solution-to-our-climate-calamities/

Parag Khanna is the author of Connectography (2016) and The Future is Asian (2019). Michael Ferrari is managing partner at Atlas Research Innovations and a senior fellow at the Wharton School.

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Fri, 09 Oct 2020 00:13:50 -0700 https://www.wired.com/story/geoengineering-is-the-only-solution-to-our-climate-calamities/
<![CDATA[Critical Designer, Activist Engineer: Making Things and Making Things Happen]]> https://aplusa.org/courses/critical-designer-slash-activist-engineer/

What happens when design and engineering research results in activism, human rights work, politics, or matters of equity and justice? Engineers and designers are often thought of as “problem-solvers” in mostly technical, practical, and formal senses. But this class explores the equally compelling history of engineering and design projects that raise difficult questions, aid marginalized communities, address urgent social issues, or create new social conditions.We’ll talk to designers, artists, and engineers who work on issues of sustainability, power, health, education, and more. And we’ll run our own experiments in creative design work for the public good. The class includes significant reading, field trip(s) and guest lectures, short experiments, and a culminating project.We want you to witness and be inspired by the exciting, expansive fields of what are variously called social design, engineering for the public good, socially engaged art practices, and many other names. However, we also want you to be well versed in the many, many pitfalls of so-called “activist” work with technology—when it’s under-informed, poorly researched, focused on form and not on substance, it risks not only being ineffective, but can lead to actual harm. We take this risk seriously, so this course will have you mostly listening, learning, listening and learning some more, and, finally proposing—not carrying out fully-fledged projects in one semester. Trust us on this: We can have fun and be at play with ideas while also operating with due diligence as socially-minded engineers and designers. Humility and questions are your trusty companions here, your true north. We want to help you to lay a foundation; you will have many, many future opportunities to build the house.

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Wed, 09 Sep 2020 03:59:27 -0700 https://aplusa.org/courses/critical-designer-slash-activist-engineer/
<![CDATA[Capitalist Catastrophism | ROAR Magazine]]> https://roarmag.org/magazine/capitalist-catastrophism/

Is Mark Fisher’s “capitalist realism” this generation’s “end of history thesis”? For nearly thirty years Francis Fukuyama’s contention that “Western liberal democracy” represents “the end point of mankind’s ideological evolution” has measured the ebb and flow of history.

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Sun, 09 Aug 2020 06:13:11 -0700 https://roarmag.org/magazine/capitalist-catastrophism/
<![CDATA[Opinion | They Want Your Attention. Don’t Give It to Them. - The New York Times]]> https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/23/opinion/cancel-culture.html

We need to be more disciplined about feeding the trolls. Last year, I wrote a column about the U.S. World Cup team and the unexpected lesson it taught us on its march to world domination: Our greatest weapon is our attention and how we choose to wield it.

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Sun, 26 Jul 2020 12:13:15 -0700 https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/23/opinion/cancel-culture.html
<![CDATA[Cancel Culture and the Problem of Woke Capitalism - The Atlantic]]> https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2020/07/cancel-culture-and-problem-woke-capitalism/614086/

Beware splashy corporate gestures when they leave existing power structures intact. Tumbrels are rattling through the streets of the internet. Over the past few years, online-led social movements have deposed gropers, exposed bullies—and, sometimes, ruined the lives of the innocent.

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Sun, 26 Jul 2020 02:13:28 -0700 https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2020/07/cancel-culture-and-problem-woke-capitalism/614086/
<![CDATA[The Conspiracy Singularity Has Arrived]]> https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/v7gz53/the-conspiracy-singularity-has-arrived

The document was a single, bright red sheet of paper, crowded with close-set black type. Different kinds of lines and arrows connected in wild formulations, linking George Soros with the Illuminati, various stars of the UFO community with their alleged handlers, the CIA with Alex Jones.

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Sun, 26 Jul 2020 02:13:27 -0700 https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/v7gz53/the-conspiracy-singularity-has-arrived
<![CDATA[Cancel Culture and the Problem of Woke Capitalism - The Atlantic]]> https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2020/07/cancel-culture-and-problem-woke-capitalism/614086/

Beware splashy corporate gestures when they leave existing power structures intact. Tumbrels are rattling through the streets of the internet. Over the past few years, online-led social movements have deposed gropers, exposed bullies—and, sometimes, ruined the lives of the innocent.

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Sat, 25 Jul 2020 22:13:28 -0700 https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2020/07/cancel-culture-and-problem-woke-capitalism/614086/
<![CDATA[The Conspiracy Singularity Has Arrived]]> https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/v7gz53/the-conspiracy-singularity-has-arrived

The document was a single, bright red sheet of paper, crowded with close-set black type. Different kinds of lines and arrows connected in wild formulations, linking George Soros with the Illuminati, various stars of the UFO community with their alleged handlers, the CIA with Alex Jones.

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Sat, 25 Jul 2020 22:13:27 -0700 https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/v7gz53/the-conspiracy-singularity-has-arrived
<![CDATA[Revolution or Ruin - Journal #110 June 2020 - e-flux]]> https://www.e-flux.com/journal/110/335242/revolution-or-ruin/

We know how the first paragraph begins. We’ve read about the changing climate for over twenty years, infrequently at first and then daily until we couldn’t deny it any longer. The world is burning. The oceans are heating up and acidifying. Species are dying in the Sixth Great Extinction.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2020 19:13:16 -0700 https://www.e-flux.com/journal/110/335242/revolution-or-ruin/
<![CDATA[‘Collapse of civilisation is the most likely outcome’: top climate scientists – Voice of Action]]> https://voiceofaction.org/collapse-of-civilisation-is-the-most-likely-outcome-top-climate-scientists/

Australia’s top climate scientist says “we are already deep into the trajectory towards collapse” of civilisation, which may now be inevitable because 9 of the 15 known global climate tipping points that regulate the state of the planet have been activated.

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Tue, 30 Jun 2020 19:13:15 -0700 https://voiceofaction.org/collapse-of-civilisation-is-the-most-likely-outcome-top-climate-scientists/