MachineMachine /stream - tagged with progress https://machinemachine.net/stream/feed en-us http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss LifePress therourke@gmail.com <![CDATA[Elon Musk argues that we must put a million people on Mars if we are to ensure that humanity has a future]]> https://aeon.co/essays/the-elon-musk-interview-on-mars

‘Fuck Earth!’ Elon Musk said to me, laughing. ‘Who cares about Earth?’ We were sitting in his cubicle, in the front corner of a large open-plan office at SpaceX headquarters in Los Angeles. It was a sunny afternoon, a Thursday, one of three designated weekdays Musk spends at SpaceX.

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Sat, 10 Aug 2019 13:20:50 -0700 https://aeon.co/essays/the-elon-musk-interview-on-mars
<![CDATA[Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures | ISSN 1555-9351]]> http://hyperrhiz.io/hyperrhiz20/expanding-criticism/2-hanna-future-shock.html

Citation: Hanna, Julian. ““Future Shock”: Manifestos in the Digital Age.” Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures no. 20, 2019. doi:10.20415/hyp/020.ex02 Abstract: The manifesto is currently one of most useful and vital online forms.

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Tue, 28 May 2019 23:03:14 -0700 http://hyperrhiz.io/hyperrhiz20/expanding-criticism/2-hanna-future-shock.html
<![CDATA[Stop treating tech jerks like gods]]> https://nypost.com/2018/09/01/stop-treating-tech-jerks-like-gods/

Could we stop worshipping rich men who are jerks? On Tuesday, Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of Tesla, took to Twitter once again with bizarre comments, saying how “strange” it is that the cave diver who rescued the Thai boys didn’t sue him after he called him a pedophile.

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Tue, 09 Oct 2018 09:50:53 -0700 https://nypost.com/2018/09/01/stop-treating-tech-jerks-like-gods/
<![CDATA[Opinion | Beware Rich People Who Say They Want to Change the World - The New York Times]]> https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/24/opinion/sunday/wealth-philanthropy-fake-change.html

Society’s winners can seem so generous, until you consider what they’re really selling. “Change the world” has long been the cry of the oppressed. But in recent years world-changing has been co-opted by the rich and the powerful.

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Tue, 28 Aug 2018 05:33:34 -0700 https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/24/opinion/sunday/wealth-philanthropy-fake-change.html
<![CDATA[Bunker Mentality: Start Preparing for Ecological & Economic Disaster Free Of Corporate Overlords | Zero Hedge]]> https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-08-10/bunker-mentality-start-preparing-ecological-economic-disaster-free-corporate

Let’s face it: reading stories about the ongoing destruction of planet Earth, the life-sustaining blue marble that all of us – aside from maybe Elon Musk – are permanently trapped on, has got to be one of the least-favorite topics of all time.

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Tue, 14 Aug 2018 20:41:12 -0700 https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-08-10/bunker-mentality-start-preparing-ecological-economic-disaster-free-corporate
<![CDATA[Survival of the Richest – Future Human – Medium]]> https://medium.com/s/futurehuman/survival-of-the-richest-9ef6cddd0cc1

Last year, I got invited to a super-deluxe private resort to deliver a keynote speech to what I assumed would be a hundred or so investment bankers. It was by far the largest fee I had ever been offered for a talk — about half my annual professor’s salary — all to deliver some insight on the subject of “the future of technology.”

I’ve never liked talking about the future. The Q&A sessions always end up more like parlor games, where I’m asked to opine on the latest technology buzzwords as if they were ticker symbols for potential investments: blockchain, 3D printing, CRISPR. The audiences are rarely interested in learning about these technologies or their potential impacts beyond the binary choice of whether or not to invest in them. But money talks, so I took the gig.

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Sat, 07 Jul 2018 08:32:30 -0700 https://medium.com/s/futurehuman/survival-of-the-richest-9ef6cddd0cc1
<![CDATA[Elon Musk and the Failure of Our Imagination in Space | The New Yorker]]> https://www.newyorker.com/books/under-review/elon-musk-and-the-failure-of-our-imagination-in-space

Long before mastering the mechanics of spaceflight, men imagined sending other men into the cosmos.

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Sun, 24 Jun 2018 02:18:33 -0700 https://www.newyorker.com/books/under-review/elon-musk-and-the-failure-of-our-imagination-in-space
<![CDATA[The humanist left must challenge the rise of cyborg socialism]]> https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/uk/2018/04/humanist-left-must-challenge-rise-cyborg-socialism

Undiagnosed by the mainstream media and much of the academic community, a major intellectual renewal is underway across the left. It is energetic and tech-savvy, building platforms such as Novara Media.

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Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:34:14 -0700 https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/uk/2018/04/humanist-left-must-challenge-rise-cyborg-socialism
<![CDATA[10. Salon Digital: #Additivism and the Art of Collective Survival - Daniel Rourke]]> https://vimeo.com/250198657

In diesem Video geht es um den Salon Digital 10. Dokumentation des 10. Salon Digital an der Hochschule für Künste Bremen am 29.11.2017. Mit Daniel Rourke. / filmische Dokumentation: Eva Klauss Rather than try and solve the problems we face as a planetary species - political and social problems which have been with us for millennia; or problems which come with new, and shiny names like ‘The Anthropocene’ - Daniel Rourke and Morehshin Allahyari, in their #'Additivism project, look to question the very notion of ‘the solution’: asking how the stories our problem come wrapped in are products of particular privileges, identities, and points of view. In this talk Daniel Rourke introduces The 3D Additivist Manifesto and Cookbook, showcasing some of the 'post-solution' projects it contains, and asking difficult questions of how to act once there are no solutions left. What is #Additivism? In March 2015 Allahyari & Rourke released The 3D Additivist Manifesto, a call to push the 3D printer and other creative technologies, to their absolute limits and beyond into the realm of the speculative, the provocative and the weird. The 3D Additivist Cookbook is composed of responses to that call, an extensive catalog of digital forms, material actions, and post-humanist methodologies and impressions. - The program for Digital Media at the University of the Arts Bremen launched a regular series of salon-style gatherings titled “Spectacle: Reenactments in the Arts, Design, Science and Technology.” The events have an open format and provide a forum for experiments, presentations and performances from a range of different fields, but with a common focus on old and new media, as well as technologies. The salon thereby enables a practice of reenactment as a way to make things past and hidden visible, present and also questionable. Contemporary new technologies and media seem to cover knowledge with complex layers of materials, code/sign systems and history/organization. Reenacting can translate obscured knowledge, ideas and theories into bodies and actions. At the heart of this conceptual approach is a desire to turn past events into present experiences—although the very nature of the past prohibits such an endeavor. The salon pursues the primary goal of opening closed systems and constructions (black boxes). Global power structures, as well as complex processes in development and production—leading to hermetic constructs—have made it even harder to understand science, economy and contemporary media, as well as new technologies. Recipients therefore tend to mostly grasp only their superficial level. The spectacle is a way to condense actions and processes. Reenactment, on the other hand, builds on repetition and history. But the spectacle is a moment in the here and now where everything flows together and culminates. Organised by: Andrea Sick, Ralf Baecker und Dennis Paul salon-digital.comCast: Digitale Medien KuD der HfK

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Mon, 16 Apr 2018 11:01:13 -0700 https://vimeo.com/250198657
<![CDATA[An Incomplete Timeline of What We Tried - Motherboard]]> https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/xwvgeq/an-incomplete-timeline-of-what-we-tried

Human extinction. The coordinated release of various strains of a human sterilization virus.

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Wed, 04 Apr 2018 08:08:44 -0700 https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/xwvgeq/an-incomplete-timeline-of-what-we-tried
<![CDATA[Why a leading political theorist thinks civilization is overrated - Vox]]> https://www.vox.com/conversations/2017/11/22/16649038/civilization-progress-humanity-history-technology

Is civilization good for us? Has it made us any happier?

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Sun, 26 Nov 2017 10:30:55 -0800 https://www.vox.com/conversations/2017/11/22/16649038/civilization-progress-humanity-history-technology
<![CDATA[Against ‘Sustainability’ - The New York Times]]> https://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/08/opinion/against-sustainability.html

Among the many stories that can be told about the origins of the environmental movement in the West, perhaps the most common is that it began with the emergence of Romanticism in the late 18th century. In this version, environmentalism was born as the good twin to evil industrialization.

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Wed, 25 Oct 2017 10:50:35 -0700 https://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/08/opinion/against-sustainability.html
<![CDATA[Is a mission to Mars morally defensible given today’s real needs? | Aeon Essays]]> https://aeon.co/essays/is-a-mission-to-mars-morally-defensible-given-todays-real-needs

There are good reasons to worry about the future of humanity. Do we have a future, and if so, how much and what kind? For most people, it’s easier to feel these existential concerns for our species than it is to do something about them. But some are taking action.

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Wed, 11 Oct 2017 17:08:14 -0700 https://aeon.co/essays/is-a-mission-to-mars-morally-defensible-given-todays-real-needs
<![CDATA[Technology is making the world more unequal. Only technology can fix this | Inequality | The Guardian]]> https://www.theguardian.com/inequality/2017/may/31/technology-is-making-the-world-more-unequal-only-technology-can-fix-this-cory-doctorow

The inequality of badly-run or corrupt states is boosted by the power of technology – but it’s also easier than ever to destabilise these states, thanks to technology. The question is: which future will prevail?

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Mon, 26 Jun 2017 05:50:32 -0700 https://www.theguardian.com/inequality/2017/may/31/technology-is-making-the-world-more-unequal-only-technology-can-fix-this-cory-doctorow
<![CDATA[The human world is not more fragile now: it always has been | Aeon Essays]]> https://aeon.co/essays/the-human-world-is-not-more-fragile-now-it-always-has-been

The end of the world is a growth industry. You can almost feel Armageddon in the air: from survivalist and ‘prepper’ websites (survivopedia.com, doomandbloom.net, prepforshtf.

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Thu, 08 Jun 2017 08:01:46 -0700 https://aeon.co/essays/the-human-world-is-not-more-fragile-now-it-always-has-been
<![CDATA[BBC - Future - How Western civilisation could collapse]]> http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170418-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.

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Mon, 24 Apr 2017 08:01:34 -0700 http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170418-how-western-civilisation-could-collapse
<![CDATA[Singularities panel, Transmediale (5th Feb 2017)]]> http://additivism.org/post/157310071576

Singularities panel, Transmediale (5th Feb 2017)The video of our #Singularities panel at Transmediale is now online:Featuring the extraordinary talents of Luiza Prado & Pedro Oliveira (A parede), Rasheedah Phillips, and Dorothy R. Santos speaking (and performing) on refiguring techno-colonialist and heteronormative pasts, presents, futures and identities.The introduction to the panel - written by Morehshin and myself - can be found here. Photos from the panel are here.Stick around for the discussion and Q&A

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Thu, 16 Feb 2017 02:02:15 -0800 http://additivism.org/post/157310071576
<![CDATA[Joel Mokyr: Progress Isn't Natural - The Atlantic]]> http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/11/progress-isnt-natural-mokyr/507740/

Humans invented it—and not that long ago. How and why did the modern world and its unprecedented prosperity begin? Many bookshelves are full of learned tomes by historians, economists, political philosophers and other erudite scholars with endless explanations.

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Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:30:27 -0800 http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/11/progress-isnt-natural-mokyr/507740/
<![CDATA[Against ‘Sustainability’]]> http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/08/opinion/against-sustainability.html?_r=1

Among the many stories that can be told about the origins of the environmental movement in the West, perhaps the most common is that it began with the emergence of Romanticism in the late 18th century. In this version, environmentalism was born as the good twin to evil industrialization.

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Wed, 07 Sep 2016 11:14:17 -0700 http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/08/opinion/against-sustainability.html?_r=1
<![CDATA[Limits to Growth was right. New research shows we're nearing collapse | Cathy Alexander and Graham Turner | Opinion | The Guardian]]> https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/sep/02/limits-to-growth-was-right-new-research-shows-were-nearing-collapse

Four decades after the book was published, Limit to Growth’s forecasts have been vindicated by new Australian research. Expect the early stages of global collapse to start appearing soon

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Mon, 08 Aug 2016 03:59:26 -0700 https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/sep/02/limits-to-growth-was-right-new-research-shows-were-nearing-collapse