Blocking People in Real Life: Tom Scott at An Evening of Unnecessary Detail

June 6, 2017 / 0 comments

“I’m not saying this would be a good idea, and it’s definitely not a prediction of the future. It’s just a story. I think. An Evening of Unnecessary Detail runs once a month from January to June at the Backyard Comedy Club in London: thanks to all the team there, including Matt Parker and Hannah…

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ARTHUR C. CLARKE DESCRIBING THE 21ST CENTURY

March 6, 2016 / 0 comments

Clarke was a great ambassador for science and technolgy in popular culture. He’s like your favourite uncle who can discuss groundbreaking ideas in a way that you’d imagine you’d talk to someone over a cup of tea. I’m sure he had a far more in depth grasp of many technolgies than he presented in many…

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GRAPHS AND QUOTES FROM THE BIG RETHINK

February 25, 2016 / 0 comments

Part 2: Farewell to modernism − and modernity too Here she contrasts three paradigms − or as she prefers, ‘cultural ecologies’ − Modernity, Deconstructionist Postmodernism (the transitory, hyper-relativist mode of thought usually referred to as Postmodernism) and Ecological Postmodernism, which she implies is the emerging long-term successor to modernity. Her vision of Ecological Postmodernism is…

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THE LAST JOB ON EARTH

February 18, 2016 / 0 comments

“Machines could take 50% of jobs in the next 30 years” Moshe Vardi, Professor of computer science, Rice University Meet Alice, holder of the last recognisable job on Earth, trying to make sense of her role in an automated world. ‘The Last Job on Earth’ is a film produced in collaboration with the Guardian Sustainable…

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WILLIAM MITCHELL – CONNECTED CITY

February 5, 2016 / 0 comments

A conversation with the MIT Professor and Director of the Media Lab’s Smart Cities Group.

THE CITY THAT PRIVATISED ITSELF TO DEATH

February 5, 2016 / 0 comments

I wonder what in 100 years from now it will be, London. The city that privatised itself to death. Abandoned to nature, maybe, the whole place a massive, feral version of that mimsy garden bridge over the Thames currently being planned by the giggling classes. Poor London, the ancient and forgotten metropolis, crumbling slowly into…

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CYBORGIAN INTERFACES

February 4, 2016 / 0 comments

A synthesis of organic and synthetic parts, the cyborg in film and fiction provides an important means in the digital age by which to question and explore the difference between human and artificial intelligence. As cyberspace becomes ever more pervasive, and invasive, and interfaces become softer, William J Mitchell’s vision of plugging the individual’s nervous system into electronic organs…

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LIVING BITS AND BRICKS

February 4, 2016 / 0 comments

“Total Fluidity on All Scales” was the title of a Zaha Hadid lecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in April 2007. For several hours the audience stood in front of wondrous forms of all scales that suggested the idea of movement—from objects to buildings, and even cities. The quest for movement in design can be traced back to…

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MESSAGE FROM THE FUTURE

February 3, 2016 / 0 comments

SOON, YOUR HOUSE COULD BETRAY YOU

February 3, 2016 / 0 comments

In the latest of a series of polemical arguments against smart cities, Rem Koolhaas has penned perhaps his most complete analysis yet of the role that emerging technologies and the way they are implemented will affect our everyday lives, in an article over at Artforum. Taking on a wide range of issues, Koolhaas goes from criticizing developments in building technology as a “stealthy…

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