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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F FOR FAKE: HOW TO STRUCTURE A VIDEO ESSAY

February 27, 2016 / 0 comments

If you want to make video essays, there’s no better film to study than Orson Welles’ 1973 masterpiece, F for Fake. There are a million lessons to take away from it, but today, let’s see what it has to teach us about structure. NO SPOILERS. For educational purposes only. You can donate to support the…

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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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SMARTPHONE’S AS EXTENSIONS OF OURSELVES

February 21, 2016 / 0 comments

Apple’s recent refusal to abide by a court order to unlock the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone has brought to the public’s attention an argument over cybersecurity and encryption that has been raging throughout the tech world for years. On the surface, that argument has a particular and recognizable ethical character. But further down, it is…

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#RIOT: SELF-ORGANIZED, HYPER-NETWORKED REVOLTS—COMING TO A CITY NEAR YOU

February 9, 2016 / 0 comments

LET’S START WITH the fundamental paradox: Our personal technology in the 21st century—our laptops and smartphones, our browsers and apps—does everything it can to keep us out of crowds. Why pack into Target when Amazon can speed the essentials of life to your door? Why approach strangers at parties or bars when dating sites like…

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THE POPULAR MYTH OF AN IMMATERIAL INTERNET

February 5, 2016 / 0 comments

The Popular Myth of an Immaterial Internet is allowing our cities to be covertly corrupted by private infrastructure devoid of any sense of public generosity Years ago, on a quiet lane in rural Devon, I saw a crew of engineers drag great chunks of copper cable from a trench. Each was a thick bundle of copper, remnants of a…

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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.

WIKIGALAXY: EXPLORE WIKIPEDIA IN 3D

February 5, 2016 / 0 comments

Explore wikipedia in a 3d visualised galaxy, each page of information becoming a node in a vast web of interconnected bits. LINK-LINK-LINK EXPLORE THE WIKI GALAXY LINK-LINK-LINK

THE PLAYBOY INTERVIEW: MARSHALL MCLUHAN

February 5, 2016 / 0 comments

A candid conversation with the high priest of popcult and metaphysician of media. From “The Playboy Interview: Marshall McLuhan”, Playboy Magazine, March 1969. © Playboy In 1961, the name of Marshall McLuhan was unknown to everyone but his English students at the University of Toronto — and a coterie of academic admirers who followed his…

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GROWING DETAILS

February 4, 2016 / 0 comments

Project Cyborg is a cloud-native meta-platform developed by Autodesk Research’s Bio/Nano/ Programmable Matter Group that accelerates the introduction of applications for matter programming and bio-inspired design. The design paradigm behind matter programming is now being gradually applied to concrete projects across a range of domains and metric scales: from material science to synthetic biology, from the nano- to human scale and above, and from 3D…

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