The Data Is Ours!
Democratic normative demand can motivate the development of new perspectives and approaches towards big data and privacy.
With digitization, however, capitalism starts to eat reality itself. It becomes an imperialism of everyday life—it begins to consume moments.
I can directly relate to this. Bourdain was an inspiration for my continuing journey into the editorial world. He still is and always will be.
On social media and it's affect on our perception of identity.
It has been built around the logic of highly structured boxes and categories, most with quantifiers that numerically rank every facet of our content, and this grid-patterned data-capture machine simply does not comfortably accommodate the reality that humans are fluid, changing, and messy in ways both tragic and wonderful.
If there is a God of rap, it's arguably Black Thought. He's literally been at it forever and is rarely (until his recent funk flex freestyle) acknowledged for having possibly the most enduring and sharpest tongue to ever grace a mic.
Silicon Valley is leveraging "healthy" disconnection to ensure workers are more productive for their own benefit.
“The mid-life crisis, what used to happen in the late 30s or 40s, is happening earlier for young people today,” she explains. “The breakdown often has to do with the question of one’s ‘unlived life,’ and young people are coming to the conclusion that something about society doesn’t work. The problems might be in dating, binge drinking, anxiety or depression, but those things usually have a larger question underneath them.”
I feel this. When work permeates your life, the things you once looked forward to can seem like a drag. Though, there's still a lot of weird shit on the internet for people to discover. It just takes a little more effort than it used to.
the internet stopped being something you went to in order to separate from the real world — from your job and your work and your obligations and responsibilities. It’s not the place you seek to waste time, but the place you go to so that you’ll someday have time to waste.
Hey, don't #deletefacebook, you still need it. Why? Because EVERYONE needs to help make those ethical design decisions.
The nature of human nature is that it changes. It can not, therefore, serve as a stable basis for evaluating the impact of technology. Yet the assumption that it doesn’t change serves a useful purpose. Treating human nature as something static, pure and essential elevates the speaker into a position of power. Claiming to tell us who we are, they tell us how we should be.
Relating to this article so hard it hurts.
Lately I have found myself trying to unravel the somewhat counterintuitive idea of aging as something which grants a kind of freedom, particularly for those of an age that places them in a kind of middle ground: old enough to have real responsibilities like bills, full-time job(s), or even a mortgage, but not old enough to be seen as middle aged, when a type of settling down is seen as tradition. If there is a freedom here, it’s in the ability to cling to ideas of youth while also teasing out the comforts of what we imagine being old looks like.
Go ahead, share that brunch picture with no remorse.
The picture of lunch is often given as the quintessential example of social media oversharing and banality, but it’s consistent with how visual social streams generally work: They consist not just of artistically composed shots or rare, significant moments, but also something more spontaneously expressive, rooted in the normal rhythms of daily experience.
One thing this digital culture lacks today is a sense of self-responsibility.
Unfortunately, ethics don’t scale as well as systems. We’ve poisoned ourselves, and more than a little.
Imagine how drastically your perspective on life would change if you could see everyone else's perspective simultaneously.
We all have a life story, a frame or lens that we use to link what might otherwise be an arbitrary string of events together. Overlaying narrative into the work is what gives each hour, each minute, meaning, significance, weight.
Fusing together the 40-plus databases to get this single snapshot requires tremendous computing power. Blowing it all up with a hypothetical nuclear bomb and watching things unfold for 36 hours takes exponentially more.
Here's something I strongly identify with. Google Maps all day, every day.
You'll have to view this in your browser, but the experience is well worth it.
Might be worth some investment...
From Etsy creators to that kid in your first college lecture promoting his podcast, the internet is the new lemonade stand.
By carving a space away from the growing necessity to record and collect life into database museums, temporary photography encourages an appreciation of the importance of experiencing the present for its own sake.
Big Tech ain't easy.
Action Bronson is easily one of my favorite people on this planet. While he is a stark contrast to Anthony Bourdain, another one of my favorite people, I love that he enjoys food simply to enjoy it. Very unlike the way Bourdain views food as a political and cultural statement, Bronson presents high-cuisine for normal people. Just toke up and enjoy that shit.
it is unethical to die — which endows scientific practice, particularly medicine, with the ability to furnish endlessly elastic moral arguments against death. It threatens to use its institutional power to steal from us our right to death.
"“more than music, more than sports, more than ‘personal style,’ comedy has become essential to how young men [the sole subjects of this study] view themselves and others.”"
There's no basis for thinking that our grain of sand on the cosmic beach is more special than any other. Why would the designer who had a special concern for us have given us so minor a place in the universe?
It is no longer the military-industrial complex, the cost of mainframe production, or the rise of Wikipedia that threaten the stability and certification of social information. Today’s barbarian at the gate is a much more evocative villain, because it is our own reflection.
L'appel du vide ("call of the void") - The unsettling feeling that creates unnerving, shaky sensation of not being able to trust one's own instincts.
“It’s a long-held idea that if you put a name to a feeling, it can help that feeling become less overwhelming,” she said. “All sorts of stuff that’s swirling around and feeling painful can start to feel a bit more manageable,” once you’ve pinned the feeling down and named it.
The chatbots persist, and in doing so they capably describe the territory between disillusionment and utopia, between affordable smart toasters and the overthrow of capitalism.
At least when I’m alive, my social media is a constantly updated, organically changing thing; once I’m dead, it’s all frozen in amber. Would that same online presence serve as a comfort to people who knew me, a kind of poignant memorial? Or, most terrifyingly of all, would no one care?
The greatest of the United States’ homegrown religions – greater than Jehovah’s Witnesses, greater than the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, greater even than Scientology – is the religion of technology.
But the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries were one of those rare periods when a lot of people cared, because their sense of the world was decomposing so dramatically. Literate people—and, thanks to the printing press, there were more of these than ever before—were eager to hear from philosophers who could give new answers to the ancient questions. If everything you thought you knew was wrong, how could you ever be confident that your knowledge was correct?
Twitter lips and Instagram eyes
Futurism became a joke, not a science.
Knowing what I know now, I sometimes wonder, was Pompey lucky when he pulled back the curtain and found nothing?
You count for less than nothing and nothing is preferable to you because it manages to to remain silent.
we’re actually going to be hooking my peripheral nervous system up to the nervous system of a cockroach and we’re going to allow me to control a cockroach… Then we’re actually going to flip the switch the other way and we’re going to let the cockroach control me.
VR isn’t all sex and games.
how are we going to teach AI using public data without incorporating the worst traits of humanity? If we create bots that mirror their users, do we care if their users are human trash?
Stop being so reasonable.
You have a drawer full of half-finished stories and novels and a to-do list item every week that reads, “work on writing.”
Digital hoarding is especially slippery because these days everyone does it, even if just by accident
“The human race is at an evolutionary turning point. We’re very close to having the power to construct our own mental functions,” he told The New York Times in 1970, after trying out his implants on mentally ill human subjects. “The question is, what sort of humans would we like, ideally, to construct?”
the committee made it clear that it’s not ready to accept the prospect of “designer babies.” Not only did they agree that the technology is still grossly premature (which is true), they also argued that this practice might never be accepted for technical, practical, and moral reasons.