What I’ve Learned from Turning People’s Hopes and Fears into Private Immersive Performances
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?
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.
Insightful look at the physical behind the ethereal.
‘The cloud’ is extremely physical and not at all ephemeral nor ‘cloudlike’.
An unsettling look at our newest form of productivity
In addition to the digital geography of ‘the cloud’, the constant, pervasive creation of wireless connectivity requires enormous amounts of electrical energy.
Very interesting and informative.
Should we cater to our shitty attention span, or try to fix it?
"Instead of interrupting the user whenever new information becomes available," he explains, "future interfaces could trade information importance with users’ current interruptibility level and time the delivery of information appropriately—for example for a period of low cognitive load, free attentional capacity, or even boredom."
Binged on podcasts in 2015, and one by one they're falling off my subscribe list. I only listen to maybe 5-10 that I actually subscribe to, and that's because these 5-10 offer more than just information and discussion.
Utopia will always be humanity's goal for the future.
Machine learning has revolutionized biological research since we can now utilize big data sets and ask computers to help understand the underlying biology.
Speaking from experience, slouching really sucks.
Ironically, while many of us spend hours every day using small mobile devices to increase our productivity and efficiency, interacting with these objects, even for short periods of time, might do just the opposite, reducing our assertiveness and undermining our productivity.
This prosthetic knowledge can be kind of scary, since we don’t actually control it. Sometimes it feels like social media has taken over our brains, orchestrating our social calendars with reminders and prodding us to recall events we might sometimes rather forget