Clayton Darnault

Purveyor of words; cultivator of ideas. The original Digital Culturist.

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Clayton Darnault

12 days ago

From Etsy creators to that kid in your first college lecture promoting his podcast, the internet is the new lemonade stand.

The Small Business Of Trying To Go Big Online

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Clayton Darnault

25 days ago

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.

Pics and It Didn’t Happen

thenewinquiry.com

Clayton Darnault

27 days ago

Big Tech ain't easy.

Everyone’s Mad at Google and Sundar Pichai Has to Fix It

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Clayton Darnault

27 days ago

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.

Action Bronson’s Expansive Appetites

newyorker.com

Clayton Darnault

40 days ago

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.

Against Immortality — Real Life

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Clayton Darnault

218 days ago

"“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.”"

The Internet Is a Tough Room — Real Life

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Clayton Darnault

304 days ago

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?

The Argument for God is Out of Tune

cosmos.nautil.us

Clayton Darnault

306 days ago

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.

All I Know Is What’s on the Internet — Real Life

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Clayton Darnault

353 days ago

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.

10 Extremely Precise Words for Emotions You Didn’t Even Know You Had

nymag.com

Clayton Darnault

378 days ago

How personalisation could be changing your identity online

theconversation.com

Clayton Darnault

378 days ago

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.

Triple Canopy – Don’t You Want to Have a Body? by Alexander Provan

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Clayton Darnault

378 days ago

Face to Interface — Real Life

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Clayton Darnault

406 days ago

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?

I Went To My Own Digital Funeral

buzzfeed.com

Clayton Darnault

420 days ago

FURTHER - Seth Shostak

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Clayton Darnault

439 days ago

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.

The world wide cage

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Clayton Darnault

445 days ago

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?

Are We Really So Modern?

newyorker.com

Clayton Darnault

500 days ago

Twitter lips and Instagram eyes

The IRL Fetish

thenewinquiry.com

Clayton Darnault

501 days ago

Futurism became a joke, not a science.

Why We Need to Pick Up Alvin Toffler’s Torch

nytimes.com

Clayton Darnault

509 days ago

Terminal Democracy

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Clayton Darnault

564 days ago

Knowing what I know now, I sometimes wonder, was Pompey lucky when he pulled back the curtain and found nothing?

The Flesh Interface

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Clayton Darnault

591 days ago

Harsh.

You count for less than nothing and nothing is preferable to you because it manages to to remain silent.

Here’s What We Know About The Enormous Black Hole Astronomers Just Found

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Clayton Darnault

598 days ago

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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.

Inside The World's First Gathering Of Real Life Cyborgs

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Clayton Darnault

598 days ago

VR isn’t all sex and games.

The incredible future of VR isn’t video games or movies—it’s medicine

fusion.net

Clayton Darnault

602 days ago

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?

Twitter taught Microsoft’s AI chatbot to be a racist asshole in less than a day

theverge.com

Clayton Darnault

613 days ago

Where In The Heck Did The Wingdings Font Come From?

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Clayton Darnault

616 days ago

Stop being so reasonable.

Want to be an artist? First, go a little nuts

ideas.ted.com

Clayton Darnault

622 days ago

The mystery over the @ sign

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Clayton Darnault

626 days ago

Guilty.

You have a drawer full of half-finished stories and novels and a to-do list item every week that reads, “work on writing.”

observer.com

Clayton Darnault

626 days ago

I’ve Had a Cyberstalker Since I Was 12

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Clayton Darnault

629 days ago

Fascinating

Why do we dream? 7 theories from science (in TED-Ed GIFs)

blog.ed.ted.com

Clayton Darnault

630 days ago

Preach

Digital hoarding is especially slippery because these days everyone does it, even if just by accident

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Clayton Darnault

633 days ago

“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 Neurologist Who Hacked His Brain—And Almost Lost His Mind

wired.com

Clayton Darnault

634 days ago

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.

Here's Why We’ll Eventually Have to Accept Designer Babies

gizmodo.com

Clayton Darnault

640 days ago

The Gene Hackers

newyorker.com

Clayton Darnault

644 days ago

Insightful look at the physical behind the ethereal.

‘The cloud’ is extremely physical and not at all ephemeral nor ‘cloudlike’.

The Urban, Infrastructural Geography Of ‘The Cloud’

medium.com

Clayton Darnault

644 days ago

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.

The Energy Demand of ‘the Bones of Cyberspace’

medium.com

Clayton Darnault

650 days ago

Dissolvable Brain Sensors Disintegrate Once Their Job Is Done

theatlantic.com

Clayton Darnault

660 days ago

Very interesting and informative.

How the Cold War Created Astrobiology

nautil.us

Clayton Darnault

665 days ago

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."

How To Break the Information Age Trance of 'Continuous Partial Attention'

motherboard.vice.com

Clayton Darnault

669 days ago

“Never Drink Airplane Coffee” and Other Secrets From Airline Employees

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Clayton Darnault

677 days ago

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.

To Attract New Listeners, Podcasts Need to Move Beyond Sound

wired.com

Clayton Darnault

683 days ago

Utopia will always be humanity's goal for the future.

The New Utopians

newrepublic.com

Clayton Darnault

697 days ago

Machine learning has revolutionized biological research since we can now utilize big data sets and ask computers to help understand the underlying biology.

Computers Crack Life’s Secrets

hplusmagazine.com

Clayton Darnault

703 days ago

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.

Your iPhone Is Ruining Your Posture — and Your Mood

nytimes.com

Clayton Darnault

703 days ago

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

What Does the Internet Do to Our Memories?

nymag.com

Clayton Darnault

703 days ago

The technology may be very good at reading your emotions. But humans will have to take care how to act on them.

Computers That Know How You Feel Will Soon Be Everywhere

wired.com

Clayton Darnault

703 days ago

It turns out, the eye was pretty darn easy for evolution to make

How Evolution Engineered The Eye

digg.com

Clayton Darnault

704 days ago

What Searchable Speech Will Do To You

nautil.us

Clayton Darnault

704 days ago

Thinking of taking a trip? Don't forget your trusty travel guide!

A Travel Guide for the Fourth Dimension

nautil.us

Clayton Darnault

706 days ago

Creative to say the least

Deciphering the Secrets of Codex Seraphinuanus

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