The Great Reckoning / Tech-Master Disaster / Decomputerize to decarbonize / The beginnings of the era of climate barbarism / A Smart Commons — No.95

This week: Facing the Great Reckoning head-on / Tech-Master Disaster / To decarbonize we must decomputerize: why we need a Luddite revolution / “We are seeing the beginnings of the era of climate barbarism” / A Smart Commons A year ago: We’re Measuring the Economy All Wrong. Last week I launched memberships and the intro […]

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Progress & its discontents / The arrogance of the Anthropocene / Inside DeepMind’s mission / The sinister brutality of container architecture — No.90

Over the last few weeks a couple of people sent me links with notes like “sorry if you’ve seen this already.” Never apologize! Always send the links! It’s very much appreciated, whether I’ve read the article or not. This week: Progress and its discontents / The arrogance of the Anthropocene / Inside DeepMind’s mission to […]

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New Wilderness / Asimov on creativity & having new ideas / Living in Space / What’s a ‘Smart City’ Supposed to Look Like? / Desert of The Real — No.86

The New Wilderness Sharp take here by the multitalented Maciej Cegłowski, introducing the idea of “ambient privacy,” the society level intersection of everyone’s individual privacy which surveillance capitalism is eating away. He ponders how this loss affects our democracies and then makes (as others have done) the parallel with the environment; something that was so […]

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Not Relevant for Fantasy Purposes. Human Civilization (Probably not) Coming to an End Within 30 Yrs. Plan to Save the Planet by Working Less. — No.84

This Week: Not Relevant for Fantasy Purposes. Human Civilization (Probably not) Coming to an End Within 30 Years. The Radical Plan to Save the Planet by Working Less. Data Training Program at the NYT. A year ago: Tackling the Ethical Challenges of Slippery Technology. Not Relevant for Fantasy Purposes More of a thought experiment than […]

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Handle the post-truth. Systems Collapse, People Rise. Speculative Design & Glass Slaughterhouses. Design Is Not an Intellectual Exercise. — No.83

This week: You can handle the post-truth. As Systems Collapse, People Rise. Speculative Design and Glass Slaughterhouses. Design Is Not an Intellectual Exercise. How Politicians and Scholars Turned Against Big Tech. A year ago: The need for readers. You can handle the post-truth: a pocket guide to the surreal internet Eminently quotable piece by Aaron […]

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It’s 2059, and the Rich Kids Are Still Winning. Nnedi Okorafor. The Dark Forest Theory. AGI Has Been Delayed. New Zealand’s Liberal Milestone. — No.82

Summer is (supposedly) here which means vacations and traveling. If you’re a reader and end up swinging by Montréal, email me, lets grab coffee. This Week: It’s 2059, and the Rich Kids Are Still Winning. Nnedi Okorafor. The Dark Forest Theory of the Internet. AGI Has Been Delayed. New Zealand’s Next Liberal Milestone. Data is […]

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Sociological & psychological strorytelling. Bell talks anthropology. Bullet time. Why I (Still) Love Tech. AI with an Indigenous worldview. — No.81

This week: Sociological and psychological strorytelling. Genevieve Bell talks anthropology. Bullet time. Why I (Still) Love Tech. Artificial intelligence with an Indigenous worldview. A year ago: Barcelona is leading the fightback against smart city surveillance. The Real Reason Fans Hate the Last Season of Game of Thrones Although it’s technically about GoT, this piece by […]

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Born-Digital Publications. Science Fiction Doesn’t Have to Be Dystopian. Generalists Triumph in Specialized World. IPBES. Industry, rules, AI. — No.79

This week: Born-Digital Publications. Science Fiction Doesn’t Have to Be Dystopian. Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World. IPBES. Attenborough. Industry, rules, and AI. A year ago: AI researchers allege that machine learning is alchemy. Born-Digital Publications When the “about us” pages are super interesting, you know you’re in for something excellent to explore. Cita Press […]

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Digital future for newspapers. Agnotology and Epistemological Fragmentation. Nothing Fails Like Success. Political Moment for Climate Change. — No.78

This week: Digital future for newspapers. Agnotology and Epistemological Fragmentation. Nothing Fails Like Success. Extinction Rebellion and a Remarkable Political Moment for Climate Change. Venice and Fairbnb. A year ago: The economics of artificial intelligence. Want to see what one digital future for newspapers looks like? Look at The Guardian, which isn’t losing money anymore […]

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Smart cities the wrong way. Built to shill. Extended Intelligence. Dare to declare capitalism dead. ‘Unbelievable’ facial recognition machine. — No.77

This week: Thinking of smart cities the wrong way. Built to shill. Extended Intelligence. Dare to declare capitalism dead. An ‘unbelievable’ facial recognition machine. A beautiful book house. Chestnut agroforestry. A year ago: What Will Our Society Look Like When Artificial Intelligence Is Everywhere? You’re thinking about smart cities in completely the wrong way Francesca […]

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A Vision for a Shared Digital Europe. New Ways of Seeing. Climate Rebellion. Wrongheaded nature protection. Cities Are Rising in Influence. — No.76

This week: A Vision for a Shared Digital Europe. New Ways of Seeing. Climate Rebellion. It’s wrongheaded to protect nature with human-style rights. Cities Are Rising in Influence and Power on the Global Stage. A year ago: City Everywhere by Liam Young (Lecture Performance). A Vision for a Shared Digital Europe This new vision for […]

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