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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

Reading and Wandering. Economics After Neoliberalism. Economism, technocracy, and citizens. Magicverse. Aquaponics. A minister for the unborn. — No.70

This week: Reading and Wandering. Economics After Neoliberalism. Economism, technocracy, and citizens. Magicverse. Aquaponics. A minister for the unborn. A year ago: Small b blogging. Rebecca Solnit on a Childhood of Reading and Wandering Great essay on libraries and forests, reading and wandering, and the connections between all. I felt like highlighting all the quotes […]

Continue reading

A high five that can’t land. Model Metropolis. A flâneur approach to social media. Micromobility. Greta Thunberg. The Big Here. — No.65

This week: A high five that can’t land. Model Metropolis. A flâneur approach to social media. Micromobility. Greta Thunberg. The Big Here. A year ago: Post-work: the radical idea of a world without jobs A high five that can’t land Charlie Loyd beautifully weaving together stories about a bridge in Oakland, the Shinkansen to Hokkaido, […]

Continue reading

Intellectual humility. Automation Bites Back. Gradually, Then Suddenly. Defending Earth’s biodiversity. Light electric vehicles. Oumuamua. — No.63

Quick note that I completely redid the template for this newsletter, partially based on the Tinyletter styling. I’m trusting their code but do get back to me if you encounter display issues. Intellectual humility: the importance of knowing you might be wrong Excellent piece at Vox on reasons for and signs of intellectual humility in […]

Continue reading

Signup for the weekly newsletter