Sentiers No.36

Futures. Design Fiction. Darkness. Lots of drones. Trudeau’s Pipe. Crazy Walls.

This week ended up with something of a futures theme with critics of technology, design fiction, and a very dark future by Charlie Stross. Lots of drones. And my extreme 😡 of the week with Trudeau ignoring the future and purchasing a pipeline, with Bill McKibben’s reaction. ✕ Futuring “Why don’t you go live in […]

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Sentiers No.35

Fearless cities. The 21st century challenge. Harari. Estonia. Bonkers destruction.

Hello and sorry for the delayed arrival, quite a hectic week and the coming one will likely be the same so a shorter issue than the last few. ✕ ❤️ Barcelona is leading the fightback against smart city surveillance I really want to see an update on this in a year (or even 6 months), because […]

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Sentiers No.34

Scale. Google v DoD. Humanism. Finns and libraries. Plastics. Rome. NatGeo.

The longest section this week is the one titled ‘Milieu’ which makes me realize again that I never did publish that glossary of terms a couple of people asked for. The use of ‘Milieu’ is something we used in The Alpine Review to encompass the natural world, our impact, and the related solutions and tools we come […]

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Sentiers No.33

Duplex. Biased AI. Seamless vs seams in cities. Alchemy & Hauntings. Anthropocene.

Lots of reading material this week as I did a bit of catching up and, as always, there’s a lot happening. Includes duplicitous Duplex, neo-colonialism, thoughtless AI, replicable cities, alchemy and hauntings, and minimal ethics for the anthropocene. ✕ Duplicitous About Google Duplex but it could easily have gone under The Churn. Google Duplex: An […]

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Sentiers No.32

Economics of AI. Stories. City as character. Schools of Understanding. What I Kottkied.

Welcome to new subscribers coming from my short stint at this week. I hope you enjoyed what I posted there. To those who didn’t follow, imho I did a pretty darn good job. So after a day away, breezing through the blog this morning, I decided to link to a few in the last section below. I do encourage you […]

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Sentiers No.31

AI scenarios. Bicycle Urbanism. Network of distributed creativity.

Sorry for sending this a bit late, the last couple of days didn’t turn out as expected. On the (very) positive side though, next week I’ll be guest editing That’s a huge honour, I’ve been reading Jason pretty much since the beginning and I’ve always been a fan. I’ve said this before here but look at […]

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Sentiers No.30

Problems with news. The real Future of Work. Capitalism. Lecture performance. Trolleys and a New Silk Road

Busy weeks ahead but at least spring seems to finally be here in Montréal, a few week late. There are at least four or five longform articles I didn’t manage to read for this issue, hopefully for the next. I’m still playing around with the balance between “this just happened” and more evergreen stuff I […]

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Sentiers No.29

Digital Creation. Interfaces. Hanseatic League. Ideology.

There’s the very loose idea around this newsletter that it might, at some point, turn into something more like a magazine, or lead to a magazine project. Or a “publication,” which I see as a more bookish, less regular, but still periodical “thing.” CLOG being one example. Following a reader’s comment this week as well as a […]

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Sentiers No.28

Like-hearted. Macron. Half life of knowledge. Scifi. Dockless vehicles.

Hello and welcome back, last week was likely the last break for a little while, thanks for sticking around. I’m hoping to keep thinking about the first item below and blog (or even launch) something in that area. Although what I’m writing is still pretty blurry, do hit reply and share your thoughts or links […]

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Sentiers No.27

Facebook. Fixes. Centaurs. Half a planet. China.

I’m not sure yet how the Easter long weekend will turn out with travel or not so I’m not sure if No.28 will get to you then or later. However, I’m really intent on not talking about Facebook as much as in this issue. Promise. ✕ Facebook 💩 12 Things Everyone Should Understand About Tech […]

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Sentiers No.26

Hawking. B.A.S.A.A.P. Blogging. Berners-Lee. Cambridge Analytica. NatGeo.

Welcome back, I hope you used this short break to catch up on other newsletters. Quick question: I (mostly) prepare these things on Friday afternoon, should I send it on Fridays when ready or stick with noon(ish) on Sundays? — Sharing on social or forwarding is much appreciated, thanks! ✕ RIP Stephen Hawking By the time […]

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Sentiers No.25

Laser focus, Dynamicland, Palantir, Dutch cities, Chinese innovation, and a crazy arctic

Next week is “spring break” over here and I’m taking the week off so No.26 will either be super short, or pushed back a week. Sharing on social or forwarding is much appreciated, thanks in advance! ✕ The Art of Laser Focus Over the last few years, the idea of digital as material has surfaced a few times, […]

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Sentiers No.24

Decentralization, cities, data, Kottke, wood, and zone rouge

Thanks to everyone who reached out this week with super positive feedback, I’m especially interested in knowing what you like / are most interested in, and welcome to the new subscribers. If you enjoy this newsletter, don’t hesitate to share broadly by forwarding or talking about it on social networks. Thanks in advance! ✕ Why Decentralization […]

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Sentiers No.23

Cities, Black Panther, geoengineering, 30-hour work weeks, and transport

Sorry for the late arrival of this issue, a weekend away and meeting friends on Friday have pushed back the assembling and writing. I’ll also note that I’m quite hopeful we can use technology to help us have more livable cities, the articles below happen to be quite questioning of much of the current offerings. […]

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Sentiers No.22

SpaceX, lots of Churn, urban villages, magazine stacks, RIP JPB

A very “churn heavy” issue this week with lots of dystopic symptoms. Sweet dreams! (Note that for most of these articles, the technology depicted is super interesting, the implementation usually doesn’t pay enough intention to the implications. Akin to programming AIs with biased data used without serious enough forethought.) Saw The Last Jedi yesterday. Wasn’t all that […]

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Sentiers No.21

Post-work, privacy, dockless bikes, CDC, plastics, and nice galleries

Had a lovely time working from a public library yesterday, nice change from hipster third wave places (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Give that a try. All sharing to friends is appreciated! If you were forwarded this email, subscribe here. ✕ Post-work: the radical idea of a world without jobs Good piece but, like anything that mentions […]

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Sentiers No.20

Ursula K. Le Guin, Lanier, AI, Luddites, Cities

Feedback is always appreciated but this week I have a small request; it’s always a challenge to decide exactly which articles to feature more, which to discard so this newsletter remains readable, and which to include only as links. If you have opinions on things I spend too much time on or pieces you would […]

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Sentiers No.19

Free speech, Facebook, cities, hip hop photographers, solutionism, history, and Allen

This one starts social media (FB) heavy, sorry about that. Good articles though and lots of other excellent stuff further down. It’s the longest issue yet, I’m pretty much done catching up with holiday readings and will get back to the slightly shorter usual. Welcome to all the new subscribers sent from the Thames Delta. ✕ […]

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Buckminster Fuller and his domed city design, image by Steve Yelvington (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Sentiers No.18

Talk loudly, cities, history, the firm, geekery, drones and dolphins

Hello again, I hope you had a good holiday break. I’ve managed to get back into the habit of checking RSS again (!!) and I’m hoping to re-reduce my Twitter reading so if you think this week there are too many links to Twitter threads, you’re right and it’s possibly the last time that happens. […]

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Sentiers No.17

Magic Leap. AI Fear. Future of Work. A Black Wolf. Short Stories.

A day early for this last Sentiers of 2017. In the end I decided to write a normal issue and skip next week, and possibly the one after. I’ll ‘see’ you on the 7th or 14th of January. Happy Holidays! ✕ SpaceX Last minute add: SpaceX launch wowed many, scared some, in SoCal last night. ✕ […]

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Sentiers No.16

Blockchain and a low waste society. Toxic entitlement. Working less. CCTV in China. Journalism.

I’m not planning on talking about Bitcoin/blockchain all the time but the current price and worries around energy consumption are also surfacing interesting discussions. So, more blockchain in this issue with Vinay Gupta and some pretty mind blowing ideas. There’s an “Updates” section at the bottom with news on topics covered previously. Finally, the next two issues would normally […]

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Sentiers No.15

Commons (and a dying internet), strength, history, scifi, Bitcoin, Eudamonia machine

No real intro this week because, oops, after the shortest issue ever here’s the longest. ✕ The Commons To Oppose The Churn Q&A: Yochai Benkler on the Benefits of an Open Source Economic System The brilliant Benkler on the potential of the commons as a way to organize our world, the only real option to […]

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Sentiers No.14

Ku, Mesopotamia, utopian dreams, books, pivoting to readers, and slaughterbots

This issue randomly ended up as more focused on physical and/or the past, with great threads of historical topics, a Media section, and a Print section with books and bookstores. It’s also a bit shorter, do hit reply and tell me what you think. ✕ MUJI’s design philosophy is emptiness, not minimalism Ku is not a poverty or absence of ideas […]

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Sentiers No.13

Harassment, green communism, net neutrality, an ice apocalypse, and a ‘spaceship’

Apologies if you are getting this on (your) Monday, I finished up this issue just before dinner on Sunday my time. Nothing much else to say in lieu of intro except that my new favorite expression is Irony poisoning. ✕ Rebecca Traister on #MeToo, female rage, and Anita Hill’s legacy (Audio) Very, very highly recommended. You’ll be thinking […]

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Sentiers No.12

China and aliens, new institutes, Amazon, and destroying all the things

I held a lunch & learn last week on the topic of Personal Knowledge Mastery (PKM), based in part on Harold Jarche’s Seek, Sense, Share framework. Preparing the slides (with Deckset, you should check it out) made me realize that, other than this here newsletter I recently started, the Sense(making) and Sharing parts of my habits were […]

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