Seen in → No.141
- 🌳 🐦 Internet of Natural Things. “The research has many strands. I’m exploring biophilic thinking in art, design, architecture and emerging tech. There’s great overlap with mental health and wellbeing. I’m particularly interested in the ways data and social media help us track animals, invest in them, and crowdsource their stories. I’m fascinated by how all of these strands coalesce to influence culture and aesthetics.”
- 🟠 💨 🇺🇸 Great 🧵 by Charlie Loyd on the fires and oranges skies. Heavy summer smoke in California is a return to pre–fire-suppression normal. “Prehistoric fire area and emissions from California’s forests, woodlands, shrublands, and grassland.” (Oldish and doesn’t properly address Native practices, but useful.)
- 📚 🎙 This 🧵 by Doctorow is technically for his kickstarting of the audio version of his book Attack Surface, but it’s actually a great look at the problems of books, audio books, DRM, and the impact of an activist book. As I learned from Little Brother, there is something powerful about technologically rigorous thrillers about struggles for justice - stories that marry excitement, praxis and ethics. Of all my career achievements, the people I’ve reached this way matter the most.
- 😍 🍄 In the Wilds of an Open Soil with Writer Merlin Sheldrake. Wendy Xu’s impressions of the book Entangled Life… in graphic novel form! Beautiful.
- 🇺🇸 Welcome to Leeside, the US’s first climate haven. “It’s 2057 and no life has been untouched by the realities of a warming globe. But mere decades ago, at the dawn of the 21st century, Americans were only just waking to this truth. Rising seas, powerful storms, and raging fires were destroying their cities, rendering homes uninhabitable, and dismantling livelihoods. Residents affected by such loss began to ask, ‘Where will we go?’ In an increasingly isolationist world, many responded, ‘Not here.’”
- 🦠 🇮🇹 It’s ike the flu, heh? Italy’s Bergamo finds covid-19 leaves long-term effects for some. “Bergamo doctors say the disease clearly has full-body ramifications but leaves wildly differing marks from one patient to the next, and in some cases few marks at all. Among the first 750 patients screened, some 30 percent still have lung scarring and breathing trouble. The virus has left another 30 percent with problems linked to inflammation and clotting, such as heart abnormalities and artery blockages. A few are at risk of organ failure.”
- 🇺🇸 💪🏼 🕵🏼♀️ Portland passes expansive city ban on facial recognition tech. “Through a pair of ordinances, Portland will both prohibit city bureaus from using the controversial technology and stop private companies from employing it in public areas.”
- 🕵🏼♂️ 🤬 Does Jeff have a house in an isolated volcano yet? Former NSA chief Keith Alexander has joined Amazon’s board of directors. “Alexander is a controversial figure for many in the tech community because of his involvement in the widespread surveillance systems revealed by the Snowden leaks. Those systems included PRISM, a broad data collection program that compromised systems at Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Facebook — but not Amazon.”