Note — May 19, 2019

No.80 Asides

  • Design and Futures: Special Editor’s Introduction * Journal of Futures Studies. “Part of what bringing design and futures into sustained dialogue does is to allow each field to become more fluent in a second language which is the other’s native tongue.”
  • 📨 The Training Commission ”is a speculative fiction email newsletter about the compromises and consequences of using technology to reckon with collective trauma. Several years after a period of civil unrest and digital blackouts in the United States, a truth and reconciliation process has led to a major restructuring of the federal government, major tech companies, and the criminal justice system.”
  • 🎼📨 Flow State. “Every weekday, we send out two hours of music that’s perfect for working.”
  • San Francisco Bans Facial Recognition Technology “‘I think part of San Francisco being the real and perceived headquarters for all things tech also comes with a responsibility for its local legislators,’ said Mr. Peskin, who represents neighborhoods on the northeast side of the city. ‘We have an outsize responsibility to regulate the excesses of technology precisely because they are headquartered here.’
  • Why the Guardian is changing the language it uses about the environment. “Other terms that have been updated, including the use of ‘wildlife’ rather than ‘biodiversity’, ‘fish populations’ instead of ‘fish stocks’ and ’climate science denier’ rather than ‘climate sceptic’. In September, the BBC accepted it gets coverage of climate change ‘wrong too often’ and told staff: ‘You do not need a ‘denier’ to balance the debate.’”
  • 💧🏚 Fascinating. How Does Venice Work?. “The canals, the sewers, the buildings, the bridges and the rest of the Venice’s infrastructure has all been engineered to deal with a particularly challenging environment: not-particularly-solid ground constantly battered by salt water. In this short film, we learn how the city works and what steps have been taken over the centuries to ensure the smooth function of the city.”
  • 📻 BBC building ‘public service algorithm’. “His hope is that audiences will stumble onto something new, instead of content that simply reinforces their views. Algorithms ‘do not have to create echo chambers,” he added, “they can open them up’.”
  • ⚔️🐺🐉 Guilty pleasures: quite enjoying those SYFY recaps. Break down Game of Thrones’ “The Bells” with our epic Rap Up.