Sentiers No.43

Eco-socialism. Benkler. Human Ego. Monteiro. Anthropocene. Multipotentialites.

Welcome new readers, thanks for joining! Quick reminder that if you’re in Montréal I also host a very informal coffee chat every couple of months, you can signup to be notified here, it’s called Les ponts (jusqu’à maintenant, plutôt en français mais “on parle bilingue”). ✕ Capitalism Killed Our Climate Momentum, Not “Human Nature” This at the […]

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Sentiers No.42

Octonions. Private data and public good. Sortition. Elders. Scifi. Watson. Weeknotes.

I’m very happy to say that starting in August I’ll be helming another newsletter, this one a collaboration with Atelier 10, who publish the excellent Nouveau Projet print magazine. It’s called Repères and you can subscribe here. It’s in French and will be sent monthly, threading much the same topic selection as Sentiers. Lastly, since finishing up an important contract a […]

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Sentiers No.41

Data crimes. Shenzhen. Musk, SV, and aviation. Data centres. MaaS.

For this issue, in the end, I kept a Cities section but I’m toying with the idea of streamlining things, having the usual few “featured” articles to start (any topic), then a Tech section (absorbing The Churn and AI), followed with something perhaps titled Shorts regrouping everything else. Oft included sections like Cities and Milieu would be folded in there. Thoughts? Yeas or nays? ✕ Elizabeth Denham: ‘Data […]

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Sentiers No.40

Cognition crisis. Changing knowledge. Egos. The Public Square. Surveillance.

You might have noticed that I did end up skipping two weeks to properly enjoy my vacation. I hope you used the time to catchup on past issues and other newsletter because this one is gigantic. I’m not sure if I should say “sorry” or “enjoy”. ✕ Future Human Not a new section/category but rather […]

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Sentiers No.39

Buckminster. Bias. AI Debating. Quickstarter. Bezos. Media and censorship.

As you read this I am on vacation. As such, for once, I have enforced a hard deadline on myself and closed up shop before dinner/supper Friday. That has meant cutting reading and writing short a bit, making this issue more succinct than usual. Next Sunday is definitely off, then if I do manage to […]

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Sentiers No.38

AI Ideals. Capitalism. Whistleblowers. Inclusive Urbanism. Automation.

Happy father’s day to the dads around here. I hope some of what I include in these newsletters helps you in understanding the world we are leaving our kids and in taking some actions. ✕ Tackling the Ethical Challenges of Slippery Technology Anab Jain, starting from Google’s AI principles, show us some of the thorny […]

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Sentiers No.37

Bourdain. Books. Learning. Electric Scooters. AI. GitHub. China and meat. 2001.

This is a long one. It’s all good stuff (of course) but there are two main parts if you want to focus; ‘books and learning,’ followed by a ‘technology’ section. Then a short ‘cities’ and a very miscellaneous ‘miscellany.’ ✕ Don’€™t Eat Before Reading This I can’t say Anthony Bourdain is much in my usual “beats” […]

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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 Kottke.org 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 Kottke.org. 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 https://tinyletter.com/sentiers 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 https://tinyletter.com/sentiers 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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