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Will Machines Replace Humans? Anthropology on Technology

For the final part of Cultural Ecology 2017 we used anthropological work to speculate on big questions about the future of life in the Anthropocene. …

Anthropology

Call for papers (AAA): Digital infrastructures

<b>Digital Infrastructures: Poetics, Politics and Personhood – AAA San Jose 14-18 November 2018</b><br>Lorraine Weekes (Stanford University)<br>Gertjan Plets …

Designing a Syllabus

It’s easy to underestimate how much time and thought a syllabus absorbs, but they demand a lot of attention, especially because they’re one of the …

The Cleaners is a riveting documentary about how social media might be ruining the world

A look at the content moderators that control what we see turns into a manifesto against the internet itself<p><i>Welcome to Cheat Sheet, our brief breakdown-style reviews of festival films, VR previews, and other special event releases. This review comes from the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.</i><p>We’re in a …

#Elsagate: a subreddit that's sleuthing out the weird videos of Youtube Kids

Last month, James "New Aesthetic" Bridle published an influential essay exploring the prolific and disturbing video-spam that had come to dominate …

Youtube Kids spammers rack up billions of views on disturbing, violent, seemingly algorithmic videos

James Bridle takes a deep dive into the weird world of Youtube Kids videos, whose popular (think: millions and millions of views) genres and channels …

Internet

Anthropological Predictions for Paradoxical Times

What Will Happen in the Future?<p>For Anthropology 2017 we tackled big and controversial questions anthropology has attempted to answer. Our final …

Anthropology

Heavy social media use leads to a wider variety of news sources

Most people don't look at any news, or at one news site; using social media a lot (even without the intention of looking for news) means that …

Legal advice to musicians, after "Blurred Lines": pretend you have no influences

It's been two years since Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke lost a lawsuit brought by Marvin Gaye's descendants, who argued that their song "Blurred …

If you're worried about Net Neutrality, you should be worried about web DRM, too

Yesterday's smashing Net Neutrality campaign showed that people have finally woken up to the risks of the highly concentrated telcoms sector using …

Hacker and Drone Training as Ethnographic Fieldwork

Recently, I enrolled in two multi-day training workshops in the United Kingdom with the pretense of gathering ethnographic data about emergent …

The History of Zero: How Ancient Mesopotamia Invented the Mathematical Concept of Nought and Ancient India Gave It Symbolic Form

“If you look at zero you see nothing; but look through it and you will see the world.”<p>If the ancient Arab world had closed its gates to foreign travelers, we would have no medicine, no astronomy, and no mathematics — at least not as we know them today.<p>Central to humanity’s quest to grasp the nature …

Why the forgotten Soviet internet was doomed from the start

Long before the World Wide Web, the Soviets tried to save the USSR with a computer network. Why did their project never make it?<p>For 12 year-old Oleg Guimaoutdinov, learning to programme a computer in Soviet Russia largely meant hitting the books. Bored by the focus on theory, many classmates soon …

50 Things a Geek Should Know (Apparently)

In our fast-paced society today, we seem to be in a constant struggle to keep up. While the advancement of technology has its benefits, we are now …

The Open Syllabus Project Gathers 1,000,000 Syllabi from Universities & Reveals the 100 Most Frequently-Taught Books

Earlier this week, we highlighted The 20 Most Influential Academic Books of All Time, according to a recent poll conducted in Britain.<p>Now comes the …

The quest to build the world’s first ethical smartphone

For many people, smartphones are the first thing we see in the morning and the last thing we see at night. Yet despite our intimate relationship with these devices, we tend to know very little about how they are made—which is ironic, considering they put the world’s knowledge at our fingertips.<p>A …

Sleep tech could set off a biological class war

When we discuss the separation between the rich and the poor, its usually on an economic level. After all, an abundance of money is what makes people rich.<p>However, sleep tech—technology designed to reduce how much sleep we need on a nightly basis—may usher in a different kind of disparity: …

Sleep

What Makes Something Ethnographic?

How do you know when you are reading an ethnography? What makes a book or article ethnographic? This past semester I taught a new undergraduate …

What We’re Teaching This Semester: Ethnographic Theory

What courses do professors teach and why? Who determines what students need to know? In my department we teach a combination of required courses and …

A user’s manual

IN 2003 Peter Morley-Souter, a British teenager whose hobby was drawing comic strips with his sister Rose, was sent a parody of “Calvin and Hobbes”, …

The Dark Net: Inside the Digital Underworld

Publisher: Melville House <br>Price: $27.95 <br>Author: Jamie Bartlett <br>Length: 320 pages <br>Format: Hardcover <b><br>Publication date: 2015-05</b> <br>Affiliate <br>Amazon<p>Excerpted …

How young women are suckered into making "amateur" porn

A new documentary, <i>Hot Girls Wanted</i>, follows young women as they are maneuvered into being "amateur" porn performers, then discarded by the business …

The Untold Story of Silk Road, Part 1 | WIRED

<i>“I imagine that someday I may have a story written about my life and it would be good to have a detailed account of …

I clicked one of those 'sexy' browser game ads so you don't have to

The game tells me to "attack Bullen", and I'm not sure whether Bullen is a place or a guy, but suddenly there are battle units on screen, apparently …

Fast Writing: Ethnography in the Digital Age

<i>[Savage Minds is pleased to run this essay by guest author Yarimar Bonilla as part of our Writer’s Workshop Series.</i> <i>Yarimar is Assistant Professor of</i> …

Read More, Write Less

<i>[Savage Minds is pleased to publish this essay by Ruth Behar as part of our Writers’ Workshop series. Ruth is the Victor Haim Perera Collegiate</i> …

Arms Race Coming in Asia?

The East and South China Seas face the possibility of a growing arms race between Japan, China and other countries, according to a new policy …

Gender Circuits: Bodies and Identities in a Technological Age (Sociology Re-Wired)

The new edition of <i>Gender Circuits</i> explores the impact of new technologies on the gendered lives of individuals through substantive sociological …

Our porn obsession is hurting our sex lives

Sex is an interesting thing on the academic level.<p>OK, it’s pretty goddamn interesting on the practical level too, but stick with me here.<p>Culturally …

Tldrbot: great works of literature in seconds

Tldrbot is the latest bot from Shardcore (previously, previously, previously) that slurps up great novels, algorithmically summarizes them to 1% of …