Semantic Infiltration

By Paul D. Miller | Notes from the Edge of Digital Culture

For once, Trump is right about Obama

Every once in a while, as often as a blue moon or a politician forgoing the use of the word “frankly,” I utter a soft “Right on” in response to something President Trump has done or tweeted. This occurred recently when he took Barack Obama to task for his weak — and tardy — response to Russia’s …

Russia

How Exercise May Protect the Brain From Alzheimer’s Disease

Regular exercise may offer some protection against Alzheimer's disease, even for people who are genetically at risk, according to recent research.<p>In …

Longevity

155 chatbots in this brand new landscape. Where does your bot fit?

Since we started building bots at KeyReply more than two years ago, the industry has seen massive interest and change. This makes it hard for companies and customers to figure out what’s really happening — so we hope to throw some light on this industry by creating a landscape of chatbot-related …

Chatbots

Moby's New Music Video Is a Sad Cartoon Nostalgia Bomb

Sardonic pop-culture mixologist Steve Cutts draws a picture of oppression, revelation, and revolution in his video for Moby & The Void Pacific Choir's "In This Cold Place."<p>90s kids will never forget the TV characters Moby and Steve Cutts brutalize with the worst of capitalism in their new video for …

Music

The Anti-Slavery Alphabet: 1846 Book Teaches Kids the ABCs of Slavery’s Evils

Frequently, I see stories in the education news reporting on a textbook company, school board, or curriculum attempting to minimize or erase the …

Cool Stuff

How to Resist Trump’s Shock Doctrine

Shock. It’s a word that has come up a lot since November— for obvious reasons.<p>I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about shock. Ten years ago, I …

Hurricane Katrina

The National Enquirer’s Fervor for Trump | The New Yorker

Every Wednesday afternoon, in a windowless conference room in an office building at the tip of lower Manhattan, David Pecker decides what will be on the cover of the following week’s <i>National Enquirer</i>. Pecker is the longtime chief executive of American Media, Inc., which owns most of the nation’s …

Donald Trump

What it will take for cybersecurity to become common sense

Changing your password needs to become like washing your hands after the bathroom -- a habit. We’re a long way off from that.<p>Look both ways before you cross the street. Wash your hands before leaving the bathroom. Put a seatbelt on when you get in the car. Don't eat the yellow snow.<p>These are all …

Cybersecurity

Obama’s secret struggle to punish Russia for Putin’s election assault

Russia

Did Jeff really paint that Koons? Working at a modern studio isn’t exactly a Renaissance apprenticeship

Last week art world superstar Jeff Koons laid off a big chunk of his painting staff. How does that work?<p>Recently word filtered down through the art community that superstar Jeff Koons, who along with Damien Hirst is the highest-earning artist in art history, laid off much of his staff. To be …

Artists

Learning a second language isn’t just good for your brain—it’s good for democracy, too

We live in narrow-minded times, wherein insularity and nationalism are pervasive in public discourse. If you’re among the many people looking for ways to take political action, one of the most effective things you can do is devote yourself to learning a new foreign language.<p>Learning a new language …

Language

Meet the horsemen of our environmental apocalypse

These Trump appointees are destroying life on Earth for us and for our children<p>Consolidation of power by the oil and coal barons began immediately after the election; president-elect Trump’s transition advisors emerged as an oil industry dream team. Despite the initial antipathy between Trump and …

Climate

How Apple Flies Changed the Way We Think of Evolution

Evolution

Scientists develop drones that can plant one billion trees every year, advancement to help combat deforestation

<b>Melbourne:</b> Scientists have developed new drones that can identify ideal places to grow trees and sow one billion plants every year, an advance that …

Drones

Blockchains: The great chain of being sure about things

BlockchainsThe great chain of being sure about things<p>The technology behind bitcoin lets people who do not know or trust each other build a dependable …

Bitcoin

Can Trump Destroy Obama’s Legacy?

WASHINGTON — When the judgment of history comes, former President Barack Obama might have figured he would have plenty to talk about. Among other things, he assumed he could point to his health care program, his sweeping trade deal with Asia, his global climate change accord and his diplomatic …

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Coal: New Film Shows How Bad It Is For Your Health

Is America in an unhealthy relationship with coal? Without someone’s help, it can be difficult to objectively assess your own relationship and decide whether to continue. Consider then <i>From the Ashes</i>, a new documentary film premiering on the <i>National Geographic</i> channel this Sunday (June 25 at 9 pm …

Climate

It’s all relative — why scientists understand time in a completely different way.

Imagine time running backwards. People would grow younger instead of older and, after a long life of gradual rejuvenation — unlearning everything …

How the Moog Synthesizer Changed the Sound of Music

In my little corner of the world, we’re eagerly anticipating the arrival of Moogfest this May, just moved down the mountains from Asheville—where it …

Discovering Electronic Music: 1983 Documentary Offers a Fun & Educational Introduction to Electronic Music

The late sixties and seventies produced an explosion of electronic music that arrived on the scene as an almost entirely new art form. So much so …

Music

22 Things You Never Knew About 'Blade Runner'

Given how vastly influential "Blade Runner" has been over the 35 years since its release (on June 25, 1982), it's hard to remember that the movie wasn't a hit. Neither critics nor audiences were certain what to make of Ridley Scott's visionary adaptation of a mind-bending Philip K. Dick novel; nor …

Movies

The challenges of getting a (real) passport in Africa

No papers, no peregrinationThe challenges of getting a (real) passport in Africa<p>Too many African countries make it hard for their people to …

Africa

Philando Castile verdict and video serve as grim reminders: Black lives really don’t matter — and too many white people are silent or complicit

Nothing about the Castile verdict is surprising — but it points to enduring, uncomfortable truths about America<p>In America, driving while black can be a death sentence.<p>Last summer Philando Castile was driving his car in the suburb of Falcon Heights, outside St. Paul, Minnesota, when he was stopped …

Forgotten History - The First Movie and the Scientific Question It Sought to Answer

Scientific Research

An Arab thinker invented economic theory 400 years before Adam Smith did

When students study economics they learn, early on, that Adam Smith is the “father of modern economics.” This idea is one of the most basic facts of western economics—but it doesn’t stack up.<p>A recent article in evonomics highlights the overlooked work of 14th century North African scholar Ibn …

Economics

Snap2

What Was the First Abstract Artwork?<p>Artsy Editorial<p>By Abigail Cain<p>Who made the first Western abstract painting? That was the question that Wassily …

Report: Trump Has Done Next to Nothing to Prevent Future Election Hacking

The Trump administration has done little to prepare for, or prevent, future election hacking like the kind that occurred during last year’s …

Why You Should Never Go on the Internet Without a VPN, and How You Can Get One

Futurism only supports companies that we trust. Disconnect is one of those companies. We may collect a share of the sales from the items featured on …

Privacy

Philosopher Jacques Derrida Interviews Jazz Legend Ornette Coleman: Talk Improvisation, Language & Racism (1997)

This most certainly ranks as one of my favorite things on the internet, and I dearly wish we had audio to share with you, though I doubt any exists. …