Semantic Infiltration

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

Pollution Kills More People Than War, AIDS, Malaria Combined


We've Reached the End of White Christian America


Google built a new Trojan Horse to get inside every aspect of your life

• <b>Google is taking hardware seriously after years of experimentation.</b>• <b><br>But it doesn't have a chance at becoming another Apple or Samsung.</b>• <b><br>Instead, Google's hardware division will be used to sneak the company's AI technology into everything else.</b><p>Suddenly, Google is starting to look like a hardware …


The persuasive art of the dust jacket

Book covers have long been a source of artistic quality and, in the age of Kindle, are reintroducing more and more of us to the pleasures of traditional reading • Click here to view of gallery of of images from The Illustrated Dust Jacket 1920-1970<p>When the essayist and caricaturist Sir Max Beerbohm …


Martian Missive: 'Others Will Follow' Film Explores Last Message from Mars

A new sci-fi short explores the message that the (fictional) last human to survive a Mars mission sends back to Earth.<p>As shown in a short sci-fi …


Is Trump Undermining the International Order Through Cunning, Strength or Weakness?

When it comes to international institutions and agreements, Donald Trump is more a tease than a terminator. Though he often aims to undercut his …

World Politics

The best US cities to live in to escape the worst effects of climate change

A safe haven sounds like a good idea right about now.<p>Somewhere that's warm but not too warm, free from roof-toppling hurricanes and ground-rumbling earthquakes, and close to a river or ocean but far enough to avoid the threats of flooding and sea-level rise.<p>Which places does that leave? According …


Google officially flips on its internet-beaming balloons in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is in trouble. Approximately 3 million of its residents are still without electricity after the island was devastated by Hurricane Maria, …


'Our pain for their gain': the American activists manipulated by Russian trolls

As social media accounts like Blacktivist emerge as fake, demonstrators feel tricked – but say the activism the accounts fueled was very real<p>It’s painful for Tawanda Jones to talk about her brother. But when she’s offered a chance to speak publicly about how he died in Baltimore police custody, she …


The Way the World Ends: Not with a Bang But a Paperclip

Paperclips, a new game from designer Frank Lantz, starts simply. The top left of the screen gets a bit of text, probably in Times New Roman, and a …


Researchers warn of new botnet that could take down the internet

Security group Check Point Research claims to have discovered a rapidly growing and evolving botnet which they believe could eventually take down the …

Information Security

A giant insect ecosystem is collapsing due to humans. It's a catastrophe

Insects have triumphed for hundreds of millions of years in every habitat but the ocean. Their success is unparalleled, which makes their disappearance all the more alarming<p>Thirty-five years ago an American biologist Terry Erwin conducted an experiment to count insect species. Using an insecticide …


Does Eating Right Protect You From Air Pollution?

In recent weeks, wildfires have devastated parts of Northern California, killing at least 42 people, incinerating entire neighborhoods and sending thousands fleeing. I live on the east side of the San Francisco Bay, and for a few days last week, as gray ash rained down on my doorstep, and the sun …


Smartphones are killing Americans, but nobody’s counting

<b>By Kyle Stock, Lance Lambert and David Ingold</b>, <i>Bloomberg</i>Jennifer Smith doesn’t like the term “accident.” It implies too much chance and too little …


The most effective clean energy policy gets the least love

In defense of renewable energy mandates.<p>Back in the 1990s and 2000s, when Democrats had more power in state governments, 29 states (and DC) passed some form of renewable portfolio standard (RPS), a policy that requires a state’s utilities to get a certain percentage of their power from renewable …


Envisioning an America Free From Police Violence and Control

Images from the mass protests in St. Louis last month against the acquittal of a white former police officer in the fatal shooting of Anthony Lamar …

Black Lives Matter

How emerging technology can promote racism more than ever

Tech expert Sara Wachter-Boettcher stresses how racism and bias are often ignored when creating new technologies<p>Can technology be racist and sexist?<p>According to tech expert and author Sara Wachter-Boettcher, who stopped by "Salon Talks" recently to chat with me, just because machines aren’t human …

Emerging Technology

Jeff Sessions’ crime strategy completely ignores prosecutors’ input

Police and prosecutors are joining the fight for a smarter, fairer criminal justice system. There’s an obstacle<p>President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions want Americans to believe there is a stark choice between fighting crime and respecting human rights and dignity, especially the …

Black Lives Matter

This 70s Sci-Fi Mockumentary Predicted Our Current Political Climate

In 'Punishment Park,' English filmmaker Peter Watkins imagined an America at war with itself. Not much has changed.<p>In the 1971 film <i>Punishment Park</i>, countercultural activists are rounded up, tried in an emergency tribunal, and given the option to either go to prison or take a three-day trip to the …

Black Lives Matter

Music was a hobby that 'sprawled out of control' for composer Paul D. Miller - all the way to outer space.

Witching Hour: DJ Spooky on remixing the sounds of Explorer, Space, and the Van Allen belts<p>Photo<p>Music was a hobby that “sprawled out of control” for …

Iowa City

A Manifesto Against the Enemies of Modernity

<b>This document is very long and detailed so a brief bulleted summary is provided below for those who don’t have the hour it takes for a careful</i> …

Here's What Classic Paintings Look Like as Data

In 'Data Visualization,' Yousuke Ozawa reinterprets masterpieces by van Gogh, Magritte, and more as code art.<p>"<i>Son of Man" by René Magritte. Images courtesy the artist</i><p>Artist Yousuke Ozawa peels back the unseen layers of the Internet in his latest image set, <i>Data Vizualization</i>, a reinterpretation of …


Eighteen Zeros - Hewlett Packard Enterprise - Sponsored Content

AN ORIGINAL FILM<p>EIGHTEEN ZEROS<p>arlier this year, the U.S. Department of Energy tasked elite teams at six major computing companies with researching and developing an exascale supercomputer. Hewlett Packard Enterprise was one of those six.<p>An exascale supercomputer would represent a massive leap …

U.S. Department of Energy

Sputnik - 60 years on from the Start of the Space Race


What Tulips and the Great Recession Have in Common

Great Recession

Obama delivers veiled but withering rebuke of Trump and urges return to hope

Back in the public fray at a rally in Virginia, the former president delivered his views on the current political climate in his strongest terms yet<p>It was the night his supporters waited nine long months for. Barack Obama returned to the fray on Thursday with a fervent denunciation of Donald Trump …

Ralph Northam

Maria Anna Mozart Was a Musical Prodigy Like Her Brother Wolfgang, So Why Did She Get Erased from History?

When people ask why we have specifically black histories, or queer histories, or women’s histories, it can be hard for many who do historical …


George W. Bush Attacks Trump

George W. Bush

Michael Flynn, Nicki Minaj shared content from this Tennessee GOP account. But it wasn’t real. It was Russian.

Russian operatives used a fake Twitter account that claimed to speak for Tennessee Republicans to persuade American politicians, celebrities and journalists to share select content with their own massive lists of followers, two people familiar with the matter said.<p>The list of prominent people who …

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