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Can the technological mediation approach improve technology assessment? A critical view from ‘within’

Africa's 'electronic graveyards' where the West dumps PCs, laptops and more

Where your computer goes to die: Shocking pictures of the toxic 'electronic graveyards' in Africa where the West dumps its old PCs, laptops, …

Pollution

3-D Printing Is the Future of Factories (for Real This Time)

Factories, the chief innovation of the industrial revolution, are cathedrals of productivity, built to shelter specialized processes and enforce the …

3D

Apple’s Airpods Are an Omen

The company’s slick, wireless earbuds work great, but they foreshadow startling changes to the social fabric<p>The moment I put the Apple AirPods in my …

Earbuds

The Softer Side of Technofuturism – Future Human – Medium

Immersive technologies toy with your senses and have the unique ability to catapult you into a new reality. Inside a virtual reality (VR) headset, …

Virtual Reality

How might we use design to shape education for humans?

My talk from Snook’s DOTI (Design on the Inside) event on Fri 29th June, 2018<p>I’m co-founder of an indie consultancy called Flux. That’s me and my pal …

Time I

'I was shocked it was so easy': ​meet the professor who says facial recognition ​​can tell if you're gay

Progress makes people uncomfortable. When the first monkeys walked, other monkeys probably said, 'This is outrageous!'<p>Kosinski received emails from people confused about their sexuality who hoped he'd run their photo through his algorithm<p>If you basically accept we’re just computers, then computers …

Artificial Intelligence

Hauntology: A not-so-new critical manifestation

The new vogue in literary theory is shot through with earlier ideas<p>Hauntology is probably the first major trend in critical theory to have flourished online. In October 2006, Mark Fisher - aka k-punk - described it as "the closest thing we have to a movement, a zeitgeist". A mere three years later, …

How Twitter Made The Tech World's Most Unlikely Comeback

A bird emerges from the ashes.<p><b>Two years ago</b>, people were writing eulogies for Twitter.<p>Rudderless and without product direction, the company was losing users and advertisers, and seemed unable to contain a metastasizing trolling crisis that was destroying its credibility. Employees left by the …

Social Media

Getting a Grip on Slavoj Žižek (with Slavoj Žižek)

<i>Slavoj Žižek is a Slovenian philosopher, cultural critic, and Lacanian psychoanalyst. A prolific writer and lecturer, he is best known for his</i> …

Jordan Peterson

Early Modern Memes: The Reuse and Recycling of Woodcuts in 17th-Century English Popular Print

Expensive and laborious to produce, a single woodcut could be recycled to illustrate hundreds of different ballads, each new home imbuing the same …

Literature

China’s social credit system ‘could interfere in other nations’ sovereignty’

System, criticised as an Orwellian tool of mass surveillance, is shaping behaviour of foreign businesses, report says<p>China’s social credit system, a big-data system for monitoring and shaping business and citizens’ behaviour, is reaching beyond China’s borders to impact foreign companies, according …

China

When The Right Tool For The Right Job Becomes A Thing

There are times when the quality of the tools you use is not such a big deal. In that time, there is really no need to buy expensive, high quality, …

Woodworking

Engineered for Dystopia | David A. Banks

Some of the first people to be called “engineers” operated siege engines. A siege engine is a very old device used to tear down the walls of an enemy …

Die Hard

Tackling the Ethical Challenges of Slippery Technology

The release of Google’s AI principles last week are promising. It is hard to imagine how these principles will be baked into the DNA of the company …

Artificial Intelligence

Studio Drift hopes to inspire "a positive version of the future" with first major retrospective

Studio Drift wants to show how the improbable can be made possible with its first major exhibition, at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, which features …

Burning Man

Bergsonian Science-Fiction: Deleuze, Eshun, and Thinking the Reality of Time

“To be more precise, science fiction is neither forward-looking nor utopian. Rather, in William Gibs

‘Concrete Rules and Abstract Machines’ > non.copyriot.com non.copyriot.com

<b>[What follows is a summary of, and some comments on, Ray Brassier’s talk regarding the final chapter of A Thousand Plateaus. Delivered in London,</b> …

How punk rock changed the course of design history

Punk, and its associated subcultures, revolutionized design practice. A slew of new shows and books reckons with its impact.<p>Do you remember the first zine someone put in your hands?<p>If you lived through punk’s heydey, or any of the subcultures that reverberated down from its birth to echo into the …

Subculture

The Rich Are Planning to Leave This Wretched Planet

HOUSTON — In an era in which privileged individuals search constantly for the next experience to obsess over and post about on social media, space truly remains the final frontier, a luxury that only the one percent of the one percent can afford. Brad Pitt and Katy Perry are among those who have …

The Defeat of Reason

Jun 1, 2018<p>36 Min read time<p>From quantum physics to the anti-rationalism of Thomas Kuhn.<p><i>What Is Real?: The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum</i> …

Do You Want Typography or Do You Want The Truth

Oakland-based graphic designer Erik Carter addresses a number of issues increasingly coming to light within the profession of graphic design, from …

10 guidelines to design for a better planet

<b>Compared to user-centric design, planet-centric design is not merely focused on what is best for the user, but for the planet too. One could also</b> …

An Apple Shows Just How Broken Our Food System Is

Buying and eating apples seems a pretty healthy thing to do. But a new study has found that every 1 kilo (2.2 pounds) of conventionally grown apples creates health effects costing 21 cents due to the effects of pesticides and fungicides, resulting in sick leave and eventually shorter life …

iris ruisch en peter leferink over hun missie duurzame designers op de kaart te zetten

Het echtpaar bundelde de krachten in hun stichting M-ODE, dat binnenkort in Amsterdam haar entree zal maken.<p>In de maand juni is er een schare aan modefestivals verspreid over het land te bezoeken: zo heb je het Fashion & Design Festival in Arnhem, Fashionclash in Maastricht en het …

100 Designers Everyone Should Know — Part 1

In small but mighty design studios, and on big, talented teams; within corporate walls or from the comfort of home studios—wherever you look today, …

Good design is about clean air and water, not a Louis Vuitton bag, says Daan Roosegaarde

Daan Roosegaarde has called on designers to shift focus away from designing luxury items and instead to tackle the problems facing the world such as …

Speculative Posthumanism: R. Scott Bakker, Mark Fisher and David Roden

Southern Nights“A posthuman is any WHD [Wide Human Descendent] that goes feral; becomes capable of life outside the planetary substance comprised of …