How do you design the future? Today we talk with cyberpunk founder and design theorist Bruce Sterling and feminist/activist writer Jasmina Tešanović about speculative design, design fictions, open source hardware, the maker movement, and the soft robots of our domestic future. Plus we go behind the scenes of the creation of a design fiction by Bruce, Jasmina, Sheldon Brown, and the Clarke Center—a video installation called My Elegant Robot Freedom.
Most website visitors aren’t human. They’re bots. And these automated accounts are having serious, real-world impact; from the 2016 election to the FCC’s recent, controversial net neutrality vote. Veronica Belmont investigates the rise of social media bots with Lauren Kunze and Jenn Schiffer. Lisa-Maria Neudert measures how bots influence politics. Butter.ai’s Jack Hirsch talks about what happens when your profile is stolen by a political bot. Ben Nimmo teaches us how to spot and take down bot armies. And Tim Hwang explores how bots can connect us in surprising, and meaningful, new ways.
If net neutrality is abolished, the Internet could shift from an essential service that all consumers can access to a product that can be packaged and sold to the highest bidders. Get to know the potential winners and losers on both sides of the issue.
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Rian Johnson’s movie has more moral complexity than any of the previous films—and gives audiences a lot more to think about.
By the early nineties R.E.M. found themselves one of the biggest bands on the planet. What they had achieved was beyond their wildest dreams but it had taken them over a decade to get there. This RTÉ Radio One music documentary recorded in Athens, Georgia and North Carolina in the US by Ken Sweeney takes the listener on that journey with R.E.M. out of Athens (Georgia). Without slick videos for the new MTV, or support from mainstream radio, R.E.M. built their following playing an alternative circuit of gigs across America as evangelists for this new music. R.E.M. blazed a trail for every independent band to follow from Nirvana to Pearl Jam.
Original video: https://m.soundcloud.com/rte-radio-1/rem-out-of-athens
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More and more data is born into this world as digital bits, with no analog counterpart. But do we have enough backups to prevent a digital dark age? In our new “File Not Found” series, Science Friday‘s Lauren Young explores how archivists excavate data from aging computers, magnetic tapes, and the internet…and ponders the hypothetical data storage devices of the future, like diamonds and DNA.
Lauren surveys the series, and Kari Kraus of the University of Maryland joins her to talk about techniques for preserving old video games and virtual reality experiences.
We’re living in yesterday’s future, and it’s nothing like the speculations of our authors and film/TV producers. As a working science fiction novelist, I take a professional interest in how we get predictions about the future wrong, and why, so that I can avoid repeating the same mistakes. Science fiction is written by people embedded within a society with expectations and political assumptions that bias us towards looking at the shiny surface of new technologies rather than asking how human beings will use them, and to taking narratives of progress at face value rather than asking what hidden agenda they serve.
In this talk, author Charles Stross will give a rambling, discursive, and angry tour of what went wrong with the 21st century, why we didn’t see it coming, where we can expect it to go next, and a few suggestions for what to do about it if we don’t like it.
The way women operate today in the public sphere is not too different from how they did in the literature of Homer or the Middle Ages, says Mary Beard, a leading feminist and expert in ancient history. Beard joins Jeffrey Brown for a conversation on women in politics and her latest book, "Women and Power: A Manifesto," an exploration into how women’s voices have been historically silenced.
Original video: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/how-the-long-history-of-not-being-taken-seriously-affects-women-in-power-today
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The Internet was built by idealists who believed that greater access to information would inevitably lead to better outcomes for humanity. Jaron Lanier was one of those utopians, a pioneering inventor of virtual reality. But Lanier calls the Web as it has evolved a “giant manipulation service,” and he fears that virtual reality, the next frontier of tech innovation, could absorb the misogyny of gamer culture. Nicholas Thompson, the editor of newyorker.com, asks Lanier if there’s a way to do things better.
"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" writer-director Rian Johnson stops by Variety’s "Playback" podcast to discuss the latest Lucasfilm installment.
Progressive Web Apps with Tara Manicsic on the Hanselminutes Technology Podcast: Fresh Air for Developers
The Hanselminutes Podcast by Scott Hanselman.
Progressive Web Apps are experiences that combine the best of the web and the best of apps! Does your app work offline or in low-bandwidth situations? What are the best practices that you can add in to your existing websites that would progressively turn them into a PWA?
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