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Situational Assessment 2017: Trump Edition – Deep Code

In 2015, I took a swing at assessing the shape and state of our global challenges. Looking back, that essay is still well worth a read, but it is high time for an update. While many things have…
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How AI is revolutionising the role of the literary critic – Inderjeet Mani | Aeon Essays

Artificial intelligence sheds new light on classic texts. Literary theorists who don’t embrace it face obsolescence

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A poetic tour through Detroit's abandoned, ghostly Packard Automotive Plant | Aeon Videos

Detroit’s Packard Automotive Plant was once considered to be the finest in the world, and an emblem of the city’s economic and industrial might. But more than 60 years after manufacturing its last luxury car, the long-abandoned facility has transformed into a symbol for Detroit’s decades-long economic slide. The US filmmaker Brian Kaufman brings us into the plant at a unique moment in time: long after its life as an automotive powerhouse, but before its demolition and rehabilitation, which began in late 2014. With the building’s fate uncertain, it becomes something of a Rorschach test for locals, who view it by turns as a danger, a venue for public art, an eyesore, and the damaged spirit of a city desperately in need of revitalisation. Packard: The Last Shift – which is split between a poem from the Detroit-based Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Philip Levine and interviews with residents of the city – is excerpted from an eponymous 2014 feature-length documentary on the plant.
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Your Body Is Not Ready For Virtual Reality

Your Body Is Not Ready For Virtual Reality | Media Aesthetics Lab | Scoop.it
Michael Fassbender’s soft lilt is in my ear spouting nonsense about assassins and their creed. Around me is a whirl of action set against a cartoonish backdrop. I’m in the new Assassin’s Creed virtual experience, and thanks to a blend of low-res graphics and high-res people, it feels like I’ve found my way inside some lost Mortal Kombat game circa 1993.
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Video meets the Internet of Things | McKinsey & Company

Video meets the Internet of Things | McKinsey & Company | Media Aesthetics Lab | Scoop.it
Video-analytics technology is transforming the Internet of Things and creating new opportunities. Are companies prepared to capture growth?
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Kaiden Sweetnam's curator insight, December 7, 2016 10:35 PM

Video algorithm's will be a major change for the media, new video analytics have been created to recognize people and situations and will be able to capture them. Different companies are rising in wonder. 

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Questioning the nature of reality with cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman

Questioning the nature of reality with cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman | Media Aesthetics Lab | Scoop.it
Back in the early 1900s, the German biologist Jakob Johann Baron von Uexküll couldn’t shake the implication that the inner lives of animals like jellyfish and sea urchins must be radically differen…
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Mossberg: Facebook can and should wipe out fake news

Mossberg: Facebook can and should wipe out fake news | Media Aesthetics Lab | Scoop.it
Totally false news isn’t a new thing in the United States. In our fourth presidential election, in 1800, two of our most brilliant founders — John Adams and Thomas Jefferson — faced off i
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Intelligence rethought: AIs know us, but don’t think like us

Intelligence rethought: AIs know us, but don’t think like us | Media Aesthetics Lab | Scoop.it
Processing and learning from millions of past cases allows machines to know what we want better than we do, even if they don't think as we do
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Fascism and The Historical Irony of Facebook’s “Fake News” Problem – Initialized Capital

Fascism and The Historical Irony of Facebook’s “Fake News” Problem – Initialized Capital | Media Aesthetics Lab | Scoop.it

フレッド・ターナーは彼の本の中で、1960年代ベイエリアカウンターカルチャー運動」からの理想からインターネットになるものの出現を記録にとどめ、20世紀のメディアのスタンフォード・ベースの歴史家です...

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The Real Moonshot of Our Time

The Real Moonshot of Our Time | Media Aesthetics Lab | Scoop.it
As we adjust to living digital cheek by digital jowl in our hyper-connected world, we’re rapidly approaching a technological shift that will be even bigger than the Internet — the union of man and…
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Nanobionic spinach plants can detect explosives

Nanobionic spinach plants can detect explosives | Media Aesthetics Lab | Scoop.it
By embedding leaves with carbon nanotubes, MIT engineers have transformed spinach plants into sensors that can detect explosives and wirelessly relay that information to a handheld device similar to a smartphone. This is one of the first demonstrations of engineering electronic systems into plants, an approach known as 'plant nanobionics.'
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Rushkoff Conjures Occult Conspiracies in Aleister & Adolf

Rushkoff Conjures Occult Conspiracies in Aleister & Adolf | Media Aesthetics Lab | Scoop.it
PREVIEWSworld sits down with media theorist Douglas Rushkoff to talk Dark Horse Comics' Aleister and Adolf.
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Welcome to the pyramid at the end of the world

In rural North Dakota, the long shadow cast by nuclear weapons and the Cold War is not as far in the past as we might like to think.
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Blockchain: Instead of Why, Ask Why Not?

Blockchain: Instead of Why, Ask Why Not? | Media Aesthetics Lab | Scoop.it
The distributed ledger technology underlying cryptocurrency is advancing quickly, requiring banks to take the initiative or risk falling behind in the next generation of digital commerce.
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Is atomic theory the most important idea in human history? – Carlo Rovelli | Aeon Essays

That the world is not solid but made up of tiny particles is a very ancient insight. Is it humanity’s greatest idea?
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China's 'Dark Forest' Answer to 'Star Wars' Optimism - Lovesick Cyborg

China's 'Dark Forest' Answer to 'Star Wars' Optimism - Lovesick Cyborg | Media Aesthetics Lab | Scoop.it
A best-selling Chinese science fiction book called "The Dark Forest" takes a more cynical view on life in the universe than "Star Wars" or "Star Trek."
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Joi Ito Explains Why Donald Trump Is Like the Sex Pistols

Joi Ito Explains Why Donald Trump Is Like the Sex Pistols | Media Aesthetics Lab | Scoop.it
In 2011, the MIT Media Lab — the smarty-pants citadel of digital creativity — picked a college dropout named Joi Ito as its director. It was a puzzling choice only to those who didn’t know him. Born…
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DeepMind is staying silent on who sits on Google's AI ethics board

DeepMind is staying silent on who sits on Google's AI ethics board | Media Aesthetics Lab | Scoop.it
Mustafa Suleyman has previously said he wants to disclose who sits on the search giants AI ethics board.
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Mimesis, Violence, and Facebook: Peter Thiel’s French Connection (Full Essay) - Cyborgology

Mimesis, Violence, and Facebook: Peter Thiel’s French Connection (Full Essay) - Cyborgology | Media Aesthetics Lab | Scoop.it
The Society Pages (TSP) is an open-access social science project headquartered in the Department of Sociology at the University of Minnesota
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The Dawn of Artificial Intelligence

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), chairman of the Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness, will convene a hearing on Wednesday, November 30, 2016, at 2:30 p.m. on “The Dawn of Artificial Intelligence.” The hearing will conduct a broad overview of the state of artificial intelligence, including policy implications and effects on commerce.
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Movie Arrival Explained and Interview with Eric Heisserer - Taylor Holmes inc.

Movie Arrival Explained and Interview with Eric Heisserer - Taylor Holmes inc. | Media Aesthetics Lab | Scoop.it
Movie Arrival Explained and Interview with Eric Heisserer - or how Arrival is the one can't miss movie of the year so far. Or how I won't be your friend anymore if you don't watch and adore this movie. For reals.
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Symposi○□×△ & Hackathon REALITY SUCKS. Chancen und Risiken von Virtual Reality

Symposi○□×△ & Hackathon REALITY SUCKS. Chancen und Risiken von Virtual Reality | Media Aesthetics Lab | Scoop.it
Symposi○□×△ & Hackathon REALITY SUCKS. Chancen und Risiken von Virtual Reality
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Here's how an AI system correctly predicted Trump's victory

Here's how an AI system correctly predicted Trump's victory | Media Aesthetics Lab | Scoop.it
An artificial intelligence system, MogIA, correctly predicted the 2016 U.S. election. Genic.ai Founder, Sanjiv Rai explains the process the team went through.
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Golem | Jewish Museum Berlin

Golem | Jewish Museum Berlin | Media Aesthetics Lab | Scoop.it
Our GOLEM exhibition (more on the exhibition) is on show until the end of January 2017. For those who want to know all about the golem right now, we have prepared this online featur
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