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American Technological Sublime

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'David Nye always has something interesting and suggestive to say about the role of technology in American culture and society. American Technological Sublime is...a book that can be profitably and enjoyably read by specialists and general readers alike. It is an estimable piece of historical interpretation and writing and deserves a wide readership.' -- David Nasaw, Boston Globe Technology has long played a central role in the formation of Americans' sense of selfhood. From the first canal systems through the moon landing, Americans have, for better or worse, derived unity from the common feeling of awe inspired by large-scale applications of technological prowess. American Technological Sublime continues the exploration of the social construction of technology that David Nye began in his award-winning book Electrifying America. Here Nye examines the continuing appeal of the 'technological sublime' (a term coined by Perry Miller) as a key to the nation's history, using as examples the natural sites, architectural forms, and technological achievements that ordinary people have valued intensely.American Technological Sublime is a study of the politics of perception in industrial society. Arranged chronologically, it suggests that the sublime itself has a history - that sublime experiences are emotional configurations that emerge from new social and technological conditions, and that each new configuration to some extent undermines and displaces the older versions. After giving a short history of the sublime as an aesthetic category, Nye describes the reemergence and democratization of the concept in the early nineteenth century as an expression of the American sense of specialness. What has filled the American public with wonder, awe, even terror? David Nye selects the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, the eruption of Mt. St. Helens, the Erie Canal, the first transcontinental railroad, Eads Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge, the major international expositions, the Hudson-Fulton Celebration of 1909, the Empire State Building, and Boulder Dam. He then looks at the atom bomb tests and the Apollo mission as examples of the increasing ambivalence of the technological sublime in the postwar world. The festivities surrounding the rededication of the Statue of Liberty in 1986 become a touchstone reflecting the transformation of the American experience of the sublime over two centuries. Nye concludes with a vision of the modern-day 'consumer sublime' as manifested in the fantasy world of Las Vegas.
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Next Big Future: South Koreas 4.5 Gen stealth fighter and other International military cooperation agreements

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The robots of war: AI and the future of combat

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The 1983 film WarGames portrayed a young hacker tapping into NORAD's artificial-intelligence-driven nuclear weapons' system. When the hit movie was screene
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Why We’re Post-Fact | Peter Pomerantsev | Granta Magazine

Why We’re Post-Fact | Peter Pomerantsev | Granta Magazine | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
‘All that matters is that the lie is clickable.’ Peter Pomerantsev on Trump, Brexit, Putin and why we live in a post-fact age.
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The History of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

A brief history of AI from Aristotle to the rise of computing. This video also provides an effective explanation of "The AI Effect", a term coined by Joh
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During the Nazi Occupation of Norway, Humor Was the Secret Weapon

During the Nazi Occupation of Norway, Humor Was the Secret Weapon | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Throwing shade turned out to be a capital offense under the thin-skinned fascists.
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Shrink-Wrapped Superloads and Monumental Processions

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[Image: Michael Heizer’s rock; Instagram by BLDGBLOG]. A long time ago, in a city far, far away, I audited a class about Archigram taught by Annette Fierro at the University of Pennsylvania. One of…
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Werner Herzog is saying things about the world

Lo and Behold, a documentary about technology and the internet directed by Werner Herzog is coming out soon and so Herzog is doing
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Permafrost thawing in Russia has led to an anthrax outbreak

A Siberian heatwave has led to permafrost thaws that have released long-dormant anthrax bacteria, resulting in the hospitalization
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How Millennials Ruined Democracy

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Not the people—the term. How generational divisions have driven down voter turnout over the last century of American politics.
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The First Global Urban Planning Conference Was Mostly About Manure

The First Global Urban Planning Conference Was Mostly About Manure | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
The threat was real. And stinky.
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The Story of Laffing Sal, the World's Most Uncanny Animatronic Doll

The Story of Laffing Sal, the World's Most Uncanny Animatronic Doll | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Six-feet-tall and pure nightmare, she was once one of America's most popular funhouse amusements.
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The Mesmerizing Motels of the Atomic Age

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An homage to the distinctive and disappearing architecture of a bygone era
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The Leak Prosecution That Lost the Space Race

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He was the first whistleblower charged under the Espionage Act—and his trial set the pattern for how the government treats unauthorized disclosure of classified information.
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Next Big Future: Russia develops stealth ferrite material to protect tanks and planes against precision guided weapons

Next Big Future: Russia develops stealth ferrite material to protect tanks and planes against precision guided weapons | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
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“Today’s world has no equivalent”

“Today’s world has no equivalent” | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
[Image: Tromsø, Norway; photo by BLDGBLOG]. Ted Nield’s book Supercontinent: Ten Billion Years in the Life of Our Planet—previously discussed back in 2012—is an exercise in what has long been refer…
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Does technological analysis destroy the romance of art history? – Noah Charney | Aeon Ideas

In 2012, a linguist at the University of Southern California decoded a famous medieval manuscript written in a cypher, using software designed to translate remote languages, and based on algorithms that matched the frequency of unknown sound
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Please Don’t Take My Photochrome

Please Don’t Take My Photochrome | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
[Image: The Ghent Gate, Bruges, Belgium; via Library of Congress]. It’s easy to lose time clicking through the Library of Congress photochrome—or photochrom—collection. [Image: St. Croix Gate, Brug…
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US grants its first clearance for a private flight to the Moon

US grants its first clearance for a private flight to the Moon | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
If you're running a private American company that wants to send payloads to the Moon, who do you talk to in order to get the all-clear? Moon Express knows -
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Delphi will test its self-driving taxi service in Singapore

Delphi will test its self-driving taxi service in Singapore | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
Uber may be talking about it, but automotive technology parts supplier Delphi is doing it. Today the company announced a partnership with Singapore to start
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What If Russia Invaded the Baltics—and Donald Trump Was President?

What If Russia Invaded the Baltics—and Donald Trump Was President? | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
A former NATO general imagines a frightening scenario.
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Dark Patterns are designed to trick you (and they’re all over the Web)

Dark Patterns are designed to trick you (and they’re all over the Web) | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
No, it's not only you—some user interfaces today intentionally want to confuse and enroll.
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10 strange inventions that could exist in 10 years

10 strange inventions that could exist in 10 years | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it
From gender-changing pills to mood rings that signal the health of your microbiome, these inventions will pave the way for future technology.
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