Economic statistics show fairly worldwide trends in inequality. After peaking in the 1920s, the reforms of the Great Depression helped make income distribution more equitable and stable until 1980. Then, in the wake of Thatcherism in Britain and Reaganomics in the United States, inequality really took off. And it took off largely by the financial sector (especially as interest rates retreated from their high of 20 percent in 1980, creating the greatest bond market boom in history). Real estate and industry were financialized, that is, debt leveraged.
Researchers from MIT have created an algorithm that can predict how memorable or forgettable an image is almost as accurately as humans — and they plan to turn it into an app that subtly tweaks photos to make them more memorable.
Introduction It is very tempting to think that post-processing in photography is something disconnected from the rest of the photographic process, and particularly so from the capture of images in the field. The truth, however, is that post-processing should not be considered a separate step in photography, but rather as the continuation, or should we… Continue Reading
Stefano Klein was born to travel: Raised in Vienna but graduating from Imperial College London, he embarked upon a voyage of self-discovery that took him through the remote hinterlands of Ethiopia, Venezuela and Trinidad & Tobago, alongside stays in the USA, Japan and South Africa.
Hand-painted Zulu warriors with cartoonish, red lips and grinning tribes people: these are among the images used on posters to attract members of the public to “human zoo” exhibits held just a handful of decades ago. The startling images of people of colour put on display for entertainment are part of the Human Zoos: Putting People on Display exhibition currently running in Liverpool.
I definitely recommend everyone to watch this well-argued interview with Steve Keen. To many conservative and neoliberal politicians and economists there seems to be a spectre haunting the United States and Europe today -- Keynesian ideas on governments pursuing policies raising effective demand and supporting employment. And some of the favourite arguments used among these…
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