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Clay Shirky on the Internet as a Distractor and Disruptor - The Atlantic

Clay Shirky on the Internet as a Distractor and Disruptor - The Atlantic | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
Clay Shirky on the Internet as a Distractor and DisruptorThe AtlanticRecently, they took the time to pose tough, timely questions to each other on how social media, intellectual property laws, and generational divides are affecting politics,...
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The Emancipatory City?: Paradoxes and Possibilities

The Emancipatory City?: Paradoxes and Possibilities | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
'The Emancipatory City is a wonderful addition to a growing literature on the public culture of the city. In these spaces, tolerance and intolerance, difference and indifference, transgressions, resistances, and playful spontaneity erupt to give texture to urban life. The book broadens our gaze and deepens our understanding of how cities enable people to express themselves and be free' - Robert A Beauregard, New School University, New York Who are cities for? What kinds of societies might they most democratically embody? And, how can cities be emancipatory sites? The ambivalent status of urban space in terms of emancipation, democratisation, justice and citizenship is central to recent work in urban geography, "new" cultural geography, critical geography and postmodern planning, as well as literature on urban social justice, public space and the politics of identity. Seeking alternative and progressive visions of the emancipatory city through an exploration of the tensions and possibilities between the freedoms and constraints offered by the city, the authors of The Emancipatory City? build on this wealth of current perspectives to present an critical analysis of urban experience.
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Humanities, Meet Technology | Wellesley Magazine

Humanities, Meet Technology | Wellesley Magazine | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
HUMANITIES, MEET TECHNOLOGY Wellesley professors are experimenting with—and creatively embracing—a wide variety of digital tools to enhance the teaching of disciplines ranging from French to archaeology.
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Placeways | E. V. Walter

Placeways | E. V. Walter | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
Placeways is a philosophical and historical interpretation of the experience and meaning of place. Searching for a way of knowing and living in the worl
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Journal of Open Hardware

Journal of Open Hardware | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
The international peer-reviewed Journal of Open Hardware publishes papers and reviews on technical, legal, economic, and sociocultural aspects of open hardware design, fabrication, and distribution. Its primary goal is to promote research and development of professional, academic, and community-based open hardware projects.
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2nd International Conference on Cultural Studies 2018 | March 23rd | clocate - Conferences and Exhibitions

2nd International Conference on Cultural Studies 2018 | March 23rd | clocate - Conferences and Exhibitions | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
2nd International Conference on Cultural Studies 2018 is a conference that will be held in Istanbul, Turkey on March 23rd. Details on the event include dates, location and map, description, early registration deadline, abstract submission, prices and organization
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Sarah Moser – Medium

Sarah Moser – Medium | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
Read writing from Sarah Moser on Medium. Urban and Cultural geography prof @McGillU | new cities, cultural politics of urban mega-projects, urban trends in the Middle East and Asia.
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Consumer Drones as Technologies of the (Spatial) Self | Abstract Gallery | AAG Annual Meeting 2018

Consumer Drones as Technologies of the (Spatial) Self Authors: Julia Hildebrand Topics: Communication, Cultural Geography, Social Theory Keywords: mobile media, Foucault, McLuhan, ethnography, auto-ethnography, consumer drones, UAVs, remote sensing Session Type: Paper Consumer Drones are entering...
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Is the United States Addicted To Gaming? [Infographic]

Is the United States Addicted To Gaming? [Infographic] | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
American people are getting more addicted to gaming. So much that these statistics will make your head spin. Would you cancel a date to keep playing?
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Growing Up with Alexa

Growing Up with Alexa | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
What will it do to kids to have digital butlers they can boss around?
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The other researchers I spoke to aren’t too worried either. “There’s this notion that if all this technology was turned off, everything would be great. We’d be interacting all the time, we’d be reading all the time,” Vandewater says. “I just don’t believe that.”

In fact, maybe the opposite can be true. Perhaps growing up with Alexa will actually make technology less distracting, enabling it to, in a sense, fade into the background; we’ll get what we need from it, and then move on with our lives until we come back with another request.

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Google Announces Tensorflow Lite: A Neural Network Library for Mobile Phones

Google Announces Tensorflow Lite: A Neural Network Library for Mobile Phones | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it

Dave Burke, VP of engineering at Google, announced a new version of Tensorflow optimised for mobile phones.

This new library, called Tensorflow Lite, would enable developers to run their artificial intelligence applications in real time on the phones of users. The library is designed to be “fast and small while still enabling state-of-the-art techniques”.
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A toolkit for predicting the future – The Economist

A toolkit for predicting the future – The Economist | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
Predicting exactly how the future will play out is impossible. But, if you look in the right places, it is possible to make some educated guesses along the way. Megatech: Technology in 2050, a new…
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Social Geography - IIS Institute

Social Geography - IIS Institute | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
Social Geography, sub-discipline of geography, especially of human geography, that is broadly concerned with the social meanings attached to different
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Pokémon Go’s first community event is a hint of the game’s future

Pokémon Go’s first community event is a hint of the game’s future | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
To keep people in the game, Niantic wants to take them outdoors
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Block parties - very cool idea

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12. Antagonistic Cities by CityRoadPod | City Road Pod | Free Listening on

Stream 12. Antagonistic Cities by CityRoadPod from desktop or your mobile device
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A Narrow View of Nature: the natural world experienced through early modern itineraries, travel maps and inns | British Library - Picturing Places

The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world’s greatest libraries. We hold over 13 million books, 920,000 journal and newspaper titles, 57 million patents and 3 million sound recordings. Open to everyone, the Library also offers exhibitions, events and a Treasures Gallery that displays over 200 items, including The Lindisfarne Gospel, Leonardo da Vinci’s notebook, Shakespeare’s First Folio, lyrics by The Beatles and the world’s earliest dated printed book, Diamond Sutra.
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Only resist: a feminist approach to critical spatial practice | Thinkpiece

Only resist: a feminist approach to critical spatial practice | Thinkpiece | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
Since the 1990s, a radical and interdisciplinary approach to spatial practice offers a rich and productive seam for feminism and architecture
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Feminists should consider the space surrounding them and what it brings. It is the echo system, the architectural structures... etc. Interesting article... must read. Laura
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Are Algorithms Building the New Infrastructure of Racism? - Issue 55: Trust

Are Algorithms Building the New Infrastructure of Racism? - Issue 55: Trust | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
We don’t know what our customers look like,” said Craig Berman, vice president of global communications at Amazon, to Bloomberg…
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Richard Evans – Medium

Richard Evans – Medium | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
Read writing from Richard Evans on Medium. MPhil/PhD student at Birkbeck, University of London. Research interests: cultural geography (landscape); film; and phenomenology.
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Ecological Exile: Spatial Injustice and Environmental Humanities (Routledge Environmental Humanities): Derek Gladwin: 9781138189683: Amazon.com: Books

Ecological Exile: Spatial Injustice and Environmental Humanities (Routledge Environmental Humanities): Derek Gladwin: 9781138189683: Amazon.com: Books | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
Ecological Exile: Spatial Injustice and Environmental Humanities (Routledge Environmental Humanities) [Derek Gladwin] on Amazon.com. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. <P><EM>Ecological Exile</EM> explores how contemporary literature, film, and media culture confront ecological crises through perspectives of spatial justice – a facet of social justice that looks at unjust circumstances as a phenomenon of space. Growing instances of flooding
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At Amazon Warehouses, Humans and Machines Work in Frenetic Harmony

At Amazon Warehouses, Humans and Machines Work in Frenetic Harmony | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
Amazon’s newest warehouse is testing the limits of automation and human-machine collaboration.
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The importance of human-machine symbiosis, for the time being at least, isn’t lost on Amazon’s press relations team. “We like to think of it as a symphony of software, machine learning, computer algorithms, and people,” Amazon spokeswoman Kelly Cheeseman told me as we walked around. 

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Social.coop: A Cooperative Decentralized Social Network

Social.coop: A Cooperative Decentralized Social Network | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
Social.coop is a cooperatively run instance of Mastodon, a decentralized social network based on open protocols and free, open-source software. Alanna from Open Collective interviewed three of its co…
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Matt: My dream is a hub of the co-op community, where developers, board members, organizers, etc, connect to the movement. I hope the structures we’ve built for ourselves get adopted by many more instances on Mastodon and other federated platforms, leading to co-op instances seriously challenging the legacy monopolistic platforms.

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Face the 3D Future – Tony Parisi – Medium

Face the 3D Future – Tony Parisi – Medium | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
Tomorrow, information will be displayed where and when we need it, its essence and connections laid bare to see… and whole experiences will be captured and shared. We are about to escape the tyranny of the rectangle… and information itself will achieve six degrees of freedom, in a virtual sensorium that maps the web onto the real world and brings the real world into the web.


"Over the past several decades, every time people made computers work more like we do — every time we removed a layer of abstraction between us and them — computers became more broadly accessible, useful, and valuable to us.
— Clay Bavor, VP of Virtual and Augmented Reality, Google

 

"With the advent of immersive technology we are approaching the next step change in human-computer interaction. As HCI goes 3D, some truly staggering things are going to happen. Doubtless this transformation to an immersive computing landscape is going to make digital technology, in Clay Bavor’s words, “more broadly accessible, useful, and valuable to us.”

 

"We’re here today because we all know that immersive computing represents the next platform. But most of us can’t really imagine the ways it is going to disrupt our daily lives, any more than back in the day we could have imagined the Internet disrupting brick and mortar retail, or smart phones upending the transportation and hospitality industries."


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Disruptive Technologies, Social Transformation and the Socio-Digital

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Why augmented reality is triggering cultural conflict and religious controversy

Why augmented reality is triggering cultural conflict and religious controversy | sociology of the Web | Scoop.it
A Russian man was recently given a three-and-a-half year suspended sentence for inciting religious hatred. His crime? Playing the popular augmented reality (AR) game Pokémon Go on his smartphone in a church.

Sacred spaces and games have long had an uneasy relationship. In 2002, a setting resembling Amritsar’s Golden Temple appeared in the violent video game Hitman 2. Controversy ensued. But more than digitally recreating sacred places, we now have games that physically encroach on those spaces, incorporating them into location-based AR systems. Inside Gujarati temples where eggs are forbidden, were found some of Pokémon Go’s “virtual eggs”. Controversy ensued, again.

AR is a simple idea with endlessly complicated implications – look around using special glasses or a smartphone camera, add software with location awareness, and the software can overlay information on a scene or even make things appear to be located “in” physical space. AR turns physical sites into raw materials for the creation of new media, producing hybrids that are simultaneously everyday places and digital wonderlands.

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