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The end of capitalism has begun

The end of capitalism has begun | Consciousness: Why we need to build sentient machines | Scoop.it
Without us noticing, we are entering the postcapitalist era. At the heart of further change to come is information technology, new ways of working and the sharing economy. The old ways will take a long while to disappear, but it’s time to be utopian
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Everything is Finished Nothing is Dead: An Article About Abstract Painting

Everything is Finished Nothing is Dead: An Article About Abstract Painting | Consciousness: Why we need to build sentient machines | Scoop.it
I remember driving on the New Jersey Turnpike arguing with Phong Bui about who made the first abstract painting. I said that Kandinsky had gradually camouflaged his imagery and made abstractions by 1911. Phong said Kupka made completely abstract paintings in 1909 and that
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“every moment is pregnant with becoming” Interview With Connekt Artist Doria J.D.

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'Every Moment is Pregnant with Becoming' Interview with Connekt Tel-Aviv Artist J.D. Doria
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Lack of Rain Isn't the Only Story Behind the West's Brutal Drought | WIRED

Lack of Rain Isn't the Only Story Behind the West's Brutal Drought | WIRED | Consciousness: Why we need to build sentient machines | Scoop.it

This weekend’s impending storm notwithstanding, 2015 is already looking like another bad year for the parched West. One rainstorm won’t change the fact that nobody’s getting enough rain or snow. But the region’s problems only begin with its mutant water cycle. The real dramas come from the difficulty in managing what water remains. From the tension between big ag and big oil to the irony of low precipitation in Oregon, here are five stories to watch while you’re waiting for rain.

 

 


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Women Are Destroying Science Fiction! (That's OK; They Created It)

Women Are Destroying Science Fiction! (That's OK; They Created It) | Consciousness: Why we need to build sentient machines | Scoop.it
This month, sci-fi and fantasy magazine Lightspeed features all female authors, as part of an ongoing conversation about what science fiction is, and whether women can write it. (Short answer: Yes!)

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This month, science fiction and fantasy magazine Lightspeed interrupted its normal publishing schedule to bring readers a special issue: ""

Edited and written entirely by women, this issue is one part of a long, ongoing conversation about what constitutes "real" science fiction and whether women are inherently any good at writing it. It was conceived in part by Lightspeed assistant editor Christie Yant last year, funded by more than 2,000 backers on , and will be followed up by two other special issues: "Women Destroy Fantasy!" and "Women Destroy Horror!"

In her opening editorial, Yant quotes a famous speech given by author Pat Murphy back in 1991. "A persistent rumbling that I have heard echoing through science fiction ... says, in essence, that women don't write science fiction. Put a little more rudely, this rumbling says: 'Those damn women are ruining science fiction.' They are doing it by writing stuff that isn't 'real' science fiction; they are writing 'soft' science fiction and fantasy."

Murphy gave this speech over 20 years ago, and yet you can still hear that same rumbling today. The perception that the science fiction that women write isn't "real" isn't as pervasive as it was in the 1960s, but it's just as ridiculous. If you need proof to back up that assertion, all you need do is read this issue of Lightspeed Magazine.

It's more than just an extra-large and particularly great issue of an already good magazine. It's a master class on all the ways in which women are writing — and have written — some of the best science fiction available. Many of the concepts these stories explore are what purists would expect from the SF label: In "Cuts Both Ways" by Heather Clitheroe, cyborg implants create perfect memory recall; Tananarive Due's "Like Daughter" deals with what happens when humans have access to easy cloning; "The Unfathomable Sisterhood of Ick" by Charlie Jane Anders takes place in a future where augmenting and messing with brain chemistry is as common as taking vitamin supplements is now.


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Why the modern world is bad for your brain

Why the modern world is bad for your brain | Consciousness: Why we need to build sentient machines | Scoop.it
Multitasking is an essential skill in the era of email, text messages, Facebook and Twitter. But, argues neuroscientist Daniel J Levitin, it’s actually making us less efficient

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This article speaks exactly about the title. It talks about how all of the things going on in the modern world is too much for our minds to handle because they are so busy. All of this multitasking produces stress which is not good for your body or your health. We have become robots that must check our phones or we will not be able to function, it talks about how if there is an email in the unread bin then our IQ goes down by up to 10 points. Media is very important in this because it will spread this and let people become aware of what we are doing to our brain.

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Armelle Blary: I'll wait

Armelle Blary: I'll wait | Consciousness: Why we need to build sentient machines | Scoop.it

Armelle Blary: I'll wait, Night Dress, 2009

 

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This Futuristic Grocery Store Is Selling Products You Might Buy 50 Years From Now | Collectively

A new concept store will create items that envision our foodie future.
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Magical Storytelling Photos

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Brooke Shaden is a highly talented fine art photographer who lives and works in Los Angeles. Shaden’s passion lies in creating exciting, shocking and surreal new worlds through her photographs. According to her website, "her vision extends beyond the realm of the camera, creating images that resemble paintings and speak of an era that is not our own. Each image is a story.” Her wonderful photos certainly grab your attention!Brooke Shaden's websitevia [Looks Like Good Design]
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Everything is Finished Nothing is Dead: An Article About Abstract Painting

Everything is Finished Nothing is Dead: An Article About Abstract Painting | Consciousness: Why we need to build sentient machines | Scoop.it
I remember driving on the New Jersey Turnpike arguing with Phong Bui about who made the first abstract painting. I said that Kandinsky had gradually camouflaged his imagery and made abstractions by 1911. Phong said Kupka made completely abstract paintings in 1909 and that
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Is It Ethical to Create Babies From Three DNA Sources? Absolutely | WIRED

Is It Ethical to Create Babies From Three DNA Sources? Absolutely | WIRED | Consciousness: Why we need to build sentient machines | Scoop.it
Critics give three main reasons; safety; creating babies with three parents; and the danger of opening the door to more genetic engineering. None of these objections provides a convincing reason against trying to treat what are often lethal diseases.

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Rescuing Aristotle

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by Robin Herbert

Perhaps you are familiar with the following passage from Bertrand Russell:

“Observation versus Authority: To modern educated people, it seems obvious that matters of fact are to be ascertained by observation, not by consulting ancient authorities. But this is an entirely modern conception, which hardly existed before the seventeenth century. Aristotle maintained that women have fewer teeth than men; although he was twice married, it never occurred to him to verify this statement by examining his wives’ mouths.” [1]

This criticism of Aristotle is often repeated and unreflectively accepted due to the reputation of Bertrand Russell. Edward de Bono embroidered upon this theme:

“Finally there was Aristotle, with his word-based inclusion/exclusion logic. Aristotle believed that men had more teeth than did women. Although he was married twice, he never actually counted the teeth of either wife. He did not need to. With horses, the stallion had more teeth than the mare; so he “knew” that the male of the species has more teeth than the female. Aristotle derived his categories from the past and then argued whether something did or did not fit into a particular category.” [2]


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Arman: Spinal Cord

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Arman:  Spinal Cord, 1996


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