Small World: An Academic Romance – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Small World uses the main characters (Professors Philip Swallow and Morris Zapp and their wives) from Changing Places and adds many new ones. It follows them around the international circuit of academic literary conferences. It is highly, and self-reflexively, allusive to quests for the Holy Grail, especially to Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene. Characters discuss the romance and aspects of that genre in a way … Continue reading Small World: An Academic Romance – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

New book: Weapons of Math Destruction: How big data increases inequality and threatens democracy

We live in the age of the algorithm. Increasingly, the decisions that affect our lives—where we go to school, whether we get a car loan, how much we pay for health insurance—are being made not by humans, but by mathematical models. In theory, this should lead to greater fairness: Everyone is judged according to the same rules, and bias is eliminated. But as Cathy O’Neil … Continue reading New book: Weapons of Math Destruction: How big data increases inequality and threatens democracy

Nostalgia for the Light – review | Film | The Guardian

It isn’t simply that Patricio Guzmán’s Chilean documentary Nostalgia for the Light is moving: it has a tragic grandeur that really is very remarkable. It is deeply intelligent, intensely and painfully political, and yet attempts, and succeeds, somehow to transcend politics and perhaps even history itself. The film found its starting point in the title of a 1987 book by the French scientist Michel Cassé: … Continue reading Nostalgia for the Light – review | Film | The Guardian

Film La Jetée, découvert à la nuit des images

La Jetée est un film français de science-fiction de Chris Marker, sorti en 1962 et d’une durée de 28 minutes. Ce film expérimental, considéré comme un chef-d’œuvre par nombre de critiques et de réalisateurs, est en fait, à l’exception d’un seul plan filmé, un diaporama de photographies en noir et blanc (un « photo-roman » selon le générique), commentées par un narrateur unique. Le film est accompagné … Continue reading Film La Jetée, découvert à la nuit des images

EU referendum full results – find out how your area voted | Politics | The Guardian

Britain has voted by a substantial margin to leave the European Union. The picture that is emerging is of a heavily polarised country, with remain areas coming in more strongly for remain than expected, and leave areas more strongly for leave. Geographically, Scotland and London have voted overwhelmingly for remain, but outside the capital, every English region had a majority for leave. via EU referendum … Continue reading EU referendum full results – find out how your area voted | Politics | The Guardian

Loon for All – Project Loon – Google

Project Loon balloons float in the stratosphere, twice as high as airplanes and the weather. In the stratosphere, there are many layers of wind, and each layer of wind varies in direction and speed. Loon balloons go where they’re needed by rising or descending into a layer of wind blowing in the desired direction of travel. By partnering with Telecommunications companies to share cellular spectrum … Continue reading Loon for All – Project Loon – Google

Jimmy Wales on the Lopsided Geography of Wikipedia – The Atlantic

Now imagine you can’t access Wikipedia. Or you can, but not in your native language. Or there are plenty of entries in your language, but few on the subjects that are part of your daily life. Or those entries exist, but they’re not written by locals like yourself. You certainly have other ways of getting information. But Wikipedia is one of the most ambitious information … Continue reading Jimmy Wales on the Lopsided Geography of Wikipedia – The Atlantic

What Is ‘Brexit’? A Look at the Debate and Its Wider Meaning

A portmanteau of the words “Britain” and “exit,” it is the nickname for a British exit of the European Union after the June 23 referendum asking voters: “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?” via What Is ‘Brexit’? A Look at the Debate and Its Wider Meaning – The New York Times Continue reading What Is ‘Brexit’? A Look at the Debate and Its Wider Meaning

Fred Turner – From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism

Can this encyclopedia of countercultural romance have anything to do with today’s technological world, a world of broadband connections, TCP/IP protocol and the Internet? The Internet, after all, began during the cold war as an attempt to create a network of computers that would be resilient in case of nuclear attack. Its instigator, the United States Department of Defense, was at the very center of … Continue reading Fred Turner – From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism

Shenzhen: The Silicon Valley of hardware – Trailer

Premiering next week, Future Cities is part of a new flagship documentary strand from WIRED Video that explores the technologies, trends and ideas that are changing our world. The first of these documentaries takes us inside Shenzhen, looking at how and why the city has evolved so rapidly. We examine the unique manufacturing eco-system that has emerged, gaining access to the world’s leading hardware prototyping … Continue reading Shenzhen: The Silicon Valley of hardware – Trailer

正与反 (Positive is negative, vice-versa)

实验音乐的开始, 是夏日池塘的荷叶。 穿越云层的连续性将你看透, 重力一般的吸引。 数字节奏吹起的热风, 就算你死去, 也逃不过童年的记忆;   白色的芭蕾舞裙, 随着蒲公英的散落, ‘在泥土里’,青蛙说。 黄色的雨衣, 带着机器的偶然性, ‘颜色遍布世界各地’,Youtube说;   你面对着露天商品的吊牌, 开始断定世界都是一样的, 因为你被说服, René Magritte’s ‘Not to be reproduced’ (1937)的人像倒影是一样。 在日落黄昏的植物间, 你转了个身, 留下博尔格斯似的迹象:‘正是反,反是正’。   — lait, 6月11号,第四个夏天来临之前   (English version)   The experimental music is playing, It is a piece of lotus leave of a summer pond. The continuity of breaking through rifted clouds gains an insight into you, As the … Continue reading 正与反 (Positive is negative, vice-versa)

Barack Obama slow jams the news with Jimmy Fallon, slams Trump (VIDEO).

With eight months left in his presidency, Barack Obama returned to The Tonight Show last night to tout his accomplishments over the past 7½ years—in the form of, naturally, a slow jam. Host Jimmy Fallon fights hard not to crack a smile as he refers to the most powerful man in the world as “Bareezus,” “Prez dispenser” and “Barack-y with the good hair,” while Obama … Continue reading Barack Obama slow jams the news with Jimmy Fallon, slams Trump (VIDEO).

Inventing the Internet (Janet Abbate)

Given the growing number of recent books that explore the Internet as a religious and spiritual terrain, such as Erik Davis’ Techgnosis, it should not be surprising that the rhetoric surrounding digital technologies has begun transforming into mythology. Even generally measured business publications like The Economist can be caught recounting the activities and ventures of scientists, technologists, and digital entrepreneurs in biblical, epic, and heroic … Continue reading Inventing the Internet (Janet Abbate)

Review: Cosmopolitanism by Kwame Anthony Appiah | Books | The Guardian

Prehistoric hunter-gatherers encountered fewer people in a lifetime than we would on a single day walking down New York’s Fifth Avenue. Though their world of isolated clans shaped our natures, we live in a world where our most trivial deeds can affect unknown millions on the other side of the globe. Kwame Anthony Appiah, an Anglo-Ghanaian philosophy professor based at Princeton, proposes two principles to … Continue reading Review: Cosmopolitanism by Kwame Anthony Appiah | Books | The Guardian

Les espèces d’espaces d’Internet selon Louise Drulhe : Makery

« Nous construisons nos outils puis ce sont eux qui nous construisent » écrivait Marshall McLuhan. Nous avons construit l’Internet comme un outil a-centré et pourtant nous voilà dominés par les Gafa… C’est ce constat que Louise Drulhe, 25 ans, a tiré de deux ans d’immersion dans un espace qui n’en est pas un, l’Internet, envisagé sous l’angle de l’architecture du contrôle et de la représentation graphique de … Continue reading Les espèces d’espaces d’Internet selon Louise Drulhe : Makery

L’Abécédaire de Gilles Deleuze

Composé de huit heures d’entretien avec le philosophe français Gilles Deleuze, l’Abécédaire est le seul film consacré à ce penseur qui a toujours refusé d’apparaître à la télévision. Il accepta pour cette unique fois une entrevue avec une équipe de télévision, à condition que ce film prenne la forme de conversations entre lui et son ancienne élève et amie Claire Parnet et qu’il soit diffusé … Continue reading L’Abécédaire de Gilles Deleuze

Social media and the social sciences: How researchers employ Big Data analytics

Social media posts are full of potential for data mining and analysis. Recognizing this potential, platform providers increasingly restrict free access to such data. This shift provides new challenges for social scientists and other non-profit researchers who seek to analyze public posts with a purpose of better understanding human interaction and improving the human condition. This paper seeks to outline some of the recent changes … Continue reading Social media and the social sciences: How researchers employ Big Data analytics

Quelle est la forme d’internet ?

Louise Drulhe (@louisedrulhe), jeune designeuse issue de l’ENSAD se trouve actuellement en résidence pour trois mois à la Paillasse pour y poursuivre ses recherches sur la “forme d’Internet”, qu’elle a interrogée sous la forme d’un Atlas critique de l’Internet. Elle nous a présenté ce projet dans le cadre des “Jeudis du design” qui se tiennent régulièrement dans ce biofablab. Il existe beaucoup de textes qui … Continue reading Quelle est la forme d’internet ?