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What does it mean that digital technologies are increasingly a part of...
Roger Cohen, The Quest to Belong
Next year’s Thanksgiving grace.
John Crowley, The Next Future
an excerpt from Joe Berkowitz’ piece, How Margaret Atwood Creates Scary-Plausible Worlds• Breakfast can take you quite far •
This may sound silly, but I like to wonder what people would have for breakfast—which people, as their breakfasts would be different—and where they would get those food items, and whether or not they would say a prayer over them, and how they would pay for them, and what they would wear during that meal, and, if cooked, how, and what sort of bed they would have arisen from, and what else they might be doing while having the breakfast—talking to someone (who), in person or on a device (what?), and who would be allowed to do that, and what they might feel safe in saying. Breakfast can take you quite far.
William S. Burroughs
John Maynard Keynes (1937)
Scott Smith, Recalibrating Reality
Scott Smith chaired a panel called Reality Check at the recent Improving Reality 2013, which I am sorry to have missed. Some other samples:
We are excited to reveal that our media partner for Improving Reality 2013 is Arc. Arc was created by the makers of the New Scientist, and has emerged as one of the most exciting forums for writing about the near-future, science and science fiction. Arc will be sending a group of correspondents to the conference to capture the discussions. Their editor, Simon Ings will also be contributing as a moderator.
18.09.13 – Web Designer and Artist Natalie Kane blogs about Improving Reality 2013 for Medium
03.09.2013 – Improving Reality speaker Paul Graham Raven’s blog for Arc on our relationship to infrastructures
02.09.2013 – Improving Reality speaker Georgina Voss’s blog for Arc on the political future of food
02.09.2013 – Improving Reality speaker Tobias Revell’s blog for Arc on building worlds
21.08.2013 – Arc interview Lighthouse’s Artistic Director Honor Harger about Improving Reality and announce an exclusive ticket giveaway
Adi Robertson, Planning a trip to Mars? the Intergalactic Travel Bureau can help
"I think there’s a nostalgia for the past when people were dreaming of the future."
Or you could spin it a bit: how do new technologies allow people to bend the rules? Or, ultimately, change the rules?
It doesn’t require a William Gibson, Jamais Cascio, or Stowe Boyd to anticipate that cameras in connected phones would lead to sexting. Or that retailers will track our every move in their stores via wifi signal from our devices. Or that governments will tap our messaging metadata, and maybe everything else.
I find that the spontaneous, from-the-street uses are simply more inspiring than the dystopic ones, like the emergence of @, RT, and # on Twitter: all of which are user-created microsyntax. Partly because they seem less formulaic, and mostly because they make our shared experience richer, unlike what the crooks, corporations, and governments are up to.
Michael Smethurst, ‘NoUI, informed consent and the internet of things’ (2013)