Articles tagged technology

22 Apr 2016 // 3:00 AM

The Oxford Handbook of Music & Virtuality

Blur's Damon Albarn and comic book artist Jamie Hewlett created the cyberworld Gorillaz as a critique and subversion of manufactured music. Does it succeed in its intentions?

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‘Dreams Rewired’ Makes Valuable Connections to the Past

Spoken in the language of our time, weaved in visual poetry, and deep in its reach, this film documents a world barreling towards a technological revolution.

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The Paper Trail: An Unexpected History of a Revolutionary Invention

Paper created a world in which free thinking could flourish, and brought disciplines from science to music into a new age.

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The Sensual Machine: ‘The Typewriter Revolution’

Richard Polt’s work is simply a confessional love letter to a most charming and pioneering creation.

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29 Jan 2016 // 3:45 AM

Our Insatiable Techno Zombie Love

The popularity of zombies indicates that powerful techno-social forces have ramped up our fear of joining -- or just being surrounded by -- George A. Romero’s mindless zombie herd.

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And: Phenomenology of the End by Franco Berardi

Imagine orienting yourself on a map, scratching a red "X" to mark your location, and then realizing how precarious your position is, how perilously far you are from where you want to be.

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30 Oct 2015 // 2:05 AM

We, Robots: Staying Human in the Age of Big Data

Can technology solve all of our problems? Curtis White urges us to remember that we've been deluded by technology -- and seductive stories -- before.

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For a Book on Technology, Sven Birkerts’ ‘Changing the Subject’ Is Surprisingly Personal

The honesty, lyricism, and thoughtfulness make Changing the Subject a pleasure to read.

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Mr. Robot: Episode 7 -  “V1EW_S0URCE.FLV”

Tyrell, Angela and Elliot all make decisions, both emotional and tactical, that will shape their fortunes from here on out.

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‘The Dark Net’ Peers Beyond the Headlines About the Hidden Web

Part investigative journalism, pop-anthropology, and travel diary, The Dark Net finds a bizarre world; a funhouse refraction of our surface interests, intents, motivations, and mores.

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Mr. Robot - Episode 3 “d3bug.mkv”

Will Mr. Robot stay on the fringes, where so many of its interesting characters exist, or will it regress the mean?

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29 May 2015 // 3:30 AM

The Dark Net: Inside the Digital Underworld

All it takes is the installation of one free web browser to access a realm of the internet where, for a certain amount of cash, you can join in an assassination betting pool.

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Callous Masculinity and Robot Sexuality Conflict in ‘Ex Machina’

This artificial intelligence flick uses the nerd archetype to make points about masculinity, ego, and empathy.

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Who Made the Machines That Remade the World?

Walter Isaacson's The Innovators explores the history of the digital age as told through the intertwined lives of the men and women who created it.

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‘Voyaging in Strange Seas’ Tells of the Deep, Wide Roots of Modern Science

The history of the Scientific Revolution, retold: Clear, detailed, and as overwhelming as drinking from a fire hose.

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‘Context’ Without the Context

Despite the title, the book surprisingly offers very little context between technology guru Cory Doctorow’s ideas and thoughts from piece to piece.

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10 Aug 2011 // 3:25 AM

Making Robots Human

From childcare provider to chef, roboticists have big plans for their human-like machines, which raises the question: How human is too human?

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‘A Culture of Improvement’  Is an Impressive Account of Technology and Technological Change

Friedel is a master weaver and his ability to bring together so many historical strands is truly impressive. He pays attention to the lesser-known tinkerers and tweakers as much as to the more famous inventors, making this book a fine example of bottom-up history.

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Sue Storm, the Fantastic Four’s Invisible Woman I always just assumed an invisibility cloak was something relegated to Marvel Comic’s The Hood, the

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Before iBooks, There Was the Vook ... But Are Vooks Relevant in the Era of the iPad?

Over the past few months, iPad talk has dominated the electronic book world. But before the iPad, there was the Vook (rhymes with book).

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Cage the Elephant Ignite Central Park with Kickoff for Summerstage Season

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"Cage the Elephant rocked two sold-out nights at Summerstage and return to NYC for a free show May 29th. Info on that and a preview of the full Summerstage schedule is here.

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