A SXSW panel investigating the instances of our algorithmic selves: Free to be 23andMe

Check it out on the PanelPicker and toss a vote our way if you’re into this idea: 

In 1972, Marlo Thomas sought to enable a new generation to combat gender norms in our country by teaching us that we are all “free” to be ourselves, regardless of how that self might be defined by others. She and her many collaborators encouraged us to think about from whence the definitions of who we are and who we should be are coming—in particular, she was concerned with the media: books, magazines, television shows at the time. Forty+ years later, who is defining us as individuals and why? Services like 23andMe encourage us to “Find out what your DNA says about you,” but they leave out the part between your DNA and what it says: the algorithms, biases, motives, and business plans that drive your “results.” In this session, we seek to raise questions about what defines us as individuals today, what’s beneficial, what’s dangerous, and what we might be able to do about it (like art!). We invite skeptics and believers alike.

"Uber, like Amazon, has allowed a small number of people to become extremely rich by evading regulations and/or taxes that apply to their middle class competitors. Amazon and other Internet-based retailers have used their tax advantage to put tens of thousands brick and mortar stores out of business"

Dean Baker | The Sharing Economy and the Mystery of the Mystery of Inequality

current technolibertarianism:
taxes, regulation, government, institutions themselves as merely a momentary impediment, “middlemen” heavy and solid with history to be inevitably washed away by the fast, fluid efficiency of “high tech”

(via nathanjurgenson)

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algopop:

Whisper by Zachary Kaiser and Gabi Schaffzin

Whisper is a networked device that uses an “associative data transformation algorithm” to interpret (or misinterpret) how you say you feel into a query fed to Amazon which subsequently returns a recommended product. The intention is to scramble your data before algorithms use it to provide recommendations. It can facilitate surprise and serendipity. 

You said disappointed.

Whisper ordered Power Words: Igniting Your Life with Lightning Force, $14.27.

The project is documented on an ongoing tumblr and on this video

The project is designed to fulfil the algorithmic subversion manifesto of Terra Preta Lost Cities that works to SUBVERT THE GROWING INFLUENCE OF ALGORITHMIC INFERENCE IN EVERY ASPECT OF HUMAN EXISTENCE. TPLC REJECTS THE NOTION THAT HUMAN LIFE IS ENRICHED THROUGH INFERENCES MADE BY EMERGING AMBIENT INTELLIGENCE TECHNOLOGIES. 

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whisperthoughtof:

You said keyboard.
Whisper ordered Economics in One Lesson: The Shortest and Surest Way to Understand Basic Economics, $38.95.

good one, whisper. 

whisperthoughtof:

You said keyboard.

Whisper ordered Economics in One Lesson: The Shortest and Surest Way to Understand Basic Economics, $38.95.

good one, whisper. 

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upnorthtrips:

Adam “MCA” Yauch. (August 5, 1964 – May 4, 2012)

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"Personality has become short-hand for a probabilistic model of consumption habits, a speculative commodity bought and sold out the back door of every social media platform."

A.E. Benenson, The New Inquiry (via barelyconcealednuance)

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algopop:

The unintended consequence of Street Bump citizen sensing- via edweek

The initiative, dubbed “Street Bump,” is meant to leverage data from drivers’ smartphones to help detect where potholes are on the city’s roads. Drivers place their smartphones somewhere in their car’s interior and when a pothole-induced “bump” is detected, that data is sent to the city, so the pothole can be identified and fixed.
While great in theory, the project has one major flaw, Kate Crawford of MIT said: It only captures data from parts of the city where there is a high population of smartphones. And as smartphone usage is predominantly higher in the wealthier parts of the city, the lower-income areas of Boston are somewhat left in the dust. What’s more, areas of Boston with large elderly populations — which are also less likely to own smartphones — are left to fend off those pesky potholes on their own.
The program inadvertently directed repair crews to wealthier neighborhoods.

algopop:

The unintended consequence of Street Bump citizen sensing- via edweek

The initiative, dubbed “Street Bump,” is meant to leverage data from drivers’ smartphones to help detect where potholes are on the city’s roads. Drivers place their smartphones somewhere in their car’s interior and when a pothole-induced “bump” is detected, that data is sent to the city, so the pothole can be identified and fixed.

While great in theory, the project has one major flaw, Kate Crawford of MIT said: It only captures data from parts of the city where there is a high population of smartphones. And as smartphone usage is predominantly higher in the wealthier parts of the city, the lower-income areas of Boston are somewhat left in the dust. What’s more, areas of Boston with large elderly populations — which are also less likely to own smartphones — are left to fend off those pesky potholes on their own.

The program inadvertently directed repair crews to wealthier neighborhoods.

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papermagazine:

Happy passover, from Ai Weiwei.

papermagazine:

Happy passover, from Ai Weiwei.

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localflux:

GENTRIFICATION IN PROGRESS

Smart work on the street, from a sharp artist and close homie of ours — whatup GILF!  The last two images are from a building where the landlord recently got old school NYC, and destroyed the building to displace rent-stabilized tenants. They’re in court now.  See the video here.

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barelyconcealednuance:

Tangible Criticality
Jan 23 – Feb 6
Artist Talks: Jan 25 @ 1pm
Arnheim Gallery
Massachusetts College of Art & Design
621 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

The dialectic between speculative design as a teaching method and as a means for developing new teaching tools presents a fertile ground for exploring innovative design pedagogy—providing the unexpected opportunities so cherished by designers. Without a design education that fosters a tangible, reflective practice of criticality, we allow the ideologies embedded in systems to achieve hegemonic status. We therefore not only encourage students to become designers of systems, but to become critics of systems. This exhibition seeks to present the perspectives of design educators working to inspire the kind of criticality for which these future designers are perfectly positioned.

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