In a world—both physical and digital—governed by software and algorithms, terms-of-use agreements permeate every aspect of daily life. T.O.U.R.E.A.M. updates Wu Tang’s iconic “C.R.E.A.M.” for our algorithmically-tailored contemporary reality. Sometimes, wearing a t-shirt in acknowledgement of such pervasive phenomena is about all we feel as though we can do. In wearing this shirt, the wearer acknowledges and foregrounds the power that algorithms wield over us, and the systemic effects of a decreasingly human-readable, and increasingly machine-readable world.
Scoop up some wearable criTicism, y’all
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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.
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”
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 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.
You said keyboard.
Whisper ordered Economics in One Lesson: The Shortest and Surest Way to Understand Basic Economics, $38.95.
good one, whisper.
Adam “MCA” Yauch. (August 5, 1964 – May 4, 2012)
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.
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.