warehousing elderly and children—especially children with disabilities—in rooms with machines that keep them busy, when large numbers of humans beings around the world are desperate for jobs that pay a living wage is worse than the Dickensian nightmares of mechanical industrialization
Failing the Third Machine Age: When Robots Come for Grandma — The Message — Medium (via nathanjurgenson)
Came to Tumblr to post this exact quote. nathanjurgenson beats me to it. The rest of the quote, though:
"it’s worse than the cold, alienated workplaces depicted by Kafka.
It’s an abdication of a desire to remain human, to be connected to each other through care, and to take care of each other.”
A Denny’s Haiku
That sexy sizzle, though.
Makes me feel like I’m the cook.
Skillets. Am I right?
This animation from Moonwalk One shows all the stages of the Apollo 11 mission, which launched 45 years ago on July 16, 1969. As designed, the only component to return to Earth was the Command Module Columbia.
Moonwalk One, ca. 1970
From the series: Headquarters’ Films Relating to Aeronautics, 1962 - 1981. Records of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1903 - 2006
via Media Matters » Stepping Stones to the Moon
But the pitfall of data devices – and the external sharing of information that they encourage or require – is that they hijack your reward pathways. Instead of walking because it makes you feel good, or because it gets you out in the air or (my personal favorite reason) because sometimes there is bonkers stuff to see in between point A and point B, you walk in order to improve your stats. This sometimes means you walk even if it’s a bad idea – if your shoes hurt, if you’re not feeling well, if it’s dangerously hot, if you’re running late – because doing otherwise will mean a black mark on your record. Your stats will slide, and your stats (and the ability to brag about them on social media) are your reward.
There’s a fitness tracker for vaginas. Quantifying your life has gone too far
Far from being neutral or objective, data can be stockpiled as a political weapon that can be selectively deployed to eradicate citizens’ ability to participate in deliberative politics
— No Life Stories – The New Inquiry (via nathanjurgenson)
Good lord, this is the most stark portrayal I’ve seen of this.
Holy crap, over nine years?
(Source: giannis-antetokounmpo, via politicalprof)
A cartoon by Farley Katz. For more cartoons from the magazine this week: http://nyr.kr/1qcNPgA
“We’re still pretending that we’re inventing a brain when all we’ve come up with is a giant mash-up of real brains. “… “People are unwittingly feeding information into the Cloud for automated services, which they’re not being paid for.” [Jaron Lanier] said. “You have this fantasy that it’s machines doing it without people helping. We are throwing people out of work based on a fantasy.”
In a digital update of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” Silicon Valley is siphoning and pilfering human intelligence to feed Mr. Roboto to replace us.
— NYTimes - Silicon Valley Sharknado (via algopop)
Keeping algorithms secret is central to their cultural-economic power, which is the capacity to employ quantification in the service of qualification. Numbers have disappeared from view
— potlatch: against quality (via nathanjurgenson)
Like the priests whose celibacy, fasting, and vigils purified them for direct contact with the godhead and made them fit vessels for divine truth and worldly power, the self-restraint of the scientists purified them for direct contact with nature and made them fit vessels for natural truth and worldly power.
— The Image of Objectivity, Lorraine Daston and Peter Galison, 1992