MED 8.18.18

Sunday Update

Big Brother’s Blind Spot  [thebaffler.com]

I suppose that if you believe human beings are so perilously facile, uncomplicated, and legible as to have their sexual orientations gleaned from images of their faces, it’s no great leap to claim that privacy is now buried and decomposing

Finding It Hard to Focus? Maybe It’s Not Your Fault [NYT]

Every moment they spend with their parents, they are also spending with their parents’ need to be constantly connected. It is the first generation to be so affected — now 14 to 21 years old — that Dr. Turkle describes in detail in her most recent book, “Reclaiming Conversation.”

Citizens Police Data Project  collects and publishes information about police misconduct in Chicago

Invisible Institute, in collaboration with The Intercept, releases the Citizens Police Data Project 2.0, a public database containing the disciplinary histories of Chicago police officers

‘Weaponized Ad Technology’: Facebook’s Moneymaker Gets a Critical Eye  [NYT]

In Britain, a report in July on political campaigning from the Information Commissioner’s Office, the government data protection authority, called for an “ethical pause” on the use of personal information in political microtargeting so that regulators and companies could consider the technology’s implications.

TOOL:  Live London Tube Map   [TrainTimes.org]

Twitter’s Misguided Quest to Become a Forum for Everything [NYT]

It is not surprising that the angriest spirits of the old web occasionally manifest in the new one. But what’s striking is how effectively they can haunt it, and how ill-equipped it is to deal with them.

Similarly, QAnon, the grotesque power fantasy that casts a substantial part of the country as traitorous members of a cult of sex criminals, serves a secondary unmet desire. The theory provides a temporary community that’s impervious to outside forces, because it assumes everything outside it is evil. And the faithful, for once, know exactly why they’re online.

Scientists Are Developing a Unique Identifier for Your Brain  [WIRED]

The physical links between brain regions, collectively known as the “connectome,” are part of what distinguish humans cognitively from other species. But they also differentiate us from one another. Scientists are now combining neuroimaging approaches with machine learning to understand the commonalities and differences in brain structure and function across individuals, with the goal of predicting how a given brain will change over time because of genetic and environmental influences.

What Your Car Knows About You (WSJ)

‘Over time, we will know where you usually go for coffee and know what your commute is.’

When You’re Hot, You’re Hot: Career Successes Come in Clusters [kellogg.northwestern]

And while more research is needed to determine what causes these bursts of genius, Wang says that the findings shed important new light on the patterns underlying success in all fields, and could be used to improve decisions about tenure, promotions, and hiring. (understand your burst patterns -ed)

In praise of SWARMing   (DanNorth)

The most successful transformations I have experienced—the ones where you walk into the office and there is a tangible difference in the energy and interactions between people, where the commercial and management stakeholders are as excited and invested as the technology stakeholders, where everyone agrees on the metrics that matter and those metrics are trending in the right direction, where the people involved are proud to be part of the change, and where those outside are eager to get involved

Newspaper Websites not available in the European Union after GDPR  [data.verifiedjoseph.com]

This dataset lists websites that are or were blocked, along with links to archived versions of the websites and archived block messages.

Exclusive: U.S. government seeks Facebook help to wiretap Messenger – sources  [Reuters]

The judge in the Messenger case heard arguments on Tuesday on a government motion to hold Facebook in contempt of court for refusing to carry out the surveillance request,

A Lawless Zone: Surveillance Technologies and the Police[greeneuropeanjournal.eu]

“Everybody is under suspicion, even if they have done nothing wrong.”

Related reading:

https://github.com/ray-project/ray  A high-performance distributed execution engine

 

Arts

Great Weekend Reads in Photography & Filmmaking [PDN]

Required Reading [HyperAllergic]

Extreme Weather Report  [Eclectic Method – YouTube]  Video-remix-mashup

Masterworks, will buy what it believes are undervalued pieces and then allow users to purchase shares of the works. [Forbes]

Once the Securities Exchange Commission qualifies the exempt offering, the shares will be issued pursuant to a Regulation A+ (of Title IV of the JOBS Act) offering, which allows private companies to raise up to $50 million and enables the general public as well as accredited investors to participate.According to Masterworks, this will be the first such tokenized security offered under Regulation A of the JOBS Act.

How museums embraced digital art [FT]

The museum is a place of fragile artefacts — porcelain, paintings, old silk dresses, pencil drawings — things that might degrade or crumble. Its digital artefacts are, arguably, more fragile than even the most sensitive of these. “A lot of the things we would have liked to have shown have been lost: for instance, early prototypes where the hard drives have failed, or designs on image-hosting sites which are now obsolete,” says Foulston.

Keanu Reeves Is Doing a New Thing: Publishing Books  [NYT]   (whoa -ed)

In many ways, this model was inspired by working with Steidl, yet X Artists’ Books also feels indigenous to Los Angeles, its books the spiritual descendants of Ed Ruscha’s inexpensive self-published ones or the work of Mike Kelley, whose art delights in the weirder reaches of society’s margins.

Delayed exposure: contemporary photography in China  [FT]

An installation by the Chinese artist Xiao Lu entitled “Dialogue” consists of two phone booths, one containing a life-size photograph of a man and the other a life-size photograph of a woman. Both figures are seen from the back; neither seems to notice the other. “Dialogue” was included in China Avant-Garde, a group exhibition that opened at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing on February 5 1989, the eve of the Chinese new year. Two hours after the show opened to the public, Xiao, 26 at the time, smuggled a gun into the gallery and fired two bullets at the centre of her piece. Her actions later became known as “the first gunshots of Tiananmen”: four months later, those famous protests and their violent reprisals unfolded in Beijing’s main square.

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Yesterday, today and tomorrows dates can be read backward and forward.  Anagram numbers 

Not sure what is more fear inducing. …the phase “lets go to our panel” spoken on TV OR the silent but deadly YouTube recommendation engine.