“When you look around an office, nine times out of 10 you can tell if it was designed for fear.
How does fear manifest in space? High walls. No windows. Closed spaces. By extracting management from the doers and makers of the company, there’s plausible deniability. When conversation is inhibited by high-walled cubicles, information is controlled. And to effectively instill fear in office culture, you have to control information. You have to make sure teams are segmented into departments, information is transmitted linearly and power is centralized.”
“Education is broken, somebody should do something” #altc2013 » FOLLOWERS OF THE APOCALYPSE “These values are enshrined not, in fact, by the actors in the education system but by observers of it – namely politicians, policy-makers and journalists. And, the increasingly techno-deterministic educational discourse, bringing with it a focus on quantitative measures and whispers of “artificial intelligence (in reality, a simple set of algorithms and a great paint job) means that increasingly the first two groups are relying on a summary provided by the third. “ tags: weekly mooc he highered When humanities and science intersect | john hawks weblog “Let’s face it, both science and the humanities would be better off with fewer old dudes arguing about disciplinary boundaries. “ tags: humanities science weekly By contrast, the young and dynamic humanists are mostly fascinated by science and looking for ways to incorporate science into their work. Some of the hottest scholarly areas in the humanities represent intersections of technology or science with human societies. Universities are hiring faculty whose scholarship focuses on transhumanism, on human-animal interactions, on genetic engineering, on ethnicity and genetics, and on the growth and interactions of online, or “virtual” communities. Those kinds of topics cut across academic departments in the humanities, from literature to philosophy to anthropology. G20 assault trial: Guilty verdict for officer who […]
Snowball | A powerful WordPress plugin for creating immersive longform articles for the web Need to give this a try. tags: wordpress plugin journalism longform weekly Dave Chappelle is creating ‘no-phone zone’ for Chicago shows – NY Daily News So many things . . . “Attendees at any of Chappelle’s 13 sold-out Thalia Hall performances will be greeted by staffers handing out gray smartphone sleeves, available in three sizes. They are then instructed to place their phones inside the sleeves and fasten them, at which point they are welcome to carry them inside the venue. As soon as they enter the “no-phone zone,” however, the pouches will have locked shut via wireless signal,” ” And the service, which is already being employed by various schools around the country, can easily extend to other sensitive entertainment events “ tags: weekly phone culture education socialmedia Why Do Some People Find Deepak Chopra Quotes Deep And Not Dung? – Forbes “To reach their conclusions, the authors conducted a series of studies in which they presented participants with sentences that had recognizable English syntax but were simply a series of randomly organized buzzwords. Examples of these pseudo-profound statements include “Hidden meaning transforms unparalleled abstract beauty,” a totally meaningless sentence that appears to be profound because it uses buzzwords like “hidden” and “transforms” and “abstract” […]
How did they make that? | Miriam Posner’s Blog Maybe this is a framework/concept for doing some of the ALT Lab documentation. It mixes tutorial/tool guide/example in a way that works pretty well. tags: digitalhumanities examples tutorials tools weekly After Twitter bot makes death threat, its owner gets questioned by police — Fusion “Robots are starting to break the law, the law is trying to figure out what to do about it, and it all seems to be happening in Europe. Last month, Swiss authorities seized the Random Darknet Shopper art exhibit which included weekly purchases made by an automated bot given Bitcoin to surf a Dark Web marketplace. (It mainly bought drugs.) This week, police in the Netherlands are dealing with a robot miscreant. Amsterdam-based developer Jeffry van der Goot reports on Twitter that he was questioned by police because a Twitter bot he owned made a death threat. “ tags: robots twitter twitterbot future laws weekly How I Taught My Computer to Write Its Own Music – Issue 21: Information – Nautilus “On a warm day in April 2013, I was sitting in a friend’s kitchen in Paris, trying to engineer serendipity. “ tags: computer music serendipity weekly Big Bird on Twitter: “Tweet?” “@BigBird I’m too tall to be short!” tags: weekly twitter bigbird Casey Reas – Artist […]