// RechtsLinks 25.4.2017: OKAY, Höchststand bei Zahl…

// Jonathan Demme R.I.P.

Gepostet vor 2 Tagen in #Movies #R.I.P. #SilenceOfTheLambs

Jonathan Demme ist im Alter von 73 Jahren gestorben, anscheinend an „esophageal cancer and complications from heart disease“.

Der Mann hatte in den 70ern mit Exploitation-Schlocks wie Caged Heat – Das Zuchthaus der verlorenen Mädchen angefangen, in den 80ern drehte er Musikvideos für die Talking Heads (für die er auch den Konzertfilm Stop Making Sense produzierte, aus dem das Live-Video zum nachweislich besten Song der Welt Once in a Lifetime stammt) und UB40, um dann 1991 den Genre-Überklassiker Silence of the Lambs abzuliefern, für den er 1992 den Regie-Oscar gewann. Danke für den ganzen Chianti, Jon! Sad day.

Demme maintained a private personal life, but his career was marked by a remarkably versatile creative output that included acclaimed narratives and documentaries films stretching back to the early ’70s. He made his debut with the 1971 biker film “Angels Hard as They Come,” a Roger Corman production during the B-movie producer’s heyday, but his career reached another plane of critical and commercial success with a string of ’80s dramas, including “Melvin and Howard, “Swing Shift,” and “Something Wild.”

Demme reached a new plane of success in the next decade, with the back-to-back releases of “The Silence of the Lambs” and “Philadelphia.” At the same time, he remained an active documentarian, creating the definitive Talking Heads film “Stop Making Sense,” in addition to three films with Neil Young.

Gib mir den Rest, Baby…

// Predictive Policing for Banksters

Schönes Ding von Sam Lavigne, Predictive Policing für Wirtschaftskriminalität im Finanzsektor, 'ne Robocop-App für Bankster.

White Collar Crime Risk Zones uses machine learning to predict where financial crimes will happen across the U.S. The system was trained on incidents of financial malfeasance from 1964 to the present day, collected from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), a non-governmental organization that regulates financial firms.

The system uses industry-standard predictive policing methodologies, including Risk Terrain Modeling and geospatial feature predictors, which enables the tool to predict financial crime at the city-block-level with an accuracy of 90.12%.

Mic: This app exposes the white-collar criminals all around you

"The truth is that all of those systems use biased data sets and reinforce precisely the biases that they emerge from," Sam Lavigne, a technologist and the New Inquiry's special projects editor who helped develop WCCRZ, said in a phone interview on Tuesday. "And that the police departments making use of those systems work behind a veil of objectivity."

So the WCCRZ team, which included Lavigne, the New Inquiry publisher Francis Tseng and data scientist Brian Clifton, built out a "Most Likely Suspect" feature, scraping the LinkedIn profiles of top executives in that area to come up with a facial average. The app slaps a new face on crime: a thousand algorithmically generated, grinning white fraudsters.

It may not be the face of crime trotted out on the evening news, but that's the point. The app reframes the common cultural code for criminality — typically black, poor and uneducated — around corporations and neighborhoods that more accurately reflect where crime happens and who's committing it.

// AI Voice-Cloning

Gepostet vor 2 Tagen in #Science #Tech #AI #AlgoCulture #Audio #Samples

Vor ein paar Monate veröffentlichte Google sein WaveNet, ein auf Stimmen trainiertes Neurales Netzwerk mit einem deutlichen Qualitätssprung gegenüber bisherigen Text-2-Speech-Synthesis-Verfahren darstellte. Ein paar Wochen später präsentierte Adobe dann ein neues Tool namens VoCo für Audio-Editing, das Stimmen aus Audio-Aufnahmen generiert und damit täuschend echte Fake-Mitschnitte generieren konnte.

Und vor wenigen Wochen hatten Wissenschaftler einen „Neural Parametric Singing Synthesizer“ entwickelt, „a new model for singing synthesis based on a modified version of the WaveNet architecture“, eine künstliche Singstimme.

Nun gibt es Lyrebird, die behaupten, aus nur einer Minute Stimmaufzeichnungen jegliche Formulierung und Intonation simulieren zu können: „Record 1 minute from someone's voice and Lyrebird can
compress her/his voice's DNA into a unique key. Use this key to generate anything with its corresponding voice“. Lyrebird will angeblich „1000 sentences in less than half a second“ generieren, was verglichen mit Googles WaveNet („it takes 90 minutes to synthesize one second of audio“) einen Quantensprung darstellt (sofern sie ähnliche Verfahren benutzen) und am Ende wollen sie eine API bauen, mit der man jegliche Stimmen imitieren kann.

Lyrebird will offer an API to copy the voice of anyone. It will need as little as one minute of audio recording of a speaker to compute a unique key defining her/his voice. This key will then allow to generate anything from its corresponding voice. The API will be robust enough to learn from noisy recordings. The following sample illustrates this feature, the samples are not cherry-picked.

Die Demos sind gut, aber ausbaufähig:

Eine weitere neue App für Voice-Cloning mit einem anderen Verfahren (wie es auch bei Siri oder Alexa benutzt wird) kommt aus Paris, der Economist hat 'nen kleinen Artikel darüber und von dort ein nettes Detail über das sogenannte „Voice Banking“:

Until recently, voice cloning—or voice banking, as it was then known—was a bespoke industry which served those at risk of losing the power of speech to cancer or surgery. Creating a synthetic copy of a voice was a lengthy and pricey process. It meant recording many phrases, each spoken many times, with different emotional emphases and in different contexts (statement, question, command and so forth), in order to cover all possible pronunciations. Acapela Group, a Belgian voice-banking company, charges €3,000 ($3,200) for a process that requires eight hours of recording. Other firms charge more and require a speaker to spend days in a sound studio.

Die Probleme, die das reibungslose Kopieren von Stimmen mit sich bringt, liegen auf der Hand und die InfoSec-Bruhahas sind nur die offensichtlichsten davon:

Researchers at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, led by Nitesh Saxena, were able to use Festvox to clone voices based on only five minutes of speech retrieved online. When tested against voice-biometrics software like that used by many banks to block unauthorised access to accounts, more than 80% of the fake voices tricked the computer. Alan Black, one of Festvox’s developers, reckons systems that rely on voice-ID software are now “deeply, fundamentally insecure”.

Die Entwickler von Lyrebird sind sich der Probleme ihrer Technologie bewusst, Snip von der Ethics-Section ihrer Website:

Voice recordings are currently considered as strong pieces of evidence in our societies and in particular in jurisdictions of many countries. Our technology questions the validity of such evidence as it allows to easily manipulate audio recordings. This could potentially have dangerous consequences such as misleading diplomats, fraud and more generally any other problem caused by stealing the identity of someone else.

By releasing our technology publicly and making it available to anyone, we want to ensure that there will be no such risks. We hope that everyone will soon be aware that such technology exists and that copying the voice of someone else is possible. More generally, we want to raise attention about the lack of evidence that audio recordings may represent in the near future.

Hilft aber alles nix: Wenn wir die Stimm-Erzeugung erstmal mit AI-Video-Synthesis zusammenbringen können, dann fängt der Spaß erst richtig an. „Siri – upload video of Trump saying 'nuke em all!' to youtube“.

// RechtsLinks 25.4.2017: OKAY, Höchststand bei Zahl politischer Straftaten, Avoiding eye contact is 'racism'

Anfang März ging eine Meldung rum, laut der das Handzeichen für Okay 👌 auch ein Handzeichen für Rightwinger darstellt und auf Smug Pepe beziehungsweise Trumps Lieblingsgeste zurückgeht. The Outline hat jetzt neues zu OKAY: The OK sign is becoming an alt-right symbol.

While the exact source and reason might be up for debate — be it Trump, Pepe, Pizza Party Ben, or otherwise — it’s all over alt-right circles. Malik Obama, Barack Obama’s half-brother and alt-right obsessive, tweeted a photo of himself making the OK sign and made it his Twitter profile picture. Ethan Ralph of The Ralph Retort, a popular destination for the Gamergate crowd which overlaps with the alt-right crowd, currently has a photo of himself making the sign as his Twitter profile picture. White nationalist Richard Spencer posted a photo of himself making the sign the night of the election.

Guter Podcast von Sam Harris mit Tristan Harris, Autor des Essays How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds – from a Magician and Google’s Design Ethicist:

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Tristan Harris about the arms race for human attention, the ethics of persuasion, the consequences of having an ad-based economy, the dynamics of regret, and other topics.

Tristan Harris has been called the “closest thing Silicon Valley has to a conscience,” by The Atlantic magazine. He was the Design Ethicist at Google and left the company to lead Time Well Spent, where he focuses on how better incentives and design practices can create a world that helps us spend our time well. Harris’s work has been featured on 60 Minutes and the PBS NewsHour, and in many journals, websites, and conferences, including: The Atlantic, ReCode, TED, the Economist, Wired, the New York Times, Der Spiegel, and the New York Review of Books. He was rated #16 in Inc Magazine’s “Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30” in 2009 and holds several patents from his work at Apple, Wikia, Apture and Google. Harris graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Computer Science.

spOnline: Polizeiliche Kriminalstatistik – Zahl politischer Straftaten erreicht Höchststand

Die Zahl der Straftaten mit rechtem Hintergrund nahm um 2,6 Prozent auf 23.555 zu, während die Zahl linksmotivierter Taten um 2,2 Prozent auf 9389 Fälle zurückging. Einen drastischen Anstieg gab es bei der politisch motivierten Ausländerkriminalität, die durch aus dem Ausland importierte Ideologien beeinflusst ist. Sie nahm um 66,5 Prozent auf 3372 Fälle zu.

Die häufigsten politisch motivierten Straftaten waren mit 33,5 Prozent Propagandadelikte, wie etwa die Verwendung von Kennzeichen verfassungswidriger Organisationen.

Die Zahl der Gewalttaten mit politischem Hintergrund ist insgesamt zwar um zwei Prozent auf 4311 gesunken. Im Bereich der politisch motivierten Ausländerkriminalität gab es hier dennoch einen Anstieg um 73 Prozent auf fast 600 Taten, und im rechtsextremen Bereich um 14,3 Prozent auf fast 1700 Gewaltakte. Im linken Spektrum sanken die Gewalttaten dagegen um 24,2 Prozent auf gut 1700 Fälle.

Insgesamt kamen 14 Menschen durch politisch motivierte Gewalt ums Leben - davon zwölf beim Anschlag auf den Berliner Weihnachtsmarkt am Breitscheidplatz.

Gutes Interview mit Katharina König in der WOZ: Die Antifa ist unverzichtbar.

Sie sind bis heute überzeugte Antifaschistin. Die Antifa gilt – zumindest in der Schweiz – bis weit ins linke Milieu hinein als linksextremes Pendant zu den Neonazis. Was verstehen Sie unter dem Begriff «Antifa»?
Es ist die glaubwürdigste Instanz im Kampf gegen rechts. Ihr Widerstand gegen Neonazis bis hin zu den Rechtskonservativen beruht nicht auf einem Bauchgefühl. Die Grundlage ist ein – gerade auch historisches – Bewusstsein darüber, was es heisst, den Rechten Macht und Raum zu lassen. Eine ganz wichtige Praxis der Antifa ist die Recherche: Niemand weiss besser über rechte Strukturen Bescheid als die Antifa. Deshalb sage ich Journalisten immer: Vertraut der Antifa.

Für viele ist die Antifa nur ein linker Schlägertrupp …
Ich habe Ihnen die Verhältnisse in den neunziger Jahren in Jena bereits geschildert. Und wir wissen nicht erst seit dem NSU, dass Neonazis nicht davor zurückschrecken, andere Menschen umzubringen. Gewalt ist Teil ihrer Ideologie. Ist ja schön, wenn die Leute denken, man könne mit Nazis reden. Und wenn die Leute mit Kreide «Jena ist bunt» auf die Strasse schreiben. Das reicht aber nicht. Ich bin überzeugt davon, dass Neonazis Grenzen gesetzt werden müssen.

The Nib: The Birth of Fake News by Joey Alison Sayers

Ich wette, wenn man in den genauen Formulierungen der Oxford University Equality and Diversity Unit nachschaut, wird man Differenzierteres finden, als die Headline beim Telegraph suggeriert. Bis dahin sortiere ich das hier unter Illiberal Left: Telegraph: Students who avoid making eye contact could be guilty of racism, Oxford University says, BBC: Avoiding eye contact 'everyday racism'.

The university’s Equality and Diversity Unit has advised students that “not speaking directly to people” could be deemed a “racial microaggression” which can lead to “mental ill-health”.

Other examples of “everyday racism” include asking someone where they are “originally” from, students were told.

Oxford University's Equality and Diversity Unit explains in its Trinity term newsletter that "some people who do these things may be entirely well-meaning, and would be mortified to realise that they had caused offence.

“But this is of little consequence if a possible effect of their words or actions is to suggest to people that they may fulfil a negative stereotype, or do not belong”.

Dr Joanna Williams, a lecturer in higher education the University of Kent, said the guidance was “completely ridiculous” and will make students “hyper-sensitive” about how they interact with one another.

“Essentially people are being accused of a thought crime,” Dr Williams told The Telegraph. “They are being accused of thinking incorrect thoughts based on an assumption of where they may or may not be looking.”

Salon: Steve Bannon and the occult: The right wing’s long, strange love affair with New Age mysticism

Although the media have characterized Bannon as the Disraeli of the dark side following his rise to power in the Trump administration, I knew him, and still do, as a deeply read and erudite observer of the American religious scene, with a keen appetite for mystical thought.

Ronald Reagan, a hero of his, was not dissimilar. As I’ve written in the Washington Post and elsewhere, Reagan, from the start of his political career in the 1950s up through the first term of his presidency, adopted phrasing and ideas from the writings of a Los Angeles-based occult scholar named Manly P. Hall (1901-1990), whose 1928 encyclopedia arcana “The Secret Teachings of All Ages” is among the most influential underground books in American culture.

President Trump himself has admiringly recalled his lessons in the mystic art of “positive thinking” from the Rev. Norman Vincent Peale, the Trump family’s longtime pastor, who popularized metaphysical mind-power themes in his 1952 mega-seller “The Power of Positive Thinking.”

// RechtsLinks 24.4.2017: Milch-Bukkake in Berkley, Twitter-Bombs und The Age of Offence

Kurzer Nachtrag zur Milch: Ein „Free Speech-Aktivist“/wahrscheinlicher Trump-Supporter/möglicher 4chan-Troll mit Milch-Bukkake während der Straßenschlacht in Berkley. [update] Handelt sich bei der Milch wahrscheinlicher um Tränengaswegwischzeug, siehe Pics bei der Daily Mail.

Die NYTimes hat eine Umfrage unter Wissenschaftlern gestartet, ob ein bestimmtes Paper rassistische Elemente enthält und wie man den Autoren auf dem politischen Spektrum einordnen könnte. Das Ergebnis: Der Autor sei ungefähr Center und das Paper nicht weiter auffällig. Der Autor des Papers war Charles Murray, auf der Linken hart umstrittener Wissenschaftler und seit seinem Buch The Bell Curve dem scientific racism beschuldigt. Der sollte nun vor ein paar Wochen am Middlebury College in Vermont einen Vortrag halten – das Paper oben erwähnter Umfrage –, der von Aktivisten unter Protesten verhindert wurde:

Before Mr. Murray’s arrival on campus, an open letter to the college from several hundred alumni protested that his scholarly opinions were “deceptive statistics masking unfounded bigotry.” And when it came time for Mr. Murray to give his speech, which was based on his 2012 book, “Coming Apart,” an analysis of the predicament of the white working class in the United States, he was shouted down by student and faculty protesters. In chants they accused him of being a racist and a white supremacist. Some of the protesters became unruly and physically violent, forcing Mr. Murray to flee.

Das Ergebnis der Umfrage überrascht nicht:

American college professors are overwhelmingly liberal. Still, the 57 professors who responded to our request gave Mr. Murray’s talk an average score of 5.05, or “middle of the road.” Some professors said that they judged the speech to be liberal or left-leaning because it addressed issues like poverty and incarceration, or because it discussed social change in terms of economic forces rather than morality. Others suggested that they detected a hint of discontent with the fact that Donald Trump was elected president. No one raised concerns that the material was contentious, dangerous or otherwise worthy of censure.

We also sent the transcript to a group of 70 college professors who were told that the speech was by Mr. Murray. The 44 who responded gave it an average rating of 5.77. That score is significantly more conservative, statistically speaking, than the rating given by the professors unaware of the author’s identity (suggesting that knowing Mr. Murray was the author colored the evaluation of the content). Even still, 5.77 is not too far from “middle of the road.” […]

Our data-gathering exercise suggests that Mr. Murray’s speech was neither offensive nor even particularly conservative. It is not obvious, to put it mildly, that Middlebury students and faculty had a moral obligation to prevent Mr. Murray from airing these views in public.

Meanwhile in Deutschland: SZ: Anonyme Hetze gegen Professoren nimmt zu: „Die Präsidentin der renommierten Berliner Humboldt-Universität, Sabine Kunst, sieht darin eine Gefahr für die akademische Streitkultur und die freie Lehre. Sie will diese Diffamierungen nicht länger dulden. 'Hier soll der Diskurs über bestimmte Inhalte und die Arbeit einiger Hochschullehrerinnen und Hochschullehrer verhindert werden', warnt Kunst im Interview“.

In diesem Kontext auch Ira Wells von der Uni Toronto: Literary Review of Canada: The Age of Offence – The politics of outrage, and the crisis of free speech on campus:

Recent events in Canadian universities suggest not only that freedom of speech does not include the freedom to offend, but that those who position themselves as “offence takers” currently hold the balance of power at all levels of campus politics. […] Of course, at the precise moment when some academics were finessing a new vocabulary of microaggression—calibrating their social microscopes to make increasingly fine-grained distinctions between subtle forms of offence—Donald Trump was presiding over the indiscriminate demolition of the norms of civic discourse and an unprecedented coarsening of the public sphere. In mirror opposition to what was happening on campus, Trump has perfected what we might call a politics of macroaggression. […]

As it turned out, the diverse coalition of Trump skeptics—the unlikely confederacy of GOP insiders, neoconservatives, public relations professionals and leftists who were so certain of Trump’s defeat—had all stumbled into committing some version of what literary critics once called the affective fallacy. They presumed that voters, confronted with Trump’s boundless vulgarity, would feel what they felt, hear what they heard: a churlish demagogue spewing loathsome nonsense. Instead, what many voters heard—and apparently continue to hear—is an authentic appeal for liberty from a corrupt authority. The more Trump goaded his opponents into denouncing his latest outrage, the more evidence he appeared to garner of an institutionalized elite creeping ever further into the sovereign terrain of the private self. The actual execution was closer to performance art than a coherent political strategy, and its stunning effectiveness derived from the perfect continuity of media and message. It was Marshall McLuhan as rewritten by Huckleberry Finn: vulgarity is freedom.

We live in an age of offence. This is not to regurgitate the familiar claim that the internet enables more of what some consider offensive speech than was available in more innocent times. Rather, it is to recognize that offensiveness and offendability have emerged as our distinctive form of cultural literacy. Never has the taking of offence (and the performance of offended-ness) enjoyed more widespread cultural legitimacy.

Our current culture of offence taking has a history and a context. The capacity to recognize and name sources of injustice was constitutive of every progressive structural change in modern legal and political culture, from the elimination of Jim Crow to the institution of human rights laws to the liberalization of marriage. This basic impulse toward equity and social justice—harnessed by the civil rights, feminist and queer movements—was then nourished and informed by strands of post-­structuralist philosophy that emphasized the ­reality-shaping function of language. If a generation of undergraduates took anything away from “theory,” it is the notion that language does not passively reflect, but actively constructs our social environments, and that the old binary between speech and action is therefore suspect. Offence taking, as a habit of mind, combines the attention to historical injustice with a cognizance of the ways in which our apparently natural, inherited modes of communication can cause a kind of “innocent” violence. The culture of offence taking would disabuse us of this innocence. Thanks to overlapping strands in liberal education, social justice movements and digital media, we now have access to an increasingly rich vocabulary to identify, distinguish and denounce sources of injustice. As a direct result, offensive speech—a cavalier willingness to puncture the doilied sensibilities of political correctness—has acquired a new potency.

On the political left, the capacity to articulate outrage toward offence reads as a sign of progressive thinking: taking offence is a marker of cultural status. On the populist right, a willingness to offend manifests as a brave repudiation of orthodoxy, or as base-level authenticity. In our digital communities—what the social scientist Sherry Turkle calls the “online real”—how we situate ourselves in relation to the prohibitions against and injunctions toward offensive speech constitutes an inescapable facet of self-presentation. Those who take to social media to support Trump’s Muslim ban or Kellie Leitch’s “Canadian values” test portray sensitivity to offensive speech as a sign of elite decadence; the offence takers, in turn, often construe the mildest impropriety as a sign of crypto-fascism or incipient barbarism. A commitment to the force and reality of offensive speech thus unites the neo-Nazi with the gender studies major. It is a grammar that informs (consciously or not) their every Facebook post, every tweet, every public utterance.

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// Field Guide to Fake News

A Field Guide to Fake News explores the use of digital methods to trace the production, circulation and reception of fake news online.“

Inhalt der ersten drei Kapitel:

18 1. What publics does fake news animate on facebook?
38 2. How may the trajectory of a fake news story be traced on facebook?
50 3. Do fact-checking initiatives reach the publics of fake news on facebook?

62 1. Where do fake news originate? By what sites are they first retransmitted?
76 2. Which are the most visible sources related to a fake story? When and by whom are they mentioned?

95 1. Do fake news sites use different kinds of trackers from mainstream media sites?
101 2. How can fake news and mainstream media sites be profiled based on their tracker usage?
107 3. How do tracker ecologies on fake news sites change over time?
113 4. Which other websites share the same tracker IDs as fake news sites?
119 5. Do trackers associated with hyper-partisan and misinformation sites vary across language spheres?

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// Podcasts: Gegen den Zorn und Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

Gepostet vor 5 Tagen in #Podcast #Futurism #Philosophy #Podcasts

Zwei weitere Podcasts, die am Wochenende in meinem Feedreader aufgeschlagen sind und die beide superinteressant klingen: Das Philosophiemagazin Sein und Streit mit einer ganzen Sendung über Wut und Zorn, unter anderem mit Martha Nussbaum über das Verzeihen und einer Analyse der „Radikalisierung der Mitte“; sowie ein dreiteiliger Podcast über Yuval Noah Harari und sein neues Buch Homo Deus – Eine Geschichte von Morgen. (via Swen)

Sein und Streit: Gegen den Zorn (MP3)

Homo Deus – Eine Geschichte von Morgen, Teil 1, Teil 2, Teil 3 (MP3, Info): „Der Mensch ist Homo Deus: gottgleich, mächtig, schöpferisch und bald sogar dazu fähig, den Tod abzuschaffen. Aber auf dem Weg dorthin hat er Technologien und künstliche Intelligenzen erfunden, die ihn bald übertreffen werden, sagt der Historiker Yuval Noah Harari. Werden sie ihn auch abschaffen?“

Der Mensch hat viel erreicht. Krankheiten sind besiegt, Kriege gehen zurück, Wohlstand und hohe Lebensqualität herrschen vielerorts. Längst hat der Mensch seine Geschicke selbst in die Hand genommen, sich die Natur nutzbar und sich selbst zum Zentrum seiner ideologischen oder religiösen Anstrengungen gemacht. Nicht zuletzt arbeitet er daran, auch noch den Tod zu überwinden. Weit davon ist der Mensch nicht mehr entfernt, sagt der israelische Historiker Yuval Harari, der schon in seinem Bestseller „Eine Kurze Geschichte der Menschheit“ die Karriere des Menschen bis kurz vor ihr Ende nachvollzog und jetzt in seinem neuen Buch „Homo Deus. Eine Geschichte von Morgen“ in die Zukunft blickt. Dort findet er einen gottgleichen Menschen, der durch Wissenschaft und Technologien eine bisher ungekannte Macht erlangt hat, die sich aber zu verselbständigen droht.

Ganz in der Tradition von Science-Fiction-Erzählungen, aber doch als sehr reale Zukunftsvorstellung entwickelt, werden nach Harari künstliche Intelligenzen, die unabhängig von Formen des Bewusstseins funktionieren, schlauer, schneller und lebensfähiger sein als der Mensch, der längst nur noch als Datenprozessor konzipiert wird. Dieser kann dann nur hoffen, dass die zukünftigen Computer oder Mensch-Maschinen-Hybride freundlicher mit ihm umgehen, als er es heute mit den Tieren tut. Die Menschheit wird sich ohnehin in zwei Lager spalten. Auf der einen Seite eine technologisierte Elite mit unerschöpflicher Macht. Auf der anderen Seite die Klasse der Nutzlosen, denen aufgrund der technologischen Errungenschaften Arbeit und Sinn des Lebens genommen, aber der Genuss der virtuellen Realität gegeben wurde.

// LPsLPsLPs: I shouldn't write Blackest Black into the headline just because this is a fine selection of Post-Punk and Wave-Albums, that would be clickbait – but then again, that would reflect the darkness, despair and disenchatment these records transport (besides other things), so I guess that's legit.

Gepostet vor 6 Tagen in #Music #NC-Tracks

Dicker Postpunk aus Berlin: Tier / So geht die Geschichte EP by Gewalt

Von Inseln Split EP by Gewalt

Gewalt – Von Inseln

Rock des Todes aus Berlin: Antagonism by Bleib Modern

LoFi-Plastikwavepunk circa Devo: 6 Vitamins by Wonder Bread (weiter unten mehr von Wonder Bread)

Chiptunes-Metal sure why not: C​:​\​>EDIT CONFIG​.​SYS by MASTER BOOT RECORD

Electronica aus Edinburgh: World Eater by Blanck Mass

Dreckiger Postpunk aus Berlin: 7" by HYÄNE

Electropunk aus Los Angeles: JAN.1 EP by GIRL PUSHER

Oz Waves - a collection of 80s DIY recordings, compiled by odd wave anthropologist Steele Bonus.“

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// Tarantulas calculate Distance with their 3 billion eyes

Gepostet vor 6 Tagen in #Science #Mathematics #Spiders

Spinnen berechnen ihre Wege mit ihren gegenüberliegenden Augenpaaren und konstruieren spinnensinnmäßig ein rechtwinkliges Dreieck, auf dessen Hypotenuse sie sich dann entlangbewegen. Geometrisch denkende Mathe-Taranteln also, na prima. --> phys.org: Tarantula wolf spiders use their lateral eyes to calculate distance

Tarantula wolf spiders have four sets of eyes, and a study from the Autonomous University of Madrid shows that they use their posterior lateral eyes and anterior lateral eyes to establish the distance they have traveled.

The tarantula wolf spider species Lycosa tarantula ambushes its prey and lives in burrows around 20 cm deep topped by a structure, a kind of turret that the tarantula build from twigs, leaves and small stones, fastened with spider's silk. From the turret, the tarantula surprises its prey and runs to pursue it, subsequently returning to the burrow from distances between 30 and 40 cm.

L. tarantula uses path integration to return to its burrow. With this mechanism, it does not follow the same path back to its burrow; instead, it moves as though it had followed the sides of a right-angle triangle, returning along the hypotenuse. […] The tarantula wolf spider's median eyes measure the angle of polarised light, comprising its 'compass'; it detects direction using its anterior lateral eyes. Through this research, the scientists have learned that it is principally the anterior lateral eyes—which until now had not been analysed—and to a lesser extent, the posterior lateral eyes, that tarantula wolf spiders use to measure the distance to their nest.

// Podcasts: Die Körperfresser kommen, Iggy Pop, empirische Ästhetik und richtig streiten mit Populisten

Gepostet vor 6 Tagen in #Linkdump #Podcast #Audiobooks #Podcasts

Haufenweise Podcasts, die ich in den letzten Wochen gehört habe, unter anderem eine Hörspiel-Adaption der Bodysnatchers, Podcasts über Iggy Pop, empirische Ästhetik und talentfreie Youtuber. (Podcast-Sammlungen gibt's als MP3-Feed unter der URL https://nerdcorepodcasts.appspot.com/. Danke Michael!)

1Live Krimi: Körperfresser (MP3, Info)

Daniel ist Wissenschaftler am Institut für Infektionsbiologie. Eines Tages erzählt ihm seine Kollegin Hannah, dass ihr Ehemann nicht mehr er selbst sei. Er sehe zwar noch aus wie "ihr" Franco, sei aber definitiv eine andere Person.

Daniel besucht Hannah und Franco, um sich selbst ein Bild vom vermeintlich "ausgetauschten" Franco zu machen. Doch er findet Franco eigentlich ganz normal. Vielleicht sieht Hannah Gespenster? Aber in den nächsten Tagen häufen sich Berichte über ähnliche "Entfremdungserscheinungen". Als dann auch noch Daniels Freund Keiji eine halbfertige Kopie seines eigenen Körpers in seinem Atelier findet, beginnt für alle Beteiligten ein paranoider Horrortrip. Passiert das alles wirklich, oder ist das Ganze eine Massenpsychose?

Aus dem Sci-Fi-Klassiker der 50er Jahre machen wittmann/zeitblom einen Thriller über eine nah erscheinende Zukunft, in der entfesselter Optimierungswille und nicht mehr zu kontrollierende Gentechnik die Menschheit zu vernichten drohen.

HR2 Wissenswert: Schön oder schaurig: Was gefällt wem warum? (MP3): „Am Max-Planck-Institut für empirische Ästhetik in Frankfurt wird Pionierarbeit geleistet: Hier arbeiten Expertinnen und Experten für Musik und Sprache und Hirnforscher gemeinsam daran, die Grundlagen unseres ästhetischen Empfindens zu entschlüsseln. Wir nehmen Sie mit in die Labors von Melanie Wald-Fuhrmann und Winfried Menninghaus und sprechen mit David Poeppel.“

WDR3-Hörspiel: Iggy (MP3): „Der Mann ist in einem Alter, in dem andere die Schrauben im Werkzeugkeller nach der Größe sortieren: Iggy Pop wird am 21. April 70 Jahre alt. Aber als 'Godfather of Punk' bleibt man eben ein Leben lang ein 'Wild Child'.“

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// C64-Demo generates itself from Soundtrack

Gepostet vor 6 Tagen in #Tech #C64 #Coding

Gewinnerdemo der Revision 2017 von Linus Akesson, ein C64-Hack in 256 Bytes: A Mind is born. Ich verstehe ja noch ein bisschen rudimentären C64-Assembler, aber hier bin ich lost. Soweit ich das gerafft habe, generiert sich die Demo selbst aus dem Soundtrack beziehungsweise aus den Werten der Register des SID-Chips, aber hier hört mein Verständnis dann auch schon auf. (via Algoritmic)

The demo is driven by its soundtrack, so in order to understand what the program needs to do, it helps to have a schematic overview of the various parts of the song.

The three voices of the SID chip are used as follows: Voice 1 is responsible for the kick drum and bass, Voice 2 plays the melody and Voice 3 plays a drone that ducks on all beats, mimicking the genre-typical side-chain compression effect.

All in all, the song contains 64 bars in 4/4 time. It is played back at 112.5 bpm by means of a 60 Hz timer interrupt. The interrupt handler is primarily responsible for music playback, while the visuals are mostly generated in main conext.

When bar $40 is reached, the program turns off the display and jumps through the system reset vector. In this way, the final few moments of the demo are actually managed by the system boot sequence: First, the SID is silenced. Then, there is a delay while the system is setting up data structures. Finally, the display goes back on, and the C64 home screen is rendered. A mind is born.

// LPsLPsLPs: Knallgelblila Flummi-Dotzbälle für alle!

Gepostet vor Eine Woche in #Music #Album #NC-Tracks

Wunderbare Retro-Synth-Vigneten (ganze 35 Tracks davon, für lau, die meisten davon total geil): Resting State by HOME

John Talabot und Axel Boman: The Night Land by Talaboman

Return To The 37th Chamber by El Michels Affair: „In addition to re-interpreting the Wu compositions for a live band, [El Michels Affair] pays homage to the production and sonic fog that makes a RZA beat so recognizable. Producer and bandleader Leon Michels recorded the album completely analog, sometimes hitting 6 generations of tape before it was ready for mixing, giving the Return to The 37th Chamber it’s own hazy sound. Adding to the unique fidelity, the record is laced with psychedelic flourishes, 'John Carpenter' synths, heavy metal guitars, triumphant horns, and traditional Chinese instruments that make up for the lack of the Wu’s superlative vocals. From start to finish it’s a dark trip that walks the line between RZA’s timeless hip-hop aesthetic and the cinematic soul EMA has become known for.“

Experimentelle Electronica aus Japan: Light Sleep by Phew

Großartige Mixtapes von chris†††:

Experimenteller LoFi-Pop aus Washington: Go Where You Wanna Go EP by Lost Integrity

Die Los Campesinos! mit neuem Highspeed-Zuckerwerk: Sick Scenes by Los Campesinos!

Laidback Rockpop aus Los Angeles: The Dream by Tashaki Miyaki

Grooves aus Schweden: Digging A Tunnel by sir Was

Accidental Soundtracks Vol. 1: The Alpha Particle by John McBain

„A sole rocketeer lives through her daily routine on a solo crewed space station orbiting a red dwarf star. One sol, the station is hit by a magnetic storm carrying a signal. The transmission provokes the decision to leave the station and start a journey into the unknown, looking for answers on the past, present and future of the species“: The Signal (DATA061) by Wojciech Golczewski

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// Trailerfest: Blood Drive, Tilt, Violet, The Beguiled, A Dark Song, Robin, 7 Witches, 6 Days, The Mummy

Gepostet vor Eine Woche in #Movies #Trailer

SyFy hat die Tage nicht weniger als 10 Teaser zu ihrer neuen Grindhouse-Serie Blood Drive rausgehauen, eine Trash-Serie über Killer-Autos – und es gibt prinzipiell sehr viel zu wenige Filme und Serien über Killer-Autos. Ich kenne tatsächlich nur zweieinhalb davon: Quentin Dupieux Rubber (der halbe), Peter Weirs The Cars that ate Paris und der tschechische Horrorfilm Upír z Feratu (dt. Der Autovampir, hier die Szene mit dem lebenden Blut-Motor), den ich damals in ZDFs Der Phantastische Film – das Intro! – gesehen hatte. Jedenfalls: Blood Drive, vermutlich sowas wie Z Nation mit Steampunk-Post-Apokalypse, möglicherweise als Anthologie. Ich bin skeptisch, aber hey: Fleischautos. -->

Blood Drive

Get uncomfortable…!

In the tradition of classic grindhouse movies, BLOOD DRIVE is a new series soaked in high-octane chaos and just barely approved for television.

After Los Angeles’ last good cop (Alan Ritchson) is forced to join a twisted cross-country death race, his only hope of survival is a dangerous femme fatale who has the need for speed (Christina Ochoa). Oh, and forget gasoline… these cars run on human blood!

Ansonsten: Neue Trailer zu Kasra Farahanis (The Good Neighbor) Psychothriller Tilt, zum ComingOfAge-Drama Violet (der bereits 2014 auf der Berlinale gewann, aber wohl erst jetzt einen offiziellen Release bekommt), Sofia Coppolas The Beguiled, den Horror-Schlocks A Dark Song und 7 Witches, dem UK-Actioner 6 Days, sowie ein japanischer Trailer zu The Mummy (der immer noch nicht interessanter aussieht).


  • Fahrenheit 451 by the Makers of 99 Homes, awesome News: Michael B. Jordan, Michael Shannon to Star in 'Fahrenheit 451' Movie for HBO: „The drama is based on Bradbury's 1953 dystopian novel, which depicts a future where media is an opiate, history is outlawed and "firemen" burn books and revolves around Montag, a young fireman who forsakes his world, battles his mentor and struggles to regain his humanity.

    Jordan (Creed, Friday Night Lights) is set to star as Montag, while Shannon will return to HBO following Boardwalk Empire to play Beatty, Montag's fireman captain and mentor. The casting reunites Shannon with Fahrenheit co-writers Ramin Bahrani and Amir Naderi after he starred in their feature 99 Homes. Bahrani is also set to direct the telepic via his Noruz Films banner.“

  • Sure, nice: ‘The X-Files’ Coming Back Again For New Event Series Next Season: „Just more than three years after the last revival of the Chris Carter-created series was announced, Fox said Thursday a new 10-episode run of the Gillian Anderson- and David Duchovny-starrer is set to start production this summer.“
  • Ugachaka! James Gunn Will Direct GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3: „So, yes, I’m returning to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. In the end, my love for Rocket, Groot, Gamora, Star-Lord, Yondu, Mantis, Drax, and Nebula – and some of the other forthcoming heroes – goes deeper than you guys can possibly imagine, and I feel they have more adventures to go on and things to learn about themselves and the wonderful and sometimes terrifying universe we all inhabit. And, like in both Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, we will work on creating the story that goes beyond what you expect.“
  • Fuck! The Tales From The Crypt reboot has hit a legal roadblock: „The reason for this deadlock is some legal maneuvering around the original comic-book versions of my terror tales, whose intellectual frights are apparently more complicated than the dead-time stories in the Necronomicon!“
  • TNT Not Proceeding With ‘Let The Right One In’ Pilot, Vampire Drama Shopped: „TNT has opted not to proceed with its pilot order to Let the Right One In, a drama based on the best-selling novel by Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist. The project, written by Criminal Minds and Teen Wolf creator Jeff Davis, was picked up to pilot in August but it didn’t go into production.“

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// Trumps Elements of Style

Gepostet vor 8 Tagen in #Fun #Kultur #DonaldTrump #Literature #Writing


Strunk Rule: Omit needless words
Trump Rule: No word is needless. They’re all great! Terrific! They’re fantastic words! I know about fantastic words!

On Day One, we will begin working on an impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful southern border wall. We will use the best technology, including above- and below-ground sensors. That’s the tunnels. Remember that. Above and below. Above- and below-ground sensors, towers, aerial surveillance and manpower to supplement the wall, find and dislocate tunnels and keep out criminal cartels and Mexico, you know that, will work with us.
— speech, 8/31/16

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Strunk rule: Place yourself in the background.
Trump rule: Background?

I know more about renewables than any human being on Earth.
— interview, Sean Hannity, 4/13/16

I think nobody knows more about taxes than I do, maybe in the history of the world. Nobody knows more about taxes.
— interview, AP 5/13/16

I know more about ISIS [the Islamic State militant group] than the generals do. Believe me.
— speech, 11/12/15

There is nobody who understands the horror of nuclear more than me.
— speech, 6/15/16

I know more about Cory [Booker] than he knows about himself.
— tweet, 7/25/16

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// This Robotic Loop is a representation of Everything

Gepostet vor 8 Tagen in #Fun #Tech #Robots

Imgur-Commentor lemooh sez „That's an accurate representation of my bills and my paycheck except that the train is on fire, the robot is on fire, & the track is on fire“ and while I would not say he's wrong about that I would like to add a few lines of perspective to this gentlemans burning fiscals.

This „Robotic Loop“ is a quite accurate representation of whole western capitalist society as depicted in Charlie Chaplins Modern Times or by the Robot in Metropolis, the Machine as oppressor but also provider of structure, which when destroyed makes things go awry while you're free to look beneath the path. But when played smoothly, the machine generates an endless loop of fine traveling and no surprises, just like in this GIF.

Also, this never ending loop of Travel ofcourse represents life where the machine is the universe and existence itself which keeps on spitting out roads for us to travel and we keep on going, trying to figure out how the machine is working exactly and who or what put it there in the first place. Which makes this a pretty good GIF if you ask me. (Downsized Version right, full thing below.)

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