Links: Cronenbergs Futurism, Quantum AI, Hyperlocal Mesh-Network Journalism and a Map of Africa without European Colonization

16.11.2014 Misc #Linkdump

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Hier die Links, die in der letzten Woche liegengeblieben sind, unter anderem mit einer superinteressanten Karte von einem Alternate History Afrika, in dem Europa keine Kolonialmächte entwickelte, einem Paper über eine experimentelle, künstliche Quanten-Intelligenz, Jean-Luc Godard als TV-Troll, warum Religion im Digital Age langsam aber sicher abkackt, Mathe in Pixarfilmen, einer Seite voller Star Wars-Illus und jede Menge mehr, nach dem Klick:


The Electronic Afterlife on Vimeo: One man's cross-Atlantic journey reveals the truth about electronics recycling.

cronenbergDavid Cronenberg on Predicting the Future and What a Dog's Reality Is Like | WIRED: Canadian director David Cronenberg has always been fascinated by technology, whether it’s the grotesque hand/gun hybrid in Videodrome or the fleshy ports in eXistenZ that allow gamers to plug directly into their spines. That interest is fully on display in Cronenberg’s first novel, Consumed, a murder mystery which explores the way that YouTube and 3D printing are shaping our reality.

The Myth Of AI | Ich stimme nicht mit allen von Laniers Punkten überein, aber interessant sind sie definitiv: „To my mind, the mythology around AI is a re-creation of some of the traditional ideas about religion, but applied to the technical world. All of the damages are essentially mirror images of old damages that religion has brought to science in the past.“

CSS Dig: CSS Dig finds and groups stylesheets and style blocks on most websites, providing an easy way to analyze the code and plan refactors. After collecting the CSS you have the option of including/excluding stylesheets and style blocks. In cases where remote stylesheets are not accessible by CSS Dig, for example those from font providers, the link will be listed as "Undiggable".


quantum[1410.1054] Experimental Realization of Quantum Artificial Intelligence: Here, we demonstrate a quantum machine learning algorithm on a four-qubit NMR test bench to solve an optical character recognition problem, also known as the handwriting recognition. The quantum machine learns standard character fonts and then recognize handwritten characters from a set with two candidates. To our best knowledge, this is the first artificial intelligence realized on a quantum processor.

Does Media Violence Predict Societal Violence? It Depends on What You Look at and When - Ferguson - 2014 - Journal of Communication - Wiley Online Library: Evidence from societal data does not support claims of dramatic videogame violence effects on violence among youth.

Meat: Aliens describe Humans: "Meat. They're made out of meat." "Meat?" "There's no doubt about it. We picked up several from different parts of the planet, took them aboard our recon vessels, and probed them all the way through. They're completely meat." "That's impossible. What about the radio signals? The messages to the stars?" "They use the radio waves to talk, but the signals don't come from them. The signals come from machines." "So who made the machines? That's who we want to contact." "They made the machines. That's what I'm trying to tell you. Meat made the machines." "That's ridiculous. How can meat make a machine? You're asking me to believe in sentient meat."

dariusk/corpora · GitHub: This project is a collection of static corpora (plural of "corpus") that are potentially useful in the creation of weird internet stuff.


nerdnormalNerd is the new normal: The world is weird. The world is nerdy. We’re all nerds now and there’s no going back. Which means that, yes, we’re also all fakes and hipsters sometimes. And all of us are, occasionally, the bully. That hokey speech at the end of The Breakfast Club was truer than any of us who identified with Anthony Michael Hall ever knew.

Why the Internet is slowly strangling religion - In recent months, this sense that the Internet is the key for atheist outreach has started to move from “hunch” to actual, evidence-based theory. Earlier this year, Allen Downey of the Olin College of Engineering in Massachusetts examined the spike in people declaring they had no religion that started in the ’90s and found that while there are many factors contributing to it–dropping familial pressure, increased levels of college education–increased Internet usage was likely a huge part of it, accounting for up to 25 percent of the decline in religious belief. While cautioning that correlation does not mean causation, Downey did go on to point out that since so many other factors were controlled for, it’s a safe bet to conclude that the access to varied thought and debate the Internet provides is persuading people to drop their religions.


oliverJohn Oliver's Last Week Tonight is better than The Daily Show and The Colbert Report: Here's why.: Oliver’s brand of journalism (which is, of course, couched as cheerful Sunday-night entertainment) often has an actual, demonstrable impact on public consciousness, as when his segment on net neutrality caused untold numbers of people to crash a government server. At the very least, he’s become a model for so-called straight journalists, particularly of the TV-news variety. We’re told over and over that people won’t sit still for news segments longer than about a minute, yet Oliver’s showpiece explainers often run five, seven, even ten minutes without a break. Granted, they’re not above using singing puppets to explain the prison-industrial complex, but hey, a spoonful of sugar. […] that forward-motion thing: It really matters.

Can mesh networks and offline wireless move from protest tools to news? » Nieman Journalism Lab: From the protests in Hong Kong to Occupy and Sandy in New York, a new generation of tools is allowing communities to connect without using the Internet. Can they have a use in news too?

It's everywhere, The Clickbait: Carnival barkers aren't happy when they look in the mirror. That's why they shout and dress in those pinstripe suits and funny hats, to hide the sadness.

Art and Design


The Golden Age: Superman 400 Portfolio ~ 1984

Coder Coded - Oh-Bugs on Vimeo: A showcase of our "Oh-Bugs" installation in a Finnish science centre - Heureka. Installation contains a computer + normal webcam, and uses Lucas-Kanade optical flow tracker and some optimized code to render 300 animated flies on screen. Users can re-init the tracking by hitting the button in the installation.


Alternate History: Map of Africa without European Colonization: Hi, my name is Nikolaj Cyon and I am an artist from Sweden who has worked with precolonial Africa as a theme in my art for over a year. I have, as a mind experiment, made a map of what Africa could have looked like in the mid 19th century if Europe had never become a colonizing world power. In order to do this I have tried to construct an alternative historical time-line in which Europe was much harder struck by the plague in the 1350's and never recovered. Therefore African nations would have gotten the opportunity to flourish unhindered. But the project is really about real historical precolonial African nations, and I have tried to form a map of the most prominent of those that existed between the 15th and mid 19th century, by looking at historical maps like the one found in UNESCO's “A General History of Africa”, linguistic regions and natural boundaries.

Power and Money


the Debt Project: I am interested in investigating the role debt can play in our identity and how we relate to the world. Debt is publicly enforced and highly stigmatized, but is almost always privately experienced. It is in many ways an abstract form without material weight or structure, yet with heavy physicality and burden in a person’s everyday life. I began this project by asking subjects to sit for a formal portrait in their home, surrounded by their belongings, and answer a series of questions on camera about their debts. I also asked them to handwrite the amount of debt they are in and the story behind it. These “stories of debt” are displayed separately from the photographs as a group including all of the projects participants.

anonThe Truth About Anonymous’s Activism | The Nation: A look behind the mask reveals a naïve techno-utopianism.

Berlin’s digital exiles: where tech activists go to escape the NSA | World news | The Guardian: With its strict privacy laws, Germany is the refuge of choice for those hounded by the security services. Carole Cadwalladr visits Berlin to meet Laura Poitras, the director of Edward Snowden film Citizenfour, and a growing community of surveillance refuseniks

Durchleuchtet, analysiert und einsortiert: Studie: Was sich aus unseren Einkäufen, Telefonaten und Facebook-Likes berechnen lässt. Wie tausende Unternehmen heimlich unser Alltagsverhalten überwachen, uns penibel einordnen und bewerten – und unsere intimsten Details an Handel, Versicherungen, Finanz- und Personalwirtschaft verkaufen. Und: Was passieren muss.

Wenn Hacktivisten wie Mönche leben: In der süditalienischen Stadt Matera wollen Aktivisten, Künstler und Programmierer den Geist der Klöster wiederbeleben. Und ihn in ihrem Sinne umformen.



Star Warps: Curated Collection of Star Wars-Art.

The illustrated guide to IRL trolling with Jean-Luc Godard (Godard on television, english subtitled) - YouTube

Every time Homer Simpson Says "Mmm" in The Simpsons

Running the Gammatar on Vimeo: 'Running the Gammatar' is an award-winning indie comedy about a group of self-centered 20-somethings trying to navigate their way through relationships in a city that's under constant attack from a giant, fire-breathing Japanese monster.

Math and Movies (Animation at Pixar) - Numberphile - YouTube


dragstripThe Rise of--and Hysteria Related to--The 1960s "Death Disc": In the 1960s, there was a trend in popular music dubbed, ‘death discs’ or ‘splatter platters.’ All were songs about love-lost in which the protagonist – often male and almost always named Johnny or Tommy – dies due to a lovers’ spat, jealousy, a cruel twist of fate, or suicide. The girl in the song is usually the one at fault. It’s her honor that he protects to the death, her infidelity/ambivalence that leads to his demise. On a recent BBC documentary about songs banned in the UK, historians described how death discs were new outlets for women, finally able to sing about their tormented modern lives. The songs reflected a rejection of 1950s morality by a new generation, but it wasn’t a pretty picture: those who didn’t obey the rules always met with death.

Tabletop Audio - Ambiences and Music for Tabletop Role Playing Games: Original, 10 minute ambiences and music for your tabletop role-playing games.


2084! Warum die Science Fiction gerettet werden muss - 09.11.2014: Kann uns die Science Fiction die Zukunft retten? Sie hatte einmal die Aufgabe, aus der Gegenwart heraus die Vorstellbarkeit der Zukunft zu verhandeln. Doch mit den Utopien scheint auch die Science Fiction verschwunden zu sein. Dabei war die Vorhersage technischer oder sozialer Zukunftsbedingungen nicht das eigentliche Erzählziel, sondern allenfalls ein Mittel für eine literarische Konstruktion nach dem Prinzip des "Was wäre wenn". Wenn sie sich nicht totläuft in der immer gleichen Abfolge von Utopie und Dystopie, kann die Science Fiction jedenfalls auch weiterhin dazu beitragen, die Zukunft als Vorstellungsraum zu erhalten.

Full Metall Orange – Die Welt nach Kubrick: 1964. 1968. 1971. Diese Jahreszahlen stehen für drei der wichtigsten Filme des britischen Regisseurs Stanley Kubrick. Vor 50 Jahren erschien seine Satire auf den Kalten Krieg. Wir lernten Dr. Seltsam kennen und die Wahrheit über die atomare Weltvernichtung. 1968 nahm Kubrick uns in den Weltraum mit. Dort begegneten wir zum ersten Mal der kalten Logik des Computers. 1971 konfrontierte er uns mit der Gewalt junger Männer, die ihre Brutalität geradezu genießen. Die Bilder, in die Kubrick diese Themen übersetzte, sind bis heute unübertroffen. Und prophetisch sind sie auch. Denn der Kalte Krieg ist zurück. Der Computer dominiert unser Leben. Und die Gewalt wirkt gewaltiger denn je. Kubrick ist 1999 gestorben. Aber seine Filme sind beklemmend aktuell. Wie hat er das gemacht? Und welche Szenen haben sich in unser Gedächtnis eingeprägt? Zeit, diese Filme wieder anzuschauen.

1LIVE - Reportage: Traumberuf Blogger? (10.11.2014): 20 Jahre nach dem ersten Post besteht die Blogszene längst nicht mehr bloß aus Nerds, die über Randthemen fachsimpeln. Heute gibt es sogar Blogger, die hauptberuflich aktiv sind - allerdings selten zu traumhaften Konditionen.

Was wir wirklich wissen wollen - Rosetta und der Stein der Weisen: Der Stein von Rosetta hat uns die Geschichte der alten Ägypter verstehen lassen. Und die Raumsonde Rosetta soll uns die Geschichte der Erde verstehen lassen. Und die unseres Sonnensystems und vielleicht den Ursprung des Lebens auf unserem Planeten. Und manches vielleicht, was wir noch gar nicht wissen können, weil wir gar nicht danach suchen. Wonach wir suchen wollen, und was wir finden werden, sind durchaus verschiedene Dinge. Und nur das Erste können wir selbst entscheiden. Ob wir ins Weltall fliegen oder in die Tiefsee tauchen, das Klima erforschen oder die Geschichte der Menschheit. Oder alles zusammen und gleichzeitig. Wobei - alles wird nicht gehen. Denn auch in der Forschung kann jeder Euro, jeder Dollar, jeder Rubel nur einmal ausgegeben werden. Die 1,4 Milliarden, die für Rosetta ausgegeben wurden, können nicht mehr in die Hirnforschung, die Krebsforschung, die Nanotechnologie, die Mikrobiologie gesteckt werden. Wir müssen uns entscheiden, was wir wann wissen wollen…

Komm, süßer Tod - Vom Sinn der Vergänglichkeit: "Der Tod ist der Kunstgriff der Natur, viel Leben zu haben", dachte Goethe und Evolutionsbiologen geben ihm recht. Die genetisch programmierte Lebensdauer von Organismen hat ungezählte, hochangepasste Arten und höhere Lebensformen hervorgebracht.

Glück im Pop: "Fortunate son" Creedence Clearwater Revival: Ein musikalischer Rundblick über glücklich Geborene und über die, die sich über Privilegien beschweren.