Longreads: CreativeAI, Jonah Peretti, MITs Journal of Design and Science and the rise of american Authoritarianism

Ich befülle schon seit ein paar Wochen einen Channel in niu.ws, einem Mobile-Service für kuratierte Longreads und Zeugs. Meinen NC-Channel findet man hier (RSS), die Links poste ich ab sofort auch hier, immer wenn ein paar zusammengekommen sind. (Ich habe die Links diesmal wegen Faulersackalarm ein paar Wochen auflaufen lassen und es sind ein paar mehr geworden, daher hab’ ich sie halbwegs thematisch zusammengepackt [grob: Tech/Science, Culture, Politics]. Demnächst gibt's das hier regelmäßiger und etwas überschaubarer, arbeite grade an ’ner Lösung per RSS, die das automatisch erledigt.)


MITs Journal of Design and Science: „Launched in early 2016, the Journal of Design and Science (JoDS) captures the antidisciplinary ethos of the MIT Media Lab. Like the Lab, it opens new connections between science and design, encouraging discourse that breaks down the barriers between traditional academic disciplines. It explores not only the design of science, but also the science of design.“

Das großartige Diagramm oben stammt aus Neri Oxmans Age of Entanglement:

The role of Science is to explain and predict the world around us; it ‘converts’ information into knowledge. The role of Engineering is to apply scientific knowledge to the development of solutions for empirical problems; it ‘converts’ knowledge into utility. The role of Design is to produce embodiments of solutions that maximize function and augment human experience; it ‘converts’ utility into behavior. The role of Art is to question human behavior and create awareness of the world around us; it ‘converts’ behavior into new perceptions of information, re-presenting the data that initiated the KCC in Science. At this ‘Cinderella moment’—when the hands of the KCC strike midnight—new perception inspires new scientific exploration. For example, in As Slow as Possible, John Cage transports the listener into a state where space and time are stretched, offering a personal interpretation of time dilation and questioning the nature of space-time itself.

CreativeAI – On the Democratisation & Escalation of Creativity: „Almost every week, there is a new bot that paints, writes stories, composes music, designs objects or builds houses: Artificial Intelligence systems performing creative tasks? Our research started by wondering about this phenomenon and playfully experimenting with it. This lead to an in-depth investigation, of what we call 'CreativeAI'. This document is the first chapter of our adventure into CreativeAI, aiming at establishing a backstory and language we can use to talk about this intricate subject.“

2e1107ccf40f1d9e6b7f74a3209f4ef7edc5236bThe secret Life of Tumblr-Teens: „That feeling when you hit a million followers, make more money than your mom, push a diet pill scheme, lose your blog, and turn 16.“

Does Amazon’s Data Speak for Itself?: „I have a copy of Amazon. Meaning that, on my hard drive there is a massive chunk of Amazon’s product and reviews database—a listing of nine million or so products and 80 million or so reviews taken from 1996 to 2014. The names of all the books in that chunk, their sales ranks, their categories. Every pair of pants for kids, every sock. All the books about Hitler; all the books about snakes. All the different Lego sets. Whatever.“

How BuzzFeed's Jonah Peretti Is Building A 100-Year Media Company: „Ask BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti about his influences, and his answer sounds like, well, a BuzzFeed post—one titled 'The Three Historical References That Explain BuzzFeed Will Make You Say WTF.' Peretti first points to a company that started more than 100 years ago, Paramount Pictures, which owned a film production studio, its own cast of talent, and its own distribution channel in the form of theaters. 'That allowed them to adapt and change as the market changed,' says Peretti. Peretti’s second fascination is with CNN—how founder Ted Turner ran a 24-hour news operation at a fraction of the cost of what the networks spent, due in part to prescient use of satellite and cable technology.
And then there’s Jay Z.“

Ridealong: The Ruin Of Minecraft’s Most Obscene Server: „'New players are generally welcomed by being killed,' a voice says to me. 'Or by being told to die.'“

Black Hole Tech: „what if somehow we could get our hands on our very own black holes, and maybe even lots of them? What could we—or, for that matter, any putative extraterrestrials—do with them? What kind of perhaps extremely exotic structures or technology could eventually be made with them?“

The (almost) invisible men and women behind the world’s largest porn sites: „The French owner of XVideos is said to have turned down an offer of more than $120m with a scornful ‘Sorry, I have to go and play Diablo II.’“


The Tiny London Shop Behind Some of the Very Best Libraries: „London’s Heywood Hill curates impressive collections for discerning customers in 60 different countries — and specializes in the obscure.“

Werner Herzog Is Ready for the End of the World: „SF: What are the good films from last year? WH: Act of Killing [a documentary Herzog executive-produced] and some of my stuff.“

John Carpenter: analysing his style and growing influence: „John Carpenter was never part of the ‘movie brat’ crowd, which also included Brian De Palma and Francis Ford Coppola. Carpenter didn’t necessarily enjoy the Oscar success of Spielberg or, indeed, the multi-million dollar empire of Lucas. But John Carpenter’s unique body of genre work - particularly that created during his extraordinary run in the 70s and 80s - holds a particular fascination for a new generation of young filmmakers.“

The Weird Global Appeal of Heavy Metal: „Today’s 'world music' isn’t Peruvian pan flutes or African talking drums. It’s loud guitars, growling vocals and ultrafast 'blast' beats. Heavy metal has become the unlikely soundtrack of globalization.“

How the Idea of a ‘Normal’ Person Got Invented: „The notion that there is a 'normal' height or a 'normal' salary is a relatively new one, and it's had a profound effect on how people think about each other and themselves.“

A Crash Course in the History of Black Science Fiction: „I’ve pulled together an annotated list of 42 black science fiction works that are important to your understanding of its history.“

25 Jahre Reprodukt: „Comics bleiben ein schwieriges Geschäft“: „Der Reprodukt-Verlag ist in 25 Jahren zu einer Institution in Sachen Autorencomics geworden. Im Interview gibt Verleger Dirk Rehm Einblicke in eine spezielle Branche.“

It's Stan Lee's Universe: „He built Marvel Comics and laid the foundation for today’s blockbuster superhero movies. So why, at 93, is his legacy in question?“

The Premature Death of the Video Store (And Why It’s Worth Saving): „In some markets, video stores have to add in bells and whistles. Others have repurposed themselves as community centers, or libraries. And in some – and here’s the biggest surprise of all – they haven’t had to change a damn thing.“

Super noodles: the rise and rise of ramen: „How did a bowl of noodle soup imported from China come to define Japanese food culture?“

The Irrepressible Lightness of Umberto Eco: „to produce a work comparable to [eco] still-singular first novel […] with puns, plot, playful Latin, lighthearted examples, exotic hypotheticals — while guiding them […] You had to be hungry for the latest news and gossip — about anything — and willing to plop it into a narrative composed largely of more sober elements. You had to possess a common touch, an ability to talk and write in the language of the street, which Umberto possessed to a degree I’ve never seen in any other scholar of his stature.“

chi-ct-trump-protest-photo3-20160311Millions of ordinary Americans support Donald Trump. Here's why.: „Support for Donald Trump, the group found, ran strong among these people, even among self-identified Democrats, but not because they are all pining for a racist in the White House. Their favorite aspect of Trump was his 'attitude', the blunt and forthright way he talks. As far as issues are concerned, 'immigration' placed third among the matters such voters care about, far behind their number one concern: 'good jobs/the economy'. 'People are much more frightened than they are bigoted,' is how the findings were described to me by Karen Nussbaum, the executive director of Working America.“

The rise of American authoritarianism: „Authoritarians are thought to express much deeper fears than the rest of the electorate, to seek the imposition of order where they perceive dangerous change, and to desire a strong leader who will defeat those fears with force. They would thus seek a candidate who promised these things. And the extreme nature of authoritarians' fears, and of their desire to challenge threats with force, would lead them toward a candidate whose temperament was totally unlike anything we usually see in American politics — and whose policies went far beyond the acceptable norms. A candidate like Donald Trump.“

How America Made Donald Trump Unstoppable: „It turns out we let our electoral process devolve into something so fake and dysfunctional that any half-bright con man with the stones to try it could walk right through the front door and tear it to shreds on the first go. And Trump is no half-bright con man, either. He's way better than average.“

Bild oben via: Trump cancels Chicago rally amid organized protests.

Mit 10 Thesen zur Kultur gegen Nazis: „Man kann […] berechtigter Weise fragen, ob es zum Beispiel in Sachsen nicht viel zu spät dafür ist, das Rad jetzt noch zurückzudrehen. Ich glaube nicht. Allerdings ist die kritische Masse des rassistischen Netzwerkes bereits so groß, dass sie durch soziale Ächtung der (deutschen) Mehrheit nicht mehr erreichbar ist. Diese wird mit Begriffen wie „Lügenpresse“ als Kultureller Grenzhüter außen vor gehalten. Was wir ihnen sagen, bestätigt sie nur.
Der Impuls muss aus den Netzwerken und zumindest den nahen und überlappenden Clustern selbst kommen. Mit anderen Worten: die Sachsen müssen sich auflehnen gegen ihre rechten Mitbürger.“