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Button Pushers

When the machines take over, it won’t with a bang but a whimper. Or maybe even just a glitch… Did you ever have the feeling that every time you push a button, it pushes you back? Extrapolating from Newton’s law of “equal and opposite reaction,” we might update this to note that (1) everything you…
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September 16, 2017 0

Dear Readers

To follow or unfollow, that is the question. No, we’re not talking about social media; we’re going old school. Can a book ever be other than a “master narrative” in which the author is omniscient and the reader is at best an active participant in someone else’s drama? We are already seeing “an aesthetic and…
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August 22, 2017 0

Maid Runner

Do robot vacuums dream of electric dust bunnies? These are the things that keep us up at night. And while we’re toiling over keyboards into the wee hours, we wonder, always we wonder. Do chatbots talk in their sleep? Would I know if I was a robot, if I was actually a robot (wait what?…
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August 11, 2017 0

Inside the Box

There’s gotta be a nap for that, right? Sorry, we meant “an app” obviously. We’ve spent so much time thinking “outside the box” lately that we’ve gotten a bit disoriented. So it’s time to get back inside the box for a while, if you know what we mean. No? Sigh. You’ve been out of the…
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July 28, 2017 0

Transhumanism

Raise your hand if you’re not a cyborg. Anyone? That’s what we thought. We’re all so thoroughly intertwined with our machines and devices by now, that one can scarcely imagine a human being (even in the remotest places on Earth) who isn’t technologically dependent in some manner. From how we eat, transact, and transport to…
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July 21, 2017 0

Goodbye world!

“This is your last post.” Seriously, someday… This one’s actually our first, but as it falls further down the spatial and temporal queue it’ll be the last one you encounter, so we guess this really is goodbye! Which seems like a fitting place to start a blog about technology and society, after all. Is there…
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July 11, 2017 0