Our reader survey results

Our reader survey results
First of all, may I personally thank everyone that took the time to fill in this year‘s reader survey . It genuinely helps in terms of setting our priorities and direction for the next year. I‘ll respond in accordance with the questions. How often do you visit the Imperica website? The clear majority here was “I don‘t. I just receive the newsletter...
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Web Curios 23/08/19

Web Curios 23/08/19
Amidst all the triumphalism in the Tory press this morning, did anyone happen to notice Macron's body language during their joint presser yesterday? There was a point when our glorious leader was lying through his teeth about the meaning of Merkel's '30 days' line and Manu's index finger was spasming so hard against the lectern that it looked like ...
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Make Twitter hyperlocal again

Make Twitter hyperlocal again
​ I'd like to ask you to do something for me. Open the Twitter app on your phone, and click the magnifying glass at the bottom. Up pops a page which offers a search box, followed by a list of Twitter's most popular topics at the moment. It's likely that you have given Twitter at least a general understanding of where you are: "UK", "Oxford" , or wh...
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Web Curios 16/08/19

Web Curios 16/08/19 Jonathan Henderson
HI EVERYONE! I MADE IT! Yes, despite having only had three days in which to scarf down all of the week's internet, I have somehow managed to curl out an almost-fully-formed Curios this week! Yes, OK, fine, it might be a  little  light on the miscellaneous links and videos this week, but I've made up for it with WORDS (which are the bit th...
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AI is in danger of becoming too male – new research

AI is in danger of becoming too male – new research Clem Onojeghuo
Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems are becoming smarter every day, beating world champions in games like Go, identifying tumours in medical scans better than human radiologists, and increasing the efficiency of electricity-hungry data centres. Some economists are comparing the transformative potential of AI with other "general purpose technologie...
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Whole Earth Catalog comes back for women

Whole Earth Catalog comes back for women Evgeniy Grozev
The  ​Whole Earth Catalog ​, started in 1968 by Stewart Brand as a catalogue for those seeking inspiration, has had an update... this time, from friend of Imperica Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino. We first interviewed Alexandra way back in 2011 and since then, entirely as predicted, she has gone onto many bigger and better things, including helpin...
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Instagram influencers sent a piece of gravel; tricked into thinking that it’s moon rock

Instagram influencers sent a piece of gravel; tricked into thinking that it’s moon rock Oli White Vlogs
Remember the old saying that someone would "go to the opening of an envelope" to describe their obsession with being seen? Social media influencers have, in the main, taken that saying and turned it up to 11. This theory has been proven by YouTuber Josh Pieters, who sent a bunch of influencers a piece of gravel - but communicated to them as a piece...
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Web Curios 09/08/19

Web Curios 09/08/19
HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE! What's that? It's  not  a happy Friday? You feel strangely anxious about the state of, well,  everything , and it feels ever-so-slightly like things might be becoming, well, perhaps a tiny bit  much ? WELCOME TO THE MODERNITY CLUB! In which every week you're entitled to a surprise FREE GIFT of HORRORNEWS, ...
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Digital Earth: technology and geopolitics in the 21st century

Digital Earth: technology and geopolitics in the 21st century
​Digital Earth is “a global research network of artists and scholars who map out, picture, and grasp how technology in the 21st century shapes geopolitics” , whose “aim is to gather and exchange global knowledge on current and emerging technological developments” . The collective has been around for a while now, but has recently been active in rele...
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How ancient symbols can benefit modern design

How ancient symbols can benefit modern design
I love symbols. I love the prevalence and permanence of the symbols in our world. I love that some symbols are transitory. I love learning the stories behind their design, and I love discovering and saving symbols that might otherwise slip away. Over the past three years, I've created a digital encyclopedia of symbols. I've gathered together more t...
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Ars Electronica launches a music festival

Ars Electronica launches a music festival Alex Braga, c/o Ars Electronica
Ars Electronica has announced a new event and festival.  ​AI x Music ​ is to be held across Western Austria, Ars's home turf, in September. The event will feature artists including Memo Akten, Markus Poschner, and Hermann Nitsch; scientists including Josef Penninger; and others including Amanda Cox from the  ​New York Times ​ data journal...
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Web Curios 02/08/19

Web Curios 02/08/19
A majority of one! It could all fall apart within weeks! PLEASE GOD LET IT ALL FALL APART! It almost certainly won't, of course, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't all pray fervently just in case there is a God - if there  is,  they're definitely not a Tory.  Anyway, I usually use this preamble to complain about how everything is ter...
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Anna and Alex present more Intelligent Machinery

Anna and Alex present more Intelligent Machinery Anna Dumitriu
We have covered Brighton-based artists Anna Dumitriu and Alex May's work many times over the past nine years, to the extent that we definitely call them friends of Imperica. So, it's good to see that arts organisation Ugly Duck has tasked the couple with an events programme and symposium in September, critically examining the role of robots and rob...
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Incognito: wearable anonymity

Incognito: wearable anonymity “Incognito“, Ewa Nowak
The UK is one of the most wired-up nations on earth for CCTV, with a citizen who lives and works in London being captured around 300 times per day on average by public and private cameras. Evading such surveillance is difficult without wearing something like a balaclava or false facial features, both of which look ridiculous and may end up causing ...
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The Internet is killing the Internet

The Internet is killing the Internet
How much carbon do you think is emitted every year by streaming video? Not the Internet as a whole, just streaming video. The answer is around 300 million tons. This is around 1% of global carbon emissions alone, and is the same as the annual carbon footprint of Spain. Bitcoin uses as much as Switzerland. French environmental analyst organisation T...
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Advertising is linked to human dissatisfaction

Advertising is linked to human dissatisfaction Andrew Bowden, CC https://www.flickr.com/photos/bods/6681023443
A report on the Centre for European Policy Research's policy site, Vox, claims that advertising can be directly linked to human dissatisfaction. The report, written by Chloé Michel (Swiss Re), Michelle Sovinsky (Mannheim Uni), Eugenio Proto (Bristol Uni), and Andrew Oswald (Warwick Uni), argues that there is a "link" - note that neither the word "c...
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Hardcore uproar: Deller rave documentary comes to BBC4

Hardcore uproar: Deller rave documentary comes to BBC4
Everybody in the place , Jeremy Deller's documentary on the sociocultural significance of acid house and rave in the UK, screens tonight on BBC4. First shown at last year's Frieze, the documentary is focussed on the years between 1984 and 1992. Clearly, a massive amount of change had occurred in the UK in those years (which have been documented man...
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Greenpeace points FaceApp at the planet

Greenpeace points FaceApp at the planet Greenpeace / Isobar
FaceApp was huge all of… er… three weeks ago, wasn't it? The app where you could see a simulation of what you looked like in the past and will look like in the future, with its questionable links to data-skimming Russian organisations, was all the rage. (If you want to age quickly, try editing a magazine – Life Coach Ed). Staying with Russia, that ...
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Comic Code: updating the font we love to hate

Comic Code: updating the font we love to hate
Like measles, Comic Sans is a phenomenon which everyone hates but shows no signs of going away (By the way, VACCINATE YOUR KIDS – Medical Ed).  Still seen on homemade signs across the world – telling colleagues not to steal milk, patients of a new appointment system, or library opening hours –  typeface designer at Monotype, Toshi Omigari...
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Facebook: another week for the trash fire

Facebook: another week for the trash fire DSD
It's a rare week that goes by without the Zuckopticon being in the shit, and this week is no exception.  Netflix has made documentary The Great Hack  available in its catalogue, but it's ironically satisfying to see that Facebook’s story of data security doesn't end there. First up is a piece which, to their credit (if...
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