The late, Late Show

The late, Late Show
The quality of discourse which currently pervades many of our media channels seems to be inversely proportionate to the number of channels that we can now access. Where governments over time have equated choice with quality, we all now know that this clearly not the case. Analysis and criticism, particularly in arts and politics, have suffered at t...
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Manipulating the evidence with deepfake technology

Manipulating the evidence with deepfake technology Noah Siliman
I  remember seeing it for the first time. I was sitting on the sofa with my partner in our old flat watching TV. We were both occasionally glancing at our phones (like you do) when she turned to me and said "you've gotta see this". She held her phone out in front of us on selfie mode and told me to align my face on the screen with one of the t...
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Would your mobile phone be powerful enough to get you to the moon?

Would your mobile phone be powerful enough to get you to the moon? Apollo 11, US Department of State, CC/PDM 1.0
  Many people who are old enough to have experienced the first moon landing will vividly remember what it was like watching Neil Armstrong utter his famous quote: " That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind. ". Half a century later, the event is still one of the top achievements of humankind. Despite the rapid technological a...
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Marina Otero Verzier: finding the beautiful in the malicious

Marina Otero Verzier: finding the beautiful in the malicious Artistic interpretation of
Marina Otero Verzier is one of the curators of ​ Malware: Symptoms of Viral Infection, an exhibition on the history and evolution of the computer virus being held at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. The exhibition has generated significant interest - not just in arts/tech circles but also in computer security. We asked Marina about the exhib...
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Berlin artist develops mock-future buildings, receives interest from developers

Berlin artist develops mock-future buildings, receives interest from developers
Berlin and Istanbul-based artist Dorothea Nold has developed a range of buildings for the future, with advertising to match installed around Berlin. Such is the supposed authenticity of her vision, though, that investors and developers have made genuine enquiries as to when the estates will be built. The hoardings, for  ​Princess Towers  ...
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Norway squanders anti-fake-news reputation through misguided PR stunt

Norway squanders anti-fake-news reputation through misguided PR stunt Sommarøy Arctic Hotel, CC licence https://www.flickr.com/photos/sommaroy/36351408045
Norway is something of a world leader in the analysis of fake news. For example, its six largest media companies jointly produce a website which challenges fake and inaccurate reporting head-on. Can you imagine the Daily Mail working with the Express, Star, and Sun to do that in the UK? Exactly. The country’s reputation, however, has been...
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Facebook’s libra has staggering potential – state control of money could end

Facebook’s libra has staggering potential – state control of money could end
The UN recognises 180 currencies worldwide as legal tender, all of them issued by nation states. It does not recognise cryptocurrencies like bitcoin in this way, even if communities of enthusiasts have been treating them as a means of exchange for over a decade now. Yet the latest addition to this group, Facebook's libra , threatens to do something...
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Fast transfers: the importance of latency

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Fibre-optic and copper wires help to deliver the Internet to our homes and offices. However, as we all require more and more of it - MOAR INTERNET - the pressures on bandwidth become all the more apparent. Consultants at Frost & Sullivan have produced a report which analyses some of these issues - particularly around the concept of edge co...
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Can Facebook's Cryptocurrency Libra empower the unbanked billions?

Can Facebook's Cryptocurrency Libra empower the unbanked billions?
On 18 June 2019, David Marcus, the French-born American entrepreneur and former president of PayPal, announced the launch of his co-creation Libra , Facebook's new cryptocurrency to his almost 50K Twitter followers. "Libra's mission is to enable a simple global currency and financial infrastructure that empowers billions of people…because it's...
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Longplayer Day: long music for a short time

Longplayer Day: long music for a short time
In our weekly  ​Web Curios ​ newsletter, we have a section for longer reads entitled  ​Long things which are long ​. There is perhaps no longer thing which is long than Longplayer,   the 1000-year-long musical composition from Jem Finer. Longplayer has an annual day of celebration. That day is today (20/06/19). Starting at noon,...
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The difficult second issue

The difficult second issue Treated cover of Imperica Magazine issue 1, Shardcore
We launched Imperica in August 2010 and finally got around to launching a "proper" magazine in 2017. It has an ISSN number and you can buy it as an EPUB. Yes, a proper magazine. For no other reason than a wanton, illogical yet burning desire, we're going to publish a second issue. Yes, we know that we have left it for quite a while. We'll try ...
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Dawn Parsonage's new exhibition is unbelievably boring

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 ... and deliberately so. Held at Project Space in south London, our fellow Oxfordian Dawn Parsonage has been collecting photos of people being generally bored for over 20 years. That, in itself, is boring. But, of course, there is much - SO MUCH - more to the exhibition than that. The aesthetics of people just sitting around, often in badly-f...
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The beauty of the virus

The beauty of the virus “Ransomware Pollocrypt”, Tomorrow Bureau and Bas van de Poel
There is beauty in (almost) everything. Curators Bas van de Poel and Marina Otero believe this to be true with malware and viruses; so much so that they have created an exhibition all about then at the Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. Malware: Symptoms of Viral Infection covers the cultural impact of such damage, as well as other impacts includin...
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Pakistan government broadcast comes with cat filter

Pakistan government broadcast comes with cat filter
The governing party of Pakistan, Tehreek-e-Insaf led by Imran Khan, decided that it would be a good idea to run a live broadcast of the local government in session at north west region of Pakhtunkhwa. However, it added some... unforeseen value. In a video broadcast live to the region’s Facebook page, the device filming the session ac...
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Seeing shapes in Hoxton

Seeing shapes in Hoxton “Virtually Fragile #11”, Josh Rowell, 2019
Pareidolia , for the uninitiated, is the principle of seeing shapes known to the observer, in other shapes - for example, with Karen Zack’s infamous picture quizzes of “ Chihuahua or muffin ” and the like. Pareidolia is also the name of a new exhibition at Space Station in the home of the fin, Hoxton Square. Featuring fourteen artists, th...
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Sensorium: a feast for every sense

Sensorium: a feast for every sense Elliot Woods
Central and Eastern Europe still seems to have an inferior reputation to many in the West. The old view of "somewhat downtrodden former Socialist state" seems to persist, even if it has been more recently augmented by "great place for stag weekends and cheap beer". The reality of such countries is considerably different and more advanced than these...
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The web at 30: an artistic response

The web at 30: an artistic response I Exist On The Internet, Ambie Drew
The creative powerhouse that is Birmingham’s Vivid Projects is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Tim Berners-Lee’s paper Information Management: A Proposal , which spawned the creation of something called the World Wide Web. Vague But Exciting, which runs until 22/06/19, features a splendidly diverse range of works from both new and established a...
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Atmospheric Memory: the air of the past

Atmospheric Memory: the air of the past
July's Manchester International Festival brings with it a new work from digital artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. Entitled  ​Atmospheric Memory ​, the premise is a strong one: to consider the atmosphere as a library of everything ever said. The premise itself is not new; Charles Babbage considered air to be a 'spoken word library'. Lozano-Hemm...
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The shop where you can buy everything

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JWT Intelligence has reported on a burgeoning concept in retail stores where every visible product is for sale. OK, well, the idea is a little more complex than that. High-concept (and presumably high-cost) retailers such as Merci in Paris have opened self-contained retail experiences which contain finished, showroom-ready installations where, inde...
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An AI taught itself to play a video game – for the first time, it’s beating humans

An AI taught itself to play a video game – for the first time, it’s beating humans
Since the earliest days of virtual chess and solitaire, video games have been a playing field for developing artificial intelligence (AI). Each victory of machine against human has helped make algorithms smarter and more efficient. But in order to tackle real world problems – such as automating complex tasks including driving and negotiation – thes...
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