STARTS starts up for another year

STARTS starts up for another year “Spaxels”, Ars Electronica
Ars Electronica and Waag Society have come together again to invite artists to submit their latest and greatest digital artworks to the STARTS (Science, Technology, Arts) price. As ever, there are two categories. The prize for innovative collaboration honours any pairing up of industry/tech and artists which had led to something truly creative. The...
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Deepfakes and the new information war

Deepfakes and the new information war
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but there is nothing that persuades quite like an audio or video recording of an event. At a time when partisans can barely agree on facts, such persuasiveness might seem as if it could bring a welcome clarity. Audio and video recordings allow people to become firsthand witnesses of an event, sparing th...
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I mentored Mark Zuckerberg. I loved Facebook. But I can’t stay silent about what's happening

I mentored Mark Zuckerberg. I loved Facebook. But I can’t stay silent about what's happening
​ I am really sad about Facebook. I got involved with the company more than a decade ago and have taken great pride and joy in the company's success … until the past few months. Now I am disappointed. I am embarrassed. I am ashamed. With more than 1.7 billion members, Facebook is among the most influential businesses in the world. Whether they like...
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The rise and demise of RSS

The rise and demise of RSS
About a decade ago, the average internet user might well have heard of RSS. Really Simple Syndication, or Rich Site Summary—what the acronym stands for depends on who you ask—is a standard that websites and podcasts can use to offer a feed of content to their users, one easily understood by lots of different computer programs. Today, though RSS con...
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Take control of your voice assistant, with Project Alias

Take control of your voice assistant, with Project Alias Bjørn Karmann
From artist Bjørn Karmann, Alias is perhaps the first decent attempt to permanently intercept the way in which voice assistants, such as Alexa/Echo and the Google Assistants, work. As we all know, such devices are handy to have around the home but are a trade off for user privacy. These devices are essentially passive snoopers: recording machi...
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Technology is going to weaponise identity politics

Technology is going to weaponise identity politics
P olitics is increasingly dominated by the 'struggle for recognition' – different social groups (genders, ethnic and religious groups, rural and urban dwellers) clamouring to be treated with respect and dignity in the eyes of others. Many feel forgotten, and they're increasingly angry about it. But identity politics is not going to peak with the el...
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Images right now: new exhibition explores the interrelationship between visual culture and the Internet

Images right now: new exhibition explores the interrelationship between visual culture and the Internet "Five Years of Captured Captchas", Sebastian Schmeig and Sylvio Lorusso
From the Photographer's Gallery: This exhibition presents the work of 11 contemporary artists and groups seeking to map, visualise and question the cultural dynamics of 21st Century image culture. Importantly, it investigates the systems through which today's photographic images multiply online and asks what new forms of value, knowledge, meaning a...
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Exhibition on the history of LGBT gaming opens in Berlin

Exhibition on the history of LGBT gaming opens in Berlin
In a unique collaboration between the LGBTQ game archive, Berlin's computer games museum, Temple University and the Schwules Museum, the Schwules is now running an exhibition on the history of LGBTQ games and gaming. Over 30 years of gaming history is covered, spanning online communities, concepts, games themselves and even mods from fans. As ...
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Reconciling deep learning with symbolic artificial intelligence

Reconciling deep learning with symbolic artificial intelligence
In the history of the quest for human-level artificial intelligence, a number of rival paradigms have vied for supremacy. Symbolic artificial intelligence was dominant for much of the 20th century, but currently a connectionist paradigm is in the ascendant, namely machine learning with deep neural networks. However, both paradigms have strengths an...
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How a phone glitch sparked a teenage riot

How a phone glitch sparked a teenage riot Aftonbladet
On  a Friday night in September 1982, teenagers poured out of the Fridhemsplan metro station. First just a few dozen, then hundreds, and soon more than a thousand of them filled the station's hall, the sidewalk, and the road outside. Eventually, they walked three blocks south to Rålambshovsparken, entering the grassy Stockholm park via a concr...
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Ars Electronica launches European AI lab and call for residency

Ars Electronica launches European AI lab and call for residency Ars Electronica
Ars Electronica has partnered with twelve other art and culture organisations across the globe to create the European ARTificial Intelligence Lab. The thirteen organisations will offer artists the opportunity to develop and realise ideas which combine neuroscience, AI, and digital art. A jury comprised of members from each organisation will ev...
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Decentralised effects: how blockchain offers new possibilities in society

Decentralised effects: how blockchain offers new possibilities in society
Ignota is a new publishing house from Verso‘s communications director Sarah Shin, and the Serpentine‘s Ben Vickers. Themes covered by Ignota will include - and we quote - esoterica, thoughtforms, poetry, witchcraft, advanced technology, astrology, altered states, mysticism, gnosticism, ritual, speculation, psychedelics, metaphysics, yoga, the ...
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“No-one is at the controls“: how Facebook, Amazon, and others are turning life into a horrific Bradbury novel

“No-one is at the controls“: how Facebook, Amazon, and others are turning life into a horrific Bradbury novel
Back in the early 1970s, America was on the precipice of a new and unprecedented technological epoch. A small, square piece of plastic called the floppy disc was about to hit the market. Intel was perfecting the first microprocessors. Engineers were developing a prototype of a cell phone, the DynaTAC. Notably, a once fantastical subdivision of comp...
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A vision of the dark future of advertising

A vision of the dark future of advertising
It's obvious that in 50 years the amount of data collected about us will be much, much larger than it is now. By the middle of the century, all of us will leave a comprehensive, high-definition, information-rich digital exhaust everywhere we go. As the cost of adding computer chips to objects falls, our baby monitors, coffee machines, Fitbits, ener...
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Tech giants need to take more responsibility for the advertising that makes them billions

Tech giants need to take more responsibility for the advertising that makes them billions
Last week I was followed around the Internet by a pair of shoes. I had looked at them online as a gift for my father-in-law, but he didn't like them, and neither did I. Yet no matter what site I visited, there they were, staring at me in their full moccasin glory. Digital advertising can be really annoying, but it can also be dangerous. It has rece...
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Imperica magazine

Imperica magazine
Combining insight with intelligence, humour with hard analysis and comment with candour, Imperica Magazine is simply what we want it to be: a great monthly read. Although our roots are firmly in the creative industries and technology, the magazine has a much broader brief, covering everything and anything regarding the world around us. Articles for...
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The Imperica newsletter

The Imperica newsletter
The Imperica newsletter is a weekly digest of all things interesting from around the web, featuring the rather brilliant Web Curios from Matt Muir.  For those who are less familiar, imagine having your skull trepanned, a RAID storage array inserted into it with the best of the web from the past week, and then being asked to write a coherent na...
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About Imperica

About Imperica “Horizons“, our event on the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, BFI Southbank, London, 2012
"New knowledge for creative polymaths" - Peter Cochrane Imperica is an online magazine which covers topics in and around contemporary culture. This is done in a way for the benefit of our main audience: those in the marketing and communications industry. While our main focus is on issues with a relationship to contemporary digital technology, we co...
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Facebook tracks you, even if you don't have a Facebook account

Facebook tracks you, even if you don't have a Facebook account Frederike Kaltheuner, Christopher Weatherhead
At the 35th Chaos Computer Club conference (35C3) in Berlin , Frederike Kaltheuner and Christopher Weatherhead of Privacy International demonstrated that by offering integration into Facebook, 61% of Android apps share data with FB - whether you like it or not. Through FB's Business Tools  offering of APIs and analytics services, dev...
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I used to write for "Sports Illustrated". Now I deliver packages for Amazon

I used to write for "Sports Illustrated". Now I deliver packages for Amazon Prakash Maru
Holiday parties were right around the corner, and I needed a cover story. I didn't feel like admitting to casual acquaintances, or even to some good friends, that I drive a van for Amazon. I decided to tell them, if asked, that I consult for Amazon, which is loosely true: I spend my days consulting a Rabbit, the handheld Android device loaded with ...
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