It's a new year! Dennis (de Bel) is back, the window is broken and l'intolerant #18 is out. Enough reasons to come together and have a drink.
This Friday, the 11th of January, from 19:30, Varia opens its doors for some special new year's drinks and some fitting music.
Woodstone Kugelblitz will also be presenting the latest issue of L'Intolerant #18: A Really Useful Cookbook.
Almost everyone is welcome and the entrance is free. However, a voluntary donation of 5 euros will help us replace our window and is greatly appreciated!
See you there!
“There should be no conditions attached to the restitutions,” argues Savoy, who stresses that “we are dealing with the case of a continent which has almost nothing left of its history when we have it all. The aim is not to empty Western museums to fill up the African ones, but to invent a new relationship based on ethics and equity.”
The report will be available both in French and English from the 23rd at this address >>>> http://restitutionreport2018.com/
The next frontier of the #entreprecariat? Subletting your Deliveroo job to undocumented migrants https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=fr&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=fr&ie=UTF-8&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lexpress.fr%2Factualite%2Fsociete%2Fdeliveroo-uber-eats-stuart-les-sans-papiers-nouveaux-sous-traitants-des-coursiers_2040113.html&edit-text=
Tomorrow evening, wednesday 31 October 19:00-21:00, Life Hacks: Space at #Varia in #Rotterdam, first public event as part of a collaboration between #HNI @entreprecariat and #XPUB. Show more
What shapes the daily routine of a telemarketing sales agent? How to go beyond the co-working model when it comes to organize a place for collaboration? What’s the territorial and political role of furniture within the semi-domestic area of the artist’s studio? Are life hacks a form of liberation or yet another burden? Together with author and designer François Girard-Meunier, the WORKNOT! collective (Arvand Pourabbasi and Golnar Abbasi), Varia, the Centre for Everyday Technology (represented by Roel Roscam Abbing, Manetta Berends and Niek Hilkmann) and XPUB (the Experimental Publishing program of the Piet Zwart Institute), we will tackle these and more questions during an evening dedicated to spaces that are at once entrepreneurial and precarious.
Life Hacks is curated by Silvio Lorusso, and jointly organized by HNI’s Research Department and XPUB.
On the 28th of October, @manetta and I will be giving a at the Impakt festival. Show more
During the trust <in> formation workshop we will take the ORES project as an inspiration for machine learning done ethically: transparency in the decision making process and stimulation of multiplicity of uses.
Instead of "post-truth" algorithms, we'll make the jump to "post-trust" algorithms: the workshop looks at the reasons why Wikipedia is currently seen as a trustable source of information mainly built through collaboration. It's not only trusted by humans, but also by machine learning developers: many models use its articles to train or test on. The fact that Wikipedia has its in-house team working on machine learning is a less known fact: the ORES project.
The workshop will provide a practical experiment in which the participants are invited to write together under the watch of the ORES models and prove their good faith.
17 Octobre 1961 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_massacre_of_1961
For those of you interested I'll present some experiences and findings about the project during Radical Networks: https://radicalnetworks.org/
Held between october 19 and 21 in Berlin. Really interesting yearly conference on alternatives network topologies such as #mesh and #p2p, protocols new and old, meaningful understandings of #networking politics, weird prototypes etc etc organised by @chootka
@cmos4040 how do you say "tomorrow morning" in Dutch?
@cmos4040 I think you meant SMEEEERIJS
Distinct microbial communities within the human skin #microbiota allow efficient personal identification
That sounds like the perfect premises for a dystopian sci fi novel, or at least something profitable for surveillance capitalism to build upon in the future (looking forward to the next 23andme like startup to come out and start building some ethically questionable database)
Even better :
This year 23andme, alongside another private company called Myheritage, offered "free DNA testing" to U.S refugees, saying it was for "helping immigrant families re-unite". No need to explain why this is utterly cynical bullshit. The article is from 3 days ago...
And what do I read today?
Canada is using ancestry DNA websites to help it deport people.
Ok so remember self DNA testing company 23andme? That company founded in 2006 to provide individual consumers with genetic testing kits and interpretation? Nope? That company founded by then Sergey Brin's wife Anne Wojcicki and her friends? Also don't remember that in 2007 Google invested almost 4 millions in the company either?
Three days ago the company announced a new partnership with the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline. The company, which has invested 300 million dollars in 23andme, will be able to use tests results of over 5 million customers to design new drugs. \o/
Just in case GSK is not familiar to you : the pharmaceutical company has been convicted of hiding negative experimental outcomes and using mafia like strategies to encourage excessive prescription of one of the most addictive SSRI's on the market (cf the World Health Organisation report) to under 18s without authorities approval nor probant clinical results (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GlaxoSmithKline#Paroxetine_(Paxil/Seroxat) )
Digital networks, infrastructures, mapping, archives, digital art preservation…
Growing interest in human bodies as ecosystems.
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