Microsoft Bob, codename 'Utopia', was a project in which Rover the dog introduced Microsoft OS to new users through the metaphor of a house. Come explore the wondrous world of interfaces old and new at @ImpaktFestival 30-10 til 03-11 in Utrecht!
Next week I'll be at IMPAKT Festival in Utrecht NL, on a panel about "Calm Technology" with Olia Lialina, @ccl , and Annet Dekker as moderator—curated by @l03s as part of the festival theme: Speculative Interfaces. I'll talk about mapping Youtube recommendations, and the possibility of perhaps, maybe, chilling out within algorithmic traps. 🕸️
Cool op-ed from @l03s about What Remains in The Ecologist!
"Gamers battling industry disinformation
What Remains is a game that draws parallels between industry disinformation campaigns from the 1980s and today."
"We are not striking to fill our pockets. Rather, we are striking to pay for an increase in staff numbers that will improve the student/staff ratio; to provide better infrastructure for our students; to reduce the workload and frequency of burnouts among our colleagues; to improve our institutional capacities for self-government; and to improve the quality of Dutch education.
We are also striking to protest against the creeping mechanisms of market simulation and commercialization in education. We are striking to contest the incessant drive to turn schools and universities into supermarkets, with an unelected – and unaccountable – board of directors at the top, and a hapless army of consumers at the bottom."
Dear fellow Dutchies, come support the #klimaatspijbelaars in the climate march? Today at 13.00, de Dam, Amsterdam.
Very beautiful artwork in @mathr 2019 diary! Thank you so much!!!
More info here: https://varia.zone/en/woodstone-kugelblitz-druk-in-varia.html
Ook in het Nederlands: https://varia.zone/woodstone-kugelblitz-druk-in-varia.html
If you lived here, you'd be at work already! Worryfree @entreprecariat
This Sunday, the 4th of November, me and Lucia Dossin will be presenting our workshop "Beerpong or Voltaire?" as part of Culturele Zondag - Utrecht Digitaal.
"Beerpong or Voltaire?" seeks to explain, without the use of computers and to a general audience, how LDA (a topic modeling algorithm used for clustering) can be implemented to infer a user's psychological traits on the basis of her/his Facebook likes.
We will finish the workshop with a discussion around the political, social and economical consequences of these processes and how they might directly impact our daily lives.
Join us either at 13h30, for the 1st session, or at 15h30, for the 2nd session - Hope to see you there!
On the 28th of October, @manetta and I will be giving a at the Impakt festival.
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.
RT @email@example.com: I did a timeline of technologies for publishing. There is a big printed version (240xm x 60cm) styleg in HTML and CSS (grid), you can see here: http://recherche.julie-blanc.fr/timeline-publishing/ and you can find source files on gitlab: https://gitlab.com/JulieBlanc/timeline-publishing
"Italy leads the world in rolling back civil liberties, if nothing else." https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/italy-fascist-policies-march-rome-matteo-salvini-donald-trump-a8586711.html
Spain court confirms jail sentence for former IMF chief Rato
All possibilities of appeal are exhausted, one of the most high-profile bankers of Spain needs to go to jail now. This makes Spain only the second country (after Iceland) where any prominent banker were sent to jail following the 2008 financial crisis. What this article fails to mention, like all others I found, is that the trial and conviction was due to an unprecedented citzien's campaign (led by people such as Simona
Levi), which raised funds, hired lawyers and organized leaks to gather evidence. More on this aspect in an (older) article in The Nation.
via felix stalder: http://www.nettime.org/Lists-Archives/nettime-l-1810/msg00001.html
General strike on Amazon in the EU?
"It is for these reasons that we are promoting the idea of a European general strike in the second week of July. That is when Prime Day is, a day during which Amazon aims to sell millions of products in what is one of its most important days of sales. The idea is that if no concessions to the workers are made, that day will not take place."
General Strike on Amazon EU:
Global strike! No one go to work for megacorporations- except co-ops, democratized workplaces, and indie companies run out of rusting shipping containers and monocrystalline panels! All you uberdriving machine learning Ph. Ds living in cardboard boxes, artschool dropouts shilling brands on Birdsite with a gofundme for Ramen dinner, taskrabbiting coders underpaid to automate your own job away -- DEMAND TO BE PAID WHAT YOU'RE WORTH!
(If you can, don't hurt yourself!)
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