[weekly linkdump, somewhat edited from my delicious]
Given most end just after starting, startups would be better named endups
— Julian Oliver (@julian0liver) March 23, 2016
Saul Williams – Down For Some Ignorance – ““Down For Some Ignorance” is off Saul Williams latest album ‘MartyrLoserKing’”
Kitten has Hilarious Reaction to Her Reflection – Kitteh does a lil dance with its mirror image.
Face2Face: Real-time Face Capture and Reenactment of RGB Videos – “We present a novel approach for real-time facial reenactment of a monocular target video sequence (e.g., Youtube video). The source sequence is also a monocular video stream, captured live with a commodity webcam.”
Global Activism: Art and Conflict in the 21st Century – “Global Activism breaks the mold of art’s self-complacency and pretend solicitude for the miseries of the world. The publication not only looks at creative interventions that have had a real impact on consciences, media and political status quo, it also gives equal credits to the ‘man on the street’ and to the artist for the way they challenge established power systems and express their dissatisfaction with the way governments handle immigration, climate change, corruption, growing social inequality, access to health care and other ongoing issues.”
The Trumps Of Europe – “A Trump defeat in the coming months would not constitute an end to the far-right extremism brewing in Western democracies, nor to the oppressions and cruelties of politics-as-usual.”
Microsoft deletes racist, genocidal tweets from AI chatbot Tay – “Microsoft’s new AI chatbot went off the rails on Wednesday, posting a deluge of incredibly racist messages in response to questions.”
Artistic censorship is on the rise, advocacy group reports – “A study by the Copenhagen-based organisation Freemuse paints a bleak picture for global creative expression” Even more worrisome and much harder to pinpoint is self-censorship.
The scientist who first warned us about climate change says it’s way worse than we thought – “The future is wetter, stranger, stormier unless we make serious moves to alternative energy sources now. Will we? Maybe. We’ve started but we still have a long, long way to go. If it’s a race between us and the ice sheets, neither I nor James Hansen nor anyone else can tell you for sure who will win.”
Radio Attack Lets Hackers Steal 24 Different Car Models – “The radio connection between keys and car can easily be extended over several hundred meters, regardless of whether the original key is, for example, at home or in the pocket of the owner.”
Legalize It All – “Nixon’s invention of the war on drugs as a political tool was cynical, but every president since — Democrat and Republican alike — has found it equally useful for one reason or another.”
Closing Remarks: Bruce Sterling – SXSW Interactive 2016 – “This also shall pass,” says Bruce Sterling and we wonder if he quotes S. N. Goenka.
James Deen: Cookie Monster – “When my piece was written, fully-edited, and a day from publication, the Magazine’s legal department spiked it. Skittish about accusations of violence — no matter how well-sourced — they basically said James was not an important enough target (and presumably the porn actresses involved weren’t important enough victims) to risk getting the magazine sued.”
Hacker, Freaks und Funktionäre – “Die Geschichte des Chaos Computer Clubs (CCC) ist gleichsam eine Geschichte der deutschen Digitalisierung.”
Die Ausweitung der Grauzone – “Naiv ist dieser Ruf nach Offenheit nicht – im Gegenteil. Denn in einer offenen Gesellschaft wird man angreifbar, eben weil sie offen ist. Das ist der Widerspruch, von dem der Philosoph Karl Popper sprach. Nicht zufällig werden seine Thesen dieser Tage wieder häufig hervorgekramt. Im Gegensatz zu geschlossenen Gesellschaftsordnungen, die an starre Ideologien gebunden sind, ist das Merkmal einer offenen Gesellschaft, dass ihre Grundlage immer wieder von neuem ausgehandelt werden muss.”
Die zwei Gesichter des Grundeinkommens – “Schon bald stimmt die Schweiz über die Einführung eines bedingungslosen Grundeinkommens ab. Ist das eine linke Utopie? Oder eher eine rechte? Eine Auslegeordnung.”