Augmented City
Human, Too Human
More Human than Human
Augmented City
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cracked:

We spoke to two residents of Cairo, Egypt, who had to live through not one but two full-blown, honest-to-God revolutions in less time than it took to make the latest Transformers sequel, about coping with everyday life once the world around you completely loses its goddamned mind.
5 Survival Lessons From Inside a Real World Dystopia

#5. The Post-Revolution Chaos Is Fucking Terrifying
Here’s the thing about overthrowing a regime, even if the regime is full of assholes: it’s usually followed by a period where nobody is in charge. And if you think that sounds pretty sweet, it’s only because you’ve never experienced it — imagine a world where if somebody breaks into your house in a murderous rage, there is absolutely no one to call. Yep, it’s basically The Purge.
This was the case during both of Egypt’s revolutions — there were stretches of time where the cops just … gave up and left.

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fastcodesign:

In Praise Of Architectural Extravagance
Rotterdam-based MVRDV create the rare work of audacious architecture that doesn’t cater to obscene wealth.
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Gus had never noticed Siri before, but when he discovered there was someone who would not just find information on his various obsessions (trains, planes, buses, escalators and, of course, anything related to weather) but actually semi-discuss these subjects tirelessly, he was hooked. And I was grateful. Now, when my head was about to explode if I had to have another conversation about the chance of tornadoes in Kansas City, Mo., I could reply brightly: “Hey! Why don’t you ask Siri?”

It’s not that Gus doesn’t understand Siri’s not human. He does — intellectually. But like many autistic people I know, Gus feels that inanimate objects, while maybe not possessing souls, are worthy of our consideration. I realized this when he was 8, and I got him an iPod for his birthday. He listened to it only at home, with one exception. It always came with us on our visits to the Apple Store. Finally, I asked why. “So it can visit its friends,” he said.

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How Apple’s Siri Became One Autistic Boy’s B.F.F. - NYTimes.com, via @the_jozen_one. (via new-aesthetic)
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newyorker:

An exhibit opening next month focusses on surveillance culture. View more images from the show.
newyorker:

An exhibit opening next month focusses on surveillance culture. View more images from the show.
newyorker:

An exhibit opening next month focusses on surveillance culture. View more images from the show.
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think-progress:

“A small but incredibly powerful fusion reactor that’s zero-carbon and leaves behind minimal radioactive waste would seem, at first blush, like a godsend for the fight against climate change. But it’s not clear technology like this can really help humanity cut its carbon emissions. That’s because the problem for fusion and other forms of nuclear power is not actually the technological hurdles. It’s just time and efficacy.”
Lockheed Martin says it will have a working fusion reactor in 10 years…but will it matter?
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likeafieldmouse:

Elena Chernyshova - Days of Night - Nights of Day (2012-13)
Artist’s statement: 
“Days of Night - Nights of Day is about the daily life of the inhabitants of Norilsk, a mining city northernmost of the polar circle with a population of more than 170,000. 
The city, its mines and metallurgical factories were constructed by prisoners of the Gulag. With 60% of the present population involved in the industrial process, this documentary aims to investigate human adaptation to extreme climate, ecological disaster and isolation.
Norilsk is the 7th most polluted city in the world. The average temperature is -10C, reaching lows of -55C in winter, when for two months the city is plunged into polar night. The living conditions of the people of Norilsk are unique, making their plight incomparable.”
likeafieldmouse:

Elena Chernyshova - Days of Night - Nights of Day (2012-13)
Artist’s statement: 
“Days of Night - Nights of Day is about the daily life of the inhabitants of Norilsk, a mining city northernmost of the polar circle with a population of more than 170,000. 
The city, its mines and metallurgical factories were constructed by prisoners of the Gulag. With 60% of the present population involved in the industrial process, this documentary aims to investigate human adaptation to extreme climate, ecological disaster and isolation.
Norilsk is the 7th most polluted city in the world. The average temperature is -10C, reaching lows of -55C in winter, when for two months the city is plunged into polar night. The living conditions of the people of Norilsk are unique, making their plight incomparable.”
likeafieldmouse:

Elena Chernyshova - Days of Night - Nights of Day (2012-13)
Artist’s statement: 
“Days of Night - Nights of Day is about the daily life of the inhabitants of Norilsk, a mining city northernmost of the polar circle with a population of more than 170,000. 
The city, its mines and metallurgical factories were constructed by prisoners of the Gulag. With 60% of the present population involved in the industrial process, this documentary aims to investigate human adaptation to extreme climate, ecological disaster and isolation.
Norilsk is the 7th most polluted city in the world. The average temperature is -10C, reaching lows of -55C in winter, when for two months the city is plunged into polar night. The living conditions of the people of Norilsk are unique, making their plight incomparable.”
likeafieldmouse:

Elena Chernyshova - Days of Night - Nights of Day (2012-13)
Artist’s statement: 
“Days of Night - Nights of Day is about the daily life of the inhabitants of Norilsk, a mining city northernmost of the polar circle with a population of more than 170,000. 
The city, its mines and metallurgical factories were constructed by prisoners of the Gulag. With 60% of the present population involved in the industrial process, this documentary aims to investigate human adaptation to extreme climate, ecological disaster and isolation.
Norilsk is the 7th most polluted city in the world. The average temperature is -10C, reaching lows of -55C in winter, when for two months the city is plunged into polar night. The living conditions of the people of Norilsk are unique, making their plight incomparable.”
likeafieldmouse:

Elena Chernyshova - Days of Night - Nights of Day (2012-13)
Artist’s statement: 
“Days of Night - Nights of Day is about the daily life of the inhabitants of Norilsk, a mining city northernmost of the polar circle with a population of more than 170,000. 
The city, its mines and metallurgical factories were constructed by prisoners of the Gulag. With 60% of the present population involved in the industrial process, this documentary aims to investigate human adaptation to extreme climate, ecological disaster and isolation.
Norilsk is the 7th most polluted city in the world. The average temperature is -10C, reaching lows of -55C in winter, when for two months the city is plunged into polar night. The living conditions of the people of Norilsk are unique, making their plight incomparable.”
likeafieldmouse:

Elena Chernyshova - Days of Night - Nights of Day (2012-13)
Artist’s statement: 
“Days of Night - Nights of Day is about the daily life of the inhabitants of Norilsk, a mining city northernmost of the polar circle with a population of more than 170,000. 
The city, its mines and metallurgical factories were constructed by prisoners of the Gulag. With 60% of the present population involved in the industrial process, this documentary aims to investigate human adaptation to extreme climate, ecological disaster and isolation.
Norilsk is the 7th most polluted city in the world. The average temperature is -10C, reaching lows of -55C in winter, when for two months the city is plunged into polar night. The living conditions of the people of Norilsk are unique, making their plight incomparable.”
likeafieldmouse:

Elena Chernyshova - Days of Night - Nights of Day (2012-13)
Artist’s statement: 
“Days of Night - Nights of Day is about the daily life of the inhabitants of Norilsk, a mining city northernmost of the polar circle with a population of more than 170,000. 
The city, its mines and metallurgical factories were constructed by prisoners of the Gulag. With 60% of the present population involved in the industrial process, this documentary aims to investigate human adaptation to extreme climate, ecological disaster and isolation.
Norilsk is the 7th most polluted city in the world. The average temperature is -10C, reaching lows of -55C in winter, when for two months the city is plunged into polar night. The living conditions of the people of Norilsk are unique, making their plight incomparable.”
likeafieldmouse:

Elena Chernyshova - Days of Night - Nights of Day (2012-13)
Artist’s statement: 
“Days of Night - Nights of Day is about the daily life of the inhabitants of Norilsk, a mining city northernmost of the polar circle with a population of more than 170,000. 
The city, its mines and metallurgical factories were constructed by prisoners of the Gulag. With 60% of the present population involved in the industrial process, this documentary aims to investigate human adaptation to extreme climate, ecological disaster and isolation.
Norilsk is the 7th most polluted city in the world. The average temperature is -10C, reaching lows of -55C in winter, when for two months the city is plunged into polar night. The living conditions of the people of Norilsk are unique, making their plight incomparable.”
likeafieldmouse:

Elena Chernyshova - Days of Night - Nights of Day (2012-13)
Artist’s statement: 
“Days of Night - Nights of Day is about the daily life of the inhabitants of Norilsk, a mining city northernmost of the polar circle with a population of more than 170,000. 
The city, its mines and metallurgical factories were constructed by prisoners of the Gulag. With 60% of the present population involved in the industrial process, this documentary aims to investigate human adaptation to extreme climate, ecological disaster and isolation.
Norilsk is the 7th most polluted city in the world. The average temperature is -10C, reaching lows of -55C in winter, when for two months the city is plunged into polar night. The living conditions of the people of Norilsk are unique, making their plight incomparable.”
likeafieldmouse:

Elena Chernyshova - Days of Night - Nights of Day (2012-13)
Artist’s statement: 
“Days of Night - Nights of Day is about the daily life of the inhabitants of Norilsk, a mining city northernmost of the polar circle with a population of more than 170,000. 
The city, its mines and metallurgical factories were constructed by prisoners of the Gulag. With 60% of the present population involved in the industrial process, this documentary aims to investigate human adaptation to extreme climate, ecological disaster and isolation.
Norilsk is the 7th most polluted city in the world. The average temperature is -10C, reaching lows of -55C in winter, when for two months the city is plunged into polar night. The living conditions of the people of Norilsk are unique, making their plight incomparable.”
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gallowhill:

Jenny Holzer, Xenon for Bregenz, 2004
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thecreatorsproject:

This Smart Glove Wants To Boost Your Productivity
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aljazeeraamerica:

"This is equally cool and creepy: Google made this scrapbook of my June travels based on a random selection of photos I took — and also its knowledge of where I was. It’s kind of nice to have this information organized automatically, but this is really trusting them with a lot of information. It would be funny if they took quotes from emails I sent during this time and put in quotes relevant to the places. “Oslo is so expensive! My second dinner of wonton soup cost 68 kroner.” I’m curious how they decide what to include."   — Jean Yang (Photo: Jean Yang)
Ask the Decoder: How are algorithms telling our stories for us?