Author: mo

The service can find the whereabouts of almost any …

The service can find the whereabouts of almost any cellphone in the country within seconds. It does this by going through a system typically used by marketers and other companies to get location data from major cellphone carriers, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon, documents show. Service Meant to Monitor Inmates’ Calls Could Track You, Too – The New York Times (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)

What started out as advertising really can’t be called …

What started out as advertising really can’t be called advertising anymore — it turned into behavior modification,” he said, referring mostly to Facebook and Google. “I can’t call these things social networks anymore. I call them behavior modification empires. Jaron Lanier TED Talk: How We Need to Remake The Internet (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)

I don’t believe our species can survive unless we …

I don’t believe our species can survive unless we fix this. We cannot have a society in which, if two people wish to communicate, the only way that can happen is if it’s financed by a third person who wishes to manipulate them. Jaron Lanier TED Talk: How We Need to Remake The Internet (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)

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I think it could be a disaster scenario, as …

I think it could be a disaster scenario, as this new technology comes to its fruition, with fewer people getting richer and more people getting poorer. And I think it could mean the collapse of society as indeed the collapse of the world civilisation and a new dark age. And the only thing that I think in the end can savethat, is if the people who master this technology, the new rich, the new intellighenzia, can actually think beyond themselves. If they can realise, that the best form of selfishness is unselfish-ness. That if they don’t actually invest in people...

When asked whether the U.S. interferes in other countries’ …

When asked whether the U.S. interferes in other countries’ elections, [Ex-CIA director] James Woolsey said, “Well, only for a very good cause in the interests of democracy.“ “Oh, probably, but it was for the good of the system in order to avoid communists taking over,” he told Laura Ingraham on her Fox News show on Friday night. TheHill: Ex-CIA director: US meddles in foreign elections for a ‘very good cause’ | TheHill (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)

We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable – …

We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable – but then, so did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art. Very often in our art, the art of words. Ursula K. Le Guin: National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, 2014 (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)

Freedom: This is what we all strive for. We …

Freedom: This is what we all strive for. We want to be big strong independent basement dwellers who still live in their parents’ home. Achieving total freedom in one’s use of technology is the greatest accomplishment a Man can attain. There are rumours that when this happens, golden light starts to emanate from your computer screen and Richard Stallman materializes in your room. He has written the GPL to help you reach this state of nirvana. “Freedom”, according to the installGentoo wiki (View on gamamb.tumblr.com)

Burning Man is to the tech world what the …

Burning Man is to the tech world what the nineteenth-century Protestant church was to the factory. […] At Burning Man, what you’re rehearsing is project-based collaborative labor. Engineers flowing in from the Valley are literally acting out the social structures on which Valley engineering depends. But they can do something at Burning Man that they can’t do in the Valley: they can own the project. They can experience total “flow” with a team of their own choosing. In the desert, in weirdly perfect conditions, they can do what the firm promises them but can’t quite deliver. Logic Magazine 03: Don’t...

A brief primer on the [US] counterculture: there were …

A brief primer on the [US] counterculture: there were actually two countercultures. One, the New Left, did politics to change politics. It was very much focused on institutions, and not really afraid of hierarchy. The other—and this is where the tech world gets its mojo—is what I’ve called the New Communalists. Between 1966 and 1973, we had the largest wave of commune building in American history. These people were involved in turning away from politics, away from bureaucracy, and toward a world in which they could change their consciousness. They believed small-scale technologies would help them do that. They wanted...