Tech doesn’t make our lives easier. It makes them fasterbrettscott.substack.com/p/tech-doesnt-make-our-lives-easier
Breaking through the illusion of convenience that's used to sell us automation
What Was the TED Talk?thedriftmag.com/what-was-the-ted-talk/
“TED’s archive is a graveyard of ideas. It is a seemingly endless index of stories about the future – the future of science, the future of the environment, the future of work, the future of love and sex, the future of what it means to be human – that never materialized. ... If the research wasn’t entertaining or moving, it was seen as somehow less valuable. TED’s influence on intellectual culture was ‘taking something with value and substance and coring it out so that it can be swallowed without chewing’, Bratton said. ‘This is not the solution to our most frightening problems – rather, this is one of our most frightening problems.’”
The Rising Chorus of Renewable Energy Skepticsthetyee.ca/Analysis/2023/04/07/Rising-Chorus-Renewable-Energy-Skeptics/
The green techno-dream is so vastly destructive, they say, ‘we have to come up with a different plan.’
Will A.I. Become the New McKinsey? | The New Yorkernewyorker.com/science/annals-of-artificial-intelligence/will-ai-become-the-new-mckinsey
As it’s currently imagined, the technology promises to concentrate wealth and disempower workers. Is an alternative possible?
There Is No A.I.newyorker.com/science/annals-of-artificial-intelligence/there-is-no-ai
There are ways of controlling the new technology—but first we have to stop mythologizing it.
A Museum Security Expert on How to Protect Great Art - The Atlantictheatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/10/van-gogh-tomato-soup-national-gallery-london/671764/
A museum-security expert admits that “it’s pretty darn hard to protect a painting from somebody throwing a can of soup at it.”
Moonlight towers: light pollution in the 1800s - LOW-TECH MAGAZINElowtechmagazine.com/2009/01/moonlight-towers-light-pollution-in-the-1800s.html
At the end of the 19th century, many towns and cities were lit up by powerful electrical lamps placed on towers up to 300 feet (90 metres) high. The arc lamp - the first electric light and the predecessor of Edison’s incandescent light bulb - was extremely bright and much more energy efficient than other lighting technologies from those times. The lamps were too strong for indoor use, but they were regarded as the future of municipal lighting. Especially in the United States, many ci...
The Rotting Internet Is a Collective Hallucination - The Atlantictheatlantic.com/technology/archive/2021/06/the-internet-is-a-collective-hallucination/619320/
Too much has been lost already. The glue that holds humanity’s knowledge together is coming undone.
Four-Woman Group That Fought U.K. Algorithms Steps Up for Tech-Worker Rights - WSJwsj.com/articles/four-woman-group-that-fought-u-k-algorithms-steps-up-for-tech-worker-rights-11621087200
An advocacy group that successfully challenged the use of algorithms in U.K. immigration and education policy is preparing to take on Facebook and Uber Technologies over tech workers’ rights.
Internet Search Tips · Gwern.netgwern.net/Search
Finally, you can always try to contact the author. This only occasionally works for the papers I have the hardest time with, since they tend to be old ones where the author is dead or unreachable—any author publishing a paper since 1990 will usually have been digitized somewhere—but it’s easy to try.
The Zoom Gaze — Real Lifereallifemag.com/the-zoom-gaze/
Video conferencing offers an illusory sense of unilateral control over conversations
The coming war on the hidden algorithms that trap people in poverty | MIT Technology Reviewtechnologyreview.com/2020/12/04/1013068/algorithms-create-a-poverty-trap-lawyers-fight-back/
A growing group of lawyers are uncovering, navigating, and fighting the automated systems that deny the poor from housing, jobs, and basic services.