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All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace
A series of films about how humans have been colonized by the machines they have built. Although we don't realize it, the way we see everything in the world today is through the eyes of the computers. It claims that computers have failed to liberate us and instead have distorted and simplified our view of the world around us. 1. Love and Power. This is the story of the dream that rose up in the 1990s that computers could create a new kind of stable world. 2. 3. Adam Curtis is a documentary film maker, whose work includes The Power of Nightmares, The Century of the Self, The Mayfair Set, Pandora's Box, The Trap and The Living Dead. Love and Power The Use and Abuse of Vegetational Concepts The Monkey in the Machine and the Machine in the Monkey

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The Century of the Self This series is about how those in power have used Freud's theories to try and control the dangerous crowd in an age of mass democracy. Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, changed the perception of the human mind and its workings profoundly. His influence on the 20th century is widely regarded as massive. The documentary describes the impact of Freud's theories on the perception of the human mind, and the ways public relations agencies and politicians have used this during the last 100 years for their engineering of consent.

On the web, Germans win at looking ahead U. WARWICK / UCL (UK) — Millions of Google searches from 2012 reveal that Germany looked to the future online more than any other country, say researchers. The UK, which held the number one spot in 2011, has been knocked off its perch as the most forward-looking country and is ranked fourth in 2012. A focus on upcoming general elections, scheduled for this year, may drive Germany’s rise up the charts in 2012. (Credit: U. Happy Birthday, Futurists! A Movement Turns 104 If you see any futurists today, don’t forget to wish them a happy anniversary. Feb. 20th is considered the movement’s birthday, as it was on this date in 1909 that Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, an Italian poet, technophile, and promoter of the arts, had his The Founding and Manifesto of Futurism published on the front page of Le Figaro. Marinetti’s manifesto was both anarchic and visionary.

Tory election strategist Lynton Crosby linked to Malta tax haven Lynton Crosby, whose firm CTF reportedly gets £200,000 a year for working one day a week on the Tory election campaign. Photograph: Tal Cohen/Rex Features David Cameron's election strategist owns and runs an offshore company in Malta, it has been claimed. The link between Lynton Crosby and the tax haven could make uncomfortable reading for the prime minister, who has described legal ploys to avoid tax as morally wrong. E. B. White on the Role and Responsibility of the Writer by Maria Popova “Writers do not merely reflect and interpret life, they inform and shape life.” Today, I’m headed to Columbia to take part in a symposium on the future of journalism — a subject that feels at once on some great cusp and under the weight of a myriad conflicting pressures.

Cameron family fortune made in tax havens David Cameron's father ran a network of offshore investment funds to help build the family fortune that paid for the prime minister's inheritance, the Guardian can reveal. Though entirely legal, the funds were set up in tax havens such as Panama City and Geneva, and explicitly boasted of their ability to remain outside UK tax jurisdiction. At the time of his death in late 2010, Ian Cameron left a fortune of £2.74m in his will, from which David Cameron received the sum of £300,000. Cameron and other cabinet members have recently suggested that they would be willing to disclose their personal tax filings amid growing scrutiny following the budget, but this would only shed light on annual sources of income rather than accumulated wealth or inheritance. The structure employed by Cameron senior is now commonplace among modern hedge funds, which argue that offshore status can help attract international investors.

Uefa wants 'sports police' Uefa plan to create a dedicated police force to keep order at football across Europe from next season, in response to the recent upsurge in outbreaks of violence in and around stadiums. Uefa president Michel Platini is examining the practicalities of setting up what a senior official of the organisation described as 'a type of European sports police, a way of dealing systematically with the problem'. The outbreaks of trouble last week at Manchester United's game at Roma and Tottenham's visit to Sevilla, and the heavy-handed policing seen at both ties, have prompted fresh thinking about how to prevent and respond to disorder. Details are unclear, but Platini said last month that an initiative was needed to combat the 'people who take football hostage through violence - people who come to matches to destroy, rather than do other things'. The Uefa official said: 'It is over travelling fans that there are concerns over safety, because it is easier to cause trouble abroad than in England.

The Futurist Cookbook: 11 Rules for a Perfect Meal and an Anti-Pasta Manifesto circa 1932 by Maria Popova Optimism at the table, or why the dark void of the soul can’t be stuffed with spaghetti. Given my voracious appetite for unusual cookbooks — especially ones at the intersection of food and the arts, including little-known gems from the likes of Andy Warhol, Liberace, Lewis Carroll, and Alice B. Toklas — I was delighted to discover The Futurist Cookbook (public library; AbeBooks) by Italian poet and editor Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, originally published in 1932 and reprinted in 1989, translated into English by Suzanne Brill. At the time of its release, the cookbook became somewhat of a sensation, thanks to Marinetti’s shrewdness as a publicist.

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