Secrecy Is the Key to the Next Phase of Social Networking | Wired Design Secret co-founders David Byttow and Chrys Bader want to create a more authentic internet. Image: Secret Over the past week, I’ve been getting a steady stream of push notifications alerting me that another one of my friends has joined the new social media app Secret. This is, of course, is the whole point of the app. Deep down we all want it, but earnestness on social media is embarrassing. Like Facebook and Twitter, Secret’s declared purpose is to connect people. It’d be easy to call the rash of anonymity-based apps a direct backlash to Facebook, but that isn’t quite right. A Safe Space for Squishy Feelings Authenticity on the web is a slippery idea. But Bader and Byttow like to believe there’s a place for a more authentic web, and they hope Secret will give rise to it. A secret someone in my circle shared. If your friends “heart” something you post, it travels to their friends, and if those friends like, it travels even further. Unintended Uses
2012Movies as Social and Political Theory RJ Burrows, March 1995 Abstract For Fred Jameson cyberpunk represents 'the supreme literary expression if not of postmodernism, then of late capitalism itself'. This might well be so, but this paper examines the contention that cyberpunk represents more than just poetics. For some analy sts it also provides a sociologically coherent dystopic vision of a very near future, which is about to collapse on the present. Whether writers such as William Gibson intend it or not, their 'fiction' is being systematically read as social and cultural t heory. At this time of fin-de-millennium pessimism and the loss of the potency of visions of utopian transcendence and hope in a better future some social and cultural analysts have begun to turn to sources of inspiration outside of traditional social scientific and political discourses in order to try and make some sort of sense of our contemporary condition. The relationship between cyberpunk and sociology takes three broad forms. Cyberspace Cyberbodies
I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream It won a Hugo Award in 1968. The name was also used for a short story collection of Ellison's work, featuring this story. It was recently reprinted by the Library of America, collected in volume two (Terror and the Uncanny, from the 1940s to Now) of American Fantastic Tales (2009). Background Ellison wrote "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream" in a single night in 1966, making virtually no changes from the first draft. Characters AM, the supercomputer which brought about the near-extinction of humanity. Plot The story takes place 109 years after the complete destruction of human civilization. The machines are each referred to as "AM," which originally stood for "Allied Mastercomputer," and then was later called "Adaptive Manipulator." The survivors live together underground in an endless complex, the only habitable place left. The story's narrative begins when one of the humans, Nimdok, has the idea that there is canned food somewhere in the great complex. References
Understanding Drugs and Addiction — King's College London We are all touched by addiction – personally, within our circle of family and friends, and within our community. Addiction and its related harms can be crippling for those affected and the people around them. But how does addiction develop? What can we do to treat it? What can we do to prevent it? In this course we explore how addiction develops, and look at the risks environmentally, genetically and personally for developing addiction. We examine what happens when a drug enters your body and your brain and how your brain changes – how this process, can make recovering from addiction such a challenge. King’s College London Institute of Psychiatry is a world leader in the science and treatment of addiction. Each week, our teaching is supplemented by some of the world’s leading scientists who will present cutting edge neuroscientific research. By understanding addiction, we can shed light on the greater issues of self-control and choice.
Propaganda On a trip to visit family in Seoul in April, I was approached by a man and a woman who claimed to be North Korean defectors. They presented me with a DVD that recently came into their possession and asked me to translate it. They also asked me to post the completed film on the Internet so that it could reach a worldwide audience. I believed what I was told and an agreement was made to protect their identities (and mine). Despite my concerns about what I was viewing when I returned home, I proceeded to translate and post the film on You Tube because of the film's extraordinary content. I have now made public my belief that this film was never intended for a domestic audience in the DPRK. Furthermore, I now believe these people work for the DPRK. According to Sabine the above is the formal statement she gave to Federal Police on 16 June 2012. Watch the full documentary now
CV Dazzle: Camouflage from Face Detection Clay Shirky Clay Shirky (born 1964) is an American writer, consultant and teacher on the social and economic effects of Internet technologies. He has a joint appointment at New York University (NYU) as a Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and Assistant Arts Professor in the New Media focused graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). His courses address, among other things, the interrelated effects of the topology of social networks and technological networks, how our networks shape culture and vice-versa. Education and career Shirky was the first Professor of New Media in the Media Studies department at Hunter College, where he developed the MFA in Integrated Media Arts program. In the Fall of 2010, Shirky was a visiting Morrow Lecturer at Harvard University's John F. Views In his book Here Comes Everybody, Shirky explains how he has long spoken in favor of crowdsourcing and collaborative efforts online. 
Las frecuencias cerebrales y los estados de conciencia que las caracterizan El autoconocimiento podría ser la más lúcida herramienta existencial a nuestra disposición. El famoso adagio de Sócrates, “Conócete a ti mismo”, bien podría sintetizar la respuesta a cualquier pregunta posible que surja a lo largo de nuestras vidas. Es por eso que entre más familiarizado estás contigo mismo y con lo que sucede en tu interior dentro de los incontables planos que te conforman, probablemente estarás más cerca de alcanzar tu fin ‘máximo’ –generalmente asociado a la felicidad, la plenitud, o la paz interior. Las frecuencias cerebrales se refieren a los patrones de oscilaciones neurales que se registran dentro del sistema nervioso central. Beta (12-30Hz) Es la frecuencia más común en el cerebro de un adulto promedio mientras está despierto. Alpha (7.5-12Hz) Las frecuencias alpha florecen dentro de estados de relajación profunda, incluidos ciertos momentos en los que ‘soñamos despiertos’ y ciertos parajes mentales a los que accedemos a través de la meditación. Theta (4-7.5Hz)
¿Una ciencia ficción capaz de crear el futuro? Uno de los autores de ciencia ficción más reconocidos de los últimos tiempos, Neal Stephenson, ha hecho un reciente llamado a generar una ciencia ficción más optimista, que vaya más allá de los recurrentes escenarios apocalípticos y las distopias deletéreas que dominan el género, para imaginar las futuras grandes empresas del hombre y dilucidar posibles soluciones al predicamento existencial. Stephenson incluso ha creado el proyecto Hieroglyph cuyo fin es estimular la creación de obras de sci-fi que avancen en esta vertiente, con la esperanza de ver nuevos Julio Verne. La propuesta de Stephenson puede resultar un tanto ingenua desde el punto de vista del gran arte, el cual supuestamente no acepta ninguna limitante o constricción además de su propia naturaleza e inquietud –y si estos escenarios decadentes y cataclísmicos permean es porque esto es lo que atañe al intelecto actualmente, esto es lo que transmite el mundo para ser reproducido en el gran espejo de la mente.