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Feature: Contrary to common belief even among the educated, Huxley and Orwell did not prophesy the same thing.
+ Foreword from Amusing Ourselves to Death. by Neil Postman […]
We were keeping our eye on 1984. When the year came and the prophecy didn’t, thoughtful Americans sang softly in praise of themselves. The roots of liberal democracy had held. Wherever else the terror had happened, we, at least, had not been visited by Orwellian nightmares.
But we had forgotten that alongside Orwell’s dark vision, there was another – slightly older, slightly less well known, equally chilling: Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. Contrary to common belief even among the educated, Huxley and Orwell did not prophesy the same thing. Orwell warns that we will be overcome by an externally imposed oppression. But in Huxley’s vision, no Big Brother is required to deprive people of their autonomy, maturity and history. As he saw it, people will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think. […]
Earth has become an increasingly hostile and uninhabitable place and with no shield to protect it, it is at the full mercy of meteors.
All animal and plant species perished decades ago. All that remains is one small group of humans who attempt to resist the hostility and hardness of the external environment from SUMER, the last hive city in the world, which has been specifically designed to keep the population alive through oxygen supply systems. […]
Cypherpunks 2.0 feels less like a revolution for utopia through free cryptography and more like an arms race against Orwellian governments that fundamentally disagree with us on whether privacy is a human right. Cypherpunks today don’t talk about winning, for the most part. We talk about staying above water. […]
+FBI Issues Warning About New Credit Cards – Then Removes It At the Urging of Banks. The FBI seemingly sided with merchants, stating explicitly “Merchants are encouraged to require consumers to enter their PIN for each transaction, in order to verify their identity.” Perhaps this alarmed the ABA as well. […]
+have i been pwned? The Wall Street Journal was #pwned. Were you? Check if you have an account that has been compromised in a data breach. […]
+Stephen Hawking Says We Should Really Be Scared Of Capitalism, Not Robots. Machines won’t bring about the economic robot apocalypse — but greedy humans will, according to physicist Stephen Hawking. Economic inequality will skyrocket as more jobs become automated and the rich owners of machines refuse to share their fast-proliferating wealth. […]
+In China, Your Credit Score Is Now Affected By Your Political Opinions – And Your Friends’ Political Opinions. China has taken a different approach. Not only is the surveillance very overt, you are also constantly nudged to fall in line. People can download an app named “Sesame Credit” from the Alibaba network, and the score has become something of a bragging contest, being interpreted as a kind of “citizen status” – and not entirely falsely so. Almost 100,000 people have posted their “status” online on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter. […]
Comment: The logical dystopian endpoint of mass surveillance and data retention looks something like this…
+Unbeknownst to Clinton, IT firm had emails stored on cloud; now in FBI’s hands. Datto became the second data storage firm to become entangled in the inquiry; a Datto device constantly snaps images of a server’s contents and connected it to a remote data storage facility. Datto was never asked to beam the images to an off-site cloud storage node. […]
+Against The Singularity. Why does the Singularity annoy me so?
The Singularity is a theological belief masquerading as a technological one. It has a proud scientific history — coined by the legendary mathematician/physicist John von Neumann and popularized by the great SF writer Vernor Vinge — but it’s essentially an article of faith. […]
+The Real Martian Spinoffs Part 2: Time to Explore. When NASA astronaut Ed White II, the first American spacewalker, was called back into the spacecraft by the Mission Control team, he said, “It’s the saddest moment of my life.” Here we discuss spinoff products from two vital technology areas required for human planetary exploration in real life or on the big screen: rovers and spacesuits. […]
+Junior Level Designer at Dots.
For this role we’re looking for a junior level level designer with a passion for games and a strong desire to pursue a career in game design or level design. […]
Comment: We’re looking for a Junior Level Designer @playdots – rare entry-level chance to join a super-cool NYC game studio.
+BSides PDX: Portland Infosec Conference.
BSides PDX is a gathering of the most interesting infosec minds in Portland and the Pacific Northwest! Our passion about all things security has driven attendance from other parts of the country. BSidesPDX 2015 is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 16th and 17th, 2015. […]
Comment: It looks like @bsidespdx will basically be the worlds best hardware hacking conference.