Sure, these robots are cute now, but MIT is going to be the end of us all. They say right in the video that they are excited about making silent powerful robots! 0_o WTF? These guys are crazy. What practical application do we have for silent, powerful robots? Oh, that’s right, just ask DARPA.
I’m not able to figure out where, exactly, this sumi-e ink-wash-style painting of the Alien originates, but it’s something else. The garbled machine translation of this Chinese article seems like a promising lead, but I can’t make heads nor tails of it.
"Seventeen mysterious cellphone towers have been found in America which look like ordinary towers, and can only be identified by a heavily customized handset built for Android security – but have a much more malicious purpose, according to Popular Science."
— David Harvey, Seventeen Contradictions and the End of Capitalism (via apoliticalnonsense)
"Here’s what you get when you combine the two. Most ’Ghost Cities’ (growth cities), are in areas positioned to become coastal."
Many of us cannot help looking because of what Susan Sontag has called “the perennial seductiveness of war.” It is a kind of rubbernecking, staring at the bloody aftermath of something that is not an act of God but of man. The effect, as Ms. Sontag pointed out in an essay in The New Yorker in 2002, is anything but certain.
“Making suffering loom larger, by globalizing it, may spur people to feel they ought to ‘care’ more,” she wrote. “It also invites them to feel that the sufferings and misfortunes are too vast, too irrevocable, too epic to be much changed by any local, political intervention.”
So now that war comes to us in real time, do we feel helpless or empowered? Do we care more, or will the ubiquity of images and information desensitize us to the point where human suffering loses meaning when it is part of a scroll that includes a video of your niece twerking? Oh, we say as our index finger navigates to the next item, another one of those.
As war becomes a more remote, mechanized activity, posts and images from the target area have significant value. When a trigger gets pulled or bombs explode, real people are often on the wrong end of it. And bearing witness to the consequences gives meaning to what we see."
Adam Curtis: NO FUTURE