The week in links

In no particular order – links from this week

The [Peak] Attention Economy

Optimizely’s Founder Wants to Augment Your Memories

Can Anyone Moderate Podcasts? Apple, Spotify, and the impossible problem of moderating shows

A New Company Pursues Total Recall—Starting With Zoom

Jack/JAY-Z/ @S_C_  are giving 500 BTC to a new endowment named ₿trust to fund 

Thread- Corey Doctorow on Adam Curtis  

NYT looks at The Surprising Ascent of KAWS

Emerging Patchwork or Laboratories of Democracy? Privacy Legislation in Virginia and Other States (Future of Privacy)

New York City’s Surveillance Battle Offers National Lessons

A lack of police transparency highlights how citizens need to remain vigilant to take back control over their privacy.

In the absence of federal privacy legislation, U.S. states are weighing in. In Virginia, the “Consumer Data Protection Act” (“CDPA”) (HB 2307 / SB…

Algorithms by Jeff Erickson  1st edition, June 2019  

There are 124 people in front of you Only one visitor is allowed in the exclusive website

Lack of competition in ad tech affecting publishers, advertisers and consumers

Arkadia Zoom Forever zooming visual

People-Shaped White Rocks

Self-Organising Textures

Silicon Valley’s Safe Space

Understanding the Capabilities, Limitations, and Societal Impact of Large Language Models

Selected Works of David Carr : 15 memorable articles, columns and video clips from Mr. Carr, a prolific media columnist for The New York Times, including his last piece that was published the day before he died.

Inside the Making of Facebook’s Supreme Court

The company has created a board that can overrule even Mark Zuckerberg. Soon, it will decide whether to allow Trump back on Facebook.



This weeks links

Cryptomedia, NFTs, and the Next Internet
Related: Niftygateway, MakersPlace

The new reading stack

Same Energy

Google has a VPN service

Spy museum in NYC auctioning off their cold war KGB relics 

FieldKit is Open Environmental Sensing for Everyone

Explainable AI – What Is It And Why Do We Need It?

Agora, the technology provider behind hit audio app Clubhouse, says it does not store user data (trust them on this)

Musicians sing the blues as Covid and Brexit devastate sector

How the United States Lost to Hackers
(ed note excellent example of -imperfect becomes the feature – with glitch art above the fold)
(ed note 2- I warned congress about national infrastructure threats in the late 90s’s its in
congressional record.  Instead the took the dollars to persecute kids vs enemy nation states)

Tom Petty’s It took a long time to get back here   ;  Bruce Springsteen’s  The Middle



Surf Report

Weekend reading / viewing

Essay: The meme economy Or, a personal journey through 21st-century capitalism.

Read: The Pandemic Has Erased Entire Categories of Friendship

Panel: “We lose so much more than data. We lose the freedom to be human.”
– Tim Cook at Computers, Privacy and Data Protection conference this week
A path to empowering user choice and boosting user trust in advertising

Search:  Three-dimensional search engine Physna wants to be the Google of the physical world

Deck: Six emerging technologies trends changing our world  [PwC]

Report: Schibsted Future Report 2021

The Great Unbundling [Benedict Evans]




Omega Mart: Grand Opening with Deepfaked Willie Nelson

Collection of Deep Learning implementations with side-by-side notes

Curated CS papers from last week.

Researchers found programmers spend 58% of their time on comprehension.



An Art Revolution, Made With Scissors and Glue  NYT (Can never get enough collage)

Art Institute of Chicago’s open-access initiatives impressive – Public Access to Our Public Presence: Sharing Our API

Yuri Pattison the engine Gallery 1


In the newspapers

Artificial Intelligence Will Define Google’s Future. For Now, It’s a Management Challenge.  WSJ

Personal liberty is another, unsung victim of the pandemic FT

Bellingcat’s Eliot Higgins: ‘We’re on the precipice of the misinformation age’  [Lunch w/ FT]


Random Links

My 90s TV

Excellent example of a vision and mission statement  or words in the right order.

Muscle wiki is a simple and useful reference to build and stretch your mortal coil

Facebook website

Visualized: A Global Risk Assessment of 2021 And Beyond

Yuima Nakazato’s SS21 Couture Collection  “ATLAS”

News, information + resources

Perfect media server A wiki format information repository detailing all you need to know to build a free, open and modular media server that will last for many, many years.

Liverpool Biennial launched the programme for the 11th Edition happening in spring 2021, running from 20 March – 6 June, with previews held on 18 and 19 March.

Tech That Will Change Your Life in 2021   [WSJ] New ways to work, exercise, see the doctor, watch movies and sanitize every surface in sight will continue to proliferate. So will monthly subscription fees

FAQ: Security Advisory Solar Winds This is what the documentation for warfare looks like in 2021

Laws of Tech: Commoditize Your Complement A classic pattern in technology economics, identified by Joel Spolsky, is layers of the stack attempting to become monopolies while turning other layers into perfectly-competitive markets which are commoditized, in order to harvest most of the consumer surplus; discussion and examples.

Arthur Jafa’s Radical Alienation( The filmmaker left an art world he found too white; years later, he made a triumphant return with “Love Is the Message, the Message Is Death.”

NeuralMagicEye: Learning to See and Understand the Scene Behind an Autostereogram An autostereogram is a single-image stereogram, designed to create the visual illusion of a 3D scene from a 2D image. More info