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When you cut into the present, the future leaks out.
"In 1959 Brion Gysin said that writing is 50 years behind painting, and applied the montage technique to words on a page a€¦ Brion copied out phrases from newspapers and magazines, then took his scissors and cut these selections into pieces and re-arranged the fragments at random." a€" William Burroughs, Naropa Institute, 1976
In the late 1950s Beat writers William Burroughs and Brion Gysin discovered that "when you experiment with cut-ups over a period of time, you find that some of the cut-ups and re-arranged texts seem to refer to future events." The Spam Oracle brings the cut-up technique forward another 50 years, applying it not to the coherent world of linear, conventional texts, but to the increasingly bizarre universe of filter-dodging spam emails. What happens when these emails a€" already works of cultural pastiche in and of themselves a€" are cut up and randomly remixed? In what ways does the evolution of spam as an adaptive mash-up medium reflect who we are and where we’re headed?
Ask The Spam Oracle a question, or tell it what’s on your mind, and discover what secrets lurk between the lines. An ongoing piece by multimedia artist Jess Kilby, University of Salford Creative Technology program.
A swath of the Internet is set to go silent tomorrow [today], as online music broadcasters shut down to protest a plan that will sharply increase the royalties they pay to recording companies and musicians.
The Internet music royalty dispute began in March, when three federal judges appointed by Congress decided on a big increase, retroactive to 2006. Broadcasters will have to pay 5 percent more in music royalties for this year and last, and further hikes of 20 percent per year for the next three years. The new rates are supposed to take effect by mid-July.
But the Digital Music Association, which represents Internet broadcasters, has asked a federal court to suspend the increase pending an appeal. Such a delay would give Congress more time to act. Members of both political parties have filed legislation in Congress that would reduce Internet music royalties below their present level. Ades denounced the bills as "a cash grab by big Net radio."
Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard yesterday inked a deal with China’s ZTE to set up wireless hotspots that will connect municipal services and agencies. Ebrard hopes to expand the network to offer city-wide municipal wireless service for the city’s residents, even as Mexico City struggles to offer basic services like water and electricity.
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HATOYAMA, Japan - Forget the clicker: A new technology incould let you control electronic devices without lifting a finger simply by reading brain activity.
The "brain-machine interface" developed byInc. analyzes slight changes in the brain’s blood flow and translates brain motion into electric signals.
A cap connects by optical fibers to a mapping device, which links, in turn, to a toy train set via a control computer and motor during one recent demonstration at Hitachi’s Advanced Research Laboratory in Hatoyama, just outside.
"Take a deep breath and relax," said Kei Utsugi, a researcher, while demonstrating the device on Wednesday.
At his prompting, a reporter did simple calculations in her head, and the train sprang forward a€" apparently indicating activity in the brain’s frontal cortex, which handles problem solving.
Activating that region of the brain a€" by doing sums or singing a song a€" is what makes the train run, according to Utsugi. When one stops the calculations, the train stops, too.
Underlying Hitachi’s brain-machine interface is a technology called optical topography, which sends a small amount of infrared light through the brain’s surface to map out changes in blood flow.
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It occurred to me this morning as I was driving to work that, when considering late-stage Capatalist organizations as an ecosystem, that the typical hierarchy composed of managers that know little or nothing about how to do the things the business was actually founded to do could be considered a form of parasitism on the actual work force. By extension, senior management can be sen as a form of hyper-parasitism.To stretch the metaphor to the breaking point, perhaps the business cycle can be seen as an example of a normal population cycle, where the population of producers (workers) grows, prompting a corresponding population explosion of parasites and hyper-parasites (management (and investors?)) until the burden of parasites is too great for the producers to support, causing first a producer population crash and then a parasite population crash (recession).