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The case for … cities that aren’t dystopian surveillance states | Cory Doctorow

The case for … cities that aren’t dystopian surveillance states | Cory Doctorow

“Smart city” is one of those science fiction phrases seemingly designed to make you uneasy, like “neuromarketing” or “pre-crime”. It’s impossible to be alive in this decade and not find something unsettling in the idea of our cities becoming “smart”. It’s not hard to see why: “smart” has become code for “terrible”. A “smart speaker”…
Trees Aren’t Gonna Fix This – Jalopnik

Trees Aren’t Gonna Fix This – Jalopnik

Bentley said last week it would be planting 100 trees around its England factory in the name of “sustainability.” Its VW neighbor Bugatti also chimed in this week that it’d plant over 4,000 trees to “offset the CO2 emissions from its Chiron hypercar, offices, and factories,” according to Motor Authority. Both of these efforts, I’m…
Cars Aren’t Going Anywhere, and More Transportation News This Week

Cars Aren’t Going Anywhere, and More Transportation News This Week

If experiments on the ground are cool, experiments in the sky are cooler. And so we can count ourselves extra icey this week, as we got to see to high-flying studies. First, we chatted with aviation company UAV Turbines, which is building mini, watermelon-sized jet engines. Pourquoi? Turns out 500- to 1,000-pound drones need power…
Humanities aren’t a science. Stop treating them like one.

Humanities aren’t a science. Stop treating them like one.

There’s a certain allure to the elegance of mathematics, the precision of the hard sciences. That much is undeniable. But does the appeal mean that quantitative approaches are always germane? Hardly—and I doubt anyone would argue the contrary. Yet, over and over, with alarming frequency, researchers and scholars have felt the need to take clear-cut,…

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Compose Your Ultimate House Party With Teenage Engineering & IKEA’s FREKVENS...

IKEA has enlisted fellow Swedish imprint Teenage Engineering for a U.S.-exclusive capsule of ultimate home party gear, dubbed the “FREKVENS” collection. Teenage Engineering is a Stockholm-based creative made up of engineers and programmers that are all passionate about music and electronics. IKEA, known for its affordable homeware, meatballs and recent foray into the world of…

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