Not much freedom

The existence of “likes” on social media may not be beneficial. Its inventors, of course, had the good in mind. The ability of users to express their (positive) taste; or, in other words, their ability to have taste of a second, engineerable as their “data”. But now sociological research shows that “likes” are not so beneficial, especially at the younger …

The insomnia of the mine

We can not verify the accuracy of this table. But it has a value. It shows that what in everyday life is meant as “personal” and “unique” is simply a component of a huge and ever-increasing mass. One by one the citizens of developed capitalism are very proud of their personality, which they consider more or less “exceptional”. But the …

Look at these mugs!

Why has an application become so popular that we have to wonder about the mental state of the subjugated? The well-known “FaceApp” (of the russian wireless lab) has been available since 2017; however, in 2019 a stormy “discovery” occurred, resulting in at least 80 million active users today. But what is the reason for this “desirability” of “tampering with” your …

Consumer mores

An easy, fast and “pleasant” way to get acquainted with biometric data is to employ it for consumption. There is already a past in changing simple daily practices, such as payment. The “plastic card” was advertised as a convenience and security (in our lands its use is imposed by state decrees…) – so that the second level in its use, …

From Fallujah to L.A.

Palantir is one of those (american) companies that does not want to attract attention. Its job is to build not just surveillance systems but, among other things, upgraded “crime prediction” systems – if possible on a personalized basis. Whether or not these tricks will work is a question. A different but equally important fact is that Palantir, in collaboration with …

Database States

There is now an epidemic of live facial recognition surveillance in the u.k. The fusion of the police and private companies about the construction of these surveillance networks in public places is extremely worrying. Facial recognition is the perfect tool of oppression and the fact that we are discovering its widespread use confirms that we are facing an emergency in …

In how many shots did you play today?

There is a serious (to scary) side to the issue. But there is also the more comical one. The fact that only one european and one american city (London and Atlanta) are in the top ten most monitored cities in the world shows two things. First of all, why and how much western bosses envy their chinese counterparts for their …

What the moment holds

Is it useless information what “happens” in a minute, every minute, in cyberspace with the current 4G capabilities? Maybe. What the cyborg magazine (out of peculiarity, obviously) sees on this 60-second disc is the density and intensity of (digitally) mediated social relationships. In other words, it sees an order of magnitude in the restructuring of the social. But also this: …

Track down the irresponsible!

The (electronic) social credit system works in china! For those who do not know, it is something like a platform where not only government agencies but also citizens assess each other, by specific criteria of social responsibility. Something like “like” + “rating” but for “serious purposes”, under the guarantee of the state… The annual report of the system for 2018, …

Sex Machines

Could machines be the object of sexual attraction? Do not rush to answer with an ironic “no”. When talking about “erotic machines” one should not be limited to the robotic humanoids that already appear, in female forms, either in robotic brothels or for “private ownership / use”. One should definitely include virtual reality machines; as well as mechanical and / …

snap me as I snap you

The scene could be left without comment if it was not a moment of repression. He is an israeli military cop, she is a palestinian. He is strapped with grenades, she has her bag on her shoulder. One can assume that this double capture is the most mainstream that could exist as a gesture of hatred, somewhere in the occupied …

My God! What have I done?…

And you may find yourself / Living in a shotgun shack / And you may find yourself / In another part of the world / And you may find yourself / Behind the wheel of a large automobile / And you may find yourself in a beautiful house / With a beautiful wife / And you may ask yourself, well …