MachineMachine /stream en-us LifePress <![CDATA[Space and myth in a body horror - Mythogeography]]>

It might seem strange that a mythogeographer would be very interested in an action-horror movie from 1982, panned at the time of its release and largely ignored by audiences.

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 03:50:43 -0700
<![CDATA[The Real Threat of Artificial Intelligence - The New York Times]]>

BEIJING — What worries you about the coming world of artificial intelligence? Too often the answer to this question resembles the plot of a sci-fi thriller. People worry that developments in A.I. will bring about the “singularity” — that point in history when A.I.

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 05:50:33 -0700
<![CDATA[Technology is making the world more unequal. Only technology can fix this | Inequality | The Guardian]]>

The inequality of badly-run or corrupt states is boosted by the power of technology – but it’s also easier than ever to destabilise these states, thanks to technology. The question is: which future will prevail?

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 05:50:32 -0700
<![CDATA[Veggieworld: Why eating greens won't save the planet | New Scientist]]>

IF YOU’RE a typical westerner, you ate nearly 100 kilograms of meat last year. This was almost certainly the costliest part of your diet, especially in environmental terms. The clamour for people to eat less meat to save the planet is growing ever louder.

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 05:50:31 -0700
<![CDATA[The Mythic Function of the Zombie Apocalypse - disinformation]]>

From Modern Mythology: Our standard movie monsters deviate from their early folkloric roots in a number of major ways, but the most notable might be the general move from bewitchment to infection: where strigoi, revenants, zombi, and loup-garou are generally the result of targeted curses, post-Univ

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 05:50:29 -0700
<![CDATA[World's First Haunted Object 3D Scanning Project is Confusing Ghosts, Producing Paranormally-Active Prints]]>

The Traveling Museum of the Paranormal & Occult, the world’s only mobile museum of haunted artifacts, has launched the first-ever initiative to 3D scan and compile a database of paranormally-active objects.

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 05:50:28 -0700
<![CDATA[Philip K. Dick: Stanisław Lem is a Communist Committee | Article |]]>

Stanisław Lem – according to Philip K. Dick, Lem was a composite figure created by a communist committee, photo: Elżbieta LemppIn September 1974, the FBI received a letter.

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 05:50:27 -0700
<![CDATA[The Men Who Were ‘The Thing’ Look Back on a Modern Horror Classic | Village Voice]]>

The Thing died a noisy death when it debuted in 1982. In fact, this masterful paranoiac thriller about a vicious shape-shifting alien infiltrating a group of scientists stationed in Antarctica bombed so hard that director John Carpenter was fired from his follow-up gig working on Firestarter.

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 05:50:25 -0700

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Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:04:17 -0700
<![CDATA[When Neanderthals French-kissed humans - The Boston Globe]]>

Teeth reflect our lifestyle, for better or for worse. And since teeth are so durable, they’re being used to rewrite some of what we know about our ancient ancestors.

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 08:01:57 -0700
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Not too long ago humanity left behind its skeuomorphic interfaces. We became accustomed to the idea of buttons to tap on screens and swipes that moved content right or left. We learned that content could be out of view but within reach.

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 08:01:56 -0700
<![CDATA[The Banality of the Anthropocene — Cultural Anthropology]]>

I want to propose an Anthropocene territorialization and a subject-making project in which anthropologists might want to engage. The territory of which I write is a place called Iowa. There are plenty of troubling things about the Anthropocene.

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 08:01:55 -0700
<![CDATA[Collective Cuts: Introducing the Age of Collage | AnOther]]>

“I use bits and pieces of others’ personalities to form my own,” Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain once wrote, wisely demonstrating that cutting and pasting from pop culture always makes for more intriguing combinations than simply plucking an idea from one's own mind.

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 08:01:54 -0700
<![CDATA[Radicalism Begins in the Body | Boston Review]]>íaz-samuel-r-delany-radicalism-begins-body

Junot Díaz interviews science fiction writer Samuel R. Delany about what it means to be an aging sex radical and why he wrote the essay “Ash Wednesday.” Junot Díaz: Chip, “Ash Wednesday” is a wonderful essay.

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 08:01:53 -0700íaz-samuel-r-delany-radicalism-begins-body
<![CDATA[This Woman Just Figured Out How to Control Sperm with Her Brain - Broadly]]>

For transdisciplinary artist Ani Liu, working in science and technology has provided a way for her to explore the intersection between research, culture, and implications of emerging technologies.

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 08:01:52 -0700
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The world of academic philosophy is ordinarily a rather esoteric one. But Rebecca Tuvel’s article “In Defense of Transracialism,” published in the feminist philosophy journal Hypatia this spring, has generated a broad public discussion Dr.

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 08:01:50 -0700
<![CDATA[Yuval Harari's New Book Feeds the Tech Czars' God Complex]]>

What do the most powerful people in the world read? For Donald Trump, the depressing but familiar answer is nothing beyond tweets and headlines.

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 08:01:49 -0700
<![CDATA[A ramble through some solutions for the Anthropocene | Ars Technica]]>

To say that David Biello’s new book, The Unnatural World (Amazon US / Amazon UK), is not uplifting would be an understatement.

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 08:01:48 -0700
<![CDATA[Literary fiction is borrowing the tools of the science fiction genre.]]>

The worst thing about the present, if you’re an artist, is that it never stands still long enough. Once, perhaps, it lingered, back in the days when everyone communicated by letter and Jane Austen heroines entertained houseguests for seven weeks at a time.

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 08:01:47 -0700
<![CDATA[The human world is not more fragile now: it always has been | Aeon Essays]]>

The end of the world is a growth industry. You can almost feel Armageddon in the air: from survivalist and ‘prepper’ websites (,, prepforshtf.

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 08:01:46 -0700