What’s the Deal?

E Pluribus union

The stock market crash and subsequent Great Depression of 1929 brought with it an uproar that American society had never been seen before. That Depression lasted a decade, hitting its low in 1933, leaving more than 15 million Americans unemployed. America’s economic state during the Depression not only brought about great financial concerns, but concerns […]

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Digital Assistants, Privacy, and the Infinite Loop

Digital assistants are idealized as the ultimate technological tool, built to make our lives easier. Apple’s Siri, Google’s Home, and Amazon’s Alexa are the most popular “intelligence” assistants with ever increasing features—managing the lighting and temperature of one’s home, placing online orders, and pretty much offering a plethora of information at one’s disposal. The ad […]

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Big White Painting, Little White Lies

Friends. “What are they?!” That’s the question posed in Yasmina Reza’s 1994 play ‘Art,‘ dramatically re-imagined in a recent off-Broadway production at FIAF‘s Florence Gould Hall. Co-produced by the Netherlands-based experimental theatre collectives tg STAN and Dood Paard, the revival transferred to New York as a part of FIAF’s annual Crossing the Line Festival, which presents international (primarily French […]

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Want Digital Immortality? Meet Bina48

“Immortality is accomplished by creating consciousness in self-replicating machines that can be distributed throughout the cosmos.”—Bina48, social android. I first learned about Bina48 at a conference I attended earlier this year called Vision and Technology: Toward a More Just Future. It was here that transdisciplinary artist, Stephanie Dinkins, discussed an ongoing art project in which […]

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Amazon.com is Perfecting the Art of Caching (or Cashing-in?)

“Depend upon it there comes a time when for every addition of knowledge, you forget something that you knew before. It is of the highest importance, therefore, not to have useless facts elbowing out the useful ones.”—Sherlock Holmes Caching (pronounced “cash-ing”) in Computer Science is a method of speeding up performance by providing a temporary […]

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