“The new Prime Minister, David… and then the President of the United States comes to town. He bullies the PM on all matters of diplomacy, resigning David to humiliation and weakness.”—Why “Love Actually” Matters | Mother Jones
“Don’t let yourself be exploited by not getting paid. If there is a system that is paying people enough to live and your work is needed by that system, you deserve to be paid enough to live too.”—How to make a living as an artist | Action Hero
Foreseeing more leisure time for people of 2000, [Southwestern Bell manager, R.L.] Davidson predicts that communications facilities of that time will give us more effective ways to use that time to good advantage.
The average person of the year 2000 will be better educated than he is today since many of today’s routine jobs will be replaced by jobs requiring advanced education and training.
"The better educated he is," Davidson said, "the better equipped he is to appreciate art, literature, music and other fields of interest."
"His communications facilities will help him to enjoy and learn more about these things. He will be able to call the library, read books and consult reference materials by picture phone without leaving his home."
“So while I am sorry that you are getting yelled at and I know that capitalism is not your fault I am not sorry that people are organizing and trying to create the political power that they need to not be displaced. As it turns out people without money and political access really only have disruption as a tool to build power and you are they symbol they have available to disrupt.”—Which side are you on? — Medium
“MPs on the committee told the DWP representatives that they had been made aware of conflicts occurring between the department and the Cabinet Office, after the Government Digital Service (which falls under the Cabinet Office’s responsibility) had been brought in to put Universal Credit back on track.”—Open source ‘wasn’t available’ two years ago, says Universal Credit chief
“Our visit to and presentation at the London Bitcoin Expo not only bore fruit in the generous private donations from individuals, but also gave us the chance to meet a variety of Bitcoin-related entrepreneurs, one in the form of Blockchain’s CEO Nicolas Cary.”—New sponsor! Blockchain.info jumps on board | Elsa Hammond
“Italian-born Pasquale Favale, who fell in love with and married a City girl, bequeathed 18,000 Lira in 1882 to the City Corporation. He stipulated that each year a portion of the money was to be given to a “poor, honest, young woman, native of the City of London, aged 16 to 25 who has recently been or are about to be married.”—City of London Corporation pays good money to find an honest woman
The existing system being used in pathfinder pilots and developed by the likes of IBM, HP and Accenture will be largely be replaced by the digital version.
“The current system for Universal Credit is a conventional system being developed on a waterfall approach. When you look at digital [the enhanced system], it’s very different – it relies not on large amounts of tin, black boxes, but uses open source and mechanisms on the web to store and access data,” Shiplee told MPs.
“I don’t want to waste more words on this, but I’ll bring this story to its rightful conclusion. Today, Salesforce announced their final resolution to this debacle: they will award a second $1M prize to the runner-up team, whose team members are employees of Taptera, a Salesforce portfolio company. (You really can’t make this stuff up.)”—The Dirty Secret Behind the Salesforce $1M Hackathon — Hackers and Hacking — Medium
“The spaulder is an inversion of the more common operation of wearable technology, wherein information is gathered and emitted to the environment and the network, quantifying and identifying the user. Instead, it focuses information on the body and draws the wearer’s attention to the external systems trained upon them.”—Surveillance Spaulder | booktwo.org
“The root of the dispute is the 3 Cosas campaign, a joint effort with outsourced service staff at London universities that demands three things – sick pay, holiday pay and pensions. These low-waged, largely Latin American workers formed an autonomous union, and students and allies helped crowdsource a strike fund. On strike day, hundreds swelled the picket lines, and the workers have won concessions on two of the demands.”—Police violence won’t stop this new alliance of students and workers
“Last week in Bloomsbury, central London, students organising for fair wages for workers at their institutions said they were beaten bloody. There were mass arrests, and the sort of court injunctions banning all further protest that wouldn’t be tolerated in any country that valued freedom of speech.”—Police violence won’t stop this new alliance of students and workers
“Druchen notes that the same man has been caught doing this before. According to the AP, sign language frauds are common in South Africa. People who know a few signs try to pass themselves off as professionals to make some quick cash, and those who are hiring interpreters usually don’t know sign themselves, so they are unable to detect a fake from a professional.”—Sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial was a fake | The Verge
“It bothers me that we even consider business strategy as a replacement for encouraging art production. I don’t anticipate the return of public arts funding for individual artists in the United States, but in a world of crowd funding filled with the likes of Kickstarter and Indiegogo and Bandcamp what the art world, (and in particular the art and tech field) needs are a lot fewer “startup incubators” and a lot more Awesome Foundations.”—Minimum Viable Artwork | Feral Research Coalition
“Major museums may wish to have a broad cultural mission and many even succeed on occasion, but they exist largely to condense, wash, clean, process and present the dirty fucked-up art world for preservation and trade. They are in the packaging business. If an artwork appears in MoMA it has been dipped in preservative and the edges have been filed off. This doesn’t mean it isn’t delicious, but Hostess isn’t your neighborhood bakery (which, in any case, is still a business and nothing at all like your grandmother’s home cooking). Museums, while occasionally flying the flag of the freaky creative class, have more in common with financial institutions than artist studios.”—Minimum Viable Artwork | Feral Research Coalition
Some museums, like the Museum Tinguely in Basel which hosted METAMATIC Reloaded (2013), or the DeCordova which held a Pat Keck retrospective (2004), are worth noting because they more than occasionally seek out and engage art practitioners who are working in the field of art and technology but, and this is key: probably don’t look like it.
It is unlikely that any of the artists featured in the exhibitions I mentioned above will be found writing Python code over a cafe midnight at Ritual (unless it’s their day job) because, for the most part, in the ecosystem of the artists I admire who are chasing the meat of art and tech, there couldn’t be three institutions less relevant than New York’s major museums, startup culture and (since I’m barbecuing sacred cows): hacker spaces.
“A 15-year-old has died of pneumonia after working for one month in Pegatron, a Taiwanese manufacturing company that produces the iPhone 5 in the mainland. The boy, named Shi Zhaokun, worked “often 12 hours a day, six days a week” during his month at Pegatron.
Pegatron denies that the boy’s death was related to his work schedule, but Li Qiang head of China Labor Watch told the New York Times that Shi was not alone and, “Considering the sudden deaths of five people and the similar reason of the deaths, we believe there should be some relations between the tragedy and the working conditions in the factory.”—Underage worker dies after long hours in iPhone factory: Shanghaiist
“The restaurant has also experimented with gamification on its mobile application. McDonald’s launched a range of smoothies over the summer, and offered a voucher for a free drink on the app. To receive the voucher, customers were presented with a “block of ice” on their mobile devices, which they had to scrape off with their fingertips or hold up to the sun to “melt”.”—McDonald’s to engage with tech-savvy customers in restaurants
“Join us at our Pre-Hackathon meetup on January 8th! Here, you will have the opportunity to speak with the VPs of McDonald’s in a roundtable and Q&A session. It’s free, and pizza and beer will be provided! Click here for more details.”—McDonald’s Europe Hackathon Tickets, Gt Lon - Eventbrite
The difference is in other cosmopolitan cities, the lower part of society keep to themselves. They sell small trinkets, beg coyly, stay quiet, and generally stay out of your way. They realize it’s a privilege to be in the civilized part of town and view themselves as guests. And that’s okay.
In downtown SF the degenerates gather like hyenas, spit, urinate, taunt you, sell drugs, get rowdy, they act like they own the center of the city. Like it’s their place of leisure… In actuality it’s the business district for one of the wealthiest cities in the USA. It a disgrace. I don’t even feel safe walking down the sidewalk without planning out my walking path.
You can preach compassion, equality, and be the biggest lover in the world, but there is an area of town for degenerates and an area of town for the working class. There is nothing positive gained from having them so close to us. It’s a burden and a liability having them so close to us. Believe me, if they added the smallest iota of value I’d consider thinking different, but the crazy toothless lady who kicks everyone that gets too close to her cardboard box hasn’t made anyone’s life better in a while.
“The idea for the future of McDonald’s Europe is not just going to the restaurant to pick up and go, that will be the exception but rather a place to meet your friends, hang out, come for open mic night, choose your own music, go there for study sessions, meet your next ?, host game night etc… This paradigm shift in the way we experience McDonald’s is going to have enormous improvements for the future of the communities surrounding McDonald’s.”—McDonald’s Europe Hackathon Tickets, Gt Lon - Eventbrite
“The McDonald’s Europe Hackathon is a 24 hour app competition to develop tools that provide relevant services and enhance the experience of the Millennials. At the McDonald’s Europe Hackathon, you and 100 developers, designers, and entrepreneurs have the chance to envision prototypes you would like to build at each McDonald’s Europe location.”—McDonald’s Europe Hackathon Tickets, Gt Lon - Eventbrite