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Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance.

Maybe the Most Orwellian Text Message a Government’s Ever Sent | Motherboard (via new-aesthetic)

1. Wow. Fucked up but also amazing. I guess that’s how I’d describe most everything in the political-social-economic world we live in that doesn’t fall under the straight “predictable and terrifying”

2. I wasted my Christmas gift wishes on new pants and Steam wallet cards instead of what I really wanted which is for everyone to never use the word “Orwellian” ever fucking again, christ. Forget Orwell, forget him. [tries casting a spell which comes to the predicted effect of nothing]

3. “Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance.” is also the message God sends to my brain every morning upon re-entering human consciousness.

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fourwindsshotgun:

What if someone told you the stock market crashed and spiked 18,000 times since 2006, and you had no idea?

That’s the contention of a group of scientists who study complex systems after analyzing market data, collected by Nanex, since the advent of high-speed trading. While the fallout of computerized algorithms has been seen before, including the infamous 2010 “flash crash,” when markets lost nearly 10% of value in just a few minutes, that same kind of sudden volatility is going on all the time, unseen.

Cool. Cool.

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[N]othing is farther from Marxism than the stress on invention and technique as the primary cause of historical change. Indeed, it seems to me that such theories (of the kind which regard the steam engine as the cause of the Industrial Revolution, and which have recently have been rehearsed yet again, in streamlined modernistic form, in the works of Marshall McLuhan) function as a substitute for Marxist historiography in the way they offer a feeling of concreteness comparable to economic subject matter, at the same time that they dispense with any consideration of the human factors of classes and of the social organization of production.

Frederic Jameson, Marxism and Form (via fourwindsshotgun)

tangential but: add this to the list of reasons I mostly roll my eyes at “digital humanists”

More from After The Future

selections from pgs 57-58:

In the network, as in the swarm, participants must comply with the rules embedded in the program if they want to continue to participate in the game. The connection demands operational compliance, not any reciprocal comprehension on the level of meaning, or affection

Connection is interoperability and it makes possible the circulation of abstract information. It involves conscious and sensitive bodies, but the conscious and sensitive body is only a passive carrier of connection. Consciousness is only an operational ability to react. And sensitivity is slowness hindering acceleration and competition.

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The machine pretends to be neutral, purely mathematical, but we know that its procedures are only the technical reification of social interests: profit, accumulation, competition — these are the criteria underlying the automatic procedures embedded in the machine. Human volition is reduced to a procedural pretense.

Virtual Utopia has eaten the future, removing it ot the sphere of imagination and willpower. Virtual Utopia culminates in the dystopian totalitarianism of the Logic of Necessity.

"By 2025, Nanos will collaborate with one another to create swarms of Nanos (Figure 8-3) that can cover large outdoor and indoor areas. The swarms will have a level of autonomy and self-awareness that will allow them to shift formations in order to maximize coverage and cover down on dead spots." - the U.S. Army Unmanned Aircraft Systems Roadmap 2010–2035… yes, such a thing seems to exist. What in the actual fuck…As Boston Review points out, the minaret is a “nice” touch here… 

"By 2025, Nanos will collaborate with one another to create swarms of Nanos (Figure 8-3) that can cover large outdoor and indoor areas. The swarms will have a level of autonomy and self-awareness that will allow them to shift formations in order to maximize coverage and cover down on dead spots." - the U.S. Army Unmanned Aircraft Systems Roadmap 2010–2035… yes, such a thing seems to exist. What in the actual fuck…
As Boston Review points out, the minaret is a “nice” touch here…