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Inadequate public water infrastructure and climate change have created an opening in Nepal and elsewhere for private operations delivering water (often low quality or contaminated) at exorbitant prices to desperate people. It's the emergence of an ecosystem of vested interests both on the private side (growing monopoly over water access) ...Read More
‘A recent poll of people aged 18-35 by a state think-tank found 52% of those living in smaller towns and cities had moved there after spending on average three years in top-tier cities, citing the fast pace of life.’ An interesting news item that steers away from an-prim framings and ...Read More
“Radicant living has been codified and commodified via the neverending global schedule of biennials, art fairs, panels and openings. Tech companies like Airbnb and Uber extract profit from mobility as we rely on them for on-demand apartments and rides in each new city, while critics and curators fare no better It’s a lifestyle the critic Andrew Berardini both summarized and parodied in a 2014 essay for the Canadian art website Momus, ‘How to Survive International Art: Notes from the Poverty Jetset’. Already that piece reads like a nostalgic elegy for a bygone time. Berardini trades Bourriaud’s theoretical polemics for a ...Read More
“The illusion of a city is carefully constructed atop a vast apparatus that exists primarily to organize capital, labor, and profit.” Another great piece on Sidewalk Labs and Quayside, their planned Toronto neighborhood.
“while the goal of a left tech policy should be to strike at the root of private power by transforming how our digital infrastructures are owned, we will also need legislative and administrative rule-making to govern how those infrastructures are allowed to operate.”
Dean Kissick on the art industry’s relationship to climate change and its neoliberal big money backers: “None of these are complicated projects. Pharrell’s ‘100 Years’ won’t be released for 100 years. Paterson’s ‘Future Library’ is a library for the future. Visitors to Eliasson’s “Ice Watch” can watch the ice melt. Also, it looks like a watch. As society turns against nuance, expect plenty more massively expensive ...Read More
Customers in Canada are rebelling against the use of self-checkout machines in malls and stores because these devices will lead people to lose their jobs. There is a recent study by the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporations that supports people standing firmly against checkout machines. I never use ...Read More
Contrary to the suggestions of “smartness” shills, these systems are not used by the general public but on it. This urban war machine is the true essence of “smart” urbanism. It is the next step in the high-tech militarization of society. Rather than produce the smart city, it yields the ...Read More
"Although many people in the Blind community welcome the advent of visual interpreter apps, we know that, like any technology, their consequences will ripple out in unpredictable ways. Will our data ever be acquired, exposed in a hack, or used against us in court? Will Blind people lean on interpretation ...Read More
Drones pose novel and difficult problems for law enforcement. They are widely available, lightly regulated and can be flown remotely by an operator far away from the crime scene.
Most of our food is moved across great distances—and through many different forms of transit—before it reaches our plates.