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Published in January of 2018, but sent to me recently by a friend. "I believe we need our educational system to engage students with issues of ethics and responsibility in science and technology. We should treat required arts and humanities courses not as some vague attempt to “broaden minds” but ...Read More
“They understand fully the stakes at hand, and the blunt courage being activated by this generation. The movement in Iraq represents the true kind of inclusive, nationwide climate change movement that Western campaigns ostensibly aspire to. They include strikes from nearly every sector, from teachers’ unions to engineers, and enjoy ...Read More
Former resident’s account of Kingston, New York, a city striving for self-sufficiency through agricultural initiatives, a regional micro-currency, and a local healthcare system based on barter.
“Platforms don't look like how they work and don't work like how they look.” “The Stack terraforms the host planet by drinking and vomiting its elemental juices and spitting up mobile phones.” -Benjamin Bratton ...Read More
Growing pains for XR: “Extinction Rebellion's rise over the last 12 months has been remarkable, but the climate crisis is an issue that impacts everyone. It is about society, power, race and class, so a successful mass movement must appeal to a broad spectrum of society.”
From the AI community: A panorama of AI/ML applications in green-tech, it's dense, interactive summary at: https://www.climatechange.ai/summaries Contains a nice impact-taxonomy for green-tech solutionism: ...Read More
Are we now seeing the democratisation of satellite imagery? Undoubtedly there are many positives about expanding the ability of private enterprises to survey our planet but there are concerns over surveillance and privacy. "The company's fleet of 140 satellites beams back 1.2 million images a day. That is so much data that customers are turning to artificial intelligence to make sense of it. That technology is in its infancy, which means this could be the beginning of a new age of insights about ...Read More
"There’s nothing that exposes simpering do-gooder liberals and hack Labor politicians for the craven sycophants for power they are like a good police riot. Not any old police riot, of course. If the police beat up protesters in Hong Kong or Russia, it’s deeply disturbing police-state behaviour, and every decent ...Read More
"The electrical grid is a volatile mix of coal, sweat, electromagnetic fields, computer programs, electron streams, profit motives, heat, lifestyles, nuclear fuel, plastic, fantasies of mastery, static, legislation, water, economic theory, wire, and wood."
XR's founder assumes that simply by stringently adopting nonviolence while provoking the state, any escalating violence from the state will be seen as illegitimate by the general public in the capital, and will end up growing and empowering the movement. But this would only be the case if XR was ...Read More
“I think we live in a society that fetishizes and encourages personal ambition in all kinds of ways, including by creating all these levels of precarity and insecurity. The stakes of winning are so high, and everybody is so scared. While we encourage our personal ambition, we diminish and discourage ...Read More
"Many disabled people have been stopped from protesting with Extinction Rebellion after Met Police allegedly impounded wheelchairs and ramps."
[use GNMT for english version, it's uncanny good at NOR->ENG] With regards to Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) and funding the green shift. ...Read More
Google has made “substantial” contributions to some of the most notorious climate deniers in Washington despite its insistence that it supports political action on the climate crisis. 😑