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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
Do you want to find new research? #TheSyllabus (by Evgeny Morozov) is definitely a place to go, here is a link to their 2019 favorites. This is massive, enjoy! 📚🔗🌀🧠
“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.
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
“Rather than fighting or eliminating problems, consider the productivity of multiplying problems. As in Parrondo’s Paradox—the counter-intuitive game theory that pairs losing games to generate wins—problems are raw materials that can leaven and catalyze each other.1 Negative one and one are both the same distance from zero and can both ...Read More
“The antitrusters want to make markets work better. By contrast, a left tech policy should aim to make markets mediate less of our lives—to make them less central to our survival and flourishing.”
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
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.
Unfortunately social care innovation and investment just doesn't sound as sexy as sending rockets to space or self driving cars; whilst one can argue progress in both areas are equally as important to human development and sustainability. No doubt the top down profit driven care sector has in part driven ...Read More
Tech monopolies have the money and power to shelter themselves from climate crises, for now... "It’s far from a coincidence, says Michael Wara, head of the climate and energy policy program at Stanford University’s Woods Institute. If anything, it’s by design."
"The Green River, a tributary of the Colorado that runs through Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado, is a typically acute case. Split between an upper and lower basin, its water is used by seven states. Those upstream in Wyoming attempt to pull out as much water as possible before the hungry ...Read More
Underground silo bunker co-op real estate #advertorial in Barrons. Includes in house prison system, Whole Foods and armed guards to “pick off” loiterers.